"Picture the scene if you will... Vancouver International airport police station, a row of three jail cells, one empty, one occupied by someone who looks likes he might be Charles Manson's younger brother and the last houseing three of the most unlikely looking international terrorists ever to have sampled the hospitality of the Canadian police force.
Terrorists they are not for it is only by some unfortunate misunderstanding with British Columbia Air that myself, William 'Ginge' South and John 'Winky' Wallace are there in the first place. It's July 1995 and Heavy Shift are in the middle of their first world tour and this is just one of many adventures, surreal episodes, Bucowski-esque escapades - call them what you will - that I have had the pleasure of being involved in.
It all started on Boxing day 1988. I was helping Ginge n' Winky (AKA Heavy Shift), mix their first music foray into the rincey tincey world of the music business, a cover of that 'ol classic Summertime.
After a mild ripple of acknowledgement they went on the release Obey the Rules of the Night which was soon followed by that underground cult summer classic Come Alive in 1990.
As well as stretching their musical muscle in the studio, the London bar and club circuit was reverberating and soon, with confidence growing, the duo ventured into the studio to record their first album Unchain your Mind which saw wide critical acclaim both here in the UK and in the US. This was backed up by a UK, European and finally a world tour which saw them, with accompaniment in the form of Julian Fenton (drums), Earl Robinson (bass) and Cliff Charles (guitar) - three men whose CVs read like an encyclopedia of pop music that scans the 70s and 90s - take on Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Canada and America.
They returned to old blighty and dived straight back into the studio to record their second album The Last Picture Show, a continuation of the legacy that was set up by the first. At the same time firmly establishing themselves as a live tour de force in and around London.