The Real Tuesday Weld / Radio Clerkenwell
The circumstances of the writing, recording and re-visiting the songs on this album were fraught with heartbreak, longing, madness – and living in Clerkenwell with Glen Duncan. Business as usual in other words, but the podcasts gave us an opportunity to tell some of the strange tales which gave rise to the songs – or arose out of them. Hallucinations, mysterious visions, a cast of Clerkenwell characters, unreleased music and some poor jokes were all mixed up in a kind of romantic sonic melange.
Whereas “The Return of the Clerkenwell Kid”and “Sounds of Propaganda and the Cold War” were complete series, there are various single episodes for other projects or special occasions too. Dreams that Money Can Buy is a 1948 surrealist film which the BFI commissioned us to write an alternative soundtrack for. You can read more about it on the Recordings pages but here is a little program to whet a dreamer’s whistle. T.S. Elliot’s “The Wasteland” remains a great and grave inspiration. The Nightingales in the Wasteland podcast has something to do with it – although I can’t remember quite what. It features the velvet-cloaked tones of my good friend the English Alchemist David Piper voicing the words from the poem and the lyrics from Eric Maschwitz and Manning Sherwin’s “A Nightingale sang in Berkley Square”. And it also features the incredible clarinet playing of a certain Mr Jacques Van Rhijn. “The Thought That Counts” and “Last Christmas in Clerkenwell” a little end of the year audio letters to all our friends. The former particularly is rather confessional in relation to the death of my Father in a way that I am not sure I could manage now. Glen Duncan makes an appearance reading Elliot and Kipling and the lovely Mara Carlyle graces us again with her speaking voice.