Phil’s Music Album – Soundtrack to Exorcist Chronicles

Did you know, Phil actually did the music for his film, Exorcist Chronicles, and it’s out as an album. He may have even made a few pennies. No, he’s not gigging or doing Wembley Arena. Here it is on amazon! http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exorcist-Chronicles-Official-Movie-Soundtrack/dp/B008MFISL8 It’s on iTunes too https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/exorcist-chronicles-official/id545777579

Phil’s Interview With Boy George

The man needs no introduction, but here’s one anyway. A massive international star. There, nuff said. Now read on.

My first question is, what would you most like to be remembered for?

I really hate that question but probably for being an amazing lover? I dunno, my musical legacy is very important. I still have work to do to cement that! I’m on it like a far bonnet!

We know most politicians were born in the fiery pit of hell as the spawn of Satan, but what’s your opinion of the politics of the world today?

You cannot lead successfully without compassion. I believe in leaders but most have zero compassion. I think greed and commerce have always been more important than fairness & compassion. I joke that ‘democracy sells you your life back at a premium rate’. I don’t think you can just blame the politicians we all have to look at our role in things. Culpability is the new black!

Can you tell us all about your past, present and future?

My past has been colourful and complicated but fun at times. My future is as uncertain as yours but my presence is very present. I am here and I love my life.

If you were an alien visiting planet earth, what would you do? Would you turn around and go back? Or stay and try and help? Or maybe conquer?

I would hope to have a wealth of wisdom to impart but I might have my own questions to answer!

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

Keeping my sense of humour and my friends! All the rest is just drama and while it’s important in its own way it does not define me!

What has been mankind’s greatest achievement?

The safety pin? Bread, eyeliner!

If you had the chance to speak to every human being on earth, what would your message be?

Be the light!

If your life depended on it, which Soap Opera would you do a cameo in?

Coronation St or Emmerdale. Is the league of gentleman a soap?

If a tree falls in a forest, and nobody is around to see or hear it, does it make a sound?

It would sound like Armageddon to a slug!

Have you ever wondered whether you were doing the right thing?
To be honest I have only started considering this as an older and hopefully wiser man. Yes, now I think constantly about what I do. I consider myself to be much more Conscious these days!

What’s your opinion of the highly engineered and marketed music we see in the charts today?

There is always great and inspiring music being made. Of course it’s all objective and just because something sells bucket lads that doesn’t make it sacred in my opinion. I love honesty and sometimes really trashy pop songs have a certain honesty that other bombastic and revered things don’t. I like what I like and that’s the end of it!

Why do you think music and words seems to work so much better than just words as a means to get a message across?

A song about something is always better than vacuous drivel. Even instrumental music can be seriously lyrical. Words are everything!

What kind of movies do you watch and why?

I love Pedro Almodovar who is a quirky Latin genius. Again, honestly, profundity and style are  things that set great movies apart. I thought ‘The Artist’ was a visual Masterpiece but wondered why they didn’t do more dancing. The dancing at the end was stunning and worth the ticket.

What are your opinions about the power of the internet?

It’s a cesspit but it can be a great way to promote and share ideas!  I love and hate it in equal measure!

Do you think man is created in the image of God (or Goddess) or the other way around?

I see God mostly in nature. Those places and things that take your breath away. The creatures that inhabit the ocean are mind blowing and put Gaga to shame when it comes to style and freakishness. God is in the trees.

A recent scientific report stated that religion will eventually die out completely. What’s your opinion on that? A good thing or a bad thing?

Religion or faith can provide us with boundaries and that’s a good thing. The intention of faith is to unite but sadly many human beings miss the opportunity to use faith as a warm blanket. As I said earlier ‘be the light!

Is “free will” the whole of the law? Can man ever be truly free?

Once you understand that you have choices, especially emotionally then you can approach life from a better perspective. They say if you want to know how to live watch a flower grow. Also, look at people who live with disabilities and you Will learn humility. Be grateful for what you have and know that you are lucky if life provides you with luxuries. You are not special if you are rich and successful. You are lucky.

