Dave Formula’s debut collection of solo recordings featuring brand new collaborations on brand new material with Howard Devoto, Barry Adamson, John Doyle and even John McGeoch makes an appearance. Additional performances are supplied by guest vocalists and musicians David McAlmont, Robert Wyatt, Corinne Drewery, Joel Purnell and Dennis Rollins. All top players on top of their game. Available now in CD and download formats (from iTunes etc). Go on, show Dave yer love him.
Satellite Sweetheart draws on Formula’s childhood in Whalley Range, Manchester. The striking memory that inspired the collection is of Dave being taken to see Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who, after becoming the first man in space in 1961, made an appearance at the Amalgamated Union of Foundry Workers in Brook’s Bar, in a show of proletarian solidarity. “I got to shake his hand as he walked past”, says Dave. The collaboration with Barry Adamson, ‘Bison Heard’, recalls Paul’s Record Shop, which sold imported calypso and blue beat singles, on Alexandra Road, Moss Side. “It seemed like the coolest place on earth when I was being dragged up and down on a Saturday afternoon, doing the shopping with my folks”, says Dave. Dave was introduced to Howard Devoto in Manchester towards the end of 1977 by legendary producer Martin Hannett. The two have worked together subsequently in Magazine and Luxuria, and together they have composed one of the album’s centre pieces in ‘Via Sacra’, which in turn lit the spark to the current Magazine reformation. “I persuaded Howard that it was time to be creative once more. A last chance to be venerable. An offer he couldn’t refuse”, says Dave.