------------------------------------------ VOLUME 104, sent October 8, 1997 Topics in this issue: 1. NEWS FLASH!!! 2. Stubborn Steve.... 3. Tape tree/Concerts 4. Re: In Style 5. stray thoughts 6. Minneapolis concert 7. Better Late than Never ------------------------------------------ 1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1 From: "BobbieG."
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 10:52:55 -0700 Subject: News Flash SW will appear on Late Night with Conan O'Brien TONIGHT, October 8, on NBC. The show airs at midnight in most areas. Bobbie 2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2*2 From: "Elena Iglio" Subject: Stubborn Steve.... Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 19:34:47 +0200 Well, Ed... Had Steve Winwood ever heeded his fans advice as for the artistic/musical direction to take according to the acceptance of his albums, Traffic would have been like Rolling Stones, don't you think???? Steve listens to no one but his own - sometimes stubborn - head! When he thinks he's fed up with a project and some other fields must be explored he just goes for it, no matter what! He didn't even stop to think what the effects of his behaviour will be on the people working with him. Spencer Davis, Jim Capaldi, Dave Mason, Clapton, Ginger Baker, and yessir, poor old Will Jennings could tell you something about this.... Did Steve ever listen to anyone telling him - and I can tell you the feeling was almost UNIVERSAL - that the synths solos on Arc sounded terrible? The answer was "Talking back to the night"! Did he care when he left moneymaking Spencer Davis Group at the climax of their highlight to experiment with not-so -commercial Traffic - mind you, he wasn't responsible for "Hole in my Shoe"? Did he have any scruples in breaking up Blind Faith's goldmine?? Also, Traffic two's thoughtful trail, interesting and promising as it was, was stopped abruptly to revert to entertaining music..... Well I guess bills must be paid, but Winwood's artistic choices weren't always dictated by moneymaking sprees in my opinion. On the contrary, they may have proved financially disastrous!!! Take Care Ellie 3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3*3 Date: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 13:11:11 +1000 From: PETER NUTTALL Subject: Tape tree/Concerts I think Gary's suggestion of tape trading is a great idea. This would certainly give real fans (like ourselves) the opportunity to get hold of material which, for various reasons, may not be available in their country of residence. As some of you may have gathered, I'm especially endeared to early Traffic material and would give an arm and a leg to get hold of some of the live stuff available from the '67 to '71 period. I really hope this takes off. It's encouraging to read all the concert reviews in SP recently. With J7 seemingly not very high on people's Winwood list (mine included), it appears the songs come over better when performed live. I can't wait 'till Steve hits Australia sometime next year. (23 years is a long time between catching a live show) Peter 4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4*4 Date: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 09:16:46 +0200 From: "Taguchi, Makiko (AGPC)" Subject: Re: In Style Some of the SP subscribers are mentioning about the Style magazine article, and I'm dying to see it!! I live in Rome, and as far as I'm concerned, I don't think the magazine is available here...or is it, Ellie?? Can someone send me a copy of the article, or tell me how I can get the magazine (is it still in stores)? Thanks! Makiko 5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5*5 Date: Mon, 6 Oct 1997 23:25:16 -0500 From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: stray thoughts I just love the new additions to the SP page! Of course, I am particularly proud of the Desert Island game (having been there when it was conceived, LOL!), but I love that the page has expanded to give those other wonderful Traffic boys their due! I don't think that anyone would argue with me that Traffic was a successful THREE-way effort, with a revolving cast of extras! Thank you Ellie, Angie C. and Steph Wood for the lovely articles and bio information. And, as always, thank you, Goddess, for bringing together this place for us all to get information, entertainment and friendship! Now, a couple of stray thoughts for you all: Why do interviewers keep asking Steve if he has any advice for the Spice Girls?? Yeah, they are label-mates, but doesn't this sort of hearken back to the lame-o questions that interviewers used to ask the Beatles: "When are you going to get a haircut?" or "What do you think of the United States?" or "What do you like for