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We’ve moved

Friends of the Stars have released a new album, gone pro, booked out Wembley and can now be found at

Except for the Wembley thing.

LA Designers, Bulgarian Scientists and Friends of The Stars…

Here is the front cover of the soon-to-be released album “Lighting and Electrical”.

Ain’t it purdy?

(You can click here to see it in it’s full glory!)

The artwork was designed by long time friend of the band Olivia Mole. Over the years, Olivia has offered support and encouragement to our dysfunctional musical unit and, before leaving the UK, was often to be found at our London shows.

We were really happy when she agreed to handle the artwork for us. She’s a talented lady, and as you’ll see in due course, really good at drawing and colouring in.

That said, she made us all feel really stupid when she emailed us the details of her motives and thoughts in choosing this subject as her inspiration. Frankly, it was way too clever for us.

Anyway, she now lives in sunny Los Angeles, California and based her designs and ideas around the concept of ‘Ball Lightning‘. As part of her research into the subject she befriended (via the interweb) a Bulgarian scientist by the name of Dr Kiril Chukanov.

(I’m not making this up, by the way)

Dr Chukanov has devoted his considerable brain power to designing and building machines that create your actual Ball Lightning under laboratory conditions. Some of his machines also feature in the CD artwork.

Dr Chukanov is also someone who clearly operates on a much higher intellectual level than us:

“The quantum macro-object (ball lightning) possesses unusual electrical features and energy possibilities. Where does this enormous energy come from? The correct answer is: from nowhere”

Mmmm. Yes.


We’d like to thank Dr Chukanov for his assistance and we’ll be sending a copy of the record to Bulgaria just as soon as it comes back from the record making factory…

Naturally, our big, big thanks also go to Olivia. Several copies of the record will also be on the way to California.

The rest of you will just have to steal it from Russian websites buy it.

The Thoughts Of Executive Producer Robson

Executive Prodcuer Robson explains here for the first time the methods, philosophy and madness by which he oversaw the creation of the “Lighting & Electrical” album:


Clock face…

Imagine the entirety of recorded time was compressed into a day… it would still take three weeks to record
an album.

Stop imagining that and understand that time takes ages; it’s also a confusing and annoying beast that
can out-run a speeding bullet yet move so slowly you think it’s a thing of some kind that doesn’t move at all.

What I am trying to say is that time has passed and an album has been made, and I think it’s a good time to
‘go to the balcony and look down on what happened’.

My role as ‘Executive Producer’ has been varied over the ‘three weeks’ that “Lighting and Electrical” has been in the making. Often I would contribute nothing more than drunkenly shouting, ‘I like those guitars’ or ‘he’s got a nice voice/ arse’ or even ‘Where the FECK! are the rizlas!? If I have to ask ONE MORE TIME I am going to take your shiny new microphone and chuck it in the bleedin’ road!’.

Once, in the spirit creativity, I ‘fell asleep’ in the Spotted Dog public house and was ‘asked’ to leave.

On other occasions I have been involved in the very cauldron of musical creation, (‘don’t fade it out, dude, stop it dead in it’s tracks…’ ) and having no comments what so ever on the drumming on track four. We even recorded some hilarious podcast gold that may one day see the light of day.

I would listen to demo tapes (they aren’t really demo tapes any more, its all memory cards and floppy disks and blank CDS, but you get what I mean) and make noises to indicate my like/dislike or general confusion.

Please note, I am not suggesting for one minute that anyone was listening.

I escorted the band to the Moseley Folk Festival and had a Top Time. Really, it was brilliant and only
rained the whole time we were there.

I have watched The ‘Stars play in many a dark and smelly room.

I have also prevented Craigy from dieing on no less than 17 occasions.

Unlike a demo tape or even roughshod copy on a blank CD, life hasn’t got a pause button, man…. it goes on even when we would rather it didn’t – When we would rather jack it all in and ride the back roads so we don’t get weighed. Sometimes, it gets in the way of other things like recording albums or going to watch
the football.

We now come to the very breaking point of the wave that is “Lighting and Electrical”. I have had a copy of it for ages (I am SO cool), and as requested I haven’t put it on the Internet…probably.

I have listened to the album a number of times and it has a place on my ipod. I like to play “Dragonfly” in the morning, burning up the copper by the mile…

So, this album is good, its been bloody ages in the making and if you have any sense AT ALL you’ll at the very least listen to it, even if just to say you don’t like it… which if you don’t, then you should
because its good. See?

Time means nothing, we can smell the trees, listen to the album….

Moon face…

Friends of the Stars: Down with the Kids (and a dog)

Here were are playing “Riverdigger” at the Moseley Folk Festival in September 2006.