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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 07:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It really is dire, but I'd never seen it before so thought I'd post it here in case anyone else wanted ot see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-hxxG5M1qI

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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 10:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

And if anyone wants to buy it, let me know...

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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 11:54 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This is awful. If you really want to help people... don't write a sappy piece of crap like this.




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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 12:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

terrible! i hated this fuckin song since i heard it at first...
the best of the whole clip is brian's appearance


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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 13:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

HAHA.... Most of them seem to be kinda out of tune??? Also, dressed very badly.

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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 14:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Good ol' the 80s... Good ol' now unknown and forgotten stars of the 80s... Good ol' fashion of the 80s...

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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 14:26 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry... wrote:

Good ol' the 80s... Good ol' now unknown and forgotten stars of the 80s... Good ol' fashion of the 80s...


It's from 1990. :P
Awful track (Never liked it), bad performance...even the guitar solo is forgettable.
Worst of all is the video though...UGH!


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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 14:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

<b><font color="#FF1493">The Fairy King wrote:


It's from 1990. :P


Wrong. It was recorded during two days in December of 1989 (it was Steve Hackett's idea after repatriation of so-called the Boat People from Hong Kong to Vietnam), but released in February of 1990.

Line-up:
Steve Hackett - Guitar
Brian May - Guitar
Steve Hogarth - Voice
Steve Rothery - Guitar
Mark Kelly - Keyboards
Pete Trewavas - Bass
Ian Mosley - Percussion
'The Moody Blues'
Mike Rutherford - Guitar
Lol Creme - Vocals
Kevin Godley - Vocals
Paul Carrack - Vocals
Phil Manzanera - Guitar
Jim Diamond - Vocals
Curt Smith - Guitar
Howard Jones - Piano
Nick Magnus - Keyboards
Fish - Voice
Simon Phillips - Drums
Curt Smith - Vocals
Judy Tzuke - Vocals
Mark King - Vocals
Bonny Tyler - Vocals
Ian Sutherland - Vocals
Justing Hayward - Vocals
Tom Conti - Vocals
Pino Palladino - Bass
Adam Woods - Percussion
John Hackett - Flute
The London Chamber Orchestra

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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 14:48 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Steve about the track (and some lines about Bri):

Q: Let's discuss the Sailing charity project you helmed. Did you achieve what you hoped for?

A: I gave a lot of impassioned speeches on soapboxes to people in squares and on TV. I did a tremendous amount of stuff for NBC. I must have done over 20 TV shows here in North America. Mike Rutherford said to me afterwards "Although the track didn't get radio play, it got a tremendous amount of TV coverage all over the globe." It was certainly the most widely-publicized thing I've ever done. It took a year of my life. I researched the situation and the history of it. I knew my facts, so I was able to joust with the politicians I met. At the end of the day, what it came down to was that I was able to keep up with the politicians and I could quote as many percentages as they threw at me. My wife Kim and manager Billy and a lot of people worked very hard on it—not just the artists that came in and did their bit for it. I was very grateful.

I remember, I was sitting there with Brian May and we were overdubbing the song on Christmas Eve. I had gotten people to work in England on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. People were sort of saying "Well, I've got my family, you know." So, I was becoming a professional beggar as you do when you undertake charity work. I was worried that I pushed a lot of my friends, family and management to the limit with this. But even as we sat there Christmas Eve doing the overdubs, they showed us working on TV from when they filmed us earlier. It had everyone singing along and it was a nice buzz for Brian and Me. I was worried I pushed him on it, but he said "No, you got me out of myself by doing that. I'm glad you did that." So, it was a good effort. We had an album ready as well, but too many companies did the dirty on us and bounced checks on us, but fortunately, I didn't hand over the master tapes. But I do have an album which I am quite ready to release if there was a company that would do it. The songs are full of the same people. I guess the labels are a bit overloaded—there's a lot of causes that were taking precedence over it.

The single didn't accomplish what I wanted it to. But it highlighted the thing I was saying at the time—that we have so many charities that exist for the sake of supporting disasters, earthquakes, floods and acts of God. Yet, here's a man-made disaster and at that point people were just being forced to repatriate some of them. And recently they had fires and 20 people died.

