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Rob Spence
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Re: New members
« Reply #40: 05.11.09 at 21:04 »
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Welcome Lynn
Your account will have chimed with that of many people of this parish. It's very gratifying that you have chosen us to make your forum post. I hope you'll make many more. Glad to have you aboard!
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Jan
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Re: New members
« Reply #41: 08.11.09 at 19:01 »
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Welcome to Midnight Voices Lynn!
Your message struck a chord with me. By Nov 1974 I was a confirmed Atkin fan but had never been to a gig. I saw a poster for an Atkin gig at Manchester Polytechnic on Nov 5th. My then boyfriend (now husband!) refused to come with me and I didn't fancy travelling back to Sale on my own so I missed out, regretted it for years and didn't actually see Pete Atkin live until 26 years later in May 2000, he sang Laughing boy and his voice was exactly the same as all those years ago on the record. I was surprised when I saw the list of gigs from the 70's how close I'd been on a number of occasions. (I have made up for lost time however in my more recent gig attendance  Cool  )
If you feel like purchasing more Atkin material I can thoroughly recommend the Lakeside Sessions, available from the Hillside Shop I believe.
http://www.peteatkin.com/hillshop.htm
Some of the songs predate Beware of the beautiful stranger and others were intended for the never released 7th album. Most of them are worth hearing!
Hope to see you at a future gig!
Jan
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Jubal Barca
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The younger generation.



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Re: New members
« Reply #42: 01.02.10 at 21:12 »
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Heya...
 
Tad daunting being around people who were listening to Pete well before I was born, but Hi anyhow.
 
I'm a teenage oddball from Norfolk... I like writing and singing and stuff, and I love Pete's music to bits. I've even performed a couple of his pieces at school music festivals and so on, which is good fun as long as I can find a guitarist who knows the chords...
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Paul Leighton
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Re: New members
« Reply #43: 02.02.10 at 10:51 »
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Hi Jubal,
 
And a very warm welcome to the most friendly bunch of oddballs you are likely to encounter!  My wife thinks we are all a bit potty ...but has ended up almost as enthusiastic about Pete's music as I have been since ( ahem, cough...) 1971!
 
Enjoy Midnight Voices!
Best wishes
Paul
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Paul Leighton
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Re: New members
« Reply #44: 06.02.10 at 09:22 »
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Yes, big welcome, Jubal.  Clive and I are always specially pleased to know that anyone under the age of aaaggghhem is listening to our stuff, letting alone having a go at playing it.  I hope you'll find the answers you need to any chord questions on the website, but if there's anything with chords missing which you'd like to have, let us know and I'll get them to that nice Mr Birkill so's he can make them available.  And that also goes for any tips or tricks you might need to get your fingers around this or that.  I'm a lazy guitarist myself and  use a lot of cheats to get around large inadequacies in my technique and I'll gladly pass them on.
 
But mostly do let us know what you think.  And don't worry if you think some question or other must have been asked before.  Clive and I have learned a lot ourselves answers and contributions here.
 
All the best - Pete
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Angie P
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Re: New members
« Reply #45: 17.02.10 at 16:27 »
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Hi all,
 
I think I am probably the latest member, although it's taken me a while to work up the courage to join!  Bit new to this forum lark...
 
OK, so when did I first listen to PA/CJ's work?  In the 70s my brother owned BOTBS and MTDA and I think we must have played them pretty much constantly for about 5 years.  Whenever I think about my teenage years, these songs provide the soundtrack to my life at that time.  When I left home I left the albums and I didn't hear them for many, many years.  Until... this Christmas at the annual sibling get-together we started to talk of the songs and were amazed that we could still sing them all (and did!)  Having re-acquainted myself with the original two albums (the power of the lyrics has not diminished with the passing of the years) I am delighted to discover there are many songs I don't yet know... am working my way through them slowly.
 
To my shame and regret, I have never seen PA perform, but would love to do so, so does anyone know of plans for anything this year?  Also, you seem quite a far-flung bunch - anyone from Hertfordshire way?
 
