01_Hard Station (1981)
Inspired by the situation in Dublin in the recession of the early 80s, this was the title track of the first album of my own songs. I was a big fan of Gerry Rafferty’s records, especially ‘City To City’ which included ‘Baker Street’. Produced by Hugh Murphy, it was the kind of sound I was looking for so I asked Hugh to work with me on my record. Happily, he agreed. The version here is from the remix sessions in Startling Studios, Ascot, UK in early 1982. Mixed by Hugh and a young Steve Lipson it is the version on release ever since. While followers of my music will know this song, it hasn’t ever been one of the ‘top ten’. If I was writing these lyrics now I wouldn’t be as deferential!