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While attending William Ellis School in Highgate, he formed his first band, Emil and the Detectives (named after a book and a movie by the same title), with classmate Hugh Cornwell, later lead singer and guitarist of the Stranglers, on bass guitar. Perhaps more significantly, the album continued the trend, begun with Across A Crowded Room, of Thompson's songs moving away from the seemingly personal material and towards the character sketches and narratives for which he has since become famous. The backing tracks were all recorded live to get a better feel, and the guitar work is all spontaneous. View image in fullscreen Thompson is joined by his daughter Kami, son Teddy and ex-wife Linda at his 70th birthday show at London’s Royal Albert Hall, 2019.

He plays so well that you can't take your eyes off his picking hand, as you try to figure out how he's making the sound of three guitars come out of one. Tom Verlaine's guitar style, admittedly also underrated, is pretty close to the sound that Thompson had been using for years since his early days with Fairport Convention, and ol' Tom ain't too pleased about his lack of public recognition.

Breathing problems arising from her pregnancy also meant that Linda could not sing the lead part on some of these songs as she had done on demo tapes and the Rafferty-produced recordings. A favourite of both Robert Plant and Elvis Costello, Thompson has also been covered by acts as varied as feminist punks Sleater-Kinney, REM, David Byrne and, most recently, Mark Ronson, who covered the 1974 title track of Thompson’s album with first wife Linda Thompson, I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight. Thompson makes use of the "pick and fingers" technique (sometimes referred to as " hybrid picking") where he plays bass notes and rhythm with a pick between his first finger and thumb, and adds melody and punctuation by plucking the treble strings with his fingers. and so, you know, at the end of the gig I was in the dressing room saying 'would you guys like to make a record?

I remember saying to Ashley [ Hutchings, bassist] after a gig, that I was kind of embarrassed about doing the material we were doing, because it seemed that we should have outgrown doing covers – even though it was only 1967 – it somehow wasn't good enough and other bands were writing their own stuff and we should too. Ever since, he’s lovingly explored and excavated genres from rockabilly to flamenco, music-hall to pop (2003’s 1,000 Years of Popular Music did all this in one album, moving from 13th-century ballad Sumer Is Icumen In to Britney Spears’s Oops! His 1983 album Hand of Kindness saw him working with Boyd again, but with a revised backing band and a more extroverted and up-tempo song selection.Thompson has displayed a penchant for the avant garde as well, working with former Pere Ubu singer David Thomas's grouping The Pedestrians on two albums in 1981 and 1982, respectively. Froom and PolyGram had plans to target college and the growing "alternative" markets with Daring Adventures. Produced by John Chelew (of John Hiatt and Blind Boys of Alabama fame), it was recorded quickly with a minimum of overdubs and just a handful of musicians (double-bassist Danny Thompson, drummer Michael Jerome and background vocalist Judith Owen). On the back of the insert booklet for this CD the sub-heading is "Unguents, Fig Leaves and Tourniquets for the Soul", which is an apt and suitably Thompsonesque description of the contents.

It was not apparent from their records at first, but the Thompsons had embraced an esoteric Sufi strand of Islam in early 1974. Nevertheless, Rafferty kept his side of the bargain and presented the album to several record companies – none of which expressed interest in signing the Thompsons. You can send us a note about this article, or let us know of a problem - select the type from the menu above. Thompson put together a new look backing band for the tour to promote this album, and some shows were filmed for a live video release (see Richard Thompson discography). About a year later, Joe Boyd signed the Thompsons to his small Hannibal label and a new album was recorded.mu:zines is the result of thousands of hours of effort, and will require many thousands more going forward to reach our goals of getting all this content online. I remember being angry and saying to Ashley this isn't good enough, we've got to get some original material.

Chrysalis Records did not take up their option to renew the contract, and the Thompsons found themselves without one. Shortly thereafter Thompson, already acquiring a reputation as an outstanding guitar player, started writing songs seriously. The outlook expressed in his songs, his musical style, the subjects addressed by his lyrics have not shown any fundamental change. In 2014, they even made an album, Family, together with their children Teddy and Kami, among others. Largely on the strength of Thompson's playing, Boyd took them under his wing and signed them to his Witchseason production and management company.If I could pick on a fault of my youth, it was the fact that I would kind of steamroller over women who didn’t have that strength.

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