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November 29, 2021

Here you go folks: here are details of our exciting two-day 50cc event in June next year!

BRING IT ON!

Best wishes,

 

Sean and Paul

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November 29, 2021

Hello, Consequences subscribers!

Paul and Sean announce a special, exclusive ticket promotion, available to you only for the next week. Please click on the accompanying Premium podcast, also out today, to download a PDF containing all the details.

Really hoping to see you there!

The Consequences Podcast 83 - Waxing lyrical with producer and songwriter Phil Thornalley

The Consequences Podcast 83 - Waxing lyrical with producer and songwriter Phil Thornalley

November 22, 2021
Some people have had a disproportionately successful music career, having written, produced, engineered or played on a staggering number of sublime pop records.  One such person is Phil Thornalley.
 
Phil cut his teeth in the studio in the late 1970s with pop supremo Mickie Most before a precocious career engineering, producing and/or playing with The Cure, Prefab Sprout, Johnny Hates Jazz and Thompson Twins, among many others. His work on TT’s ‘Into the Gap’ earned him a Grammy nomination. Paul and Sean of course quiz him on his time working with Andrew Gold and Graham Gouldman on their second set of Wax songs, ‘Magnetic Heaven’. Since the ‘80s, he’s enjoyed some spectacular success as a songwriter, most famously perhaps with Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ and two number ones for Pixie Lott.  He’s also worked with Bryan Adams.  So this guy has some pretty spectacular pedigree!
 
Phil’s production style in the mid-late 1980s - along with that of his peers - could be dismissed lazily as dated or of-its-time, but closer examination reveals some delights. We were gobsmacked by his recycling of 10cc’s pioneering tape loop techniques for his work on an ‘80s classic…. We won’t spoil the surprise!
 
The biggest revelation though has been Phil’s own ‘band’ project: his two albums as Astral Drive.  Possibly Sean’s favourite new discovery of the year! It’s deliciously great pop, full of hooks, great melodies and 60s/70s sounds, and we have a lot of fun quizzing Phil on his obvious influences: Todd Rundgren features heavily!
The Consequences Podcast 82 - Love Will Tear Strawberry Apart - with engineer Jonathan ‘Baz’ Barrett

The Consequences Podcast 82 - Love Will Tear Strawberry Apart - with engineer Jonathan ‘Baz’ Barrett

November 8, 2021
This episode will be absolute music to the ears not just of Strawberry Studios enthusiasts, but all fans of the 80s and 90s Manchester ('Madchester'!) music scene.
 
Jonathan ‘Baz’ Barrett, better known to this podcast as the Stage Manager for the wonderful Strawberry Studios Forever concert in Stockport in September, was a fully-fledged Strawberry recording engineer during its last six years, from 1987 to 1993. His fascinating stories paint a vivid picture of sessions and recordings involving some of Manchester’s most iconic bands.  None more so than Joy Division, and we try to illustrate Baz’s amazing account of Martin Hannett’s pioneering production work on Love Will Tear Us Apart with some incredible isolated vocal and instrumental parts. We’ve even tried to re-imagine one of these, so apologies to Mr Hannett if we’ve got this completely wrong…
 
Other tales include Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Cocteau Twins, the BBC and some other less well-known bands such as The High, Mighty Force, Ashley & Jackson and his own band Rig. 
 
This a real love letter to Strawberry’s final years, and it’s only fitting that we ask Baz to name his ‘pet’ Strawberry sound of all time.  You won’t be disappointed!
The Consequences Podcast 81 - The Dean and Us

The Consequences Podcast 81 - The Dean and Us

October 25, 2021
Welcome to the Consequences Podcast’s first venture outside the 10cc universe! We’ll still be dipping our toes back into the Kevin/Lol/Graham/Eric sphere as and when, but for now we present an extraordinary conversation with a true songwriting legend: Mr Dean Friedman!
 
Seen unfairly as a one hit wonder, Friedman’s career spans nine eclectic albums and regular international tours. His loyal following is treated to intelligent, witty and beautiful songs. As a talented multi-instrumentalist, he really is the full package. Truly one of the most entertaining people we’ve ever met.
 
Much of this chat centres around his new album, ‘American Lullaby’. It’s a characteristically eclectic affair, with all the usual high-octane wordplay, wit and melodic/harmonic beauty. This time though, he really packs a lyrical punch. Inspired (appalled?) by recent events in American politics, the pandemic and vicious culture wars, Dean’s gloves are off. Prepare to be dazzled by his incredibly thoughtful analysis, honesty, moral and political compass and live performances here. One in particular is a comedy masterclass!
 
We also delve into other parts of his career, notably his underrated ‘Rumpled Romeo’ album from the early 80s, which includes his most successful song, ‘McDonald’s Girl’. There’s also room for discussion on some of his less well-known songs, and of course we *had* to look at ‘Lucky Stars’. Why is it so misunderstood as a ‘guilty pleasure’?
 
