Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Blockheads: Solo

While you are catching up with any gaps in your Blockheads collection, it may be worth keeping in mind that the personnel in question feature on many non-Blockhead projects too. Here's the lowdown on a few choice cuts. Why not expand the horizons of your musical selection? Give them a try - it's a simple as that!

John Turnbull has played with a huge array of artists, including Eurythmics, Bob Geldof and Paul Young.

His excellent Quantum Frolics album (reviewed here in 2013) deserves to be much better known.

Chaz Jankel never seems to stop working. I particularly like The Submarine has Surfaced, which can be purchased directly from Chaz's website. Derek Hussey makes a notable guest appearance on the album.

Norman Watt-Roy's legendary bass has appeared on many records, including some which may be surprising. Those who remember Frankie Goes to Hollywood telling everyone to Relax will have heard one of Norman's bass lines.

He has recently released Faith and Grace and has being touring the album between Blockhead and Wilko gigs.

Former Blockhead drummer Dylan Howe has a new album out soon too. Subterranean: New Designs on Bowie's Berlin sounds a very intriguing project. Further details can be found here.

Norman and Dylan continue to appear with the extraordinary Wilko Johnson (himself a former Blockhead, of course). The trio can be seen on the brand new DVD, Live At Koko, which is available from various places including Cadiz Music.

Our Blockhead week continues tomorrow...

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