Now that is what I call a week.
Literally just popped back from Denmark (where I am supposed to be on holiday) so I could join Trevor Horn on stage at the Cropredy Festival and sing a few songs. Ant came along for a giggle (and a Mr Whippy '99 courtesy of Ms Jordache) and a great time was had by all.
The happy upside to this was that we were able to record an on-location special chapter of TCD in my back garden (as you will hear).
So settle in for a not-quite-normal episode, with expansed auralness.
Apologies for the lack of diary and crooncast this week (I had a plane to catch) and sorry this is a bit late. On the plus side, I am including an excellent awful Mexican busker I ran into in Guadalajara.
Love, lavender and distortion
Otros episodios de "The Corona Diaries"
Chapter 134. Ear tunnels, tattoos and very quizzical looks.
hace un día
1:05:39After all the excitement of bus drivers and percussionists, long haired sound men and keyboardists this feels like a very run of the mill chapter of TCD (sorry Lucy).So for 134 Ant and I pick up on our semi-regular album chat feature, and for those of you who have been paying attention that means Less is More. Of course in our case it's a little bit more Less is Less as there is, at this point, a need for some serious listening and memory-jogging. We will return to it next week having done our revision.The diary takes me to Sweden, as we once again attempt to fit into one of those pre-defined boxes that just don't work for a band like us. Still it gave me an excellent idea for a crooncast, which I can dedicate to the legendary Phil Brown.As Lars Flintstone once said to his friend Arne Rubble..."Abbadabbadooo!"hBlack Sweden - Smoke on the Water
Chapter 133. With a kick like Seb Coe, coming around the final bend...
1:02:41For those of us that lived through his achievements in real time, it's easy to close my eyes and be taken right back to the moment when Seb Coe lined up in the final of the 1500m at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.Middle-distance running took on almost rock'n'roll stature at the time in Britain, as Steve Ovett, Steve Cram & Seb Coe dominated both the centre piece events of 800 & 1500 breaking world records at every turn.We all got up in the middle of the night to watch that final, and be exhilarated by that truly epic last lap. But why am I reminiscing about that now, well TCD has just come around that final bend with Ant & myself doing a very good impression of Steve & Seb at their peak.Love'n'klaxons,hMens 1500m Final - 1985 LA Olympics TCD Merch StoreBecome Purple and support the showThe Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014FacebookInstagramWebsite
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Chapter 132. I could see you in a chainmail [email protected]
1:10:26One of the purples mentioned in the comments for a recent chapter (I think it was Paula Collewijn as it goes...) 'just curious, who is the creator behind these funny episode titles?'Well Paula it's a bit of a mixed-bag. Sometimes it's Ant, sometimes it's me, but more often than not they kind of come up in conversation - and when this happens it's because we follow a secret and special formula. Here's how it goes;The Episode Title Cocktail recipe4/6 measures of Tanquerey GinNot enough TonicA legendary Sound ManSome questionable (if historic) fashion choicesServe in a warm hotel room, wait about 30 minutes for it to enter the blood stream and work its magic, and then settle back and let the gold happen.Simple.hTCD Merch StoreBecome Purple and support the showThe Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014FacebookInstagramWebsite
Chapter 131. Smoking a spliff round at Vlads place.
1:05:48Recording The Corona Diaries on the road is a little challenging to say the least. You are always at the mercy of the local wi-fi connection, the rooms are often a bit lively (from an audio perspective, obvs...) and I am constantly a bit tight on time.There is however one definite up side, and that is the fact that a ton of interesting, funny and genuinely lovely people are also in close proximity.Which means for the third episode on the spin I have managed to cajole another one back to my room with the promise of a Walnut Whip. And before he had time to protest, a microphone was set-up in front of him, a sock was strategically arranged and the red light went on.Gold. hTCD Merch StoreBecome Purple and support the showThe Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014FacebookInstagramWebsite
Chapter 130. Jamming toward, rather than jamming away.
1:07:14It's only taken 130 episodes, but we have finally completed the set.Backstage at the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht, resplendent against the magnolia painted breeze-block walls, Mark Kelly himself became the final member of Marillion to pop his TCD cherry.As you would expect he was top value, fizzing between his take on the current tour, the development of the tech that drives the show and how he went about the process of collecting his thoughts to write a book.Lots of chat, giggles, and a few senior moments proving that Special K is indeed a perfect fit when it comes to The Corona Diaries.Love'n'apols for the slight echo (but then again it is Halloween, and it gave it a spooky vibe)...Cheeriogarth xTCD Merch StoreBecome Purple and support the showThe Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014FacebookInstagramWebsite
Tightening it up when it's a little loose, and softening it when it's a little stiff.
