Recorded on the 1/3/2018 at Manchester Ritz , it showcases the second part of Paul’s two set performances (the first being a mix of Mansun and solo songs which is almost documented on ‘Live At Scala’).
Other players involved on the fourteen date tour were Ben Sink (lead guitar) , Jon Barnett (drums), Beau Barnard (bass) and Christine Hizon (keyboards).
Exclusive signed copies were available at merch stalls on Paul’s hugely successful acoustic stint last year. It has since been made available online unsigned only on vinyl with download code . No CD release as yet.
1984 gets a revisit with the 2019 reissue of Now That’s What I Call Music 2 on vinyl AND 2cd for the very first time.
Deemed by many to be the one of the ultimate 80s compilations , it contains no fewer than thirty hits .
With the likes of 80s favourites like Duran , Eurythmics, The Smiths , Nik Kershaw and Queen to name but a few , it’s enough to keep your ears indulged in nostalgia for a couple of hours! available here
It’s Friday 22nd March 2019 and that can mean only one thing …my favourite album ever ‘Six’ by Mansun is being reissued for its 21st anniversary. Paul Draper and loyal guitar whiz Ben Sink are at Rough Trade West record shop in London to perform a few acoustic numbers on the back of some successful dates in Japan and China and here to sign some copies of the album for some forty + fans.
Ben Sink arrives around 17.30 and begins setting up for our evening entertainment. I’m bursting with excitement at a glimpse of the main man (i’ve been in London since 12.00 that day) armed with a stack of record sleeves to hopefully get signed and the determination to be at the front!
I don’t need to wait too long as Paul Draper appears from seemingly nowhere. He’s looking very relaxed and sharp as ever with a haircut and trimmed beard.
The short but appropriate set begins with Paul’s second solo single EP track ‘Friends Make The Worst Enemies’ followed by a cracking rendition of Mansun’s third single from the Six album ,’Negative’. Some great banter and fan interaction follows before Paul and Ben launch into another solo number ‘The Silence Is Deafening ‘ from the first EP.
Legacy ends the set nicely with Paul inviting us to sing along to the end. After the pleasure of meeting Kscope’s Scott Robinson finally ,whom i have been helping with scans for the deluxe CD set, i meet Paul and he signs the entire stack of stuff i have brought with me .
Shaking hands several times and a couple of photographs with my music hero i leave Rough Trade and London behind to head home South on the train .I am in the happiest of moods and on a real high.
In 1984 Madness released their final (at the time) single with Mike Barson .Lead vocals ,this time, were perfomed by Carl Smyth with backing vocals by Suggs and co. The song is allegedly about an informer during the troubles in Northern Ireland. The video was nowhere near the usual jokey Madness of old as the subject matter would probably explain.Micheal Caine contributed his voice to the song in a reference to The Ipcress File where Harry Palmer repeats his name under torture. B-side is If You Think There’s Something (see last video for clip)
Michael Caine can be found on several formats : 7″/12″/7″picture disc/doublepack gatefold with The Sun And The Rain bonus picture disc and of course the album Keep Moving.