Paul Collins Returns + Telephone Vids

 

Still hanging on that telephone after all these years…

 

By Blurt
Staff

Power pop godfather Paul Collins – yes, that Paul Collins, who during his ‘70s heyday in the Nerves
(w/Peter Case) penned the classic tune “Hanging On the Telephone,” famously
covered by Blondie – may seem to have gone silent on these shores, but his as
active as ever overseas, particularly in Spain where his latest studio album Ribbon Of Gold was issued this past
March by Spanish label RockIndiana. Now the record has dropped Stateside via
the tastemakers at Get Hip.

 

What follows is the scoop from the
label, ‘cause we know you need it and we don’t want to leave a word out. Oh,
and check the videos at the very bottom…. You just might get a surprise or two…

 

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Produced by Chips Kiesby
(Hellacopters, Nomads) Ribbon of Gold features 10 new songs from pop’s illegitimate son, Paul Collins. After a 12
year recording silence, Paul Collins re-surfaced with Flying High, recorded at home with his new comrade in arms, guitar
slinger Octavio Vinck and what would become the start of his new Spanish band. Flying High was a simple affair sporting
songs that spanned Paul’s musical career and landscape, from the Beat-ish power
chords of Rock n Roll Shoes and More Than Yesterday, to the all out melodic pop
of Helen to the roots rocking Will You Be A Women the record encompasses all
the facets of Paul’s writing ability, showcased with a simple and straight
forward production style.

 

“We wanted to let the songs do the
talking,” says Paul, “I knew that there would be a lot of skepticism about me
making a record after all this time, as Elvis Presley once said ‘Pop music
changes every 6 months’ I felt that the best thing for us to do is to present
the songs in a simple unassuming way, plus without any real budget or producer
I knew there would be no way to make a “Big Rock” record. I was really starting
from scratch again, but with the help of Octavio I knew we could do it!”

 

3 years later and hundreds of shows under their belt it has become a reality!
The Paul Collins’ Beat has performed all over Europe
and is making their second trip to SXSW this year. Old fans and new are always
satisfied as they jump up and down to the old classics like Rock n Roll Girl
and Don’t Wait Up For Me that sound right at home with the new songs like Afton
Place and All Over Town. Make no mistake, the live show delivers, from The
Nerves to The Beat and now the Paul Collins’ Beat the band cranks through over
30 years worth of music, old and new, seamlessly!

 

While performing at the Road To Ruins Festival in Rome, the band met up with producer Chips
Kiesby, most known for his work with Swedish rock bands The Nomads and The
Hellacopters. As Paul tells it, “Juancho, my manager and bass player, and I
were hanging out backstage after the show when we saw this guy with bright red
hair! I asked Juancho, “Who the hell is he?” Juancho said, “That guy is one of
the best producers around!” I walked up to him and said, “Hi I’m Paul Collins
wanna produce our next record?” And he said “Yeah!” Several months later the
band was in Gutenberg, Sweden recording Ribbon of Gold. “Now I knew it was time
to make the Big Rock Record!” Says Paul about the recording, “I knew this was
my chance to make a record with a big production, but I wanted it to be a
record that we could play live, that kept it honest for me, Chips was the
perfect producer, he knew the band, he was a fan of my early work and he knew
how to bring my sound to tape!”

 

The results are clear, one listen
to Ribbon of Gold and it’s obvious that Collins is as good as he ever was, the
songs bristle with excitement, they rock, they roll and they showcase what is
undeniably one of America’s
foremost talents. From his humble DIY beginnings with The Nerves, to his Major
Label years at Columbia Records and the subsequent Indy years Paul Collins
proves without a shadow of a doubt that he is here to stay! As Collins will
always tell you….
“Keep on Rocking!”

 

 

TRACK LISTING:

  1. Hey DJ
  2. Ribbon of Gold
  3. I Still Want You
  4. Without You
  5. Big Pop Song
  6. Falling In Love with Her
  7. She Doesn’t Want To Hang Around with You
  8. Parlez Vous Français?
  9. Smile Boy
  10. Flown Away

 

 

 




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