Because we can’t figure out how to save the Clock Tower Hour of Tony Wadsworth’s radio show from last Saturday – it all seems to involve copyright infringement of some kind or another -, you have a mere two days to Listen Again to our debut live, open-air, BBC Radio Leicester performance. Use the hours wisely: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00t673w/Tony_Wadsworth_16_06_2012/ (also featured – Toyah Wilcox on the Walk of Fame, the Equality and Diversity officer at Leicester Council of Faiths, Carol Leeming, and a local cop reminiscing about the Beatles’ concert at deMontfort Hall. We’re about 2.30 in).
Uncannily – see “deRigueur” post below -, Tony refers to us as “Bluebird Paradise” in the first half of his studio show (did you think I wouldn’t listen?).
To tell the truth, it was all a bit stressful initially; we took the name of the show too literally and didn’t realize the radio car was around the corner, so were waiting for about half an hour at the Clock Tower thinking they hadn’t arrived yet. But we met up eventually, and things fell into place. After Tony played a track by Cliff Richard we launched straight into “music to slash your wrists by”, i.e. In Case You Fail. Tony – an inimitable host – admitted that he had been expecting something “dour”, and sounded genuinely surprised when he announced, “Hey – you guys rock!”…You couldn’t make it up.
The wind was blowing, the passers-by were casting quizzical glances, but the rain held off and we had glorious flugel action on At Last We Understand Each Other. How else could you follow the Foundations’ Build Me Up Buttercup?
Styx was enjoying the feel of a cold public bench through thin trousers; naturally, Mark scowled at the paps:
…but we had a good time anyway, and loved the oddity of it all. It had the feel of busking, but without the pressure of hoping for spare change. Special thanks to Tony, Julie, and producer Becca from BBC Radio Leicester for supporting local original music; to Tunde, Rob, and Lusy for coming to see us; and to Tunde for the photos – more of which can be seen in the Gallery.