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Some interviews took place lately, with Outline (print) and All You Ever Think About… (audio). As always, the archive is the place to find all interviews.


Yet another album – OMG! Not gonna lie! Read (if you can) all about it here. The reviews are pouring in, including reports from ‘highly-respected music specialists’ Don Gondra, Tom Draingo, Mario Ironmog, Igor Torm, Ramin Dongrat, and of course Mad Rod Drongo.


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Who is Martin Gordon?

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? Or there’s the discography, with all those groups, the music, the video and the vegetables. That’s President Xi’s own personal vegetable journey we are referring to here. That’s data, we call it data. But that’s another story. Anyway, how are you?

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. The conclusion of the Mammal Era brought an album of Gilbert & Sullivan tunes, Brexit and Donald Trump, although Gordon stoutly denies any involvement in the latter. In March 2018, the first installment of the Post-Mammal Era (PME) emerged blinking into the fishy sunlight, in the shape of ‘Thanks For All the Fish‘. More recently, the second installment ‘OMG‘ followed in early 2020.

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  1. MG

    I fully endorse your sentiment and agree that they should stop. However, I fear that my voice will be lost on the wind, or wig as we say in Germany. And on this topic, isn’t it about time for an investment in a new one? Or perhaps the Orange Entertainer’s tarriers and barrifs have finally begun to bite.

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  2. Buffy Saint McCartney

    Hello Mr Gordon! What a pleasant surprise and a bit of a shock to find out you are no longer a member of Sparks! It was, initially, a grand experiment in bass player torture and reached new highs in the art form but has outlived it’s usefulness. Can you please tell them to stop?

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  3. Robert Elliott

    For most of the summer I have had Joy Of More Hogwash playing in the car* as I drove around Newcastle. Enjoyed it very much. A couple of of comments though.
    Is the intro to Plug’n’Play a tribute/parody/skit of a Blur intro? Also about 1:36 into same song there are 3 seconds of another tune that I can’t quite place. Could be Stranglers I thought. Are you albums littered with such references? A Specials riff is there to on another tune. This is not meant as a criticism of course.
    I was surprised how the unlikely titled Her Daddy Was A Dalek etc fits quite beautifully into a song. I applaud you, sir!
    Er, that is it.

    * I had it on when I took my car in for service and MOT yesterday. It seemed that they listened to a good part of it when I picked the car up. Usually they put the radio on. I thought you would like to know.

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    1. Martin Gordon Post author

      Thank you for your informed critique, which I will most certainly address. In fact, I am off right now to address it. As for your Q regarding my deliberate littering of my oeuvre (or egg) with cultural references – I can assure you that they are either entirely accidental or deliberate. The jury is, as yet, out. More soonest!

      Perhaps auto mechanics are an overlooked demographic; if I had any people, I would most certainly put them on to it, I can tell you this much. Personally, I am a bicycle type of person. Clearly some creative thought is required here.

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    2. Martin Gordon Post author

      Hi Rob,

      Some more responses to your detailed critique: no deliberate Blur parody in PNP, as far as my conscious efforts are concerned. At 01.36 there’s a chromatic run, but I put that down to a lifetime of Beatle-listening, rather than to any parodic tendencies, at least on this occasion.

      The Specials riff is indeed present and correct in She Still Thinks, but in fact the original, as any fule kno, comes (kind of) from The Return of Django by the Upsetters.

      I am (still) quite pleased, not to mention smug, about Daddy etc. so thanks for your appraisal! And do say hello to your mechanics, who are clearly a loss to the world of music appreciation.

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  4. Bucolic Beaver

    Heir Gordon,
    I am the walrustitty! Since 1957! Excited to hear of the eminent release of your next recording! Any chance you will have guests from your earlier bands join you?

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  5. Matthew Carney

    Oh, it seems you may reply!!
    Basically (UK guy here)… I have been looking for the ‘Jet’ album, from 1975 for CHRISTknows how long… it’s not available in MP3 format ANYWHERE and the CD’s are so rare they are Crazy prices…
    Is there any way I can purchase an MP3 copy from you at all?
    I love Roy Thomas Baker’s production style (and I am only 31 years old!) but this is one of the albums I am yet to actually hear. It’s driving me crazy crazy CRAZY!!! lol.
    Please help.
    Matt 🙂

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