Posts tagged “10cc

To the Seine and Back Again

So yesterday afternoon I spent an hour and a quarter hanging off a boat on the Seine in Paris  taking photos of every thing that did not move, and everything that did too. By  very early evening  I was eating an early supper (how quaint) in my local in north London…Thanks to EUROSTAR…..It was my first ever river boat trip on the Seine in Paris, France. Wow! having walked along the Seine a few times, the boat takes the whole experience to a different level. It was the icing on the gateaux! 10€ well spent!

It’s funny, as it takes a shorter time for a Londoner  living near to St. Pancras station to get to Paris on the train, than it does to travel to most of the other major cities in the UK. It takes longer to get to Bristol, once you have got across  London to Paddington Station, and therefore anywhere in the West of this Fair island usually takes longer than 2 and a half hours. Sheffield, Manchester and all your favourite northern Cities take about the same amount of time, anything further north of York takes longer, Dublin takes about 8 more hours to get to, and anywhere in Scotland is  usually at least a couple more hours time sitting on a train than getting to France. London to Paris is so close, especially on the way home , when you move your watch, so it seems to only take an hour and 20 mins, which is quicker than getting a train to Brighton…ha ha ha.

SONG OF THE DAY – One Night in Paris -10cc

See if you can listen to at least the first chorus, and then you may be hooked………the whole piece is a real theatrical number. “That’s the way the croissant crumbles, after all!”

One night in Paris, is like a year in any other place, One night in paris , wipe the smile off your pretty face, one girl in paris is like loving every woman. One night in Paris might be your last!

The Worst Gig I Ever Did

So I had to think really carefully about them…I can think of two, actually more than two. I have, in fact done quite a few gigs in my time that would be considered ‘worst gigs’ for different reasons. This may be fodder for a few days blogs. I did  a duo gig with a mate at a historically important theatre bar in Islington, and the owner not only told us we were the worst duo he had ever had, but  refused to pay us -I think we only did one set.

I once did a gig with a strange local jazz band to a pub audience  of one  man and a dog.  The band did the first number – as I came on to sing the second number, the man and the dog left!  The same jazz band – their name somehow erased from my memory, managed to bluff their way into a gig in another local theatre bar where the bass player was the window cleaner – he had been trying for months to get us a gig, to no avail. The guitarist hatched this crazy idea, phoned up the pub with a phoney American accent to tell them that ‘Gitika ‘ was in from the States for a few days touring and somehow got us  a gig! The bass player went in disguise, as one of the blues brothers with the shades. This  meant he could not wear his glasses, so spent the whole evening on his knees with his head in his music as he could not see. I had to pretend to be American all evening – the gig was an absloute disaster. The band were shockingly bad, even on a good day  and this was a bad bad bad day, no-one played in time with anyone else. The p.a was cobbled together with bits of wire and tin cans, so I probably would not have heard a word I was singing (pretty common). The landlord recognised the bass player straight away, but waited until the end of the evening to sack him from his window cleaning job, and we didn’t get paid. Oh no my memory has been jogged, there are so many more ‘worst gigs’………..


10cc – worst band in the world

from ‘sheet music’……an amazing album, some extraordinary tracks.

Amazing words, I love the phrase ‘it irrigates my heart with greed’