Why Gazza's Fog On The Tyne rap caused me to quit Lindisfarne - Ray Jackson (From The Northern Echo)
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Why Gazza's Fog On The Tyne rap caused me to quit Lindisfarne - Ray Jackson
ONE of the key members of North-East group Lindisfarne has spoken of why soccer legend Paul Gascoigne's take on the song Fog On The Tyne led him to quit the band.
Ray Jackson has spoken out after being asked about the collaboration on a radio talk show recently.
Jackson said in the late 1980s the band was approached by the former Newcastle and England star's then manager Mel Stein to discuss the project.
He said: "Paul was apparently interested in extending his career into pop music. He had been a life-long fan of Lindisfarne and wanted to make a rap version of the song with the band.
"I was living in London at the time and most of the initial negotiations had taken place without my knowledge.
"The band’s recording career was beginning to wane and the idea was presented to me as a way of finding our way back into the charts.
"We previously made an alternative recording of the song with a Bo Diddley beat and I was asked to overdub that with a guide vocal in rap style that Gazza could imitate.
“I felt uncomfortable right from the start of this process and considered it ill-judged.
“In my opinion it was totally at odds with our solid reputation, built over the previous two decades of performing and writing. I felt we were selling out but the rest of the band disagreed."
Jackson said the issue came to a head when he was asked to take part in a video to be used to promote the song and soon after he left.
He said: "I left Lindisfarne 23 years ago after not wanting to take part in the Gazza video, recording or Top Of The Pops, as I was extremely unimpressed with the collaboration from a musical point of view.
"Gazza was a great footballer and a Geordie hero but no musician.
“I similarly could never play football. I’ve never met Gazza but I gather he is a very funny and entertaining guy and I hope he overcomes his current problems. He’s much loved on Tyneside."
Jackson is playing a series of gigs with a new Lindisfarne line-up this Christmas, including gigs at Newcastle City Hall, Middlesbrough and Hull.
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