1:00:13What a joy it was to hardly say anything on this weeks Chapter of TCD...One of the highlights (if not THE highlight) of the new album, and the current tour has been having the legendary Mr Luis Jardim in the building. And to top it off he only went and agreed to come and share the love on the podcast. What a guy...I managed to cobble together some microphones, and Ant squirrelled himself away in the depths of a deserted cafe-bar and we both sat, and listened to the musings and stories of a man who has literally played with everybody, and on pretty much everything in our collective lifetimes.Please allow me to introduce Mr Luis Jardim, the fixer of broken tracks, the shaker of all shakers, and the man who makes everything better. And funnier.Obrigado meu amigohTCD Merch StoreBecome Purple and support the showThe Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014FacebookInstagramWebsite
Chapter 128. It was very, difficult sand.
1:12:04No time to chat this week because I am busy packing for the European Tour, so I am just going to leave the episode highlight in a succinct, bullet-point, stylee.Linette still has those amazing jugs, in fact I just reached up and grabbed 'em. Check out my instagram feed if you don't believe me.I do often think of myself as a victorian water-closet.Just because it has a key-hole, doesn't mean you shouldn't give it a tug.I do indeed have an alter-ego with a cape, I try to use my powers for good and I have a huge A on my torso.You will be pleased to learn that I have stopped abusing the thin blue line, and now doff my cap at them. Particularly the incorruptible ones that speak Portuguese and arrive by pushbike.See you in Eindhoven, I will be the one attending to my stubble.Obrigado e boa noite,hTCD Merch StoreBecome Purple and support the showThe Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014FacebookInstagramWebsite
Chapter 127. Either the fourth or the fifth time of asking.
1:10:55After what Liz has managed to achieve in her first week on the job, we felt the least we could do would be to finish the backstory to the Dry Land Album.So for your delectation and delight, and not least as a reward for your patience, we will cover the last tree tracks on the album proper as well as a little curveball that Ant casually tossed in my direction to check I was paying attention.And talking about paying attention I need to remember to contact Colin W. and see if he might be free to join us for a natter. Oh, and I also need to make sure we don't let Luis J. return home without coming on to tell us a few stories. It's no joke this podcast lark...Love'n'cysts...hTCD Merch StoreBecome Purple and support the showThe Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014FacebookInstagramWebsite
Chapter 126. A stones throw from Tampers Wheel
1:01:39On location in the Steel City.Perched on seven hills like Rome, and with a river running underneath, it is the home of football (according to Ant), the only place to get a Hot Roast Pork sandwich and the place that gave me the moment I realised, NOTHING could be better than being in a rock'n'roll band.Of course when you take your recording studio and plonk it in a crowded restaurant you do place yourself at the mercy of fate, and in this case it was a couple of old friends enjoying an early afternoon tea. I think we just about got away with it, and by the sounds of their conversation we didn't disrupt them from having a lovely time (despite Vera's back-trouble)Back to normal next week, or whatever passes for normal.Keep it purple. Deep purple.hTamper Coffee CompanyTCD Merch StoreBecome Purple and support the showThe Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014FacebookInstagramWebsite
Chapter 125. Cheeriogarth
50:38The band-breakfast-names seem to be reaching a climax, and it’s all gone a little bit Strictly.“What?!” I hear you cry.Well, you know in the early rounds of Strictly, (or Bake Off for that matter) all the offerings are kind of OK. You know the kind if thing, a solid 5 but not much more.Well with the exception of Ian Muesli that’s where we were at with this. But by the time you have finished listening to 125 you will have realised that inspiration struck like lightning and we’re are now looking at straight 10s from Len. (...but you might well wonder where the Railway Museum went).A lemon meringue to anyone who can come up with one for Luis Jardim who's feeling very left-out on the bus.h (Currently channeling Byron, Brunel, and Bill Bailey)TCD Merch StoreBecome Purple and support the showThe Invisible Man Volume 1: 1991-1997The Invisible Man Volume2: 1998-2014FacebookInstagramWebsite