george in umbria

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day.

Today it’s an artist, a literal artist (well a figurative one actually) responsible for causing David Bowie’s mismatched pupils (after a fight at school when he was plain Jones). He was in a band with Bowie as Davie Jones & The King-Bees and made a record. He was also a classmate of Peter Frampton. Turned out that although music wasn’t for him, painting was, and he combined the two, designing the “Hunky Dory” & “Ziggy Stardust” covers for his old mucker plus doing the artwork for the first T-Rex album.

I originally interviewed him while channel manager of MTV2, where I got him to guest-select an hour of videos at his one man show “About Face” in 1997, so I’m pleased to find him again some years later, and I’m out of reach of his tasty right hook, but ready to receive his “song for ewe”, it’s George Underwood!


I asked George what he’s up to at the moment:

“I am working on a mixed show called ‘The Hidden Paw’ which starts 4th September at The Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the Wold, Gloucestershire. Next January I have a one-man show in Norway.”

From a student of both music & the arts, it’s no surprise that George’s response was carefully crafted, so without further ado, here’s his “song for ewe”…

“Sorry took so long getting back to you.
I was up in my studio, listening to Tom Waits’ Glitter and Doom live album and thought – ‘ah, this is that moment to tell Nick’. The first track which is titled – ‘Lucinda/Ain’t Goin Down’ must have been amazing if you were in the audience. “I love it. I hope that’s ok.? cheers George”