I was playing session keyboards on a variety of different albums, and I actually got to do a brief tour with Hot Chocolate. When I returned, I started to think about what I was going to do next, and it was actually on the advice of Errol Brown the lead singer of Hot Chocolate that I got heavily involved in songwriting and production. I had a small home studio set up, and I was pretty much doing that every day.
One day, I decided to pop in to the Pink Museum and Andy was in there working on the next album and I hung around just catching up on what we had both been up to.
And, if I recall correctly, Andy was working on the verse section. The idea at the time was to develop a section that would link the verse to the chorus. Andy asked me what I would do, and the way that I tend to work means that I like to provide options.
We then proceeded to work on the bridge, and the process was exactly the same. I looped different options and Andy made the choice of the musical sequence he liked best and what we now hear — I loved the final version; in particular, the sound that was selected for the solo in the bridge.
It had come to me when I least expected. The recording also featured young singer Hannah Clive on backing vocals. So we set up a mic and told her to do it. It was the fantastic countermelody vocal at the end of the song — I loved it and kept it! I was very nervous working with Karl but everything turned out fine. Structurally, this was a classic major-minor chord progression, and the track included some effective mellotron sounds to give it something of a late-period Beatles feel.
Then we just started throwing in weird noises and samples to create this ambient texture. At the end of the day I gave the song its title which I had seen as part of a TV advert. I continued to arrange the song after Paul left so that I could sing on it. I carried the image on to apply to all sorts of people you may have upset in your life coming back to get their revenge on you. During his sojourn to Los Angeles the following year, McCluskey worked Album) a new string arrangement of the track with Stuart Kershaw, which Anne Dudley eventually scored for a piece string section.
Dudley Album) a classically trained musician — and a founder member of The Art Of Noise — who was renowned for her pop-classical crossover work. She then went on to win an Oscar for a film score — the name of which escapes me [ The Full Monty — TEC] — but suffice it to say, after the Oscar I could no longer afford her… or even get her on the phone anymore!
The most abstract and experimental track on Universal was conceived ten minutes prior to leaving the studio one evening. Whilst, ultimately, it was the music of acts such as Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Brian Eno that would influence the aspiring musician during his formative years, McCluskey had grown up listening to The Beatles.
The chart that particular week included an eclectic mix of tracks from artists such as Robbie Williams, Eternal, Underworld, Suede and chart-toppers, the Spice Girls the manufactured girl group that would heavily influence McCluskey in his post-OMD career.
But there was one particular act in that chart that stood out, albeit for the wrong reasons. Not the start McCluskey was looking for as he prepared to release his new album that had been two years in the making….
The rather uninspiring artwork, featuring computer generated water molecules, was based on a concept by Peter Saville who had worked on several OMD designs in the previous decade. So you should all like it.
Sadly, whilst the album was well received by both fans and critics, the failure of the single to crack the Top Ten effectively buried the album, and it limped to a first week position of number 24, plummeting to number 52 the following week.
Whilst there were some big hitters in the album chart at the time, including Oasis, Suede, Celine Dion and Manic Street Preachers, when your album is being outsold by titles such as Smurfs Go Pop!
There were no exclusive tracks to entice potential buyers; just a handful of live tracks culled from a Liberator tour show at the Birmingham NEC. Once again there was a Howard Greenhalgh-directed video, but the song lacked the commercial appeal of its predecessor and it peaked at a lowly number A tour — which had largely been dependant on the success of the album — had long since been abandoned. By this stage, McCluskey was already committed to the idea of writing for other acts.
There was something of a false start with the group Honeyhead, but Sunday Morning - OMD* - Liberator (Cassette and Stuart Kershaw eventually found the perfect vehicle for their songwriting with girl group Atomic Kitten. So I thought, screw it. And I think the album suffered for it. I like some of the other songs. The Town House where the bulk of Universal was recorded sadly closed in He has continued writing and producing music, though mainly via the gospel community.
David Nicholas, who co-produced, engineered and mixed a large percentage of the Universal album, returned to his native Australia in In recent years he has launched independent record label and publishing company, Album), Rhinoceros; and, in addition to producing, mixing and engineering, has been helping to develop studio hardware. And, as one of my first gigs as a producer, a pretty pleasing result. I remember it as a wonderful time; we all got on like a house on fire as I remember, and I thoroughly enjoyed it and still enjoy listening to the result of our efforts now.
I liked the songs, and the vibe of what was going down on to tape. Using session musicians and just sitting at the back on the sofa reading the paper and smoking small cigars which totally stank the place out whilst the programmer and production engineer did all the work trying to translate my demos into a new recording.
In hindsight it was very alienating. Even though I recognise that Matt and Chipper were doing a great Album) in their way — and in the way that they knew — I had decided to shake things up and work with others as I was losing my self-confidence. Phil Spalding has consolidated his reputation as a highly skilled musician, playing on a huge number of recordings since Universal; including albums by Electronic, Dubstar, Kylie Minogue, Mick Jagger and many others. In addition to his session work, he also teaches and lectures.
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