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(This page covers Bill Nelson's career outside Be Bop Deluxe, including with Bill Nelson's Red Noise.)
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Bill Nelson (born William Nelson, 18 December 1948, Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England) is an English singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, painter, video artist, writer and experimental musician. He rose to prominence as the chief songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of the rock group Be-Bop Deluxe, which he formed in the 1970s. Nelson has been described as "one of the most underrated guitarists of the seventies art rock movement".[1] In 2015, he was recognised with the Visionary award at the Progressive Music Awards. He currently lives in York. (Read more at Wikipedia.)

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“I was thinking about the contribution that Bill Nelson has made, largely unheralded, to our culture... And all of the stuff that he's done has been well worthwhile.” (John Peel, 02 February 1981)
Bill Nelson - Getting played by John Peel (Interview by Mark Powell)

Bill Nelson - Getting played by John Peel (Interview by Mark Powell)

Bill Nelson was a fixture on Peel's shows through the 70s and beyond, with the DJ enthusiastically championing the musician's independently released debut solo album in 1971, work as leader of art-rock band Be Bop Deluxe, post-punk output with Bill Nelson's Red Noise and subsequent shift toward a prolific solo career in electronic music. As a producer, Nelson also worked with Peel session artists including A Flock Of Seagulls, Gary Numan, Original Mirrors and Skids.[1] Nelson was among those who attended the DJ's wedding in 1974.[2]

Nelson himself was more than happy to acknowledge the vital role Peel played in his early life in music. In 2014, he wrote on his website forum:

“John used to call me at home sometimes for a little chat. Truth is, I was always somewhat nervous around him, (that's 'nervous approaching awe-struck.') He played such an important role in my listening life in the 1960s and I never got over the fact that he took my music under his broadcasting wing. His enthusiastic endorsement of my 'Northern Dream' album brought me to the attention of EMI records and led to the first Be Bop Deluxe album.

“I was out on the 2004 'Be Bop Deluxe And Beyond' 30th anniversary tour when he passed away. Such a shock and I was deeply upset. I'd bumped into him, for the first time in many, many years, only two weeks before his passing, at the BBC HQ in London ... He told me he was still at the same address and that I should contact him...

“When he died, I couldn't face going to the funeral/memorial thing. I knew there would be so many celebrity musicians there and I felt that I wouldn't have been able to hold my emotions in check. But I've never forgotten John and never will. A very important and gifted man with a heart of gold." [3]

Festive Fifty Entries

  • None

Sessions

Two sessions, first credited to "Bill Nelson's Red Noise". No known commercial release. Also six sessions with Be Bop Deluxe.

