As I don my Producers Hat
WILL THE REAL JOHN BENTLEY PLEASE STAND UP?
Readaboudit in this Blog...
Jools Holland - Barefaced lies
Hanson/Bentley - Video Collaboration
is John Bentley Bi?
Fuhgeddaboudit - Gone Dead Train
John Bentley TV
Bentley's Blog is 50!
he doesn't look it does he?
...well he used to!
Squeeze Rhythm Section Collaborate on another bizarre eating Video...
It's Giving me the Creeps from the album ...based on a true story
Directed by the incomparable Simon Hanson (a cross between Terry Thomas & David Lynch)
View it NOW on John Bentley TV
"what d'ya mean stand up? - I AM standing up!"
Puttin' the Rekid Straight
I got Jools' book Barefaced Lies for Xmas. It's very funny, and a great read. There's one story
he tells about a Squeeze gig we played in New Jersey, and when I read it I thought - well
that's not exactly how I remember it. I looked it up in my 1980 diary, and there was an entry for
So - for what its worth - here's my version of events that happened that frightful night...
Tuesday July 14th. 1980...
THE HOLE IN THE WALL
in Rochelle Park New Jersey was a night spot run by the MOB. The Club was a front to make
their illegitimate business dealings appear legitimate. There's always been a connection
between certain popular entertainers and the MAFIA.
Squeeze were becoming more & more popular in the America, and we'd already had 'the
Squeeze' put on us - it goes a bit like this:
We got you dis, and we got you dat, so now you owe us. And one day you're gonna have to
pay back the debt." (scary beats)
was our road manager, a South London geezer, and a legend (in his own mind).
After the gig as usual Mike had his hands full carrying out the Bands equipment. He kicked
open a pair of double-doors. Unfortunately he knocked out an elderly gentleman who was
trying to gain access from the other side. I'm not sure what happened to Mike after he realised
that he had made a very serious mistake. Perhaps he's at the bottom of the Hudson River,
because this wasn't just any old gentleman he'd knocked out - NO! - this was the Don - yep
you've guessed it - he was
the GODFATHER (play theme from the Godfather now)
realised that somebody to do with Squeeze was responsible for this malicious act of violence
against their father, and now these WiseGuys were looking for blood.
I mean - an attack on their Dad!? You'd be better off Dead wouldn't you? Team Handed they
kicked in the door and stormed the dressing room. We were in the middle of getting showered
and changed after our performance. I was just wearing a towel, which (as you can imagine)
made me feel even more vulnerable.
MILES COPELAND the 3rd.
was our Manager and son of legendary Miles Copeland Jnr. the CIA agent who spear-headed
the daring Raid on Entebbe. With that legacy behind him his dirty was clean er I mean his duty
was clear, Miles HAD to take control of the situation. After all he was a professional
negotiator, a Black Belt in Karate, and a Copeland to boot. Sadly that didn't do him much good
against these Gangsters
BANG BANG - BANG BANG
that was the dreadful sound of Miles being smashed in the head, followed by him crashing to
the floor - he was unconscious, and for all we knew - Dead! (OMG)
it was MAYHEM
in that dressing room - people were screaming, waving weapons about, death threats were
being made, and apparently carried out! I can honestly say that was the most frightened I've
ever been in my life - apart from meeting Cliff Richard.
Jools nodded to me to stand out of sight behind a screen at the back of the room. Still soaking
wet I struggled to put on a pair of jeans and shoes. Meanwhile Jools, (an expert in
self-preservation and Boogie Woogie Piano) quickly decided that the best course of action was
to grab Miles' brief case (which contained all the cash from the tour) and escape out through
the bathroom window. I grabbed my Bass and we sneaked into the bathroom. As we made
our getaway we could still hear Glen Chris and Gilson being threatened by the cast of
"YOU GUYS AIN'T NEVER GONNA WOIK IN JERSEY AGAIN"
...and we never did!
Squeeze on tour in the U.S.A. 1980
I was chatting to Tony Smith after a Squeeze gig in Bristol back in 2013, and he reminded me that I
used to give him guitar lessons in the 70's. It turns out that he became an accomplished musician,
and an excellent songwriter.
He and his band - Gone Dead Train - are based in France. And to cut a long story short, I ended up
travelling over to Montauban in the South of France to produce their album: Where There's Blood.
So now ...
I'm Gonna Ride that Gone Dead Train
I am delighted to say that since I produced their album, Gone Dead Train have been signed up by
Decibel Records Nashville.
I also co-wrote 4 songs on the album with Tony,
The tracks are now available to download thru the Music Page
Check out the super new video for Fuhgeddaboudit by Gone Dead Train.
It's on my swinging new YouTube Channel: John Bentley TV
East Side Story...
West Side Story...
The Inside Story...
Here's the fascinating tale of how Fuhgeddaboudit was written...
While I was in France I played Tony Smith an idea I had for a new song. It
was just a simple chord sequence, and he recorded it on his phone. A few
days later Tony sent me some lyrics in an email. I was trying them out over
my little chord sequence, and one line caught my eye... it included these
three little words:
I wuv you (no not really!)
forget about it
I kept singing this line over and over at the start of the chord sequence -
forgetabout it ... forgeddabout it ...Fuhgeddaboudit
I was having a serious case of Deja Vu and I dont mean Crosby Stills &
Where had I heard this line before?
URETHRA! - no no no - I mean UREKA!
It's that classic scene from the movie Donnie Brasco where Johnny Depp
tries to explain to a couple of FBI agents what the Wise Guys mean when
they say - Fuhgeddaboudit.
... and a song was b o r n.
do you know how to turn your TV off?
Revelation ! - Bentley is Bi !
To celebrate this Bicentenary of Blogs I would like to pay tribute to the following artistes -
because without their inspiration, non of my blogs would have been ...
Bing Crosby Stills Nash & the Young Ones
Edison Lighthouse & Palmer
Sexus Nexus Plexus & the Tex Pistols
let's all start a global revolution
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