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|1. Don't You Love Me No More?|
|3. What You Doin' With Me?|
|4. It's Called A Heart|
|5. Grey's The New Blonde|
|6. He Ain't Good Enough For You|
|7. The Idiot|
|8. The Sacred Scrolls Of Pop|
|9. Did I Fight In The Punk Wars For This?|
|10. No To The Logo|
|11. It's What You Leave Behind|
|12. Goodbye Mr. Lee (...And Thanks)|
In September 2007 meets song-writer Tom Gilbert....armed with inspiration from the Rough Trade "Songwriter" series, & a boxset of The Kinks first 10 albums, and abiding by the "Nashville rules" of 3 hour writing sessions for each song, the duo come up with "Old" and "Did I Fight in the Punk Wars for This?" and Henry is bullied by Tom into singing for the first time since 1981, whence they realise they have (much more by accident than by design) created something a bit special....more writing sessions follow ...the songs just flow out...11 songs in 5 sessions, .including " Grey's the New Blonde", "The Sacred Scrolls of Pop" and "r.e.d.u.n.d.a.n.t (Don't you love me no more)"....
Produced, recorded and performed almost entirely by Henry in his home studio (with odd guest performances from friends who can really play, sent over the `net) the album has very much been done with a D.I.Y ethic (1977?), songs being thrown down with more attention to feel & honesty than technical ability & perfection.
Henry Priestman's "got form," his "previous" including Yachts (described in Gene Sculatti's The Catalog of Cool as "Cole Porter Punk"!), Bette Bright (alongside Glen Matlock and Suggs), It's Immaterial, The Christians (writing all songs on their 1987 triple-platinum debut), sharing a mic and a number one single with Paul McCartney. To say nothing of a roll call of sessions for fellow North West luminaries including Lightening Seeds, Johnny Marr, Ian McCulloch, Pete Wylie, Ian McNabb and Echo & The Bunnymen, plus vocals on Jools Holland/Tom Jones' 2004 CD.
In the run up to this very long-awaited debut solo album, Henry recently played his debut solo gigs: in May he supported 10cc at London's 02 Arena and in July supported Jools Holland at the 10,000-seater Liverpool Echo Arena! Chronicles... is also a homecoming to Stiff Records who released Henry's first ever single - and his first ever composition - Suffice to Say by aforementioned indie pioneers Yachts more than 30 years ago. October 1977 to be precise! But don't let it make you feel old...
Stiff Records sign Henry as a solo artist (30 years after he last graced the label with Yachts), and the final piece of the jigsaw is now in place: "It feels like coming home"