Welcome to Martin Gordon’s official website

Fishy

Thanks For All the FishAnd finally, the new album Thanks For All the Fish is out. Narrowly avoiding rafts of rotting plastic bags and discarded reality TV stars, Percy the puffin purposely makes his way from the planet. Read all about it! See all about it! Hear all about it! Feel all about it! Get fishy with it! Read on…

And during April, we’ll have a two-for-one special offer – details here.

Who is Martin Gordon?

Martin Gordon & 4003 in 2014

MG & 4003 in 2014

Bassist, composer, producer, incredulous bystander, wilful participant, personal friend of James Bond. Thrown out of Sparks, rejected by Jet, discarded by Radio Stars, spurned by the Rolling Stones, sneered at by Primal Scream, belittled by Kylie Minogue, ignored by Blur and accused of being a fashion victim by Boy George, his career has been a complete failure.

Or maybe you’d care to stop by the alternative biog?

Solo releases

Martin Gordon’s solo career began with the release of the first part of the Mammal Trilogy ‘The Baboon in the Basement’ in 2003. Since then, he has not looked back, although he will not say why. The sixth and final part of the trilogy (‘Include Me Out’) was released in 2013. Some people say it was released on April Fool’s Day, but that’s what some people would say, isn’t it? Here’s an album overview and a view of the simultaneously-published lyric book which covers Gordon’s entire career to date. More recently, Gilbert & Sullivan, Brexit and Donald Trump have been on the agenda. And on March 1st 2018, the next installment of the Post-Mammal Era (PME) emerged blinking into the fishy sunlight.

and here’s more action on the official Radiant Future  Martin Gordon's You Tube channel logo channel.

Communications

A newsletter will occasionally drop into your virtual mailbox if there’s anything of interest going on. You gotta be able to read, though. Perhaps your cellmate can spell out the phonemes for you. You can leave us a note below, to which we will immediately respond. Do you envy those who seem to have permanent and intimate connections to trend-mongers? You know what to do…. Sign up for the newsletter. And feel free to comment appropriately, or even inappropriately,  on anything you stumble across.

Be seeing you!

34 thoughts on “Welcome to Martin Gordon’s official website

  1. Mr. Fabulous

    Hi Martin, I’m a relative newcomer to Sparks and think your bass playing on KMH is superb. I’m thinking of purchasing a bass and wanted your advice; is it advisable to go for the cheaper (though still incredibly expensive) Fender Jazz, or sell a kidney and purchase a Rickenbacker?

    Reply
    1. Martin Gordon Post author

      Well, Mr Fabulous – what is your life expectation? If it’s all still looking pretty good, I would go down the selling-of-spare-body-parts route and get the Rick. Life is short to be dull and anodyne, doncha think?

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  2. Jerry Bryan

    Martin, I see that you can pre-order Thanks for All the Fish CD at Amazon usa, but was wondering if you’re going to sell them direct from your site. Thanks. Really looking forward to the CD. Yr pal, Jerry

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  3. Joe Brandt

    Good evening. I was hoping y’all can help me out. I have a CD by the band Jet. It was released in 1975 but I can no longer find it in CD form. Somehow the CD disappeared from the jewel case.
    Please let me know your thoughts.
    Thanks,
    Joe

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  4. Karl

    What HH amp did u use for recording on ‘Kimono My House’? Sparks never had that fat bass sound again.
    Was it an IC100?
    Many thanks and best wishes.

    Reply
    1. MG

      After looking at a few online pix, the IC100 looks very familiar. But, and there’s always a but, the main ingredient in the sound is probably the playing style. A quick listen to ‘Amateur Hour’ from the same album finds the bass sounding pretty much the same as on the other tracks, but not only was the bass on this one not a Rickenbacker, it wasn’t even amplified. So much for sonic colonial plotting…

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      1. Karl

        Many thanks for answering.
        I hear a big difference in sound from ‘Barbecutie’ to ‘Amateur Hour’.
        Fantastic sound on ‘Barbecutie’. Playing is fantastic on both.
        Interesting story about how you had to re-record the bass line for ‘Amateur Hour’.
        But I understand what you are saying about playing style.
        JJ Burnel and the Stranglers also had a fat bass sound in the early days and he then used a P-Bass I read.

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  5. Dick

    The world needs more Jeff Beck and less Dudek. It would be jolly well groovy if you would tour the USA thus year!

    Reply
    1. MG

      You do know that I am not Jeff Beck, don’t you? Having said that, it jolly well would, wouldn’t it? Just as soon as someone asks me, you’ll be the first to know!

      However, there will be a spot of activity in the coming weeks, so keep your wick primed. And, if you have any blue touchpaper, be sure to light it and stand well back.

      Reply
  6. Anonymous

    What was it like being a super rich drug dealer? And can you describe in detail what it was like when your dad sold all of the crack (that was meant for you) to some Indian guy who payed in cockroaches?

    Reply
    1. Martin

      Nice one, George. I believe that actually two is the smallest possible number for a cult… maybe I can join? I do know quite a few cults, frankly speaking.

      Reply
        1. MG

          Don’t you believe it, matey. Without narcissism, the wheels of industry would grind to a halt in short order.

          Reply
  7. david roeder

    Apples, of all forms, cause me to suffer extremely painful and unsightly growths on delicate parts of my person.

    Reply
    1. Nigel Unsightly-Growths

      I too suffer from extremely painful and unsightly growths on delicate parts of my person. Perhaps we are related?

      Reply
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    Reply
    1. Martin Gordon Post author

      Oh, not at all, Pandora, thank YOU. I wholeheartedly recommend all travellers to take a copy of a copy of ‘Thinking Inside the Box’ with them, just to be sure.

      Reply

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