Do you back Nuclear Power? If not, why not.

After Japan it’s hard to support it. We need to invest in less harmful energy ideas.

Do you believe in Ghosts? UFO’s (i.e. aliens visiting planet earth)? God?

I believe in my friend Amanda Ghost!

Have you ever experienced altered states of consciousness? How, why and was it beneficial? And would you recommend it to all politicians, business and religious leaders?

Only on drugs and I would not recommend it to anyone. I no longer believe chopping off your ear leads to enlightenment!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

There are so many things. I try to keep those moments to a minimum.

What would you still like to achieve?

Complete & utter personal happiness!

Would you ever record a duet with Justin Bieber?

I don’t think we could agree on a song!

Do you believe in manmade global warming? Or is it natural?

We are certainly not helping. I think man has and is continuing to damage the earth.

And lastly please feel free to say anything at all you want to the world of readers and tell us all about what you’re upto these days, plug an album, website or carboot sale.

Support our label VG records and pick up ‘Kalino Mome’ Marc Vedo & Boy George ft ‘ Desi Slava’on Beatport. It’s the cut!

Colin Wilson

One of the proudest moments in my life was when the author of over 150 books and a very famous chap himself, actually wanted to write a forward to my book, Delusion. His name was Colin Wilson and sadly he passed away. What he wrote was just… wonderful and he was himself a wonderful man. Here’s a little of what he wrote and a pic of me signing my book for him, that’s him in the background:

“Philip Gardiner is a thinker, and is not intimidated by the problem. And in this stimulating, vigorously written book, he demonstrates that no one needs to be intimidated – provided he is willing to use his mind for the purpose it was intended.” See More

The Mr Mister Interview

Are Your Wings Still Broken? Mr Mister Meets Philip Gardiner

Broken Wings, Kyrie and Is it Love: just three of the instantly recognisable Mr Mister hits from the 1980’s. With two Grammy’s under their belts, platinum selling albums and world tours, Mr Mister eventually broke up leaving their final album unreleased. This album was finally released in 2010, twenty years after its conception.

Lead singer Richard Page has penned hits for artists such as Madonna, Josh Groban, Donna Summer and Leona Lewis. Here, Page speaks to Philip Gardiner.

What would you most like to be remembered for? Is it the music or the meaning?

I’d like to be remembered for my stunning good looks only.  Kidding.  Actually, Pat Mastelotto says, the music IS the meaning.

We know most politicians were born in the fiery pit of hell as the spawn of Satan, but what’s your opinion of the politics of the world today?

Same as it’s always been.

‘Kyrie Eleison’ means Lord have mercy in Greek, was there a religious meaning to this song?  

Actually, it’s “Carry a Laser.” No, seriously, it comes from the Greek mass.  We had no intention of representing a religion; we just liked the way it sounded.

What’s your favourite Monty Python film and why?

‘Life of Brian’. The sermon on the mount scene where the two guys in the back can’t hear well, and think Jesus is saying, “Blessed are the cheese makers”.

Are your wings fixed yet?

Working on them.

If you were an alien visiting planet earth, what would you do? Would turn around and go back? Or stay and try and help? Or maybe conquer?

Probably have a good cry and then turn back…but not until I grabbed a Starbucks.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

Haven’t done it yet.

What has been mankind’s greatest achievement?

Mayonnaise

If you had the chance to speak to every human being on earth, what would your message be?

Grow up.

If your life depended on it, which Soap Opera would you do a cameo in?

I don’t know of any…I mean, ‘General Hospital’ definitely.

If a tree falls in a forest, and nobody is around to see or hear it, does it make a sound?

Who cares?

Have you ever felt pressured by the fact that what you sing about affects society? Have you ever wondered whether you were doing the right thing?

I figure that what we’ve said in our tunes probably has little effect on anything.  But if someone benefits from them, then great.

