We were bad and when we came off stage, in the dressing room there was this awful silence. I think Paul [Rodgers] got the lyrics and the verse together pretty quick, waiting for the band to pick him up to go off for a gig.
We started playing it in sound checks just to do something a bit different. We just regarded it as a kind of throwaway three-chord trick. This results in erroneous metadata being disseminated across the digital music ecosystem, which can result in missing or misallocated royalties and disputes. The goal of virtually all aspiring artists is to have their music heard as wide and as far as possible. When songs are hits, earning national and even international reach can happen literally overnight.
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Share Release your song. Music Memos An app to capture your song ideas. Simon [Kirke] told me that. It reminds me of a Paul McCartney song in a way. Sign me up. Update your browser for the best experience. There's the hint of an excuse there. As I say, a loss of confidence.
But it was just a matter of time. I remember playing the Albert Hall and we were doing this new song, 'Little Bit of Love', and Kossoff was five minutes behind the rest of the band, and I looked around and the audience was just crying for us. They didn't boo us off. They wept. It was just sad. Kirke: "There was an obvious spiral of shame. Koss hated himself for sabotaging the band. He loved Free.
He loved Paul - not sure about me and Andy, but he adored Rodgers - and to have us saying, 'Oh Paul, what have you done this time? Fraser: "There was nowhere for him to go after the band finished. He just couldn't see a future. Thirty years on, the cultural prism tells us that Free were the chewing-gum-ad band; that they ranked only behind Led Zep as rockers of period cock; that they had a truly great singer whose hippie-stud moves and mono-browed commitment to his cause gave rise to the kind of mythology explored so lovingly by Cameron Crowe in Almost Famous; that their biggest hit still gets fat ladies singing in East Anglian discos; and that they had a tragic little guitarist who died despite playing as if his life depended on it.
But the best bits of light come through too. Try listening to "Ride on a Pony" one day and then yourself that provincial English white boys don't have feel, touch, swing, formal sophistication and subtlety to go with their genitals.
The three surviving members were asked to nominate their most salient or exalting memory from being in the group. Paul Rodgers asked to send an e-mail: "You know your trousers are too tight," he wrote, "when you stand forth at the front of the stage at London's Lyceum, the house is packed, your record is zooming up the charts, all the press are out, with pens in hand remember that this was the Seventies and with one grand gesture your trousers split from crotch to knee!
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