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Solo? When Musicians Break the Loop - The Audiophile Man
When band members dare to go solo, fans often have trouble coping with the change, Paul Rigby focuses on a few examples and looks at how musicians evolve The name Bram Tchaikovsky is an an unlikely one for a rock musician and yet there he was, on BBC TV’s The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978, then resident with The Motors (an offshoot from the band, Ducks Deluxe) playing the song, Dancing the Night Away. Bram was a busy boy that evening, nodding his head like a good’un. To such a fierce extent, that is, that I feared it might fall off. Bedecked in a red striped T-shirt, Bram took part in what I see as the epitome of Pub Rock, the evolutionary height of creativity of this niche genre. Carrot-topped, skinny as a rake and a man who could hardly be described a God’s gift to women but Tchaikovsky stood out as the essence of the rock icon. This was melodic, yet no nonsense, full of hooks, yet forceful and honest and Tchaikovsky held the song in a blur of guitar strings. Music is the centre of a range of complex psychology in how we view music and musicians. …