So my record Twisted City is 10 years old. Fancy that. Here's a little mini-documentary about how it was made and what it's about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l8n9RLLcdg
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No, I'm not 150 years old (although perhaps I feel it). But today, the London Underground is. All the news coverage about this has been bringing back all sorts of memories for me today about the launch of my first album, Twisted City, back in 2006. The album was conceived as a tube journey through London, with every song a stop on the line and about a particular London place, person or experience. As such, we went and launched it by playing a few songs from it on the Underground...only to find out that a TV crew had rocked up. The result was a very surreal piece on the record on the ITV news that night. I cringe watching some of it in hindsight (particularly the bit where I'm coming down the escalator playing a guitar) but hey, I was young and I er, needed the publicity.
Some of this footage is available in my 'making of the album' video, and you can download Twisted City for free here.
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I've gone all 'Behind The Music' and put together a little video about the making of Twisted City. This is maybe a little self-indulgent, as I can't say Q or Mojo regularly include it in their top 100 albums of all time, but I know that there is a little band of Twisted-City lovers out there, and this video is for them. It's got commentary about the recording of the album, tracks, and photos that I haven't put online before. Plus a truckload of bad haircuts.
The video can be watched at http://www.youtube.com/embed/1l8n9RLLcdg
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A wee update for you on the Chris Singleton gigs situation. Over the next few weeks I've got some pretty good ones coming up.
LONDON, 23 SEPTEMBER
Firstly, I'm doing a full-band show in London on 23 September in the heart of Soho - Peter Parker's Rock and Roll Club. Advance booking is cheaper and strongly recommended - get full details and your ticket at http://www.stubmatic.com/chrissingleton/event/5730.
DUBLIN, 1 OCTOBER
I'm playing a show in Whelan's on 1 October. A unique opportunity to see a full-band show in Ireland, so don't miss out - get full details and tickets at http://www.stubmatic.com/chrissingleton/event/5374.
ONLINE, 12 OCTOBER: LADY GASOLINE LIVE ONLINE
No matter where you live, you can watch 'Lady Gasoline Live' - a live online gig where I'll be playing the whole new album from start to finish, live. Just tune into http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chris-singleton-live at 8pm (GMT) on 12 October to watch it. The performance is free.
ONLINE, 19 OCTOBER: TWISTED CITY LIVE ONLINE
I'll be playing all of 'Twisted City' from start to finish online too, on 19 October at 8pm (GMT). Just tune in to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/chris-singleton-live to watch it. The performance is free.
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I've been running a couple of competitions of late. One is my monthly street team affair (the member of the street team that drives the most traffic to my site each month gets a prize); the other was a review-writing competition.
I've been a bit slow to announce winners (apologies; it's been a long year so far...) but I've finally got round to it. Sooo....
Street team winner
A big well done to Bhusan Thapa, who was the top pupil in the street team class in January, driving a hell of a lot of traffic to the site, and generating a lot of downloads. Bhusan wins a copy of 'Somewhere in London', which is a compilation album of sorts. It features a load of tracks that didn't quite make the final cut of 'Twisted City'. Bhusan, I will email you a link to the download over the next couple of days. Bravo.
If anyone else is interested in this sort of viral marketing thingy, you can find out find out more about the street team here - it's a great way to support my music.
Review writing winners
I asked members of my expanding little messageboard community to write their own review of 'Twisted City' - as an incentive, a signed copy of the new record, 'Lady Gasoline', would wing its way to the writer of the best review.
By far the maddest review was that written by JimPansy, so he wins (despite describing Chris de Burgh as my hero). JimPansy is not his real name but I know who he is (but not where he lives) so will contact him when the album is manufactured (shortly) to arrange delivery of his prize.
Okay so maybe not the most enteraining blog. Sorry. Next week, the meaning of the Universe. Oooh.