PARISIAN LIVING's current line-up still features the original five musicians who formed the band in 1981.
JOHN, lead vocals and guitar, 29, born in what is now Tanzania, formerly of the Bop Natives and the Downbeats, not to mention the Tulsa Torpedoes, and still in The Mudcats, in which he was/is bass player, but his real genius lies in his fluid, soulful vocal delivery. Also plays guitar hot enough to melt the tyres on your Ford.
Greatest Hit; "Thang" from "Negative Entropy"- a song he wrote in the first flush of Parisianism, delivered with verve and a searing side order of lead guitar.
ALAN, drums, lead and backing vocals, percussion, 29, born in Hersham, plays a much- customised Sonor kit from the 70's at least. Parisian Living recordings also feature his collection of percussions from around the globe, and from the music shops of Southern England.
His Greatest Hit- "Jungle Harmony" which remains in the songbook but has never got further than a demo. Next time, bruv!
TIM, alias Timski, the Time Lord, aka Tom Burns, synths and bass synths, 29, from another galaxy, he was recruited because he owned a synthesiser and knew about electronics. He has now achieved success in the world of telecoms equipment. He steals mobile phones! Only joking, Tom! If he says he can do it, Tim can do it.
Timski's Greatest Hit- "Take Me To Your Leader" from the new LP "Massive In A Parallel Universe"- synths, piano and a great guitar solo, it's justifiably the opening track.
Parisian Living is jealous. Very, very jealous. Tim has now officially retired from the rat race and spends his life skiing and otherwise messing about in a winter sports stylee on the slopes of the French Alps. In the evenings, he does his own solo jazz shows and also plays guitar and bass in several bands in the Argentiere- Chamonix area. In summer, he and Louise jump in their camper van and travel to the surfing beaches of Europe.
However, there’s a fly in the ointment. The ski chalet “Le Mouille Fetu” is under threat from a plan to build a new tunnel and avalanche refuge under the mountain behind the house. Timski and Louise are now suing the French government (and who among us can honestly say they haven’t wanted to do that at some time in their lives?) to save their livelihood. Fortunately the wheels of French local politics grind very slowly, and “Le Mouille Fetu” looks safe for the time being.
Parisian Living can never repay Tim and Lou for the great favour of allowing us to record the basic tracks for "Massive In A Parallel Universe" at their redoubt in Argentiere.
MIKE, bass guitar, lead and backing vocals, 29, also a Hersham boy, Alan's brother by blood, lyricist and creative engine of the group.
Mike also played alongside Alan in the Fargin Bastages, a half-Irish folk-rock band. We're really sincerely sorry for our culpability in the current folk-rock revival.
Mike's Greatest Hit- paying for all this! No, seriously "Dr Strangelove" from "Another Load From The Muthalode" has been aired by WVOF in Fairfield, Conn., USA.
Mike is point of contact for Parisian Living; (0)118 9423807 firstname.lastname@example.org
PHIL, piano, 29, from Reading, our matinee idol, don't blink or you'll miss him in "Chariots Of Fire." Phil is a freelance restaurant critic, and also has a book on street markets to his name. Potentially the most expensive member of the band, Lunch Box Records awaits his requisition for a Yamaha Grand with apprehension!
His Greatest Hit- the piano all through "Godzilla (In Fluffy Slippers)" on "Viva".
Plus the battle-hardened survivors of the recruits since then, including-
JOANNA, aka Joey, lead and backing vocals, 29, sister of Mike and Alan- yep Parisian Living was a family affair in the 80s! Joanna sang our first single, "Beyond The Dreams Of Avarice (Part 1)" on cassette back in 1989. She's since emigrated to Perth, Western Australia, but put backing vocals on "Incredible" and several other of our new tracks on her visit back to Blighty in 2009.
DAVID, saxophones and flute, 29, from Newbury, also played in the much ignored Hat Shakers, a fascinatingly tinkly-bonk outfit on the fringes of the folk thing. He has since put out his own music as Bop Hill, added his metal pipes to Guildford's Box Of Frogs, and currently writes and plays for Fair Faith, with his missus Joe McGowan singing lead vocs. David's unerring sense of melody ices the cake of many a Parisians opus. Has played with us since 1987.
BONGO BILLY, percussion, 29, from Liverpool, has beaten skins and shaken his thangs with Parisian Living since being introduced by David in 1988. Was also in 60's style nutters The Paisley Wheelchair Experience, and has been in a series of funky covers bands. Most likely to say "You're mad, you lot are!"
FRANCOIS, lead and backing vocals, drums, 29, from Cambrai in Northern France. The brother from another country was adopted on Parisian Living's successful venture to the Alpaje Concert of the Festival des Carrieres near Lyon in 1997. "I like to sing" said Francois, and Parisian Living took him at his word.
Francois is now a superb drummer and appears on five of the tracks on “Massive In A Parallel Universe” in that capacity. He has had a parallel musical career in his native northern France, with the now sadly defunct Staphylorock, an infectious four piece rock band whose material included covers of Superbus’ “Pop N’ Gum”, and “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz. He now plays for two top bands in the Lille area.
KARL, Parisian Living met Karl, guitars, 29, from Cornwall, in the late 80’s when he was a tyro guitarist in an indie band, and kept in touch while he was in hard rockers Zed (aka Zed’s Ded) and Reading’s hardy perennial ska band The Skangsters. Karl is responsible for the drifting, fluid guitar fills of “Incredible” and the wah-wah on “Busy Intersection.” “I’ve played indie, rock, reggae, and ska- might as well do some funk!” said he.
Alas, Karl's playing career has been cruelly cut short by a bizarre glassware accident in 2008.
MARTYN, Karl introduced sax and flute player Martyn, 29, to the Parisians in 2004 and his high- quality tenor blowing was an immediate hit with the band. Martyn’s own band Solskala are well worth a listen, and his other skills include booking foreign hotel accommodation. He drives the last VW Microbus in captivity, and has actually been to Bug Jam! Martyn has relocated to Spain and works as a full time musician in San Jose near Almeria. He also takes immensely atmospheric photographs of the wild landscape and rugged coast of the area.
GILLIAN, backing vocals, 29, Mike's partner (he's a lucky dog.) She's a nurse in Real Life. Endlessly scathing about Parisian Living, she nevertheless turns out every time, dresses to the nines and dances and sings up!
Gill has resigned on the grounds of being a bit older now. Says she. She’ll be back. She’ll be driving the minibus anyway.
MANIC MIKE, lead and rhythm guitar, 29, from another, different, galaxy, joined in 1993 after meeting Mike and Alan at a Fargin Bastages gig at the old Purple Turtle. More versatile than a Swiss Army knife, Manic Mike also brings considerable technical knowledge of music to the band, and introduced us to Francois.
MANIC MIKE UPDATE
Parisians leave, but they don’t get fired. Manic Mike has resigned his commission from Parisian Living on grounds of musical differences, but has continued to help the band out with sound mixing and overdubbing, and has engineered the mixdown of “Massive In A Parallel Universe” at his Heavy Glow Studio in the country west of Reading. He has found time to put some of his guitar playing on there too.