Bill Nelson - Peel Session 1981

Bill Nelson - Peel Session 1981

1. Recorded: 1979-02-17. First broadcast: 1979-02-23 (Friday Rock Show). Repeated: 29 March 1979.

  • Furniture Music / Stay Young / Out Of Touch / Don't Touch Me I'm Electric

2. Recorded: 1981-06-02. First broadcast: 15 June 1981. Repeated: 02 July 1981, 31 August 1981.

  • Rooms With Brittle Views / Stay Young / Sleep Cycle / Jazz

Other Shows Played

1971
  • Peel is known to have played multiple tracks from Nelson's debut solo LP, 'Northern Dream' (see video interview above), but full details are currently unavailable due to a lack of show tracklistings from the year of release. Peel also played an earlier group release featuring Nelson, also recorded at Wakefield's Holyground studio (see International Times: Other Mentions listing below).
1972
  • 25 April 1972: Photograph (A Beginning) (LP – Northern Dream) Smile
  • 26 May 1972: Northern Dreamer (1957) (LP - Northern Dream) Smile
1979
  • 05 February 1979: Furniture Music (7") Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
  • 06 February 1979: Don't Touch Me I'm Electric / For Young Moderns / Stop Go Stop (LP-Sound On Sound) Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
  • 14 February 1979: Out Of Touch / A Better Home In The Phantom Zone / Substitute Flesh (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
  • 17 February 1981: A Better Home In The Phantom Zone (album - Sound On Sound) Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
  • 21 February 1979: Acquitted By Mirrors (single b/w Furniture Music) Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
  • 07 March 1979: Don't Touch Me (LP-Sound On Sound) Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
  • 14 March 1979: Radar In My Heart (LP - Sound On Sound) Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
  • 15 March 1979: Out Of Touch (LP - Sound On Sound) Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
  • 27 March 1979: Revolt Into Style (LP - Sound On Sound) Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
  • 16 April 1979: Stop / Go / Stop (LP - Sound On Sound) Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
1980
  • 21 May 1980: Do You Dream In Colour? (7”) Cocteau COQ 1
  • 22 May 1980: Ideal Homes (7" - You Dream In Colour?) Cocteau
  • 22 May 1980: Instantly Yours (7" - You Dream In Colour?) Cocteau
  • 22 May 1980: Atom Man Loves Radium Girl (7” – Do You Dream In Colour?) Cocteau
  • 28 May 1980: Atom Man Loves Radium Girl (7” – Do You Dream In Colour?) Cocteau
  • 03 June 1980: Do You Dream In Colour? ? (7”) Cocteau COQ 1 (John's playing of a new single by Bill Nelson prompts him to dig out Be Bop Deluxe's first single from 1973. He admits having had two copies and lending one to an unknown party at Radio 1 and never getting it back.)
  • 10 June 1980: Ideal Homes (7" EP - Do You Dream In Colour?) Cocteau
  • 14 June 1980 (BFBS): Do You Dream In Colour? (7”) Cocteau COQ 1
  • 17 June 1980: Do You Dream In Colour? (7”) Cocteau COQ 1
  • 23 June 1980: Do You Dream In Colour? (7”) Cocteau COQ 1
  • 08 July 1980: Do You Dream In Colour? (7”) Cocteau COQ 1
1981
  • 02 February 1981: Art / Empire / Industry (album - Sound On Sound) Harvest (Bill Nelson's Red Noise)
    - Interview with Bill Nelson
    - Room With Brittle Views (7") Les Disques Du Crépuscule
  • 14 April 1981: Turn To Fiction (12" - Banal) Mercury
  • 21 April 1981: Hers Is A Lush Situation (12" - Banal) Mercury
  • 28 April 1981: A Kind Of Loving (LP - Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam) Mercury
  • 29 April 1981: False Alarms (album - Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam) Mercury
  • 11 May 1981: U.H.F. (Album: Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam) Mercury
  • 13 May 1981: Living In My Limousine (Album: Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam) Mercury
  • 18 May 1981: Life Runs Out Like Sand (LP-Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam) Mercury
  • 19 May 1981: Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam (LP - Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam) Mercury
  • 21 May 1981: U.H.F. (LP – Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam) Mercury (Peel trails upcoming Walters Weekly on the coming Saturday, featuring chat with Bill Nelson)
  • 25 May 1981: Decline And Fall (album - Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam) Mercury
  • 28 May 1981: Youth Of Nation On Fire (7") Mercury
  • 01 June 1981: (Bill Nelson is playing at Heaven in London this evening, but Peel doesn't think he'll go because of the cold he's got.)
  • 09 June 1981 (John Walters): Life Runs Out Like Sand (album - Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam) Mercury
  • 09 July 1981 (BBC World Service): Youth Of Nation On Fire (7") Mercury
  • 07 September 1981: White Sounds (12" - Living In My Limousine (Remix) / White Sounds) Mercury
  • 14 September 1981: Living In My Limousine (7") Mercury (single from Bill Nelson follows A Flock Of Seagulls, which he produced.)
1982
1983
1986
1998

See Also

References

  1. Pete Prown; HP Newquist (1997). Legends of Rock Guitar: The Essential Reference of Rock's Greatest Guitarists. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 86. ISBN 978-0793540426.

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