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Videos from the bottom drawer

The Interview On Bikes

It amazes me now that my daughter Gillian was not quite eleven when we were promoting Accidentally On Purpose.  I have no idea why we are sitting on bikes… television people!  It’s a shame that AOP was sabotaged a week after it came out – record company politics.  All our promotion vanished overnight, we were furious.



The German Interview

I couldn’t help but feel sorry for this interviewer, with Ian in a devilish mood like this.  Maybe it was the result of too many interviews, many of which were conducted by presenters who hadn’t clue what was going on.  As usual, I am the one straddled in between.



Gillan & Glover “Clouds and Rain”

I had a demo of this chord sequence a few years before discovering the song that was hiding in it, and that happened quite suddenly while we were recording Accidentally On Purpose in Air Studios, Montserrat.  Inspired by a romantic adventure, I wrote the words in about ten minutes one morning.  They just tumbled out fully formed.  Sometimes it happens like that, it can’t be predicted or anticipated.  


Episode Six “I Hear Trumpets Blow”

In 1966, this was Episode Six’s second single, a cover of a song recorded by The Tokens (who had had a huge hit called The Lion Sleeps Tonight) so we thought we were on to a sure-fire winner.  We were lucky enough to get on TV’s Ready Steady Go so we assumed we were well on our way to the big time.


Gillan & Glover: “Dislocated” on Friday Night Live

Ian and I only played this song twice; when we recorded it and when we performed it on a TV show called Friday Night Live. The band on the show was mostly culled from Ian Dury’s Blockheads, fine musicians all. The sound quality is rather poor and maybe a better version exists somewhere, but I’ve never heard it. So here it is, quite a rarity.