Me again, with true story…
It was not long after the end of ELO’s 1986 tour…
The first part had been a sort of mini-tour with Rod Stewart topping the bill. What a blast that was! We played at Wembley Stadium in front of 50,000+ people and then did a tranche of shows around Germany.
The next bit was different: we went on a video recording rampage around Europe and America playing ELO’s new releases ‘Calling America’ and ‘So Serious’. – At Montreaux in Switzerland, on Terry Wogan’s TV show in the UK and Dick Clark’s ’American Bandstand’ in Los Angeles (‘How do you keep so fresh’ Dick Clark asked Jeff, proffering a microphone to his lips – ‘I use shower gel, Dick’ Jeff replied with a mischievous grin as Dick huffed a nervous laugh and we all tittered in the background).
Yes, the memory of that particular show holds another nugget of rock ‘n’ roll comedy which I’ll tell you more about later…
But as I said, it was after the touring had ended… I had returned to LA to do record some film music and that is where I met June. No, it’s not like that! Behave yourself!
She was my manager’s girl friend and had just been in the TV series ‘V’ in which she played the part of an alien lizard invading earth. I got on okay with June – she was British and from the same part of England as me.
Anyway, before I left LA, she gave me her autographed picture as a memento – a huge wall poster of her in a swimsuit, zipped at the front – or rather unzipped – one hand on her hip the other brandishing a gun. You know the sort of thing. On this quantum visage she wrote: ‘To Dave. This is what lies under the Lizard skin’. (!!)
Well, the following winter in England was dark and drab, and oft-times damp too. England can be that way. And as I sat in my house one cold lonely night my gaze fell upon June’s poster. I picked up my guitar and began strumming away at a rock ‘n’ roll rhythm and before long I had birthed a song called ‘Room with a View’.
Everyone assumed it was a take on the E.M. Forster novel but it wasn’t. It was about MY room – with MY view of June. Yeah it spoke of being ‘high on a hillside and across a railroad track’ – basically far away from cold dark England in winter! With help from Richard Tandy and Martin Smith (both with ELO on the 86 tour) I recorded ‘Room with a View’ and put it out on the album The B.C. Collection.
Now fast forward to 2015..
I switch on my TV and am flicking through the dial, when I land on a channel showing the movie ‘This is Spinal Tap.’ And there she is again – June Chadwick from Solihull, England, playing the part of the trouble-making rock ‘n’ roll wife in the mockumentary which has become a cult classic.
Now sadly my poster has long gone, ripped off the wall by some jealous lady no doubt, I can’t remember. But the music is indestructible…
And so, like you do, I pick up a guitar and begin kicking around a 2015 version of ‘Room with a View.’
And I’ve told you all that just to tell you this:
My new recording is complete – I guess it will figure on a forthcoming album. But for now, I’d like to do something special with it…
The track is not currently available for sale but as a thank you for being one of my subscribers (you are one of my subscribers aren’t you?) I want to give it to you for free – no strings attached. Well, apart from being a subscriber of course! You can download my new version of ‘Room with a View’ here.
If you like the track you might also consider checking out ACROSS THE DIVIDE. It’s my latest album and a snapshot of my journey along rock ‘n’ roll highways and byways – yeah from ELO to Spinal Tap and back again!