breakfast?" UGH! And please, I beseech thee, God of All Interviewers (if they have one, a rather godless bunch from the looks of it), make them stop talking about how young he looks "for his age"! What is he, Dick Clark? Jack Lord? Give the man a break! OK, he looks terrific, now drop it already! Why not ask him what current music he is listening to? How does he decide which instrument to play on what song while touring? Which artist hasn't he met yet about whom he would get nervous before being introduced? Does he ever get nervous or distracted while performing? What was the weirdest or most screwed up thing that ever happened while he was onstage? Are there any things that fans do that really annoy him (so we know what NOT to do! LOL)? And instead of the Spice Girls, does he have any advice for, say, the Hansons? Especially Taylor, who is in a position which is at least a bit closer to that of Steve's when he first came out with Muff's band or the very beginning of SDG? (Please, please, before you all pummel me to death, realize that I am comparing their comparative positions in the music business, NOT their songs or musicianship!) Is there anyone he is dying to play with? Would he ever be in a band again, aside from Traffic? Blah, blah, you get the idea. You may not think that my questions are any better than the Spice Girls question, but I for one would LOVE to read an interview with Steve on these and many other topics. Or better yet, a POST from Steve! (Yeah, I know, I know, but I'll just keep dreaming :) Last thought: Beware of strangers bearing gifts. Translation: Just because someone in a chatroom says that they have extra tickets to a Steve concert, do not believe that it is so until you are holding them in your own hand! Some guy came into the chatroom the other night professing to have extra tickets to the Saturday Atlantic City show, only to end up not having them after all. I must admit that he had me going for a while, but all in all no real harm done. Just a little bruise to the ego for having fallen for this senseless scam. A small, pointless cruelty. :( Take care of yourselves! Peace, Dawn 6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6*6 Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 20:52:26 -0500 From: OLIVE@mnhep1.hep.umn.edu Subject: Minneapolis concert I have 2 extra tickets to Steve's show in Minneapolis Nov. 2. They are 13th row (L) sect. 3 seats 1 and 2. They are aisle seats though not center (not the far isle either). I got these 2 and then I was able to get front row seats (Lucky me) so these 2 became spare. Keith 7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7*7 Date: Wed, 08 Oct 1997 08:38:12 +1300 From: Murray Dreyer Subject: Better Late than Never Talk about ask the impossible, to select my 5 most favourite SW songs out of the 100's that are my favourites. Oh well here I go! They're not in any particular order but as they came to mind. #1 "There's a River": An all time great non media event that struck me the first time I heard it on Radio as one of the most pure Winwood dirges you could ever hope for. #2 "Midland Maniac": I still don't understand what it's really all about but the song never ceases to amaze me. It's structure, balance and feeling are as breathtaking and as "winwoody" (is there such a word?) as you can get. #3 "Far from Home": Has that old Traffic feeling about it and represents for me the further evolution of the Traffic/SW sound. My sort of stuff. #4 "Dear Mr Fantasy": A reflection of the times when it was first released an is ageless as it still sounds fresh when I hear it.(I first heard it in my girlfriend's (now my wife) bedroom on a little Mono Record player with her younger sister and brother whilst the girlfriend was doing housework for her mother. I can still picture the scene in my mind and how different the whole album sounded compared to the SDG stuff that had occupied my mind until then). #5 "Stevie's Blues": will always be near the top as it was the first SW vocal/song I ever heard. (My friend had purchased a SDG single (not sure which one now) and Stevie's Blues was the B side and from that moment we were sold and over 30 years later I'm still sold) So there you go, that's the first five that popped into my mind and I never got to include, "Let me down Easy", "Georgia", "Together until the end of time", "Who knows what tomorrow will bring", "40,000 Headmen", "Dream Gerrard", " Low Spark..." and so on, all of which could have easily made my five. Better stop now or I'll mention another couple of hundred songs. They're all fantastic, some are just stronger than others. Thanks SW (& JC) and keep 'em coming cheers Murray D ------------------------------------------ END OF SMILING PHASES, VOL 104