I don't want to bore you too much on my first post so just want to say that I am delighted to welcome these songs back into my life and pleased to find I am not alone in my passion.
 
Take care,
 
Angie
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Bogus Trumper
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Re: New members
« Reply #46: 19.02.10 at 21:45 »
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Welcome!!  Don't worry, we are a pretty friendly bunch, and are usually very willing to read lonng posts, so "talk" as much as you like!
 
And I am in Iowa, where they are promising the temperature will get above freezing by the end of the month Sad
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Leslie Moss
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Re: New members
« Reply #47: 22.02.10 at 17:55 »
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on 17.02.10 at 16:27, Angie P wrote:

To my shame and regret, I have never seen PA perform, but would love to do so, so does anyone know of plans for anything this year?  Also, you seem quite a far-flung bunch - anyone from Hertfordshire way?

 
Hi Angie, and welcome to Midnight Voices, or what one member once described as Planet Midvodian. We are a most diverse lot, linked by two things only - the lyrics and the music.
 
I don't know of any performances planned this year, but Pete usually shows up in the London area on a regular basis. I'm from Middlesex btw (Pinner) so not too far-flung I trust. When the occasion arises, I'd be delighted if you'd join me/us at or before the venue for a bite/drink.
 
Leslie
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Jonto
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Re: New members
« Reply #48: 25.02.10 at 14:02 »
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Apologies Angie, I have taken over the position of latest recruit. Having said that I was a subscriber several years ago (when 'dial up' internet was the rage) but circumstances (family, job etc) precluded active participation.
Reading the posts I'm glad to see that time has 'not aged or wearied' the Midnight Voices clan.
 
I first saw PA at Kingston Poly in about 1974 or 5, where he was the support act for Caravan. PA was alone with his acoustic and got three encores. Well that's all he came ack for I guess he had had enough after performing a brilliant set and need to perch high on the bar stool  - who can blame him?
 
Pete was in a play I saw in London at a small theatre which I forget, in about the early eighties. Sorry, can't remember the name of the play someone might be able to enlighten us.
 
Anyway, glad to be back and maybe meet up at a PA concert sometime.
 
Cheers,
 
Jonto
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Leslie Moss
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Re: New members
« Reply #49: 25.02.10 at 17:20 »
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on 25.02.10 at 14:02, Jonto wrote:

Pete was in a play I saw in London at a small theatre which I forget, in about the early eighties. Sorry, can't remember the name of the play someone might be able to enlighten us.
  

 
The play was called "A & R" (as in Artists and Repertoire) and was written by Pete himself - he also had a small role.  He also wrote some songs for the play, two of which have entered his own performing repertoire - "Over the High Side" and "Amy's Blues". Both of them are great songs and easily up to his normal standard - indeed they are both amongst my favourites of his, can can be found on the Lakeside Sessions album.
 
A & R was performed at the Donmar Warehouse in 1978 - to my knowledge the only run. I too remember seeing it there.
 
You can find more information, including details of some other songs, at  
 
http://www.peteatkin.com/da_r.htm
 
Leslie
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Angie P
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Re: New members
« Reply #50: 25.02.10 at 18:10 »
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Welcome, Jonto.  Glad not to be the new kid on the block any longer!!
 
Thanks, Leslie, that sounds like a plan - keep me posted.
 
Hope it's warming up in Iowa, Bogus - it's still pretty damn cold and wet in Hertfordshire!
 
Angie
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Jan
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Re: New members
« Reply #51: 26.02.10 at 01:48 »
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on 25.02.10 at 17:20, Leslie Moss wrote:

 
A & R was performed at the Donmar Warehouse in 1978 - to my knowledge the only run.

 If you have a look at
http://www.peteatkin.com/pachrono.htm  
and go down to 1977 you'll find that it was commissioned by Chris Parr at the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and first performed there in 1977.
There's a copy of the script in the National Library in Scotland
http://www.nls.uk/catalogues/online/cnmi/inventories/acc10577.pdf  
and the script of the London version in Stratford with the RSC archives.
 
