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At 10:42 on December 8, 2009, Will Wiffen said…
P.S the music teachers have enough faith in us to book us in to play at the spa next year in the annual music port event, with bands playing like misty in roots. although we aren t playing on the same stage as them.
At 10:38 on December 8, 2009, Will Wiffen said…
thanks for that, hopefully sometime soon.

the band is going great actually, and since we are the only band in headlands we get all the time in the world to practice. we are playing one song at the christmas concert tomorrow. Mostly just playing covers at the moment but starting to write now.

just wondering if you knew any names of any places where we could practice as it is hard to concentrate when playing at my friends houses.

thanks again!
At 22:54 on December 7, 2009, Will Wiffen said…
That would be great hopefully sometime soon.

The band is going great actually. doing a few covers at the moment and starting to write songs. Since we are the only band in headlands all the music teachers are raving about us and actually have enough faith in us to put us onto the lineup at the spa
in a music festival next year!. We are actually playing rip it up in the chrsitmas concert on Wednesday so we need to get practicing.

Just wondering if you have any names of any practice rooms in brid. I have
checked and my only result was for one in burton agnes but my dad said it wasn't worth checking out. It's just because we don't have any place to properly
play music together withought distractions.

Thanks again.
At 18:53 on December 7, 2009, Will Wiffen said…
Hey Stephen

was wondering if sometime you could teach me gorgeous george as i am looking for more songs to play?

thanks, WILL
At 22:30 on November 25, 2009, Will Wiffen said…
Hey Stephen

what is the tuning for "graciously"


At 16:08 on August 24, 2009, DF said…
What a great way to bow out - at Wembley! Glad to hear that IR reformed for a couple of gigs and to hear that you`re still playing. Children make the best critics - if we have to have the horror that is X Factor etc then sack Cowell and his sycophants and put the children up there as the judges to say yay or nay.

Aaaaw Hornsea. Used to get dragged to the Potteries every so often. Hated the crockery bit which is ironic as I collect some of the old stuff now.

Lescott sold? When did this happen? Haven`t heard anything about him wanting to leave. Oh hang on, I think t`other half has just left the house muttering something about ungrateful, money grabbing, not fit to wear the shirt and that he was picking someone up GP to drive him down the East Lancs Road. Something to do with Project Denim.

The cat can be rather stern hence his name - Dr Thomas Hardcore esq. He has his own Facebook page (under Thomas Fluffmore). Ridiculous but I blame it all on THE Alan Horne. His cat, Isaac, has his own page so Tom wanted a piece of the action. As someone said `There is, incidently, no way of talking about cats that enables one to come off as a sane person`.

At 14:14 on August 24, 2009, DF said…
That must have been a hard decision to make and then go cold turkey given your passion for playing and it being a very large part of your life etc. I can understand why it would be difficult to go and see Edwyn play live.

Footie? Has the season started? Must have missed it.

At 13:36 on August 24, 2009, DF said…
Hello Mr Skinner

Edwynfest is now over and you`re prediction was right, it was superb. His birthday bash was a wonderful wonderful night. Brought tear t`eye it did. You may well know this though - did you go?

I was chatting to a guy at the shows and we were discussing Edwyn gigs. He mentioned you (the guy who played on Hope and Despair, Skinner - Frank?)and your skit for playing the beginning of a Smiths track much to Edwyn`s chagrin.

Disappointed with quality of my cake photo but the Photo Police were on the prowl and people were getting scolded. Camera on phone - flash off to try and go undected and hoped for the best. Never mind.

Let`s not mention the footie.

At 15:52 on August 9, 2009, DF said…
Oh yes, I do believe the incorrectly buttoned cardigan was an affectation. Surely a grown man could not get it wrong every time? What ever happened to those likely lads?

I`ve added this linkIR.jpg

If it doesn`t work the photo is in My Photos.

I used to tape tons of stuff from the radio and keep a record of what was on each tape in little books. I would never record over anything so as a result have nearly 200 tapes and lots of little books. I came across this book from late 1983 with the entry `You Need Shoes`. I like the way it is in capital letters - very few entries got the caps! Haven`t listened to the tape so not sure where it is recorded from but I am sure you`ll probably know. As you will see I had (and still have) a very eclectic taste in music. Roland Rat??? What was I thinking? The shame of it.

At 15:24 on August 8, 2009, DF said…
The `innocent` Brid boys consisted of a lad with a blond flat-top and his mates. One of the mates used to wear a tweed jacket or a cardi which was always buttoned up wrong. The flat-top used to step out with one of my friends. No names, no pack-drill!
At 9:59 on August 8, 2009, DF said…
That was it! Donkey Bridge Disco. Never been ahem myself. Ok, so my friends and I went there with some Brid boys but it was with boys we knew and and and nothing untoward happened. It was all very innocent!

Really looking forward to Edinburgh and going to see Edwyn on the Friday and Saturday. I can`t see it being anything less than superb myself. With special guests as well Edwyn is really spoiling us.