What advice would you give to musicians today? And what’s your opinion of the highly engineered and marketed music we see in the charts today?

Music is always evolving, yet borrowing from what’s come before.  There is always good music if you look for it.  Advice: Sing it from your heart.

Why do you think music and words seems to work so much better than just words as a means to get a message across?

Music isn’t as literal as words are.  The reference point isn’t so defined.

What kind of movies do you watch and why?

Comedies.  I need to laugh more.

What are your opinions about the power of the Internet?

There’s no going back now.

Do you think man is created in the image of God or the other way around?

Who’s God?  Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Scientology?

A recent scientific report stated that religion will eventually die out completely. What’s your opinion on that? A good thing or a bad thing?

Religions may die out, but the corruption of the self probably never will.

Is ‘free will’ the whole of the law? Can man ever be truly free?

As long as man thinks he’s the most important thing in the universe, he’ll never be free.

As a pop star, it’s a given that you’re obviously deeply involved in the occult, child sacrifice, Satanism and taking the virginity of young ladies. Why is this?

Oh, great, now you’ve exposed our little secret.

You are one of the giants from a period full of giants. Who, from that revolutionary period, do you admire and why, apart from Human League, which goes without saying!

I always thought Thomas Dolby was a clever dude. But there are so many others.

Do you back Nuclear Power? If not, why not.

No. Japan.

Do you believe in Ghosts? UFO’s (i.e. aliens visiting planet earth)? God?

Does anyone really care what I believe in?

Have you ever experienced altered states of consciousness? How, why and was it beneficial? And would you recommend it to all politicians, business and religious leaders?

Absolutely, now you’re talking!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Got into the music business.

What would you still like to achieve?

Enlightenment.

Would you ever record a duet with Justin Bieber?

Only if I could get my hair to look like his.

Do you believe in manmade global warming? Or is it natural?

Both.

And lastly. Please feel free to say anything at all you want to the world of readers and tell us all about what you’re up to these days, plug an album, website or carboot sale.

We just released the 4th Mr. Mister album, “Pull”, which was recorded in 1989-90 and had been unreleased for 20 plus years, along with my new solo album “Peculiar Life.” They can both be found at littledumerecordings.com.  In addition, I’ll be releasing a live, solo DVD/CD set titled “Richard Page, Solo Acoustic” also found at the Little Dume site.  This summer I’ll be touring Europe with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band. Info at RichardPageMusic.com

Pat Mastelotto has a ton of new projects going with Stick Men, Tuner, Naked Truth, Cock Robin…too many to list!  Info can be found at PatMastelotto.com.

Thanks.

The Tears for Fears Interview

No Fear of Tears – the Curt Smith Interview

Curt Smith from the super pop band, Tears for Fears, speaks to Phil Gardiner.

Q. My first question is, what would you most like to be remembered for? Is it the music or the meaning?

A. I’d like to be remembered as a devoted husband, father and friend. If my work happens to outlive me in a meaningful way, that would be very nice too of course.

Q. We know most politicians were born in the fiery pit of hell as the spawn of Satan, but what’s your opinion of the politics of the world today?

A: Politicians aren’t inherently evil. Too many of them do seem to succumb to the financial pressures of large donors and to the media pressures of small groups with loud voices. On the other hand, the “social media” revolutions we’ve been seeing worldwide this past year show that the citizenry can and will make its voice heard.

Q: Tell us a little about your kind of music please!

A: My solo music is pop music, albeit more quiet and introspective than the music I make with Roland as Tears For Fears. Most of my songs are semi-autobiographical (hence the often cryptic lyrics) and I use the writing process as a way to exorcise feelings of anger, regret and sadness. When I’m happy I don’t feel the need to write.

Q: If you were an alien visiting planet earth, what would you do? Would you turn around and go back? Or stay and try and help? Or maybe conquer?

A: That would entirely depend on the planet I’d left behind.

Q: What has been your greatest achievement so far?

