Howard Marks, Lee Harris and the Mystery School Ensemble
available on iTunes soon...or download it from Napster or many many other download sites.
|a. The Product
|b. Perpetual Culture Shock
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Format :12" vinyl
Release Date :16 May 2003
Nicky Flood: trumpet, trombone
Sean Williams: guitars
Produced by Drezz
Engineered by Sean Williams
I was talking to Lee Harris in his shop "Alchemy" on Portobello Road and it emerged that Alchemy was nearly 30 years old. Lee wanted to do something special for his 30th anniversary running the oldest head shop in Britain and he didn't take much convincing to come into the studio and do a bit of recording. Lee has a history of public speaking and is also an accomplished writer so he brought in some Alchemical poetry and Drezz, myself and Lee came up with the track "Alchemical Changes".
Lee was delighted with the results and quickly booked us a gig at Spitz in Spitalfields. So there we were on the bill with three rock bands and all we had was this one rather chilled piece of what Lee has dubbed "Electric Poetry". We played our song and took a bow to a smattering of applause and one half-hearted cry of "That was shit!" and went home in the knowledge that the world wasn't quite ready for us yet.
Some weeks later Lee was on the phone with the idea of making a whole album for the Alchemy anniversary, and he had convinced his old mate Howard Marks to come along and do a track; would we be interested? Naturally Drezz and I were deeply honoured and we quickly arranged a date and roped in Nicky Flood fpr the session.
Howard and Lee turned up but nobody had brought any material to read or sing so We gave Howard a pile of synthesizer manuals and after selecting the back of the Kurzweil K-2000 manual and some bits of the Korg MS-10 manual we wrote and recorded "The Product". Having relied on some quality produce from Nepal, North India, Morocco and the UK, by the time we finished that first track we were all enjoying ourselves tremendously. For the remainder of the session we just jammed a couple of times but luckily I surreptitiously hit the record button both times and the results of those jams are "Three Men In A Boat" and my personal favorite "Perpetual Culture Shock".
Howard was just as you might have expected him to be -lovely. And when Dawit and Lee organised a night at Subterrania he came along and we ended up with Youth DJing, MC001 doing human beatbox, Nicky Flood on trumpet, myself on bass, Drezz on guitar and Lee and Howard doing their thing on the Mic. What a great night that was!
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