More than 20 years ago I answered an ad in Melody Maker for a UK rock singer and fired off some of my songs. Invited to ‘audition’ by writing lyrics and singing to some backing tracks created by the main man TAKASHI O’HASHI (formerly of Japanese metal legends SEIKIMA and USA sleaze-rockers CATS IN BOOTS), I got the gig and soon found myself in New York City. Recording at various studios, including the legendary Power Station owned by Barry Bon Jovi, I was working with guitar hero Takashi ‘Jam’ O’Hashi, drummer Milt Sutton and bassist Hal Cragin, who went on to join Iggy Pop’s band and co-write Iggy’s American Caesar album… We made an album called NEITHER REALITY NOR FICTION for EMI Japan…
That was then… But a couple of years ago Takashi asked me to co-write a track for his acoustic album (ACODELIA) – and CU NEXT TUESDAY was the result… (Buy it on iTunes!! – just search for ACODELIA by Takashi O’Hashi). More recently, Jonathan Miller and I worked with Takashi over the internet on a radical re-working of a track the old Neither Reality Nor Fiction album: Body and Soul. He added some of his awesome guitar to our pared down, slowed down trip-hop version – and a few months ago he asked if he could include it on his latest album. INDEPENDENT SOULS UNION is Takashi’s collaboration with lots of famous Japanese vocalist/lyricists and your truly. BUY IT – or at least buy BODY AND SOUL on itunes! But you can listen to my track here! PLAY IT LOUD!
And then you might wanna check out Takashi in a previous incarnation – SHOTGUN SALLY by CATS IN BOOTS!