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 1   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: The Observer TV Review column  Today at 07:43 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
The Archive's index of Clive's Observer 'Television' column is now searchable by programme name. I've created a new cross-reference page listing every* TV show reviewed or even just mentioned by Clive between 1972 and 1982, in alphabetical order, with publication dates and links to the site's page or pages featuring that programme. Find it here, or via the Archive's menu system, 'Essays' section.
 
https://archive.clivejames.com/essays/obsprogs.htm

Steve
 
( * - with the exception of those missing 22 issues of the paper. So far no-one has come up with any. )
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 2   Atkin admin / Tech / archive.clivejames.com outage  15.06.24 at 07:37 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
The Clive James Web Archive site has had something of a rough ride over the past couple of weeks. At the end of May our entire Dreamhost account was moved to a brand new shared server. All seemed to work seamlessly -- in particular Smash Flops and Midnight Voices don't appear to have been adversely affected by the move.
 
However we (well, I) overlooked one thing, which only became apparent when the old server was taken off line a few days later: the new server was on a new IP address and we'd neglected to change the DNS record at clivejames.com (which is managed independently) to point the 'archive' subdomain to the new address. Page requests were being answered with an "ain't 'ere, gov" error message and warnings about fraudulent redirection.
 
After a couple of days' panic we got through to the appropriate parties and were able to make the necessary changes. But our problems weren't over.
 
It became apparent that some Web browser and operating system combinations were failing to connect to the 'fast-track' versions of archive pages, instead returning a '404' (file not found) error. Some would show a flash of the '404' before the requested page loaded, and yet others worked as normal. This appears to have been caused by a critical timing error when loading fresh content (the so-called 'AJAX' method) into the browser document. The prototype pages (landing from off-site links) loaded normally.
 
Fortunately this was fixable by modifying each Section's (Essays, Poetry, Books etc.) base file -- I didn't need to change all of the archive's 2600-odd pages! As of this evening (Friday June 14th) all appears to be functional. Sorry for the outage!
 
Steve
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 3   Pete Atkin / Words / Re: A vintage interview with Clive  06.06.24 at 21:39 
Started by Revelator | Newest post by S J Birkill
Brilliant review -- great read, reminds us how erudite yet entertaining these earlier poems are. Thank you Revelator for posting it entire. I shall add it to my Clive James Website Archive site at next edit. Which might not be for a few days -- the site is presently unreachable due to a DNS issue at the parent ('clivejames.com') host.
 
Steve
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 4   Pete Atkin / Gigs / My Second Self  24.05.24 at 05:58 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill

 
Now booking for Saturday, 3rd August at The Pheasantry. Pete promises "several surprises".
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 5   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: Thank you Pete.  17.05.24 at 09:11 
Started by David_Allen | Newest post by S J Birkill
Thank you David -- it's great to hear the details of how you came to be here. When MV began, in 1997, we were accruing new members at a rate of more than a dozen per week on average, and without fail they were reporting the same kind of experiences that you relate, including ear worms, and incorporating lines from the songs into their everyday conversations. In these more blasé times everyone here seems to accept the phenomenon as normal, and few if any bother to come back with their own stories any more. Perhaps the romance has gone, but the magic certainly was there.
 
Might your first PA gig have been at Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge? According to his list of '70s appearances -
https://www.peteatkin.com/pagiglst.htm
 - Pete played the venue four times during the seventies:
 
on 31.10.72, supporting Lou Reed
on 19.01.73
on 26.04.74 on the 'The Road Of Silk' tour with 'Mama Flyer'
on 10.11.75 on the 'Together at Last' tour with Clive James.
 
As far as we know Kenny Everett was the first to play Pete on radio, having obtained a demo tape of 'Master of the Revels' and 'Girl on the Train', made during the sessions for Beware of the Beautiful Stranger in early 1970; but this was on BBC Radio 1: he introduced Pete as the 'Mystery Singer' and played the tracks on his show on successive weeks. You can hear the broadcast on our Discography page -- look for Kenny's image towards the bottom of the right-hand Player column.
https://www.peteatkin.com/disworks.htm
 
Pete's first studio session for the Beeb was broadcast on 24th August that year on the David Symonds show, and his first for John Peel went out in March 1972, though Peel may have played album tracks prior to that. Both sessions were part of the 'Sounds of the Seventies' strand. We have those too -- look for the Broadcasting House image.
https://www.peteatkin.com/sessbbc.htm
 
Offshore Radio London had weighed anchor in 1967, while Pete was laying down tracks for the demo album While the Music Lasts in Cambridge -- yes, you can listen to that too on the Discography page, if you're logged in to MV -- but we remember fondly 'Big-L' in the days of 'Kenny and Cash' and 'The Perfumed Garden'.
 
