Also, another London Payne will come out next year. I started on it, but got distracted with the stuff I was supposed to really be doing.
True yes that my CD is done. But really it’s not, since there isn’t a cover quite yet. The finishing-up details are the most difficult. Bear with me.
I’ve recorded a version of “Drive” by The Cars, for a tribute CD to be released on Not Lame Records this fall. Here is more info about the Cars Tribute.
My journey to Syracuse was action-packed and 99% fun. We visited the State Fair, took in recreational summer activities; generally ate badly and got zero exercise. I enjoyed a reunion of The Bored Teenagers at Gatherings in Phoenix, NY. Our drummer, Mike Carter, admitted he hadn’t played drums since he left the group in 1981, so we got Dave Eldridge of Flatface and the Shemp-Dells to fill in. We played “Gloria,” and “I Can Only Give You Everything,” which everyone thought was a Beck cover.
I went crazy and finished my record, thank god. Just happened last week suddenly. I like it that way. Two years in the thinking.
There is a movie being made about me. Okay, just imagine I’m someone important, and that I do something interesting enough to make a documentary film about. That’s what I’m struggling with, trying to just relax and stop being self-conscious about it. I would even be alright with being self-conscious, but I don’t think it looks good on screen. Asking, “Who, me?” every time they ask a question might get old too.
When the crew goes to Phoenix, NY and finds out about “the underwear incident” and how I lived in a tent in the yard in 1978, the story will get rich. Hopefully they’ll interview the math teacher that became a bible-beating beat cop, and the driving teacher that became a county judge.
Hello. Everything is better, new, and changed. The Wild Horse will be released this year on Wizzard-in-Vinyl (as I’ve told you a thousand times before) and I will hopefully finish a new CD this summer. It’s mostly done, I swear.
We’re playing some shows, and it’s a new band, for the most part.
The 2-cutes are here! The new packaging, full-color and professionally duplicated, has lyrics and a disc in beautiful bedroom colors. See it here.
It’s for immediate sale on the merch page, as well as through our friends at NotLame.
Also, the long-awaited “best of” compilation is available, and it’s called Headful Of Words, The Best Of CvS Volume One. The comp has 17 songs, with unreleased tracks and a new song, all re-mastered from the original sources. Extensive liner notes by CvS and plenty of old and new photos. I know you all have my records already, but it’s a definitive introduction to the first seven years of my music. Give it as a gift to that friend who borrowed Sight & Sound then never returned it.
Wood + Wire and Go! were unearthed from the tombs at Mod Lang this week, so I can offer those on the merchandise page as well. Get ‘em while I’m allowed to have them! Online distributors can get copies of these “not-so-hard-to-find” CDs from City Hall, or directly from Mod Lang.
London Payne’s The Gentle Dream is undergoing a musical overhaul; his unique poetry will be set to music this spring. See it here first.
Happy New Year. Let it in. Many things on the docket for 2004, including Headful Of Words, The Best Of CvS Volume One. That is due out on Innerstate Records in March this year. The comp has 17 songs, with unreleased tracks and a new song, all remastered from the original sources.
Also, I’m finishing up a new disc of original songs, which I hope to have out the first half of this year as well. There are so many songs now that I could either do a double CD or contribute tracks to ten different compilation records very soon.
London Pain has a new book that will be published soon. I’ve started on the songs to accompany his unique poetry.
There is a compilation of CvS songs, in limited supply, on the merch page, titled Like Me That Way.
NB: This is different from the Innerstate comp coming out this spring!
I’ve moved the 2003 Spanish Diary to its own page. I don’t know if I’m going to get back there, but it’s very possible if I can find the time and concentrate.