Dave Formula – ‘Satellite Sweetheart’ : Digipak CD
Dave Formula's debut collection of 13 solo recordings featuring brand new collaborations on brand new material with Howard Devoto, Barry Adamson, John Doyle and even John McGeoch makes an appearance. Additional performances are supplied by guest vocalists and musicians David McAlmont, Robert Wyatt, Jack Broadbent, Corinne Drewery, Joel Purnell and Dennis Rollins.
'Elvis In Space' (feat. Clint Boon);
'Satellite Sweetheart' (feat. Jack Broadbent & Lara Rose);
'Saddest Quay' (feat. Robin Simon);
'Via Sacra' (feat. Howard Devoto);
'Bison Heard (at the scene)' (feat. Barry Adamson);
'A Kiss To The Stars' (feat. Corinne Drewery);
'The World Behind Your Eyes' (feat. Robert Wyatt & John Doyle);
'Rhythm For Your Soul' (feat. Lara Rose);
'Parade' (feat. David McAlmont);
'The Reno' (feat. Jack Broadbent);
'Do It, One More Time' (feat. Lara Rose);
'Major Kong Goes Down' (feat. Joel Purnell)
'The Anti-Hero' (feat. John McGeoch).
'Satellite Sweetheart' draws on Formula’s childhood in Whalley Range, Manchester. The striking memory that inspired the collection is of Dave being taken to see Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who, after becoming the first man in space in 1961, made an appearance at the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers in Brook’s Bar, in a show of proletarian solidarity.
“I got to shake his hand as he walked past”, says Dave.
The collaboration with Barry Adamson, ‘Bison Heard’, recalls Paul’s Record Shop,
which sold imported calypso and blue beat singles, on Alexandra Road, Moss Side.
“It seemed like the coolest place on earth when I was being dragged up and down
on a Saturday afternoon, doing the shopping with my folks”, says Dave.
Dave was introduced to Howard Devoto in Manchester towards the end of 1977
by legendary producer Martin Hannett. The two have worked together subsequently
in Magazine and Luxuria, and together they have composed one of the album’s centre pieces in ‘Via Sacra’, which in turn lit the spark to the recent Magazine reformation.
“I persuaded Howard that it was time to be creative once more. A last chance to be venerable. An offer he couldn’t refuse”,