"A Tale of Two Cities"
October 1999 at Thunderbox Studios
& Produced by Peter "Reggie" Bowman and Gavin
at Studios 301 by Oscar Gaona
in January 2000
by Gru & "Fast" Eddy Garay
to be doing something technical
pride & joy
A Tale of Two Cities
was recorded over 3 days in late October 1999.
Working with Reggie was a very new experience for us, none
of us ever having worked with a professional producer before.
The recording process was fast-paced but great fun and I think
the quality of the CD reflects this. We can't thank Reggie
(or Bloaky) enough for giving us the opportunity to record
last track "Secret Things" was included at the
last minute (replacing "The Green Children").
It had only been written a few weeks before hand and had
never been performed live.
CD includes the 3rd reworking of the track Jellybeans and
Icecreams (this time called Jellybeans).
awesome guitar sound on Matthew was Duff's Maton accoustic
run through a Marshall JCM800.
The "Orange Slime" story..
A copy of "A Tale.." somehow found its way into Richard
Kingsmill's office (but I can't remember the rest of the story.....FINISH
THIS...). Pete had sent the CD into The Push when they put out
requests for tracks to be included on the 2000 Push, Play, Record
compilation. We'd actually forgotten all about it when we got
a call from them telling us that we'd been included on the CD.
Imagine our surprise when they told us that we were also being
flown (all expenses paid) to Perth to do some shows for the
Gavin go online..
About mid-way through 2000 Gavin launched the first GavNET. 2000 was
a crazy time for everyone and in the midst of the Napster craze
it was decided to make "A Tale of Two Cities" MP3's
available for download. The decision paid off with over 500
direct downloads of various Gavin MP3s in less than the first
year. It also opened up new avenues for the band with people
from around world now switching on to Gavin :)
work a few things out with Reggie
the great bloaky
foldout from A Tale...