I bet you wondered where we'd got to? Well
apart from the band having finally finished all the work
for the album, Tim and Dickon managed to get out and
about at this year's Reading Festival. Tim wanted to make
sure we mentioned this as he wanted to say a very
heart-felt thank you to everyone that came up to him and
said hello. "It made it all the more special."
Tim would also like to recommend 'Period Pains' to
everyone, "The best band (at Reading) by
miles". Dickon, meanwhile, has been the
lesser-spotted-band-member-around-town, he found time to
attend a few parties and of course everyone still loves
him (like he ever listens!)
Anyway, the album "Passive Soul" will be
released on Monday 29th September, It will be on CD only
(Catalogue number: 0630 19718 2, all distribution by
Warners) and will contain the following tracks:
Furthest Point Away
Just For A Second
On Dry Land
Don't Sleep Alone
Here (So Find Me)
Dickon and Tim have both written a short something on
each track. Please remember that record shops don't stock
records unless they know they can sell them, so always
pester them and order in advance to avoid disappointment.
Orlando will play a couple of very special nights to
promote the album. These will be on Thursday 2nd and
Friday 3rd October. Both will be at 'Backyard @ The Water
Rats' at 328 Grays Inn Road, Kings Cross, London. Tickets
are £5 and can be obtained by phoning 0171 388 5588 for
Box Office Information. Orlando will play two sets each
night and we would like to
stress that as these will be Orlando's only live shows
this year (prior to heading back to the studios to record
another album) they will sell out and anyone outside
London should make a special effort to attend.
Tim has nearly completed his collection of Spice Girls
items from the UK, and has decided to widen his search
for items. He would like to know if there is anyone
heading to Japan or Spain (or has contacts there) would
they please get in touch with him as he needs someone to
supply him with items from those countries (other
countries also considered). "Is this an abuse of
Company Communications?? I'm obsessed."
While we wait patiently for what may be the quietest and
most important album release of the year we'd like to
remind you that you can still write to the band via us.
If you want to drop a line to Tim or Dickon and want to
know that it will reach them unopened then do the
following: stick your note in a sturdy envelope, address
it to Dickon or Tim c/o Orlando Nation, PO Box 171,
Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 OUD. Lastly make sure you write
your address on the back (then we won't open it as we'll
know that you were on the mailing list). Or if you have
internet access you can mail Dickon directly at
Until the next mail-out, see ya!
Notes by Tim (normal type) and Dickon (italics).
1. Introduction (The Red Flag)
I went to my first Labour conference in '85 and only half
the crowd knew the words. I doubt the current lot even
know the tune.
2. Furthest Point Away
"this damn passive soul"
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell if Marvin was white, skinny
and couldn't dance.
Disco music for people who don't get out much.
3. Just For A Second
"I'm afraid of being alone and I'm afraid of
being not alone."
The debut single. Back when we wanted to be Take That.
4. Nature's Hated
Still the best lyric Dickon ever wrote. Still the best
song Noel G. ever wrote. So Far.
5. On Dry Land
A gospel, live, one take. I bloody hate synthesisers.
More half-hearted optimism. Mustn't grumble. As long
as you've got your health. Etc. Etc.
"a smile of sincerity is a crime on these
Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Jimmy Web…never heard of
Not about child abuse, as some people think.
7. Afraid Again
"people never speak like or look like the way
As gay as a window
There's a scene in "Broadcast News"…Holly
Hunter tells her boss in tactless detail exactly why he's
wrong and she's right, yet again. He pauses and then
sneers with heavy sarcasm, "It must be good walking
into a room of strangers and always knowing that you're
the most intelligent person there." Hunter looks up
at him, sincere and lonely tears suddenly in her eyes.
"No it's not … it's horrible!"
8. Happily Unhappy
We used a 50's Country Gent on this. He played the
guitar. © Poor Quality Guitar Jokes 1997.
Sometimes living by default is at least, still living…
9. Don't Sleep Alone
My dad's favourite although he thinks it's immoral. His
dirty mind. It's about stuffed toys.
I always thought natural cynics like myself, a failed
journalist turned musician, were just not loved enough.
Is it possible, we mouth nightly, to have knowledge AND
happiness? Too late now. Love is below us, we infer, and
frankly we'd run a mile if anyone reciprocated our
feelings for once… Far too cool to cuddle, we
tiresomely yearn for an early death but suspect that,
like Dorothy Parker and Pete Townshend, going public
about such feelings will only secure us the agony of
longevity. Sod's Law? Nature's funny sense of humour? Who
cares. Pass the paroxetine and kindly leave the stage.
10. Save Yourself
"who wants to live forever?"
Trying to wrest Bacharach back from the ironists and
"Shirley Valentine" meets Sandie Shaw.
11. Three Letters
"rich in tests, poor in friends"
The next LP will all sound like this.
Virginia Woolf planned her suicide meticulously,
three days in advance, mailing separate letters to
separate people. I never realised what school had really
done to me until I left it.
12. Here (So Find Me)
Using an orchestra is big and clever and expensive.
Everyone else's next LP's will sound like this.
"'Being Loved can never be a patch on Being
Murdered. That's when someone really has risked their
life for yours'"- Quentin Crisp. I used to spend
many an evening on Clifton Downs in Bristol screaming my
guts out wordlessly.