Rock & Pop Places: The Sun Always Shines On TV

Was watching a re-run of Top of the Pops from 1986 and a-ha’s The Sun Always Shines On TV was on and they played the video which made me curious as to where the church section was filmed.

Well it turns out it was The Church of St Alban, The Martyr in wonderful downtown Teddington (UK), haunt of the now deunct Tames TV Teddington Lock studios  and long time home to the late comedian Benny Hill.

Location: 51.4281°N 0.3245°W

The Church fell out of use in 1977 and  is now an Arts Centre.


Lost In Kling Klang

How long did this take to see the light of day? Nearly 30 (32 probably for the initial recordings) years since this was not released (bar track one, the single).80’s concept band. Two ‘sultry singing’ models. Musicians culled from the local immigration centre and a Bremen based DJ, Ralf Behrent. All recorded in Kraftwerk’s studio and produced by Slits producer Dennis Bovell.


Crumar Midi Master Keyboard AKA Unique DBM

I’ve owned this back breakingly heavy midi master keyboard since the dawn of time itself but I’m about to sell it on and have taken the opportunity to scan the original manual. Crumar keyboards were only around for a short period and this one boasts  a very solid  all steel construction. A 72 note weighted keyboard, 3 way keyboard split with overlap and a nostalgic 4000 note 4 track sequencer built in ( I mostly used external sequencers myself).

As I mentioned I’ve just laboriously scanned the original manual which I’ve placed on scribd for others who may find themselves in possession of this keyboard whether badged as a Chase or as was the case in the US as the Unique DBM.

PDF can be downloaded here

Tape Archive: Diz Watson Live 1985

Diz Watson’s Jambalaya live session 1985

A smaller sized but equally high quality AAC+ encoded* version is available here

(*AAC+ audio files require this Plugin(Win) or a compatible player such as Songbird (Win,Mac,Linux), VLC(Win,Mac,Linux)or Winamp(Win) however Quicktime and i-Tunes will play file at half the audio bandwidth and in mono only)

Songbird Music Player Recommended

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