Without an Aim
Without an Aim… This album that was the reason I turned down the opportunity to join Mike Oldfield on his “Crisis” tour. I was told by several people at the time that I’d blown my chance of ever working for Oldfield again-he never asks anyone twice.
The thing was, I had booked the studio time and the musicians and I had great faith in these songs. This time we had made a demo of the whole album and my then co-writer, Pete Jackson had his own 8 track studio and we had been building towards this for about a year so I chose not to delay it and put thoughts of Mike Oldfield out of my mind.
It was, I confess, a “concept” album but I always thought of it as a “Rock Opera” kind of thing that maybe could be performed as a live event one day. The album tells the story of a singer who leaves his home town gets into a fight and end up killing a man with a knife.
he is found later, some distance away suffering from severe amnesia and badly injured. In the months that follow, our hero is “Without an Aim” and without a name if you get my drift. After two unsuccessful brain operations he is forced to come to terms with his total loss of memory and starts to live a new life. He discovers that he can sing while working in a cardboard making factory and to cut along story short, forms a band, gets a deal and becomes a massive Worldwide star. Later, he starts to have flashbacks and realises what he has done. Here is his dilemma-to tell the truth and face the consequences, or to keep quiet and try to enjoy the fruits of his labour.
I still hope that one day, this will see the light of day on a stage somewhere.
Listen to the album tracks in full below (From the Vinyl):
Staring At Me
Love At First Sight
Sting Like A Bee
Pain In My Head
Dont Be Sad
When One Door Closes
We Have Lift Off
Hurts To Remember
Without A Name