At 20:15 on August 7, 2009, DF said…
Hi Steve

It`s all coming back to me now with the secret password. We used to call it Club 69 being the hilarious teenagers that we were. Although I hasten to add that we did not call it that due to any incidents that had occured within it`s walls. Suffice to say I did not see `your close friend` enjoying a game of pool. Those 3 ladies you speak about sound interesting characters. During the early 80`s there seemed to be a fixation with Brid boys asking if one would care to take a stroll to the donkey bridge. I believe it to be an infamous landmark ahem. I haven`t seen it myself.

We had some good times in Roots. We would pile into a bright orange Austin Allegro estate with 1 of 2 cassettes playing - a mixtape of Orange Juice and the other being `Rockabilly Psychosis and the Garage Disease`. Those songs always remind me of those times. Happy days indeed.

I have seen IR in Scarborough but it must have been at Taboo. I saw you in Brid somewhere but can`t for the life of me remember where. This was before you supported OJ in `84. I am sure another band were listed as support for that night at Sheffield Uni and when IR came on stage I remember we were shouting `we`re from Filey blah blah blah`, I think we may have been rather annoying!

At 20:12 on August 5, 2009, DF said…
The `quiff` was mentioned in the context of the `quiff` being responsible for Edwyn being late for everything. Edwyn mourned it`s demise but Grace seemed rather pleased that it was no longer in evidence! Was it always a `quiff off` during the quiff building days?

Gosh, I wish I had seen Bowie in Brid. I was a bit too young to go though along with missing out on the Clash et al. There used to be a club called the Penthouse in Scarborough which had great bands but once I was old enough to go it shut down. We had Taboo, Elvenholme/Stage Door, Rudie`s and Victoria`s which had club and band nights. Did IR ever play Victoria`s? We also had lots of good nights out in Brid - at Roots. Also, I am sure I once went to a club (near Roots) which was in a back room - behind a curtain?? Did I dream this?

Ha ha - would love to know what L. Gallagher said. Too much posturing for my liking.

At 19:13 on August 3, 2009, DF said…
Hi Steve

Hope you had a great holiday. Don`t knock Saga. I`ve been toying with the idea of going to Filey but as the trip would be in November I decided it may have closed down for the winter, Wanted to recapture my youth by going to see the Specials on my birthday at Brid Spa, They were the first band I ever went to see - 1980 at Brid Spa - aged 15 all dressed up in my mother`s 1950`s kitten heels, a pair of jeans with a red stripe down each side and a Harrington jacket. I thought I looked the bees knees and all grown up by ordering a dry martini and lemonade (only drink I knew courtesy of Joan Collins and Leonard Rossiter - who was also a blue!)

Went along to see the Collins / Maxwell show last week and they were fabulous. It was a hoot but obviously rather emotional as well. The `quiff` was given a mention but not in the context of Edwyn and the hair removal cream. The life of a rock `n` roll star all Spinal Tapesque eh!

At 18:40 on July 27, 2009, DF said…
Hey there

The takeover bid has been swiftly denied by the powers that be. Don`t think there will be any movement on investment until the Kirkby Dome fiasco has been decided. As the banner said `Superman wears Tim Cahill pyjamas`. He is rather fabulous...along with Arteta, Pienaar, Lescott et al.

Going to see Edwyn and Grace tomorrow in Manchester. Tad excited, I have blubbed and laughed my way through the book and noticed you got a couple of mentions!

At 18:36 on July 24, 2009, DF said…
That`s a great reason to support the blues but did you become the black owl in the family? I think the Bank of Kenwright is going to have to be nationalised given Moyes bosman quote!

When they get to the next final perhaps you could do the song??!!
At 14:07 on July 24, 2009, asako koguchi said…
none of my children have been abroad either.
i think you're a definitve good teacher, because i remember you were very good to William as i saw you in Japan!
see ya then.
At 18:17 on July 23, 2009, Rich Cundill said…
Hi Stephen, I was in Fiction Romance, Strangeways and Fun 'n' Frenzy. None of them amounted to much but it was a great laugh and incredibly important to us all at the time. Yeah i missed the Dingwalls gig for some reason which is odd cos I was a massive OJ fan. Just mess about on the geetar at home now...
At 14:52 on July 23, 2009, Rich Cundill said…
Hi Stephen - I saw you playing with International Rescue many times in and around Hull in the early 80's. Was in several bands myself and we all hated International Rescue cos you were too damn good! Was great to see you playing with OJ and Edwyn later on. You still play now?
At 13:10 on July 23, 2009, asako koguchi said…
thank you very much for your comment!
my english is getting worse than ever, sorry.
when you came to Japan with Edwyn, I've seen you.
I live in Tokyo, used to make my fanzine, and then a magazine called Beikoku Ongaku. I was a friend of Yuko in Osaka.
I love your guitar playing a lot.
now i have a 12 year daughter and 8 year son.
yeah yeah i also have to tell my children and grand children how great OJ was.
thanks a lot xoxo


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