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Street Portrait (for and of Gary Numan), 2018– Street Portrait (for and of Gary Numan), 2018 –

Last Wednesday I ran into Gary Numan and his dad Tony in Central London. We had a bit of a chat and they were really nice people and great about me taking a few shots.

As a young teenager I was obsessed with Gary’s album Telekon – I bought two of the three singles released from it and eventually the album. It still holds up as a great piece of work.

But he’s got a great catalogue that’s well worth checking out, including a new critically acclaimed album called Savage. The video below was taken from a celebration, earlier this year, of the UK music programme (now sadly off air) The Old Grey Whistle Test.

The portrait of Gary is a crop from the photograph below. On the left is his dad, Tony. Thanks very much letting me take the shot Gary and Tony.

Gary Numan and Tony WebbGary and Tony, 2018

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On Friday night Walk Upright launched their self-titled album at the Betsey Trotwood in Farringdon, London, UK. The venue is so small I had to make a composite image of the band…

Walk UprightGreat gig!

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Ashley Lily Scarlett and I are engaged in a conversation in pictures and it’s called Between Scarlett and Guest. Check it out.

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Blemish (I), 2012

Blemish (II), 2012

Blemish (III), 2012

These were taken in Beckenham, UK.

Blemish  is David Sylvian’s sixth solo album. It was released in 2003.

It’s a pretty solo affair – the avant-garde improvisational guitarist, Derek Bailey (RIP) appears on a couple of tracks and Christian Fennesz does his fizzing,  popping, exploding thing on another, but it’s mainly David Sylvian (on his own in a very small cabin up a mountain – that’s how I see him). The album is sparse, electronic, spacious and employs Sylvian’s mournful croon and bruised lyrics to great effect.

David Sylvian’s career is often compared to Scott Walker’s and if you were to join in, this would be David’s Tilt (my favourite Scott album). But he’s not Scott Walker and Blemish is a wholly unique experience – harsh, brittle, bright and beautiful. As evidence, and thanks to the piratical machinations of the internet, I offer you the title track (but beware it’s over 13 minutes long). If that’s a bit too much, here’s Fire In The Forest (much shorter).

In our house, this CD can be found: dining room, right-hand bookshelves, second shelf down.

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Thank as always,  John and Deanne and Terry for title shenanigans and Richard at CK Ponderings for being a super-cool collaborator. Our latest is due this Sunday.