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Going Off Grid with Lyrics

The RED album is in the final mixing stage!

UN-United Nations is a double album released in 2 parts.
The BLUE album has already had some rave reviews and we reckon once it is put together with the RED album it will blow peoples socks off!
Put your garters on now!

Joe Matera heading for the UK late October

Joe will be doing a few dates with The Korgis in early November.
Check it out on https://thekorgis.com/gigs

THIS IS THE LIFE - The Korgis 

One morning somewhere in 2018, I was just about to get in the shower when a groove appeared in my head. By the time I had exited the shower I had all the lyrics for both verses. Later that day I went into the studio and wrote the chorus.

As we began writing Kartoon World I suggested this song as a good fit. James had always liked it and it seemed to fit with Magic Money Tree. Later on we ended up with too much material but for some reason this song stayed.
The lyric 'hold on' kept coming back and it seemed to…

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LETTER TO GEELONG - The Korgis & Joe Matera 

In the days of the £10 Poms many families emigrated to Australia. It had opportunities, work and sun.
My family, while not strictly £10 Poms (especially as they were Scottish and the term Pom refers to English) they certainly went in search of a better life after the war. So when Australian born Joe Matera sent me a guitar tune to work on, I thought it would be nice to explore our heritage, as his family hailed from Italy, with a similar story.

 

At this point this was not really to be a Korgis song but…

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MUD HUTS - The Korgis 

There are many remnants of high civilisations in the short history of man. The Inca Cities, the Pyramids of Giza, the mighty ancient cities of Rome and Athens. Standing in the ruins of our ancestors we made somewhat surprising decisions such as 70's tower blocks and a bewildering array of car parks. They called it progress…
As Joni once said... You pave paradise and put up a parking lot.

While on holiday in Greece I had two ideas. One was inspired by our plane as it suddenly broke free of the cloud layer -…

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MAGIC MONEY TREE - The Korgis 

In 2021 I ended up writing a lot of the lyrics for The Korgis. In this series I will analyse some of the lyrics on Kartoon World and who knows what else?!  I have often said that the world does not need any more love songs, though I still do occasionally write one if there is something eating at me! Instead I would prefer to find something more relevant  or at least more interesting.

We were just coming out of Corona Virus lockdown and we were itching to create. On a late night Messenger chat with Chris…

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Coming Up From Down Under

Al Steele

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When I began writing the songs that would be the 'Coming Up From Down Under' album, I knew I was at a turning point in my writing, my orchestration, and also my personal life. I had already written some 200 songs, countless TV themes, and spent vast amounts of time practising my craft, on guitar, bass guitar and keyboards. It was the realisation

When I began writing the songs that would be the 'Coming Up From Down Under' album, I knew I was at a turning point in my writing, my orchestration, and also my personal life. I had already written some 200 songs, countless TV themes, and spent vast amounts of time practising my craft, on guitar, bass guitar and keyboards. It was the realisation that most music had become formulaic, including my own. When I thought of Sergeant Pepper, the instrumentation was brave, the experimentation was intense, the songwriting was clever and diverse. From that point on, I decided to change my approach. I wasn't going to make another SP, but I WAS going to take more risks. I WAS going to vary the instrumentation. I WAS going to have a 6 minute song if it felt right. Lyrically 'Driving' was my own frustration with simply existing, without thinking, and 'From Now On', was a vow to change it. I have stuck to that ideal, and have no wish to go back... and this album was where it started for me. Huge thanks to my many supporters over the years, who are now shouting 'It's about time!!' Many thanks to the musicians who played for me - often just for the love of it. Thanks to my songwriting partners over the years, Julian Tucker, Lynn Ritchie, Nigel Voyle, and my business partner and mate Nigel Hart. The biggest thanks to Ceri Darknell, who puts up with my always unreasonable demands, and makes me want to be a better person!

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