Jan
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Bogus Trumper
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Re: New members
« Reply #52: 26.02.10 at 13:35 »
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on 25.02.10 at 18:10, Angie P wrote:
Welcome, Jonto.  Glad not to be the new kid on the block any longer!!
 
Thanks, Leslie, that sounds like a plan - keep me posted.
 
Hope it's warming up in Iowa, Bogus - it's still pretty damn cold and wet in Hertfordshire!
 
Angie

 
They are promising the highe will get above freezing by Tuesday.  I think we have been above freezing twice since Christmas!
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Jonto
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Re: New members
« Reply #53: 27.02.10 at 12:39 »
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Thanks Jan and Leslie re the A & R play. It's been bugging me for years. Was it really thirty two years ago?
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alan43
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Re: New members
« Reply #54: 24.08.16 at 23:26 »
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I've just been born. password still wet. First saw PA at Ampthill fok club (held in Rugby Cluhouse) May ? 1973 when my wife won the raffle. Copy of A king at Nightfall. i still play it 43 years later. very grateful so much has been added to YT recently as its been frustrating for years typing CJ' s lyrics to impress friends without being able to add PA's equally genius level music and arrangements.
 
Do the two stars realise how lucky they have been not to have realised their dream of becoming huge pop stars? Huge pop stars run correspondingly huge  risks of dying of sexual exhaustion before 27 (stop smiling Clive) and if they survive that they run a huge risk of dying at 27 from ingestion of a foreign substance ,usually lead or drugs .(but it can be earth or water). That bus may have come along much earlier when Pete was 27 and he would have been unlikely to have survived ingesting it. Although he would have had the consolation of being ,as far as I know, the first pop star to have died of ingesting a bus.Had they both survived the age of 27 then they would have faced a second dangerous peak at age 38 by which time the risk of sexual exhaustion is still high but much more economically  achieved. This second pop star peak is not necessarily accompanied by ingestion of a foreign substance and can include natural causes.
 
I congratulate them both on having the presence of mind  and prescience to avoid the massive stardom their lyrics and music deserved . It was a decision I also made altho I for one was willing to risk the sexual exhaustion. As I grew up within 16 miles of Cambrige there was a fat chance of that as most local girls were throwing themselves at the smart arsed undergrads in Cambridge (as our heroes know only too well) , and those that were left were snapped up by overpaid USAAF guys dripping dollars from nearby Lakenheath , Feltwell,Mildenhall etc. I would venture to suggest that in no other part of Britain was so much effort expended by natives in pursuit of sex with so little reward. We would have given our eye teeth to have been scared by a beautiful stranger.No wonder we fenlanders developed incest and inbreeding into practically artforms.
 
Anyway enuff of complaining altho as a pensioner I'm entitled to a lot more I intend to build up slowly.
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S J Birkill
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Re: New members
« Reply #55: 26.08.16 at 04:20 »
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Hello Alan
 
Thank you for the bold introduction! I wish more people would do this, and remind us of MV's heyday in the late '90s, when MV was a 900-member e-mail list, and notes were compared and friendships formed. Alas, most of the recent newcomers to the fold have accepted their log-in and posting privileges and gone very, very quiet, perhaps never to speak again, or (in most cases) at all. We need some momentum here to encourage the non-regulars to check back more frequently, read the new posts and offer their two-penn'orth. As you've no doubt said yourself, every little helps!
 
Steve
 
PS: Anyone else out there reading this: what do you think of our new phone-optimised per-song player? When complete, this will enable you, or anyone, to share a link to play any of the songs -- perfect for illustrating blog or social network posts, it will feature in the electronic edition of Ian Shircore's forthcoming book, Loose Canon. Still a work in progress (so far I've included only the BotBS and some DTMA tracks), it can be previewed via the Discography (look for the new 'Play' buttons), or dive in at http://www.peteatkin.com/play/a1.htm.
 
