Have been intrigued lately by a huge amount of searches for ‘World Of Twist’ ‘Tony Ogden’ landing at my blog. Last year I posted a bit about World Of Twist as I am a big fan – I still play their Quality Street album regularly and I’m sure a track or two will feature on my forthcoming RoMocast when I work out how to bloody do it. I’m hoping I will be the blogosphere’s answer to Anne Nightingale seeing as Bob Swipe is being compared to Peel – I actually think he sounds more like Whispering Bob Harris than Peel but there you go. As long as I’m not compared to Janice Long I’ll be happy! Anyway – I digress. A very kind person sent me a link for a new track from Tony Ogden – came from Twisted Nerve Records (Badly Drawn Boy’s company). Unfortunately the poster was anonymous – but anonymous if you’re reading – thanks very much.
Here’s an excerpt from my original piece:
Anyone remember World Of Twist? A fabulous band – they were hailed as the Roxy Music of the Nineties but disappeared as quickly as they appeared. Such a shame. Quality Street was a brilliant album but one which unfortunately hailed the beginning of their demise. For a start it was produced by The Grid who recorded it at half volume. I always wondered why I had to turn it up to at least 40 to hear it. They were doing copious amounts of coke and E in the studio and smoking skunk for breakfast which apparently according to ex-singer Tony Ogden meant that they had a few problems communicating with each other. That struck a chord with me as years ago I used to work for a company called Music Box making er…music programmes. We used to have an indie show and would bus around the country each week interviewing bands. We went to Manchester to interview the band when they were recording Quality Street and I remember thinking what hard work and how incommunicative they all were. Now I know why!! It then went from bad to worse – the reviews were undeservedly terrible mainly due to the fact it was recorded quietly – music journo’s you should all be ashamed of your whinging selves for that! The band folded and Tony Ogden spent the next few years on smack watching third reich war films (because the good guys won – make of that what you will – he said it not me). He has been glimpsed now and again around Manchester and has started producing tracks again. I bet it’s brilliant. Here’s a link to the latest (I think).