I’ve decided to change the acoustic cover this week to honour Dave Greenfield from ‘The Stranglers’.

Dave sadly passed away this week from the effects of the horrible Covid virus. It was a shock to me, fans of the band and, I suspect, the whole music business.

I have been a long time fan of the band and was delighted years ago to work with Hugh Cornwell as a co-writer. That experience prompted me to take more interest in their back catalogue as my relationship with the band had, until that point, been confined simply to the obvious hit singles that had dominated the radio when I growing up.

A massive part of the Stranglers sound was down to Dave, his genius approach to keyboards helped propel the band into a league of their own. Take a listen to anything across their career and you’ll see what I mean.

The song I have chosen to cover is perhaps an obvious one, but it’s and one that Wayward Sons played live (all of us are huge fans), and I feel is fitting as it not only contains one of his finest moments but also the title says it all.

RIP Dave and thanks for the brilliant music.

Podcast

In my new series of podcasts – TOBY AND THE WHOLE TRUTH – I seek to uncover the reality of what it means to live and work as a successful person in the real music business. I’ve interviewed characters from every sector of this crazy yet obsessively addictive world to try uncover what it really takes to reach beyond the dream, step out of the garage and bedroom to escape the ‘normal’ world and become a success against the odds in the most competitive business there is.  

Merchandise

Toby Jepson’s debut solo album ‘Toby and the Whole Truth – Ignorance Is Bliss’ is now available to pre-order as a limited edition signed deluxe CD Songbook with all original 11 songs remastered and featuring previously unreleased material.

A special 25th anniversary edition: The songbook features 36 pages of production notes, hand drawn illustrations, lyrics, song explanations and a forward introduction by writer David Gailbraith (Kerrang!).