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Thursday, May 26, 2005

how did this end up here?

Yikes! My news gremlins recently dropped in my Inbox a Billboard article about Chris and Glenn from OCTOBER?! Still, this blog didn't exist then, and if you haven't read it, it's a fun little trifle (promoting the now-legendary Borders Bookstore Song-By-Son reunion). One of the best quotes from Glenn:
'Where I Can Be Your Friend' is a really sweet lyric addressed, I think, to me -- a sort of apology from Chris about the way the band ended up... I didn't fully appreciate some of the things he was going through at the time. So it was a really sweet thing for him to write. I do love him. Even though sometimes I'd like to punch him.
Words we can all relate to. Thanks, Glenn!

Sorry about the severe lack of bloggage, if I still have any readers at all. I've been preoccupied at work with the project that ate New York, and preoccupied at home with how the heck am I going to get a new computer, which I desperately need now.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

tilbrook: f**k you, FCC!

Glenn shows how colorful he can be on the XM Satellite Radio network. From this post (that I'm reposting without permission) from the Glennlist, it sounds like a great show for those of us who can't make it to the East Coast for a Fluffers show.

: Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 09:53:13 -0400
From: Muzik Dude (e-mail address deleted)
Subject: Re: Glenn on The Loft (radio)

I managed to hear the whole broadcast yesterday on the Loft on XM. Glenn was
very jovial, and he had a lot of fun with the "unfettered" and "free" format
of satellite radio by dropping the f-bomb repeatedly throughout the
broadcast, usually when he implored the listening audience to yell out of
their windows "I f***ing love Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers!".

Here's the set list, pretty typical of the recent tour:
By The Light Of The Cash Machine
Pulling Mussels (From The Shell)
Hot Shaved Asian Teens
This Is Where You Ain't
Is That Love?
Domestic Distortion
Ray And Me
Voodoo Child (Glenn Solo)
Parallel World
Take Me I'm Yours

It was nice to hear the band play in a well-mixed environment (meaning
Simon's drums weren't as overpowering as when they're in a live club).

You can still catch the show on XM Channel 50 at these remaining times:
*Thursday (05/26) @ 3:00 PM ET
*Thursday (05/26) @ 9:00 PM ET
*Saturday (05/28) @ 6:00 PM ET

Does anyone know when and where this show was recorded?

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

strangely, the one "L" in "tilbrook" posed no challenge at all....

Acoustic Magazine, which bills itself as the UK's only acoustic guitar magazine, features an interview with Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Gifford of Squeeze. Someday, they may interview Chris Difford, and that would be cool. It's about, well, I'll let them tell you:
Sean Egan meets Glenn Tilbrook & Chris Gifford (Squeeze) - one of the most prolific and successful songwriting partnerships of recent times and learns that being compared to Lennon & McCartney is not as great as it sounds.
The current issue of this magazine also features an introduction to lutes.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

redditch concert tickets still available

The Redditch Standard says that tickets to the city's AIR festival, which features Jools Holland as one of its high profile performers, are not selling well. So, this might be an option for you Jools fans who can't get a ticket to Glastonbury, which is not having that same problem. Jools plays Redditch on June 5.

Monday, May 09, 2005

more glastonbury tickets on sale

Sorry for the lack of news, but my news gremlins have not found much (or any) news lately. So, finally, some news --- and it's good news for those of you who wanted to catch Glenn and Jools at Glastonbury. According to the BBC there are several hundred more tickets on sale for Orange mobile phone subscribers. Not so great for us Americans, but if there are any UK readers out there, good luck!

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

glenn at antone's in austin on may 6

It was nice of Joe Gross of Austin 360 (the online calendar section of the Austin Statesman) to mention that Glenn will be playing at Antone's on May 6. Even if Mr. Gross would rather hear A Flock of Seagulls than "Tempted". Maybe someone should let him know he probably won't hear "Tempted," so he has nothing to fear. But he must have said much more than that. The Google News link that led me to that little blurb excerpts a Statesman subscriber-only article seems much more intriguing than what I actually got. Google quotes: "... is a certified patent holder and member of that ... the songwriting ampersand behind the beloved band Squeeze and now ... the new hardest working man in show business. ... " Argh! What is it saying?!

"increasingly decreased?"

Is that anything like "excess moderation?" I don't know why I neglected to post this Q-and-A with Glenn from the Chicago Sun-Times from about a week ago, particularly because it's already been on the Glenn list. But, it's a fun little read. My favorite bit is this:
Q. After you released your first solo disc, you were on the road pretty much nonstop for three years -- in an RV. Were you just in love with the road?

A. Squeeze hadn't put in a lot of work during our last eight years together, so our touring circle became increasingly decreased, if I can say that. So I went out to do a lot of touring because I wanted to reacquaint myself with whatever was left of the people who liked Squeeze -- and to find new people, as well. I mean, what I'm doing has flavors of Squeeze, but there's also a lot of things I do that Squeeze would not have done.
Increasingly decreased. I love that. I also love that he caught it and mentioned it himself.