Federal Charm – ‘Crossed Wires’ : CD
‘Federal Charm raid the Delta masters, apply Seventies chest hair and frog march the result into the 21st Century’ – Classic Blues
To coincide with the November-December 2016 UK tour, Federal Charm released a limited edition 8 track mini-album of acoustic re-workings of songs from their first two albums. Entitled 'Crossed Wires', the CD version was available to buy at the merchandise desk on the tour, and is now only available here for only £8 (plus P+P). That's a quid a song. FACT!
1. 'Guess What'
2. 'The Stray'
4. 'These Four Walls'
6. 'Come On Down'
7. 'Somebody Help Me'
8. 'Master Plan'
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The digital version of album is available as a stand alone purchase for £7.99 at iTunes, Amazon and wherever you buy your digital music from. Or as a £11.99 bundle if you purchase ‘Across The Divide’ digitally at the same time.
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 current 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”,