April 4, 2022
Paul and Sean were so glad to invite Henry back for another whistle-stop, rollicking ride through the rest of his career.
We kick off with The Christians, his best-known venture, with our analysis of their trademark harmonies, Motown influences and ‘gritty’ messages. We have some tasty baked goodies to share with you too, notably a live performance from one of the band’s very first gigs. We coo over two particular hits - both extremely beautiful and poignant. We listen heart in mouth as he describes the moment last December when he and the band completed a moving tribute to Iranian hostage Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. The reworked Christians song ’Naz Don’t Cry’ created a stir on social media just before Christmas 2021.
Despite Henry’s solo career not kicking off in earnest until the start the last decade - at the tender age of 53 - he has no end of fantastic stories about his prolific activity as composer, collaborator and producer in the 90s and 00s, including Take That’s Mark Owen, no less.
Signing once again to Island Records for his acclaimed album “The Chronicles of Modern Life”, followed some years later by “The Last Mad Surge of Youth” and "Six of One & Half a Dozen of the Other” (with Les Glover), all three records show an emerging wryness, warmth and self-deprecation, and Henry is hilariously honest about his outlook on life, his music and getting older!
As an absolute treat for fans of 10cc and Graham Gouldman, we’re thrilled to be able to share with you some of a pile of demo tapes Henry’s shared with us. All feature him and Graham in the throes of collaboration, and *no one* has heard these! Many of these terrific songs were largely intended for inclusion in the hit West End show Dreamboats and Petticoats. Other tapes are one-off recordings with such collaborators as John Campbell from It’s Immaterial. They’re terrific, and we’re really looking forward to hearing new versions of some of them featured on Henry’s forthcoming album ‘Beautiful Ruins’.