This is Terry Ronald on the set of ‘Beautiful People’ (it’s the Doonans’ kitchen). Terry’s first novel has just been published; it’s brilliant. We’re having a few drinks tonight to celebrate.
And that last post actually links quite neatly with the first record I ever produced.
I wrote this in 1996 with David Green while I was still at college. It reached the ears of Dannii’s A&R guy at WEA, Steve Allen, and he put me in the studio with her to record it.
I was more than a little nervous. I’d never actually recorded anyone’s vocals in a studio before. It was the first time I’d met Dannii, and the first time I met Terry Ronald, who luckily was on hand to help out. I think it went ok. We’re all still mates now.
Anyway, no more blasts from the past today. Apols if the production sounds a little dated… I prefer to think of it as ‘classic’ HEM HEM.
There were many more orchestras between this and ‘The Winner Takes It All’, that’s for sure.
Here’s a collaboration: Dannii and Kylie performing a duet of ‘The Winner Takes It All’, produced by Steve Anderson, Terry Ronald and me.
We recorded this for the BBC Comedy series ‘Beautiful People’, on which I was the musical director, with the BBC Concert Orchestra (a career highlight oh yes).
It’s not subtle.
I went to see Kylie’s “Aphrodite Les Folies” show on Friday. It was brilliant; one of the best live shows I’ve seen. The staging was incredible. I’m not going to bang on about it here as the live DVD will undoubtedly be a more riveting experience than my witterings. So here’s a rubbish pic I took on my iPhone. It’s a bit blurred because I was dancing like an idiot (and also because I don’t get people standing taking pictures and videos on phones at a gig. Why don’t you just watch the show?)
One shout out: I’ve known Kylie’s long-time musical director and collaborator, Steve Anderson for a long time. His earliest productions as part of Brothers in Rhythm made me want to make music while I was still at school… even though he’s only a few years older than me. Years later we’re now co-conspirators, have done the odd collaboration together, and his work on the latest Kylie tour proves he keeps raising the bar each time.