Hope you’re good – if I’m sending you a note it generally only means one thing. There is more Paul Quinn goodness to be had…
So here’s the story.
Up until about a week ago, the general consensus on the career of Paul Quinn was that after the Vince Clarke single flopped in late 1985, Quinn and Alan Horne set about recording his debut solo album for London Records.
Nothing ever came of these sessions and the relationship was terminated, leaving a gap of 7 long quiet years before he finally reappeared on the reactivated Postcard label in 1992.
Then I came across an ebay listing for a film soundtrack LP from 1987. The film in question was The Fantasist.
Discogs lists it as an instrumental soundtrack by Stanislas Syrewicz, but this ebay listing was adamant that Paul Quinn appeared.
The listing helpfully scanned the back of the sleeve, and guess what – they weren’t lying. There was Mr Quinn’s chiselled face and a cover version of the Goffin/King standard “Up On The Roof”
That voice – on such a classic song? How could it be anything other than fantastic?
Well, having tracked down a copy of the LP, I can present the track in all it’s mono glory (yep the LP appears to be in mono for some strange reason), and what can I say? It’s hardly the highlight of his career. The incessant thud of bass drum and 80s synth bass make for a difficult listen. The voice though. THAT voice is sublime as ever and when he starts to ad-lib lines from “Everybody’s Talkin'” half way through, you know we’re in business.
The film itself is by the same chap who did The Wicker Man and I’ve never seen it, but I have it on good authority that it’s atrocious AND that the Paul Quinn song doesn’t obviously appear anywhere in the film! There is a painful 80s discos scene with Level 42 appearing live – which perversely DOESN’T appear on the soundtrack LP (small mercies etc)
The review here seems to sum it up quite well.
As the sole officially-released document of what Paul Quinn was up to in those lost years between Swamplands and Postcard II, it doesn’t make us feel like we missed anything too special, but it’s a fascinating snapshot of where things might have been going wrong. Plus, with the chances of any further archival material from this period appearing (or any period for that matter) and such a small canon of work, any additional treasure we can find has to be worth it’s weight in gold.
mp3 : Paul Quinn – Up On The Roof