“SONG FOR EWE”
with JULIA ADAMSON of THE FALL

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

Today, continuing on our April Fall month, it’s another member of one of my all-time favourite bands. She was keyboardist & guitarist with The Fall between 1995 and 2001, and appeared on the albums “The Light User Syndrome”, “Levitate”, “The Marshall Suite” and “The Unutterable” under the name Julia Nagle. Her writing credits include all-time Fall classics “Masquerade” and the rip-roaring “Touch Sensitive” (as featured on that car ad). She’s also sung with St. Winifred’s Choir (before The Fall natch), punk group Blackout (ditto) and been assistant to legendary Manchester/Factory producer Martin Hannett at Some Bizarre Records and tape op at the iconic Strawberry Studios from 1984 to 1990. Recording now as Invisiblegirl and also publishing and releasing other new acts from all over the world, it is the incredible, indelible and not really invisible, Julia Adamson!

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Julia was first involved with The Fall as part of the recording team on 1986’s “Bend Sinister”, who’d have thought that ten years later she’d become a full member on “The Light User Syndrome”. It was nearly short lived as at the end of the album tour she briefly left, but returned for “Levitate” on which she really came to the fore, co-writing 6 tracks. The end of the “Levitate” tour was equally catastrophe-strewn, with Julia the one member who stayed with Mark E Smith after the band disintegrated on stage in the US in 1998.

She helped put together the new band for The Marshall Suite which included at various times Neville Wilding, Adam Helal, Karen Leatham and Tom Head and was instrumental in writing again, including “Touch Sensitive”, still a classic…

She was also still very much present for “The Unutterable” a much underrated album that featured the ace “Two Librans” and “Dr. Bucks’ Letter”, but by 2001 the whole band had been replaced including the influential and relatively long serving Julia.

I was pleased to find Julia as she has played on some of my fav Fall songs from their expansive middle act, many of which I was enjoying on John Peel around the same time Peel mentioned Velvet Sheep on air, twenty one years ago nearly to this day. In particular “Levitate” is an album I enjoy immensely, so I was honoured that Julia could choose her “song for ewe”, so without further ado, it’s over to my learned colleague…who chooses a song with a Fall connection (they covered “Groovin’ with Mr. Bloe as a combo with “Green Eyed Loco Man” after Julia’s time on the Peel session in 2003)…take it away Julia…

“‘Mighty Mouse’ by Mr Bloe is an instrumental (and not dissimilar to the ‘Groovin with Mr Bloe’ single – feat. Larry Adler on harmonica).

A friend first played me Mighty Mouse in 1980 and I’ve loved the song ever since.
was one of the first songs I searched for on the internet and I still have a dodgy mp3 of it on my iPod that cuts out before the end.
My iPod is over 10 years old now and Mighty Mouse is still on the playlist. The song arrangement has a natural flow and the instruments are played with a contagious enthusiasm. It’s minimal in essence and the musicians subtle technique is compelling. *play with the bass turned up a little :)”

Here’s where you can find more on: Invisiblegirl Records and Invisible Girl Music Publishing Limited

www.invisiblegirl.co.uk

Listen to songs from the Invisible Girl Music catalogue:http://soundcloud.com/invisiblegirl_records

and fyi, here’s that Peel session with “Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe/Green Eyed Loco Man”