Welcome, thank you for joining me!
For those of you not be familiar with Alien Skin (hello, that’s me, George, pleased to meet you) you’d be forgiven if you expect a hyped up CV.
Not to worry. I can talk about my professional history in the Australian synth band Real Life, pre Real Life in the 80s and Alien Skin at some other time if you’re ever interested. But for now I prefer an introduction on a more personal level.
I thought to myself what can I concisely write to give you a snapshot of what and who I am AND how my music story snowballed over the years to the point where YOU are here right now, by choice, reading this.
And so I recalled how it began for me as a boy of 10 with his first girl crush developing into a passion for music making.
And so, this is what came to mind……
“Joanna was the first girl I had a crush on at school, I was of pre-pubescent age, lots of face blushing and shoe gazing.
My secret best friend was a pocket sized transistor radio my dad had bought me. Cheap with an unflattering sound it began my life’s obsession with music and songwriting. It was 1970 and at the age of 10 I had no musical ability but I could write childish 6th grade words.
Borrowing the melody of the Beatles’ song, ‘I Should Have Known Better’, I wrote my first song ‘Joanna’. As in many stereotypical girl-boy songs the girl went away and I never saw her again after the school year ended. But she did leave me with my first ever song.
Anyhow, back to the plot…in the 1960s many records had vocals on one side and music on the other side of the stereo image. Using my parent’s 1964 furniture size gramophone I switched off the vocals. This enabled me to sing my own lyrics over the instrumental backing. Many a bad song including ‘Joanna’’ was written like this and recorded onto my junior reel to reel tape recorder. As an audio diary I wish I had kept theses recordings.
I craved records! It was my quest for years to buy more and more LPs. Known to us in Australia and Britain as LPs (long players not albums) they were my treasures, with huge artwork. I horded my school lunch money choosing not to eat – unbeknown to my parents – to buy LPs. They cost $5.95 in the early ’70s and I was able to purchase an LP every 17 days.
I remember my first delicious smelling vinyl big disc being a Simon and Garfunkel ‘best of’ album. Nothing else at that time meant more to me than getting lost within the music and wanting to create my own. Some rudimentary guitar chords later, aged 13, and my songwriting began developing.
Then came post-punk synth-pop! Affordable synthesizers, primitive drum machines and 4 track tape recorders. Nothing was to be the same again.
We’ve all had times and events in our youth that, in retrospect, became pivotal points in the way our lives took shape. For me it’s the above series of memories as a child that resonate the truest. Persistence and hard slog lead me to recording studios and international tours. Playing to thousands of fans, meeting them face to face was always the reward. I touch upon this more in Part 2.”
For now, thank You for getting involved by being here and reading my first blog post story. Please keep an eye on your INBOX over the next day or so for the story’s conclusion.
The concluding post will include a new FREE song download for you.
And if you’d like to hear one of my Alien Skin milestones now, click here to preview a fan favourite album, 1980 REDUX.