Clive has been very busy the past couple of months, he recently did a interview with BBC Radio 2 about the song ‘Shipbuilding’ he wrote with Elvis Costello about the Falklands War, made famous by Robert Wyatt. If you missed it you can listen back here. He has also been busy working with his band Deaf School and is about to co-produce some tracks for the new Madness album with producer Charlie Andrew who he co-produced the Eugene McGuinness album and Madness Kronenberg advert with.
Eugene’s album is out on Domino in August, the next single ‘Harlequinade’ can be seen below.
The first track from the Clive Langer and Charlie Produced Eugene McGuinness album now available to download for free from Eugene’s website. The video for the song can be seen below, expect big things in 2012.
Clive has been busy the last couple of weeks locked in rehearsals with Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera and Paul Thompson all from Roxy Music! Andy has arranged a charity show in Devon with an all star lineup including Suggs from Madness, Clive and Clive’s fellow Deaf School members Miss Bette Bright and Enrico Cadillac Jr.
Clive commented: “Half of Deaf School play with half of Roxy Music plus the added bonus of Suggs from Madness. It’s a dream come true for us to be playing with our heroes, and probably the single most influential band in the formative years of DS!”.
The gig, at a small intimate venue, was fully subscribed before tickets could be made available, so unfortunately there are none for sale Deaf Schools website will be publishing pictures as soon as they are available.
Q Magazine has published in their April edition a list of its readers voted 50 Ultimate British Songs. ‘Ship Building’ written by Clive with Elvis Costello has come in at number two!
Although Elvis did release the song himself (Produced by Clive & Alan Winstanley on his Punch the Clock album) its Robert Wyatt’s version that was put forward by Brett Anderson the lead singer from Seude. Wyatt’s version is a co-production between Clive & Elvis Costello and has already received critical acclaim from the likes of David Bowie, John Peel and more.
You can hear the song below the video features performances from Clive, Elvis and Mark Bedford from Madness.
Things may have seemed quite here at langerwinstanley.com over the past few months, but in reality they have been anything but! Clive has now recorded a brand new mini-album with his seminal band Deaf School and is currently touring the UK (dates below) before heading to Japan for shows in Tokyo on the 19th and 20th of Feb.
You can buy the mini-album from the Deaf School site using this handy link.
Last year’s Madness compilation Total Madness which is entirely produced by both Clive & Alan has now officially achieved gold status in the UK. See below for a picture of Clive accepting his award along with members of the band in music week.
Clive Langer’s seminal solo album Splash has been released with a heap of bonus tracks On Lemon Records (part of the Cherry Red Group). You can by the album from here and all good record stores.
Another of Clives recently reformed bands Deaf School are performing a couple of very special shows on the 17th of April in tribute of former singer Eric Shark (aka Sam Davis) who very sadly passed away on the 7th of January this year, the show is at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. Joining Deaf School will be Suggs, Kevin Rowland, Ian Broudie, Lee Thompson and Pete Wylie plus an extra special appearance by Deaf School original band member Paul Pilnick and, best of all, the lovely and talented Tina Sparkle! You can purchase tickets here