I hope you don't mind me clarifying names, dates and places as best I can. Most of it is there on peteatkin.com. I fear too many today expect a Website to deliver, well, not much apart from sparse promotional material. Smash Flops is different! There's an awful lot to find if you click around, things I'm sure most of our new members miss. For instance, while clicking the per-song 'Play' buttons in the vicinity of (say) The Beautiful Changes, use the 'next' and 'previous' chevrons (hey, there's a band name!) repeatedly, to take you beyond the listed songs and see what you find. Keep on exploring, and don't let that magic slip away!
 
Oh yes, and Pete tells me he likes your message.
 
Steve
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 6   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Pheasantry videos now on YouTube  17.05.24 at 07:01 
Started by Seán Kelly | Newest post by S J Birkill
Simon Wallace has now completed his mixing and editing of six videos (seven songs) played at this March 9th Pheasantry gig. These were professionally shot with multiple Ultra-HD cameras, and the result is the next-best thing to being there. I've uploaded them to my Midvodian YouTube channel, where they can all be viewed in This Playlist.
 
Simon has more in the pipeline, so it would be wise to revisit the Playlist over the next week or three.
 
Steve
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 7   Pete Atkin / Gigs / Eastbourne gig is July 17th!  01.04.24 at 18:45 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Thank you Keith -- my error. I got it right on the website, but slipped a day on MV. Senior moment?
 
Editing this thread by way of correction.
 
All: Sorry -- please check your calendar!
 
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 8   Pete Atkin / Chums / Chum or Cheat?  26.02.24 at 13:29 
Started by edmundchattoebrown | Newest post by edmundchattoebrown
Dear All,
 
I don't know they got on but there is a connection between Pete and Peter Skellern in that Pete produced PS in Peter Tinniswood's Uncle Mort's North Country. I hope this is enough to justify the following post as not "off topic" as TBH, it is a bit urgent.
 
This message has a direct purpose and an indirect one.
 
The direct purpose is to say that fans of the late Peter Skellern have a Kickstarter to release his excellent Happy Endings LP on CD (the last album you can't get on CD):
 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mint-audio/peter-skellern-happy-endings-expanded-cd-edition
 
Only tiny numbers of people are needed to make this happen but the right people are hard to reach. I had a strong suspicion that some voices would also admire Skellern (more for his own witty song writing than his covers). See, for example:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQgxuhykoJA
 
This leads me to the more general question. What other artists (particularly less known ones) are Pete/Clive fans likely to like? A taste for "clever" lyrics has led me also to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, Kit and the Widow, Peter Skellern, Richard Stilgoe, Victoria Wood, Mitch Benn, ...
 
This is not an invitation for a snob fest. I know that these other artists are generally much more "comedic" and don't drop poetry quotes like Clive does but I'd still argue that they are very skilled builders of songs.
 
All the best,
 
Edmund
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 9   Not Pete Atkin / Off-topic / New Peter Skellern CD: Is It Off Topic?  18.02.24 at 09:27 
Started by edmundchattoebrown | Newest post by edmundchattoebrown
Dear All,
 
Good to be back. My private life didn't permit much more than buying the music and going to the very occasional gig for quite a while.
 
This message has a direct purpose and an indirect one.
 
The direct purpose is to say that fans of the late Peter Skellern have a Kickstarter to release his excellent Happy Endings LP on CD (the last album you can't get on CD):
 
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mint-audio/peter-skellern-happy-endings-expanded-cd-edition
 
Only tiny numbers of people are needed to make this happen but the right people are hard to reach. I had a strong suspicion that some voices would also admire Skellern (more for his own witty song writing than his covers). See, for example:
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQgxuhykoJA
 
This leads me to the more general question. What other artists (particularly less known ones) are Pete/Clive fans likely to like? A taste for "clever" lyrics has led me also to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, Kit and the Widow, Peter Skellern, Richard Stilgoe, Victoria Wood, Mitch Benn, ...
 
This is not an invitation for a snob fest. I know that these other artists are generally much more "comedic" and don't drop poetry quotes like Clive does but I'd still argue that they are very skilled builders of songs.
 
All the best,
 
Edmund
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 10   Pete Atkin / Music / Re: Pete's new guitar  12.02.24 at 01:58 
Started by S J Birkill | Newest post by S J Birkill
Here's another rehearsal video from Simon's studio, as he and Pete work up an arrangement of The Pearl Driller in preparation for next month's  Pheasantry appearance:
 

 
Steve
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