I had a dream last night, to paraphrase Abba and Dr Martin Luther King. Before you start chuckling knowingly to yourselves, it wasn't "that" sort of dream...I’m not talking about Throbbing Gristle and me taking part in the infamous Gloucester Cheese-rolling Festival, Ken from “Extreme Engineering” spacehopping through a deserted biscuit factory in Park Royal wearing nothing but a sateen merkin, Didpop Funkway being revealed as the cradle of civilisation, rather than Africa, my favourite DJ, shock jock Rock "the Jock" Brock III Jnr spinning discs made of time, my own ego dissolving in a maelstrom of psychedelic visions sparked by Mr Jingles from Dogs with Jobs licking a lysergic toad then licking my face, or the entire cast of The Father Dowling Mysteries moving to Neasden and opening a kebab shop. No, this was different from your average, bog standard, run o’ the mill dream.
I had a dream that I was interviewing a famous musician. Tragically, I am unable to reveal who the musician was, thanks to the Rock Stars In Dreams (You Can’t Tell People Who They Are) Act of 1877. Anyway, once myself and Biff Byford out of Saxon had finished the interview, we were chatting amiably in his hotel suite about music in general. The talk turned, as it invariably does, to concept albums.
The upshot of it was that myself and the mystery musician Biff decided that it would be tremendously good/no fun to record a concept album about....Economics. As is the way with dreams, this seemed to me at the time to be perhaps the defining idea of 21st century popular music. I was fairly stunned that no-one else had thought of it.
When I woke up the dream stayed with me. “I must contact the mystery musician and have him assemble a group of talented musos to turn this wondrous dream into epoch-beginning reality”, I thought. I wrote to him (response still being awaited). In the meantime, I have come up with a band name. The band is to be called Economic Kitten.
The plan is that once the mystery musician has agreed to do it, the band has been assembled, a record deal has been secured, extensive rehearsals have taken place, a recording studio has been hired and the album has actually been recorded, mixed, mastered, packaged, publicised, discussed and reviewed, the whole thing will be taken on the road. And performed on ice. Watch this space.