John Ashton has been one of my lifelong guitar heroes. As one of the founders of the Psychedelic Furs, he gave us “Pretty in Pink,” “Love My Way,” “Heaven” and “The Ghost in You,” amongst many others. So imagine my surprise when he not only accepted my friend request on Facebook, but started turning up on my wall. One day, gathering up my courage, I dropped him a line to see if he might be interested in playing on my Secret Agent project. He asked for a sample track, which I sent, and he said yes! “…And by the way, I have this project of my own called Satellite Paradiso. It needs drums…” “SEND IT OVER!” I turned around the first track in 48 hours, ended up on six tracks on the album, designed all the artwork and became the drummer for the live incarnation of the band.
The album features some 20 world class musicians, including bassists Sara Lee (Gang of Four, B-52s) and Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz); drummer Paul Ferguson (Killing Joke); guitarist Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys, Rocket From the Tombs); Mercury Rev’s Anthony Molina and Jonathan Donahue; Flo & Eddie’s Mark Volman (The Turtles, Frank Zappa, T.Rex); and original Furs members Duncan Kilburn (sax) and Roger Morris (guitar, keys) – just to name a few.
Key tracks: Touch the Sky, Angelic, Dream, Super Anti-Hero, Bad Blood. For fans of The Psychedelic Furs, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Cure, David Bowie, The Black Angels, Pink Floyd.