I was in the States working with Foreigner. Not many people know this but I did most of the backing tracks for Foreigner 5, their 5th album, “I Want To Know What Love Is”, all that. But I couldn’t go on ‘cause we didn’t get on, I walked out. But I was there working with them when the first video arrived [first version of the video for RELAX by Frankie goes to Hollywood]. You can imagine: these are old rock ‘n’ roll guys.
It was the pissing video, the one where they’re all pissing on each other. They were saying to me: “What’s the video you’ve got?” I said ‘Nothing, nothing.’ “Come on, let’s see it.” So I played it and they said “That’s disgusting. It’s a fucking awful track as well.” I could see them looking at me thinking, ‘God, is this our producer?’ I remember the leader of Foreigner saying to me: ‘You think this is GOOD!?’ And I was like, ‘Um, yes I do, actually! Although I wasn’t expecting the pissing…’”
Trevor (2007) with 4 legged friends at Hook End Manor which he has since parted with after his wife’s tragic accident
This famous manor house, built in the 1500’s, also includes what is considered by many to be the finest home recording studio ever built. It previously belonged to David Gilmour who sold it to Horn. Before that it belonged to guitarist Alvin Lee. (at one time, Pink Floyd’s inflatable pig, first used to promote their Animals album a decade earlier, was stored in one of the outbuildings)
Here is an interesting vintage interview with Trevor talking about the home and the Studio within http://blip.tv/recordproduction/tevor-horn-talks-about-hook-end-manor-studios-archive-footage-6074774 filmed during happier times at the manor
This second link is a video of the property and the mansion interiors (including a children’s nursery playroom complete with their very own pool table) I couldn’t help but imagine what it must have been like to have had the run of a place like this to grow up in- (I’d have constantly been searching for hidden passages and looking for the wardrobe that contained Narnia!). The video is interesting to watch (although the way they chose to film it in places with the camera flying and turning around is an odd choice) http://blip.tv/recordproduction/hookend-manor-studios-video-tour-6074608
Enjoy the tour!
My edit of Steve Howe’s Nature of the Sea (taken from the 2:57 mark) off the 1975 Beginnings album. I love this guitar bit
When you know you are consistently staying up way too late, because all the people responding to your most recent Tumblr posts are your followers who live 3000 miles away….