Music


Between the ages of 16 and 26, I worked as a musician with various bands you've probably never heard of mostly in and around the area of St. Albans in Hertfordshire.

Here are some of them:

Clive Pig and the Hopeful Chinamen:

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Happy Birthday Sweet 16 (Waldo's Records, 7" single, UK 1979)
Sailor with a Telescope (Waldo's Records, Cassette, UK 1981)
Visions (Cassette, UK 1982)
Time to get Tough (Cassette, UK 1983)
Clive Pig and the Hopeful Chinamen (Hopewell Records LP, US 1983)
A Sense of the Size of the World (Hopewell Records LP, US 1987)
One Night in Greece with an American (12" UK 1987)
The Whale Zoo (7" UK 1987)

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Clive Pig went to live in Devon and carried on his career as a singer songwriter. He recently released a CD of songs for children called A Whale of a Tale.


The Tea Set:

Keep On Running (Modern Records 7" UK 1980) - produced by Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers.
South Pacific/The Preacher (Demon Records UK 1981)

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Nick Egan of The Tea Set has set up a webpage for the band which you can view here:

www.myspace.com/theteasetband

The long lost Tea Set album,
After Dinner Music, is now available to download at the iTunes store and on Amazon.co.uk.

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There’s now also a video for the song Walk Small, directed by Nick Egan which you can view here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZL8KNPDud8&feature=share


I also contributed guitar to the following:

The Remayns: Why? (Bam Caruso 7" EP 1985)

Psychic TV: Eve of Destruction (B side of Love, War, Riot) (Temple Records 1989)

The Wild Kitchen: The Wild Kitchen (track on Bam Caruso sampler Meanwhile Back at the Ranch, 1987)

Various Artists: From the House of Lords (Bam Caruso 1986)

The Tea Set album (unreleased)

Bongo Joe: Sympathy for the Devil (unreleased)

Various demos by The Wild Kitchen, The Wall of Folk and Huapango.


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Solo album: The Great Indoors (available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify):

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The Great Indoors is an album of songs released in 1986 on the Bam Caruso lable. Although out of print it is still available second hand on LP and CD. Two 12" singles were released from The Great Indoors: The Master and Back in Time for Tea.


Extracts from reviews at the time of release:

'The best sixties-style psychedelic release of the week is not Sgt Pepper on CD but the debut by Nick Haeffner...an album that is varied, unexpected and wonderfully refreshing.'

Robin Denselow: The Guardian


'...reminiscent of the best of English psychedelia'

Jon Savage: The Observer


'Pink Floyd...Nick Drake....to undergo these influences, so well, is to demand a hearing.'

Paul Oldfield: Melody Maker


'A truly great album that could only have been made by someone with real talent and a genuine understanding of music past, present and future.'

Underground


'The Great Indoors is a melting pot of ideas strung out over melodious rhythms as diverse as folk, punk, psyche and classical....the lyrics are witty and embracing, the final delivery charming and effective....a remarkably good album...Just 12 inches that leap over all barriers.'

Music Week


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A track from The Great Indoors (‘Don’t Be Late’) was recently included on the John Peel compilation box set Kats Karavan:

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Youtube video: Steel Grey