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The Benwell born musician died suddenly at the age of 50 in but thanks to songs like Lady Eleanor and Meet Me on the Corner his spirit. HE WAS the joint frontman of legendary Seventies group Lindisfarne, the lead singer on one of their biggest hits, Meet Me On The Corner. The latest line up of North East folk-rock band, Lindisfarne have catalogue classics including Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On the Corner, songs and live performances associated with the Lindisfarne name couldn't be in safer hands.” . Rugby Union · Cricket · Horse Racing · Angling · Golf · Sport Opinion.
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The pair also produced the album together and it's one of the better sounding Jansch LPs, with a spacious uncluttered feel that really lets the acoustic instruments shine - it's a shame actually that the Jack The Lad albums in particular didn't more of this 'feel' about them. Highlights include the traditional song 'Pretty Saro' which sounds very like a Lindisfarne song with its fiddles and acoustic guitars even if Rod doesn't do much and 'The Curragh Of Kildare' which features some lovely double guitar playing from the pair as well as one of Bert's greatest vocals.
Jansch should have made more albums like this and Rod is an empathetic collaborator - it's obvious why so many names wanted to work with him. The pair will continue their collaboration on 'Leather Laundrette' in the s which is credited to both of them. Does anybody really care? At first he toyed with making a third straight solo album, recording a series of five demos in late that feature many of the songs that will end up across this record and an early version of 'Evening' that will be finished for Lindisfarne's second comeback album 'The News'.
Hull had however stayed in touch with many old friends from the 'Lindisfarne Mark II' days and was keen to use them as his backing band. In between contacting the band in and actually recording the album, however, two of the band had mutated into a band of their own named Griffin.Meet Me On The Corner
The band featured lots of old Hull pals who knew each other through the Newcastle music scene: At the first the band also contained a drummer named Alan White unbelievably a fourth AAA drummer with the exact same name, following the session musician who played on The Beatles' 'Love Me Do', the session drummer who played with the Plastic Ono Band at the 'Live Peace In Toronto' gig and the Oasis drummer between and before Lindisfarne's Ray Laidlaw, at a loose end of his own after the split of Jack The Lad, agreed to replace him and became the band's second drummer.
In a neat mirror of how the original Lindisfarne formed, Griffin were a kind of ready-made band who though the members had written a few of their songs were really lacking a songwriter to give them clout - old friend Hull had the ability to draw audiences they never could and was in need of a band in a hurry, so the union made sense although I'm surprised Radiator didn't to a 'Wings' and put Alan Hull's name high on the posters - even most Lindisfarnatics were caught off guard - and ended up becoming the second drummer, with White replaced by Terry Popple somewhere in the middle of the sessions.
Now a six piece, the band re-named themselves 'Radiator' a hot name, you have to say!
However the album itself is rather a different story. Hull sounds slightly disinterested, as if he's going through the motions because he has to make some money to stay afloat - not because he really feels the passion in these songs.
Many of his latest set of compositions sound like re-writes of songs he's already come up with before and go back to the 'Roll On Ruby' period of being generally quite cynical and bitter, while also suffering from the anonymity of the worst of his last album 'Squire'.
Ultimately only two of Hull's songs really stand out - the silly 'Madmen and Loonies' that name-checks famous partnerships that were all a bit mad although even then it's not as funny as some other comedy Hull songs and the gorgeous 'A Walk In The Sea' which is both sad and poignant although it's actually another of Hull's heaving set of pre-fame compositions - what a shame the original Lindisfarne never recorded this song as it would have been a fine addition to 'Nicely Out Of Tune' et al!
As of the rest of the band, you can see why they longed for Hull's input so badly - Kenny and Colin's 'Spittin' In The Wind' is a rather anonymous rock strut of a record, Peter's 'Lay Back and Dream' is a rather clumsy music hall ballad that's comes across like a cross between Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane's solo careers and Kenny and Colin's 'Something's Got The Better Of You' adds a curious flamenco sound to a rather anonymous love song.
Notably none of these three songs have anything much to do with Hull's work and the rest of the band barely sing behind Hull either. This makes it all that much easier when Hull will come to revive the album in the wake of the success of 'Back and Fourth' inturning into a solo set with the name 'Phantoms' without the three 'outside' songs, which are replaced by three similarly anonymous new compositions - Hull's original intentions when making this a solo record in was to call it 'Madmen and Loonies'.
We'll review both albums as separate entities across this site even thoughy both effectively appear together on the one and only CD re-issue of either to date - 'Radiator' is slightly the better if only because it throws in a little bit more variety but neither is exactly classic Hull or indeed classic Craddock.
The record didn't really sell in either packaging, perhaps because in the case of 'Isn't Life Strange?
