ROBERT FORSTER The Ten Rules of Rock and Roll [signature edition]
The package contains:
- a hardback book hand signed by Robert Forster on a numbered letterpress printed book plate
- an authentication hologram in the book
- an exclusive book jacket suitable for framing
- a limited edition 10" vinyl record with four exclusive new studio recordings
- a hand signed and numbered limited edition art print suitable for framing
- a custom die cut record sleeve
- a custom handmade fabric-covered solander case with embossing and ribbon
The 10 rules of rock and roll are:
- 1. Never follow an artist who describes his or her work as 'dark'
- 2. The second-last song on every album is the weakest
- 3. Great bands tend to look alike
- 4. Being a rock star is a 24-hour-a-day job
- 5. The band with the most tattoos has the worst songs
- 6. No band does anything new on stage after the first 20 minutes
- 7. The guitarist who changes guitars on stage after every third number is showing you his guitar collection
- 8. Every great artist hides behind their manager
- 9. Great bands don't have members making solo albums
- 10. The three-piece band is the purest form of rock and roll expression
The first world-wide publication of the collected music writing of Robert Forster, legendary member of The Go-Betweens. Includes an exclusive 10" vinyl disc of his first new recordings in three years, made especially for this limited edition set.
ABOUT THE RECORD
The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll EP
Catalogue number FEP1
Black vinyl sleeved in a white disco bag and accompanied by a hand signed & numbered full colour offset lithographic art print on white card, all sleeved within a die cut outer bag
500 copies, only available with the Limited Edition of The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll.
The songs were chosen by Robert Forster to reflect some of the subjects in his book.
A1 - I'LL SPEND MY LIFE WITH YOU
Written by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
A2 - THE PRISONER
Written by Ed Kuepper & Chris Bailey
B1 - JUST A KING IN MIRRORS
Written by Robert Forster & Grant McLennan
B2 – WALCOTT
Written by Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij & Chris Tomson
Matthew Harrison: drums
Recorded by Neil Coombs at The White Room, Mount Nebo, April 2010
Produced by Robert Forster
Robert Forster's notes on The 10 rules of Rock and Roll EP
I'll Spend my Life with You by The Monkees
There are two versions of this song. The official one is on The Monkees third album Headquarters. The other is a lovely softer take on the tune done by the band for their previous album More of The Monkees – this version is available on the recent Rhino editions of the groups back catalogue.
The Monkees for me have always been an album band. There are the hits, and then there all the strong tracks spread over their records - the first four especially. I'll Spend My Life With You was written by Boyce & Hart, who are perhaps best known for writing the bands first chart-topper, the sublime Last Train To Clarksville. Boyce and Hart were also in a mid sixties LA pop band that had one of the best band names in the history of rock – The Candy Store Prophets. Beat that.
They were pop writers in the best sense, and with I'll Spend... they wrote a gentle, melodic, and romantically heroic song. Our version has the strum up high – we are in love with the melody, simple guitar lines run through the mix played by the session's bass player Scott Bromily, and hopefully total joy is heard in our recording.
The Prisoner by The Saints
Brisbane boys and a little nasty. I love the mood of this and the hypnotic two chord verse melody that then bursts onto the third chord at the end of the vocal line. The lyrics evoke post punk London 1978, and you can perhaps hear that I very much enjoyed singing this. It came easy.
The Saints were a Brisbane band and The Prisoner is off their third and best album 'Prehistoric Sounds'. The band were an inspiration to the local groups that followed, including The Go-Betweens, who saw in The Saints not only good songwriting and attitude, but a group that managed to get out of Brisbane and snag an album deal in London. This was fuel for the local scene circa 1978 -80.
Just a King in Mirrors by The Go-Betweens
Grant McLennan my songwriting partner in The Go-Betweens wrote this for the b-side of Part Company in 1983. Which shows the band was either crazy to put material as strong as this on a flipside, or we had so many good songs and this was the only home it could find.
This is a beautiful ballad from Grant. Melodically strong as always, and with a lyric that really cuts and evokes a person and a scene. Normally I never asked Grant what his songs were about, but this one so took me at the time that I asked him who the subject of the song was. He said it was Nick Cave, whom Grant was close too at the time. I don't know what I thought when he told me that, but listening to the song now, and singing it, it sounds nearer to a portrait of Grant himself.
A final note added as humbly as I can. The guitar solo on this is by me, and I think it is one of the best things I've done.
Walcott by Vampire Weekend
I love this band and dug them from the get go. Their first album is a classic and was one of those records that pop up very occasionally and make you re-assess what can be done with drums, bass, and guitars. Plus they had 11 cracker songs that had a fresh lyric slant and showed brilliant pop roots. The whole African influence debate and the yuppie student moan a big distraction to strong songwritng and inventive record production. That also impressed. No indie rock, heavy name producer. They did it themselves, so the flavours are full, and that made the impact of the album even stronger. Enough frothing from the mouth from me.
Walcott is not the best song on the album. But I am going to be cheeky here – it is the one that I thought that I could have written. The fast strum, the strong middle eight, the Velvets like glide of the whole thing. Our recording has taken out a lot of the production tricks of the original and played it as a straighter, more naive pop song. A bit of Buddy Holly. The first guitar solo is mine and the second – the stunner – is by Scott Bromily, he of the bass and also a member of The John Steel Singers (great current Brisbane band). He had a big grin on his face as he put it together in the studio, telling us at one stage he was channelling Clarence White. He got there.
Brisbane, 30th June 2010
Forster is a fantastic writer: urbane, witty, blessed with an empathy for his fellow musicians that he translates into acute observations ("The Velvet Underground were the first band I ever heard who wrote songs better than they could play them") rather than a willingness to pull his punches. - Alexis Petridis, The Independent
... concision harnessed to a real understanding of what makes great art ... - Bill Black, Caught By The River