A: My daughters Diva and Wilder 

Q: If you had the chance to speak to every human being on earth, what would your message be?

A: Play nicely.

Q: If your life depended on it, which Soap Opera would you do a cameo in?

A: I’m afraid I’m not familiar enough with soap operas to answer that question. My daughters want me to be a contestant on Dancing With The Stars (the US version of Strictly Come Dancing). That might be amusing.

Q: If a tree falls in a forest, and nobody is around to see or hear it, does it make a sound?

A: Yes.

Q: Have you ever felt pressured by the fact that what you sing about affects society? Have you ever wondered whether you were doing the right thing?

A: I don’t know that I agree that what I sing about “affects society.” If people respond to my music, that’s fantastic. If they don’t, no problem.

Q: What advice would you give to musicians today? And what’s your opinion of the highly engineered and marketed music we see in the charts today?

A: My advice to musicians today is hone your craft, authentically engage your fan base, and make music because you love to do so, not because you’re hoping to get rich and/or famous. Should that happen, great, but recognize that the odds are slim (and even so, fame is highly overrated). There has always been highly-engineered and marketed music. The good stuff stands the test of time and will continue to do so.

Q: Why do you think music and words seems to work so much better than just words as a means to get a message across?

A: A few thoughts: first, music is a universal language that can cut across cultures, age groups, ethnicities, etc. Second, music in general has a much broader audience than a given speech, op-ed, or polemic.

Q: What kind of movies do you watch and why?

A: It depends on who I’m with. My daughters have slightly different taste in films than I do .

Q: What are your opinions about the power of the internet?

A: I’m a big fan, obviously. With specific respect to the music industry, it’s certainly eliminated the barrier to entry. Anyone now can make a song, make a video, get it out there. It used to be that without a label you couldn’t afford studio time, couldn’t tour, couldn’t get airplay. No more. The challenge now, though, is getting your music heard when everyone on earth can put something up on YouTube or iTunes.

Q: Do you think man is created in the image of God (or Goddess) or the other way around?

A: The other way around.

Q: A recent scientific report stated that religion will eventually die out completely. What’s your opinion on that? A good thing or a bad thing?

A: If people find comfort and support in their religious beliefs, that’s fine with me. It’s when they try to impose those beliefs on others that I have a problem.

Q: Is “free will” the whole of the law? Can man ever be truly free?

A: Things happen to us and to those we love over which we have little or no control. But we can always choose how we respond to those things. In that we have free will.

Q: Do you back Nuclear Power? If not, why not.

A: That’s a question above my pay grade. Although of course, recent happenings in Japan do make me question it.

Q: Do you believe in aliens visiting planet earth?

A: I’m not arrogant enough to believe that we’re the only beings in the universe. Not that I can define who or what else might be out there!

Q: Have you ever experienced altered states of consciousness? How, why and was it beneficial? And would you recommend it to all politicians, business and religious leaders?

A: I live in a constant state of altered consciousness. I absolutely recommend it.

Q: What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

A: I tried to climb a rope hanging from a helicopter – from a boat. I didn’t make it; I landed in the water. It was for an extreme sports game show in Holland.

Q: What would you still like to achieve?

A: Immortality.

Q: Would you ever record a duet with Justin Bieber?

A: If offered, the chance, I would indeed. My daughters would never forgive me otherwise .

Q: Do you believe in manmade global warming? Or is it natural?

A: I believe that what we do and create on our planet affects the environment, yes.

Q: And lastly please feel free to say anything at all you want to the world of readers and tell us all about what you’re up to these days, plug an album, website or carboot sale.

A: If anyone wants to know what I’m getting up to, my website curtsmithoffcial.com pulls in all my various feeds (I’m usually quite active on Twitter, for example). I’m still touring with Tears For Fears and still making solo music. I’ll be re-releasing my solo album Mayfield later this year, and hopefully a few more tracks from my ongoing Social Media Project. I’m also doing more work in film and television now, as I really like the challenge of matching music and visual imagery.