It feels like I have known The Tiger Lillies for a very long time.
I first met Martyn and Sophie in London not long before they were burned out of their Soho flat by an unscrupulous landlord. He was bent on getting rid of them and claiming the insurance. We had been together in the country for the weekend and returned to the city on the Sunday evening. I said goodbye to them but heard by phone-call later that they had lost everything - clothes, photographs, instruments and all the music they had recorded for years. All gone up in smoke. The weekend had been a Buddhist retreat so I suppose it was a brutal practical lesson in permanence
It actually kind of turned out all right in the end and the band have gone from strength to strength since despite being largely ignored by the music press and industry (well, in the UK at least) - a fact I feel a certain resonance with.
Strangely, we have never shared a bill until this weekend in
St Petersburg. That was very nice and I do hope we can do so again someday. Oh and that reminds me, here is the original of the song 'Someday' that Martyn recorded for me a few years ago.
Quite wonderful and I hope you enjoy it.
They are a very stylish band and very nicely turned out indeed so it was an aesthetic pleasure too. And it was also wonderful to be back in Russia with our old friends there and to make some new ones. St Petersburg is such a beautiful city. It is built on a marsh and I heard that the gas that is still released from beneath the surface is addictive and so people keep returning. I can believe it.
If you were at the show and witnessed the ritual massacre of the great pink elephant, I salute you.