Songs from The Electric

Songs for The Electric
Ricky Gardiner Guitarist

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Ricky Idiot tour

iggy wild and strong
Iggy Pop David Bowie at the keyboatd Idiot Tour 1977
Iggy Pop 77
Iggy Pop Tony Sales Ricky Gardiner and David Bowie
The Idiot tour 1977
Ricky Gardiner behind Tony Sales and David Bowie on keys

Iggy Pop, David Bowie at the keyboard and Ricky Gardiner Idiot Tour 1977

Photos: Virginia Scott Nikormat/ Kodachrome.

David Bowie Low Sessions 1976

David Bowie Low sessions at the Chateau d’Herouville 1976, featuring all the band and Tony Visconti and Brain Eno, kids and crew.

Behind the scenes photos by Ricky Gardiner’s Nikkormat camera and Kodachrome film.

Music: Night/ Songs for the Electric Ricky Gardiner and Virginia Scott

Iggy Pop Rainbow Idiot Tour 1977

MP3’s LIVE of the Iggy Pop Idiot Tout live at the Rainbow Theatre London 1977 thanks to Dave Thomson.

Set List

Track 01. Raw Power (6.4MB)
Track 02. TV Eye (5.2MB)
Track 03. Dirt (7.7MB)
Track 04. 1969 (4.3MB)
Track 05. Turn Blue (10.3MB)
Track 06. Fun Time (4.3MB)
Track 07. Gimme Danger (6.3MB)
Track 08. No Fun (5.1MB)
Track 09. Sister Midnight (5.9MB)
Track 10. I Need Somebody (5.8MB)
Track 11. Search And Destroy (4.9MB)
Track 12. I Wanna Be Your Dog (6.1MB)
Track 13. Tonight (5.3MB)
Track 14. Some Weird Sin (6.7MB)
Track 15. China Girl (4.9MB)

Line Up

Iggy Pop: Vox

David Bowie: Keys

Ricky Gardiner: Guitar

Tony Sales: Bass

Hunt Sales:  Drums

Low Chateau session photos 1976

In 1976 Ricky Gardiner played guitar on the Low David Bowie sessions in Paris at the Chateau d’Herouville.
Ricky Gardiner took some photographs in the downtime.

The Pool
The Pool

Denis Davies
Denis Davies

Carlos Alomar Carlos Alomar

Spooky Chateau
Spooky Chateau
Carlos Alomar, George Murray, Roy Young at table and Robin Clarke
Carlos Alomar, George Murray, Roy Young at table and Robin Clarke
Mary Hopkin/ Jess  Tony Visconti and Brian Eno
Mary Hopkin/ Jess Tony Visconti and Brian Eno
Mary Hopkin Brian Eno and David Bowie chilling out.
Mary Hopkin Brian Eno and David Bowie chilling out.
Tony and Morgan Visconti
Tony and Morgan Visconti

The Passenger Story

The Passenger Story

Ricky Gardiner Berlin Gerhus Hotel 1977
Ricky Gardiner Berlin Gerhus Hotel 1977

Interview questions by Robert Webb 2005.
The Independent on Sunday

1/ I’ve read a quote from you in the book Gimme Danger about how you were walking around your garden and your ear was caught by the chord sequence you were playing. Was it an unconscious thing; a little like McCartney waking up with “Yesterday” going through his head?
RG/ It may have been partially hypno-pompic. It was certainly a case of the chord sequence ‘slipping through’ while I was ‘lost in the glory’ of a beautiful spring morning’. I heard myself playing in the distance. 
The strength, inherent in a round, arrested my attention and I registered the sequence for future use.

2/ What are the actual chords?
RG/ The chords are simple enough. It is a mystery to me why they had not previously appeared in that order. They are – Am, F, C, G- Am, F ,C, E/E7.

3 / Did you have other ideas for the riff, before you played it to Iggy, and what did he say when you played it to him?
RG/ When I was invited to join David and Iggy in Berlin, I did not realise that they needed material, so I was unprepared when they asked me if I had ‘anything’. My surprise was effectively covered when I recalled the aforementioned chord sequence and promptly played it to them on my unplugged Strat. David immediately liked it, Iggy was open and receptive at the time but I suspect it did not have quite the same impact as a screaming chain saw which is his natural preference, I think. None the less, he appeared the next morning with the completed lyrics andafter we recorded it, he seemed very pleased. I must also mention the fine contribution that Carlos Alomar made to the recording- a very nice man and a good musician.

4/ The song doesn’t move on from the circular chord sequence – no middle eight or chorus. Weren’t you tempted to write more?
RG/ I did not develop the riff prior to convening in Berlin and neither David or Iggy suggested any addition.
 It lives on unaltered.

5/ What’s your view on Iggy’s lyrics? Are they about Bowie?
RG/ I do not read anything personal in lyrics. 
I have no interest at all in the personal dynamics between people. 
We all have our personalities to deal with and I expect we all deal with it in our own way.
Therefore, I make no judgement on the people’s personalities or their inter reaction. 
The main issue for me is the music-getting the work done – enjoying the recording. In general terms, Iggy displays a spontaneously vivid and fertile imagination which he puts to very productive creative use in the studio.
This made the recording very rewarding.

6/ Tony Visconti has called you an “unsung hero”, and I take it you first met Iggy and Bowie via him. What’s your feeling now about your involvement with Iggy. Are you still in touch?
RG/ Tony is, himself, something of an ‘unsung hero’. He is very patient and yet decisive. 
He is always willing to try a new approach yet he doesn’t intrude unnecessarily. 
I am grateful that Iggy is still out there ‘treading the boards’ and apparently going from strength to strength.

7/ What do you do now?
RG/ For at least 10 years I have suffered from Electro Magnetic HyperSensitivity ( ). 
I am allergic to most aspects of modern and not so modern technology. I spend time trying to find ways round my disability. I am aided by my wife composer/artist Virginia Scott.

8/ Also, can you give me release details for your album The Passenger, and a little more info on your own version please (beyond what I have gleaned
 from your web site ): which I like very much.
RG/ We have two versions of the Passenger which were recorded prior to EMHS.

Ricky Gardiner 2005

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