And we ought to say at this juncture that we simply couldn’t resist chatting about 10cc and Consequences in this chat! We just can’t help ourselves.
Consequences 10cc Podcast 80 - Strawberry Studios Forever: a ‘pod-umentary‘

Consequences 10cc Podcast 80 - Strawberry Studios Forever: a ‘pod-umentary‘

October 18, 2021
Here’s our attempt to condense the events of an incredible day into a single podcast!
 
On 18th September 2021, nearly five hundred people convened at the beautiful Stockport Plaza for Strawberry Studios Forever. Organised and hosted by the inimitable local music champions John and Rosemary Barratt (of Seven Miles Out fame), this was an incredible live musical tribute to one of the UK’s most influential music hubs.
 
We hear short excerpts from every act, guest appearance or song performed by Peter Wadsworth, Selket (from Ramases), Derailer, Phil Mealey, 11 Hours, Eamonn O’Neal, Liv May & Billy Graham, Dr Uke, The Siders, The Sean and I (and Gizmo!), The Panamas, Paul Ryder (Happy Mondays) and Kashmere. The performed songs covered many of Strawberry's iconic recordings, by the likes of 10cc, Ramones, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Inspiral carpets, Stone Roses and others. Quite a list!
 
During and after the day, Paul and Sean interviewed a number of the participants, including John Barratt, Selket and Stage Manager Jonathan ‘Baz’ Barrett. All three have unique and fascinating experiences of their time at Strawberry.
 
And the Consequences podcast just wouldn’t be complete without Graham’s contribution, would it?
Consequences 10cc podcast 79 - The Great Graham Gouldman Bake-off

Consequences 10cc podcast 79 - The Great Graham Gouldman Bake-off

October 4, 2021

Well folks, in the words of Graham Gouldman here:

 

'Wow.'

 

We'll just leave this one here. Unreleased joys and a reaction from this great musician to die for.  Enjoy!

Consequences 10cc podcast 78 - No Words Today, with Graham

Consequences 10cc podcast 78 - No Words Today, with Graham

September 27, 2021

As Paul says, 'there's no introduction necessary': Graham's umpteenth pod gig is a joy!

We won't give anything away, but we had a lot of surprises here. Graham's 2020-2021 Lockdown project - 'No Words Today' - has been a massive technological leap for the so-called 10cc 'bassist'. Total solo artist, guitar virtuoso and self producer/engineer?  You bet. For those of you fortunate enough to have downloaded this sumptuous beauty already, you'll know exactly what we're talking about.  This is Gouldman firing on cylinders we (and he) didn't even know he had!

And there's an awful lot more to come from this conversation... Coming to a pod near you anon.

 

 

 

 

Consequences 10cc podcast 77 - Shifting Through the McGears with Mike McCartney

Consequences 10cc podcast 77 - Shifting Through the McGears with Mike McCartney

September 13, 2021

Paul and Sean were delighted to spend an hour and a half in the company of Mike 'McGear' McCartney. And what an entertaining and captivating chap he is!

Any fans, like us, of 10cc's Strawberry Studios will of course know about Mike's memorable visits to Stockport. We give due airtime to the excellent 'McGear' album from 1974, as well as looking at its predecessor 'Woman' from two years earlier.

And there's so, so much more. Mike is a consummate raconteur, and he has us in stitches with his anecdotes about the The Scaffold, Cavern, Abbey Road, celebrity interviews, Strawberry, football with the Pythons, and of course 'our kid', his older brother Paul (including our extraordinary recorded find a few weeks ago).

There were a hundred questions we ran out of time - or simply forgot! - to ask. But we really hope you enjoy our attempt to do justice to the career of this underrated and hugely engaging artist.

Consequences 10cc podcast 76 - The Great Alcester Bake-off #3: Hello from Mike, Paul and Linda

Consequences 10cc podcast 76 - The Great Alcester Bake-off #3: Hello from Mike, Paul and Linda

August 23, 2021
Here’s a real departure for us today folks. In the third of our ‘Great Alcester Bake-off’ series, we’ve left the most unusual and surprising until last.
 
Strawberry Archive’s Peter Wadsworth and author of ‘10cc: The Worst Band in the World’ Liam Newton joined Sean in his Man Cave in Alcester to bake and play a dozen tapes. The rare, unearthed 10cc tapes were joy enough, but our anticipation for this one was intense! Labelled on the box as simply ‘Paul McCartney effects’ tape, we already knew this must have been his creative preparation for some of the more unusual moments on his brother Mike’s (and a proto-Wings') excellent album ‘McGear’ in 1974, recorded simultaneously with 10cc’s masterpiece, ‘Sheet Music’.
 
What we got though was more than that. But we won’t spoil the surprise!
 
You’ll hear most of our random musings and mutterings here, as we go on our little ‘voyage of discovery’ to try to understand the weird and sometimes wonderful fragments on this extraordinary tape.  I’m sure you’ll reach your own (correct) conclusions way before we did!
 
You can hear most of the audio from this (and our other 10cc discoveries) in superb 24-bit, 48k quality by becoming a subscriber to our podcast via the link below.  Thanks everyone.
 
 
 
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