I wanted to do so much more with it and I couldn't. But I did what I could. The important thing was to make the point that nationalism is a very bad thing. There's a joke that goes "The first national anthem was ‘God bless all those in cave 13 and to hell with all the rest.’" That was in the last political speech I did for the release of the single. I felt the cause very strongly and still do. The fortress mentality that the West adopts worries me. For instance, Canada has such a low population. Yet, in other places, they're sticking them in camps and beating the shit out of them. And you've got plenty of room here. There’s plenty of room in Australia too. We've got more room all over the world and at the end of the day, I feel there is a higher authority and we will have to account one day to the higher authority. I don't know if it's going to be punitive. I don't believe necessarily that it's a score card. But I do believe many of us will have to hang our heads in shame. So, I feel one has to do what one can do. The conscience is a tireless, faultless mechanism.

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Posted: 21 Jan 07, 15:17 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Serry... wrote:

Steve about the track (and some lines about Bri):

Q: Let's discuss the Sailing charity project you helmed. Did you achieve what you hoped for?

A: I gave a lot of impassioned speeches on soapboxes to people in squares and on TV. I did a tremendous amount of stuff for NBC. I must have done over 20 TV shows here in North America. Mike Rutherford said to me afterwards "Although the track didn't get radio play, it got a tremendous amount of TV coverage all over the globe." It was certainly the most widely-publicized thing I've ever done. It took a year of my life. I researched the situation and the history of it. I knew my facts, so I was able to joust with the politicians I met. At the end of the day, what it came down to was that I was able to keep up with the politicians and I could quote as many percentages as they threw at me. My wife Kim and manager Billy and a lot of people worked very hard on it—not just the artists that came in and did their bit for it. I was very grateful.

I remember, I was sitting there with Brian May and we were overdubbing the song on Christmas Eve. I had gotten people to work in England on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. People were sort of saying "Well, I've got my family, you know." So, I was becoming a professional beggar as you do when you undertake charity work. I was worried that I pushed a lot of my friends, family and management to the limit with this. But even as we sat there Christmas Eve doing the overdubs, they showed us working on TV from when they filmed us earlier. It had everyone singing along and it was a nice buzz for Brian and Me. I was worried I pushed him on it, but he said "No, you got me out of myself by doing that. I'm glad you did that." So, it was a good effort. We had an album ready as well, but too many companies did the dirty on us and bounced checks on us, but fortunately, I didn't hand over the master tapes. But I do have an album which I am quite ready to release if there was a company that would do it. The songs are full of the same people. I guess the labels are a bit overloaded—there's a lot of causes that were taking precedence over it.

The single didn't accomplish what I wanted it to. But it highlighted the thing I was saying at the time—that we have so many charities that exist for the sake of supporting disasters, earthquakes, floods and acts of God. Yet, here's a man-made disaster and at that point people were just being forced to repatriate some of them. And recently they had fires and 20 people died.

I wanted to do so much more with it and I couldn't. But I did what I could. The important thing was to make the point that nationalism is a very bad thing. There's a joke that goes "The first national anthem was ‘God bless all those in cave 13 and to hell with all the rest.’" That was in the last political speech I did for the release of the single. I felt the cause very strongly and still do. The fortress mentality that the West adopts worries me. For instance, Canada has such a low population. Yet, in other places, they're sticking them in camps and beating the shit out of them. And you've got plenty of room here. There’s plenty of room in Australia too. We've got more room all over the world and at the end of the day, I feel there is a higher authority and we will have to account one day to the higher authority. I don't know if it's going to be punitive. I don't believe necessarily that it's a score card. But I do believe many of us will have to hang our heads in shame. So, I feel one has to do what one can do. The conscience is a tireless, faultless mechanism.


Amen.

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Posted: 19 Nov 15, 01:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It just shows that Steve Hackett has cooler friends than Bob Geldof did! Great song so don't knock it!!


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Posted: 19 Nov 15, 03:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It's been removed.
Was the video quality any good?
Was it the promo or the live performance on German TV (I think it was German TV)?



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Posted: 19 Nov 15, 09:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes. It would be if someone could share this video again. I'm curious about the project now.


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Posted: 21 Nov 15, 02:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Of course, I've just realised that someone's dug up an 8 year old post.
Pisses me off when people do that!
Nothing here folks. Move along....

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Posted: 21 Nov 15, 23:42 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S-x54SxlI0


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