The Making of “The Seer” taken from the “The Tour ’86 Official Programme.

9th November ’85

Got the phone call from the office informing us that we should be on the next flight down to London for the recording session. Phonogram have booked us into R.A.K. studios for a few weeks so we should have a bit of time to get some backing tracks down before we go to New York with Roger Daltrey.

We made it just in time for the usual 10:40 flight which was being refuelled on the tarmac. As we boarded the plane I noticed the amount of stewards now flying with the airline company. I can remember the time when it was all female staff who were so lovely, polite and eager to please, that it used to be a pleasure to fly down to London. Now it’s all these effeminate blokes with faces that would worry a rat and uniforms that smell of garlic and aunties.

“Would you like a sweetie sir?”, said the steward with the grey face just before take off. “Not from you mate”, I replied.

10th November ’85
The company have put Stuart and I in a luxury flat just off the Bayswater Road. It is a lovely appartment with ornate walls, and ceilings with corniceing. Even the toilet is cleaner than my own home.  Tony came round this evening with his new computer games. Most popular of the
batch being “Kill the Woman”, “Scab” and “Prison Shower Room”.

11th November ’85
R.A.K. studios has now opened a new games room since we were last here, including Multigym, Table Tennis etc.

Mark and Les (Stage Manager) are tennis champs so far, Mark having adopted the “floppy limp back hand serve” method and Les the “if anybody beats me I’ll kill the bastard” approach.

Tony’s older brother, Lennox (who incidentally looks more like Tony than say – Stuart does) is now cooking meals at the studio for us.

We are also joined by Will Gosling (engineer) and Robin Millar (producer). The last time we saw Will was when we were in Sweden working on Steeltown with Steve Lillywhite. He is looking a lot healthier now and has obviously had his haircut repaired. Talking of which, Mark could do with a bit of a trim. Ever since doing that session for The Cult, his barnet has got longer and longer. He was thinking of having it streaked paisley pattern, but reckoned it would clash with his new flock patterened drum kit.

12th November ’85
Les is in a bad mood this morning. He is discussing with Stuart and Mark, the topic of child abuse in the country today.

“If I ruled this country I would go through the telephone directory and kill one in four people, that would sort out those spineless shits”. With that he walked out as if he was on some sort of mission or something, muttering obscenities and curses under his breath.

13th November ’85
Will and Robin are really going to town on the drum sound with Mark. Last time I heard a bang like that was the one o’clock gun that gets fired once a day in Edingburgh.

At dinner time we started fantasizing about what it would be like if we were conscripted into the army during the Second World War and captured by the Germans. Most of us admitted that if we were going to be tortured by the SS we would probably squeal.

“Yes, I’ll talk”, shouted Stuart, “there’s no way you’re going to give me the hot lead enema”. Screams of pain echoed around the room.

“Robin, turn that bloody reverb down, there are screams of pain echoing all around the room”, I said.

Mark decided that he wouldn’t be too keen to join the escape committee as there was no way he was going to get dressed up in one of those jaggy material civilian suits that the P.O.W.s were making out of old potato sacks and glue. “Chaff me bloody skin that would”, he said in disgust.

“You wouldn’t get me on the committee anyway”, said Les, “you’d be in the RAF and we’d be in the commandos and commandos hate the RAF. In fact we’d probably grass you off to the Kommandant as a spy and you’d be shot”.

“Aha, but I’d be in with the Kommandant anyway”, said Mark, “because I’d be doing a session playing drums with the prison guards band”.

“You rat”, screamed Les, “I’m going to fill the nose of that glider I’ve seen you building on top of the studio roof with cement”.

14th November ’85
The songs are shaping up nicely as Stuart has put down some of the vocals. “The Seer” and “Remembrance D

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