SJB
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konig
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Re: New members
« Reply #56: 23.04.19 at 18:47 »
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Hello -  
 
I am new to the board and thank you for letting me in.  I am mostly a collector and musician, but I collect folk music from the Uk.  And even though I have read several times that Pete Akins, Julie Covington first albums "The Party's Moving On" and "While The Music Lasts" are heavily moderated and copyrighted, I do respect that; but I am not a distributor or enterprise or any label and do not at all share my recordings, I would still like a digital copy of those two albums as a direct recording off the vinyl itself, tape, cdr or mp3.  The other reason I ask is that those excellent lp's are nearly unobtainable and the cost is way above what I could ever pay directly.  So if anyone would be so kind as to PM me or send me a note with the files, It would greatly appreciated!  Thank you!
 
Richard
richard.kolbek@cox.net
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Ian Dawson
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Re: New members
« Reply #57: 05.05.19 at 23:27 »
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Since I'm a statistic on the home page (newest member, since 23.18 yesterday - not quite a midnight voice: should have thought about better timing my membership application), I thought it polite to say hello.
 
Until 2019, I had managed to spend 55 years on this planet without hearing anything by Pete Atkin.  Imagine.  Born in 1963, perhaps I would have had to have been quite precocious in my musical taste, or be blessed with parents with some, to light on Pete's records in the early 70s.  I was a bit young to be a proper punk, too, but what they now call post-punk formed the foundation of my youthful record collection, though my tastes broadened over the years.
 
Recently I have been reading Clive's later writings and while looking into something on the BBC Radio IPlayer (can't be doing with BBC Sounds), I came across the documentary about Pete & Clive in which Stephen Fry said, If you aren't familiar with Pete & Clive's songs, frankly you'd better get on with it.  How right he is.  I was hugely taken during that programme with the cleverness of the lyrics (I'm another English Lit graduate, from a different, older, university...), the range of musical styles, and the fit of lyrics and music.  Purchases on Discogs followed and more recent recordings came from Hillside.  I've spent many fulfilling hours getting to know the songs, album by album, rather as I would have had I bought them at the right time.
 
2 thoughts, doubtless already covered in the thousands of messages preceding my belated arrival here, but I thought I would share these before shutting up.
 
Growers
Listening on vinyl removes the temptation to skip to the next track if a song doesn't grab you immediately.  I've been conscious of this temptation a few times in listening to Pete's early albums, but is it worth getting out of the chair, lifting the needle, mis-cueing (sp?) the next track two or three times? No: just let the album play, all the tracks, in the right order, as the artist intended.  And so subtle pieces get their proper chance and often become favourites.  
Earworms  
I find I have a different earworm every time I listen to Pete's songs, which I think is an indication that this body of work has range and depth in equal measure.  It's not at all a case of a small number of catchy tunes, a few killers and loads of filler.  Any of these songs can lodge in the mind for a while.
 
Good to 'meet' you all.
 
Ian
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Ian
Carole
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Re: New members
« Reply #58: 06.05.19 at 00:17 »
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Welcome, Ian  - good to have you on board! That was a great message. Please don't shut up, we need more like that on the Forum!
 
Carole
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fueryhk
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« Reply #59: 15.09.19 at 12:38 »
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More of an old member returning to the fold than a new member, but glad to be back and delighed to see familiar names like Colin Boag and Ian Chippett from the board's original incarnation as a first generation chat board in late 97/early 98.  
 
Since I was last here, I've left Vietnam, been back to Hong Kong, had a disastrous stint in Dubai and went back to HK again. After getting laid off after I broke my ankle, I set up a reasonably sucessful freelance writing consultancy and eventually moved to Roscommon in Ireland just over six years ago.  
 
If anyone is really that interested in my wanderings, they might be interested in the book I self-published, Good Morning, Mr. Sh*ttybottom, and have just revised and republished on Amazon Kindle.  
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?k=Good+Morning%2C+Mr.+Sh*ttybottom&ref=nb_sb_noss
 
Did send gratis copies to Pete and Clive in the hope they might have had a wonky table leg or two under which said tome might find a useful home. Books went out to Pete c/o Hillside a couple of weeks back but not sure if they got there.  
 
While the book sold hardly any copies - no indication of quality as every fan of PA/CJ knows - did end up getting banned in 16 countries across the Middle East.  
 
Still trying to spread the word in rural ireland!  
 
John F
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