Second Machine From The Sun

by Erick Legrand

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The first in a series of recordings to be made available, written and produced by the late Erick Legrand. 11/11/65 - 22/11/11


We all came to London to find ourselves, who we really are, and how to be that person. Eric was one of my co-conspirators, a musical brother and close family member. Our lives would entwine over three decades but our love and respect for one another was never interrupted, OK when we kicked him out the band for a short while, but apart from that.

I first met Eric through various people and bands in Camden, I had driven for bands long enough to be inspired and encouraged into starting the ultimate band that would rock the world. It didn’t, but few do. As many bands start with ambition and drive and very little talent, ours was no different. Our first meetings with Eric were quite abstract and surreal. He didn’t have a kit or a set of sticks but he could go bah bah bah vocally and slap his thighs really fast. That seemed OK to us. He was in.

The next two years were an amphetamine and alcohol induced none stop tour. Not a squat, back of lorry and shady area of a shady pub wasn’t played in. We were pretty bad but that didn’t stop us. Eric was pretty out there and I was known as ‘mad Martin’ so we kind of gelled together. Brothers from another mother.

Our squatting lives in the late 80’s early nineties was full of music and art. Everyone was an artist or in a band, a beautiful time with beautiful energetic people making something out of nothing. Through Eric I met people from all over the world, a kind of euro café of enlightenment.

Around 2002 I met Eric on a chance meeting, he had just got off the Eurostar after trying to a be a Frenchman again in Paris, I was running a youth Project in Islington. When we parted after ten minutes he had rented a room at my house and joined another band I was forming. Our lives were joined at the hip again. For us both this was very natural.

Towards the end I knew we may not have as much time as we’d like together. I’d visit him everywhere and as regularly as I could. Hospital, hospice, hotel, Hackney. Such a forward thinking intelligent man, great at arguing and sometimes picking the wrong side just to have a good row. But Eric was a very private man, liked his space and time to be, Eric. Music drove him and brought us all together.

Martin Willis ( Headcleaner, Tinnitus )

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released February 22, 2017

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Erick Legrand London, UK

A TURBULENT CREATIVE FORCE

2009-11: Solo compositions
2007-08: Co produced album for Nina Walsh.
2006-08: Worked @Fortress Studio.
2003-05: Recording & touring with Tinnitus.
2002: Produced singles for Snowpony, Micro.
1996-98: Ran recording studio “Bedlam”, Brewery Rd, London.
1990-93 : Recording & touring with “Headcleaner”.
1989-91: Head barman & co promoter at Falcon pub, Camden.
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