It's always strange to think there's a song you are the only one to know. That was my feeling when I first heard - Strictly Confidential - A perfect tune, rough bass line, nice voices harmonies,...I've never met someone who knew Personnal Column. That was my secret jewel and God knows we need secret garden. It's hard to estimate the impact of a song in a life, but I'm sure Strictly Confidential help me through the years. And nowadays I surprise myself, when I walk in streets, to sing or whistle this tune : " ...this information is essential ... "
What about the other tracks I soon discover on this site ? The arrangement and instrumentation were not at the same level but I guess it was a problem of money. Theses things cost a lot.
But I can only say : " Thank you Phil to share this music ".
Well put together Phil- Hope it won't stop there. Many excellent Personal Column songs still waiting to be given a fresh airing. 'How do You Know You're Right', 'State Secret', 'This is How it Ends'.......... I think Elvis Costello once said in the national press when commenting on his new label that Personal Column needed a major label! Your label would have been a start Elvis! Can't remember if this was before or after the Stiff records relationship happened.
Thanks Phil, and thanks Marc and Colin for many great memories.
Anyone who listened to the John Peel Show in the early/mid 1980s will remember Personal Column. Peelie was an enthusiastic supporter and only someone with his experience of the music business could have understood why the band didn't become huge. Rather like another Peel favourite of the time, Sophie & Peter Johnston, perhaps they were simply too smart for the prevailing pop culture. The first two self-financed Personal Column singles still sound spell-binding all these years later. Marc Vormawah was clearly one of the finest song-writers and musicians to emerge from post-punk Liverpool. It may be a cliché, but this band was criminally underrated. Thanks to Phil for putting together this excellent website. Great for reminiscing, but hopefully some new fans will discover this band's superb music too.
When did this website spring up? I paid £25 in 2005 for a bootleg copy of the Peel sessions from the only character on the 'net that volunteered ever hearing of them (and a Yank at that). Moreover, the CD only comprised the last two sessions by the band, the existence of the first being hitherto unknown to me. Consequently, this website is something of a revelation. Yes, the band should have been huge, but sometimes you can't see the cream for the cheese.
All I can say is that your music is Fantastic! I was hooked to listening to it everyday..Very cool rhythms and excellent song writing. It really stands to the test of time. The band and their music is what makes New Wave music Immortal and a pleasure to listen to. I'm quite disappointed that a band as talented as Personal Column was not able to be given a break to release a full album nor given a chance to have their music be issued now on a cd considering the band's immense talent and great music. I believe it is not too late, maybe somewhere out there a recording company/producer would put an interest and would give All due Recognition to their work..THANK YOU for sharing your masterpiece..For at least it would now be Heard and Enjoyed by a more wider listeners both young and old especially the New Wave Afficionados across the globe..