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Hull couldn't in fact find a label interested at all for a year until he contacted old pal Elton John who'd just luanched his own 'Rocket' label for records like this one - that wasn't enough to stop the cheeky Mr Hull adding Elton and co-writer Bernie Taupin to his list of 'madmen and loonies'! It's a song about karma, really, although this is rather inelegantly described as 'like spittin' in the wind - it all comes back on you!
Hull's nervy narrator is good too, as he stutters 'I wish you well, well I mean as far as it goes, I mean as far as we know Hull's narrator claims to be happy when he's alone, to 'work things out in my own mind' but he's suffering from 'I Am A Rock-itis', in denial about the fact that he's just hurt and needs some time alone to re-charge.
The ambiguous way the song is written makes it sound as if Hull might be walking into the sea for good which might be why a tinkle of wind chimes marks the end of this song as it fades away - however it's not a completely negative song.
Hull talks about the fact that he still might meet his soul-mate one day, a person with whom he needn't have all the communication problems he's having with his current loved one - 'word no spoken but told, inside of me'.
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It's a gorgeous ballad, exquisitely played and says so much about the narrator's fragile state without really coming out and saying it directly. Only a true master composer could come up with something like this - so it's deeply impressive that Hull should have written this song so early in his career, alongside 'River' and 'We Can Swing Together' as his first batch of compositions.
The lyrics are worth a chuckle though about double acts who work so well 'sometimes fighting, sometime making love, sometimes up against the wall' but who love each other really - Hull quotes Eric and Ernie, Elton and Bernie, Laurel and Hardy and Batman and Robin.
Which begs the question - who did Alan see himself in a double act with? The rockier 'Corporation Rock' is a sort-of-sequel to 'Taking Care Of Business', with Hull using a straightforward rock backing that sounds like everything else around in this era in which to lampoon everything that's wrong about the current state of music.
At the time this song was written it was the late prog rock era, just before the punk era occurred when music arguably did need a little kick-start and Hull laments how 'safe' music has become, laughing at how music has now just become another business 'Get your divvy at the co-op! Hull says not to worry if a career fades anyway because it's now the norm for musicians to sell washing up liquid and football games!
This song is fun but it's not quite as clever as it thinks it is. The noisy 'Isn't It Strange? He'd have done better giving it to Colin Gibson to sing as he lacks the 'demented rocker' voice needed to sing this track, which comes across sounding more like Oi or Captain Sensible. Peter Kirtley's 'Lay Back and Dream' is pleasant and has a rather lovely backing with lazy accordion and some lovely Craddock piano.
However it's all rather forgettable, with lyrics about having taken a gamble on work and finding it had all worked and wanting to comfort his loved one forever.
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The Kenny-sung 'Something's Got The Better Of You' is also sweet, with some lovely guitar work and one of the better melodies on the album but is perhaps a little anonymous compared to both Hull's work and his own earlier songs for the 'Mark II' records. The album then closes out with another Hull double-act.
An epic piano ballad in the mould of 'Make Me Want To Stay' written at the same time but held backthe song turns bitter far too quickly as Hull worries about being left alone 'is there anybody there? It's a rather odd way to end the album and Hull and Craddock may be the only band members on the track. Radiator rather came apart after the poor sales of the album and with six pay packets to account for simply didn't make ends meet enough on the gigs.
The album was shelved so suddenly that few fans even realised it was out and Hull felt sure enough that nobody had heard it to re-issue the album under his own name in two years' time. In many ways you can see why - this is an album that spends most of the record commenting on how terribly bland and ordinary music has become, whilst falling in the same traps of blandness and averageness itself, lacking any real bite or adventurousness that Hull and co usually managed.
However it did give the pair a chance to work together again, re-booting a friendship that will result in some really lovely songs to come in the years ahead. Radiator also convinced Hull finally that he really didn't have much of a future outside the band, with a reunion only a year away. Isn't it strange indeed! However Ray said the group had done lots of rehearsing before they went into the studios and Johnston was used to working with Dylan who usually did just one take on his songs.
The record was his vision.
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He was after a performance. It got great reviews and the record flew off the shelves. We were doing well at festivals, stole the show in many cases. Lady Eleanor was re-released and it became a hit too.
The album went to No. No record company in its right mind would expect the follow-up to sell as many. The follow up Dingly Dell got to Number 3 and is my favourite album in terms of consistency. Alan Hull was finding it hard to write songs.
The band would of course re-form and performed in various guises until calling it quits in Fog On The Tyne came out as a single but only a heavily reworked version of it with vocals by footballer Paul Gascoigne. It was released in under the title Fog on the Tyne Revisited which reached number two in the UK singles chart.
You can feel the enthusiasm and the optimism when you play it. We knew we were good.