Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
News May 2024

I ' m   I n   A   D i f f e r e n t   W o r l d

Classic Tracks #11 - I'm in a Different World TV band (1984)      Classic Tracks #11 - I'm in a Different World 7      Classic Tracks #11 - I'm in a Different World poster (1984)      Classic Tracks #11 - I'm in a Different World

As summer spreads across the globe we celebrate the 40-year anniversary of our single 'I'm in a Different World'. Released in June 1984, our cover of The Four Tops' classic was hugely enjoyable to record - the song's built-in emotion and feel gave Dave great scope for creative arrangement and provided Barbara with an opportunity to broaden her vocal horizons. Barb recounts, "Dave had always loved Tamla Motown records and while someone less musically confident than him might have thought my English vocal style unsuitable, he encouraged me to try singing some of them. We felt that if the song was right we'd find a way of making it work. As I'd previously done with 'I'm Losing You', I set about analysing and writing down the original vocal on 'I'm In A Different World' (sung by Levi Stubbs) with all its ornaments and embellishments. This helped me get inside the song and make it my own, as well as being a thoroughly enjoyable education for me."

Dave explains, "The track was recorded in Spaceward Studios, Cambridgeshire with Ted Hayton , who somehow managed to fashion a coherent mix out of a smorgasbord of overdubs. The track sheet reads like a catalogue of classic '80s keyboards: Prophet-5, Minimoog and Yamaha DX7 synths, E-mu Emulator sampling keyboard (used for the opening Barb 'aahs', marimba & xylophone parts and brass samples) and Spaceward's Yamaha CP-70B electric grand piano. I programmed the drums on an E-mu SP-12 drum machine and played the main bass part on a combination of Prophet-5 and Minimoog; Ed Poole overdubbed some melodic fretless bass figures on the end choruses, while Jakko Jakszyk played rhythm guitar and tracked up a 'guitar choir' for the last two bars of the keyboard solo. I played the solo using a MIDI-ed combination of distorted Prophet-5 and a DX7 guitar patch."

Dave continues, "For this single we resumed our collaboration with Stiff Records and enjoyed a few excursions promoting the single on European TV shows with our pals Rick Biddulph and Pip Pyle. We also recorded an extended 12" single (all the rage in the mid-'80s) which included the instrumental 'A World of Difference', both of which are included on our album Broken Records - The Singles (Special Edition). The track was popular in Japan and subsequently became our most played live song. Check out our new 'Classic Tracks' 'YouTube video of I'm in a Different World', a full length unfaded version of the single featuring a film clip of a German TV appearance recorded in summer 1984, and a brief journey into space."

C o n c e r t   P o s t p o n e m e n t

Kings Place, London       Kings Place, London

Sadly we have had to postpone this year's Kings Place summer concert due to circumstances beyond our control. Dave, Barbara, Beren and sound engineer Ted are all well and united as ever, but a series of unforseen events unfortunately made it it impossible for us to perform this summer. Burning Shed have refunded all ticket purchases. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause - though equally disapponting for us, the postponement at least allows us to concentrate on finishing our new album, and we intend to return to Kings Place in July 2025. Thanks for your understanding and support. Best wishes, Dave & Barbara.

S t a r   C l o c k s

Some listener comments on our latest album. Thanks to the kind folks who sent them!

"Utterly, utterly beautiful. A great and sublime creation. There's so much depth to this album... both of you show development and even greater maturity since the last album. I love 'Everything Sings' in particular. It's anthemic. But all the tracks are faultless in both production and performance."

"Awesome, just awesome. Dave's lyrics and music are fantastic and so is Barbara's immaculate voice - still to my mind one of the best female voices of her generation... 'Everything Sings' is about as perfect as perfection can get. Amazing poetry, composition and performance."

"My copy of Star Clocks arrived today and I am very happy. It's beautiful and on repeat. The subtlety and poignancy of the music still grows and progresses."

"Thank you for your music!! It's golden, classic pop that keeps on giving. Barbara's singing is just lovely, it's sweet and true."

"Their mellow songs continue to be among the most gorgeous anywhere."

"The pure definition of intelligent pop music. I treasure every release!"

"STAR CLOCKS IS BEAUTIFUL."

"Totally in love with the wonderful new album. Brings me to tears."

"A great album by two artists still at the top of their game. Overall the whole album just sounds great!"

"I received yesterday your Star Clocks CD and I'm already at the third listen. What I can say? As always it's a GEM!!!"

"Barbara is sounding better than ever. Like good wine, your voice gets better with time. Thank you for your wonderful music!"

"I put on Star Clocks as soon as I received it and love the new songs & lyrics! VERY inspiring! Excellent mix & recording (as always)... love the great keyboard patches (and performances) and Barbara sounds better than ever! Gavin Harrison is fantastic (as always) and the guitar parts fit right in and are very complimentary as well. Congratulations on another musical success! 'The magic remains'."

"The house is shaking with the thunderous sounds of Star Clocks. How does Dave manage to create such sounds from just a handful of keyboards? Why is Barbara not lauded far and wide as one of the UK's great vocalists? A resounding musical success... again. Play on repeat."

"'Everything Sings' and 'Time's Arrow' feel like the emotional essence of Star Clocks. More sedate and introspective, they are suffused with a languid melancholy. Gaskin's gloriously multitracked voice articulates the wonder of being alive in the former and one's inevitable mortality in the latter. Incredibly poignant, Stewart's meticulous orchestration on these deeply affecting melodies is equal to his best work. Magical and moving, they are quietly devastating."

About Us

Dave Stewart (keyboards) and Barbara Gaskin (vocals) are English musicians who began their respective careers as band members in the early '70s. During this time Dave won a reputation as a leading keyboard player and composer, while Barbara's pure, unaffected vocals wowed the listeners of the day. In 1981 the two joined forces and enjoyed immediate success with 'It's My Party', a worldwide hit which reached no. 1 in the UK and Germany. Since then the Stewart-Gaskin partnership has evolved into one of the UK's most respected, innovative and intelligent Pop acts, characterised by Barbara's heavenly vocals and Dave's complex, musically adventurous arrangements. The duo have released seven albums to date and continue to create new music.

Dave & Barbara release their music on their own Broken Records label (distributed by Burning Shed) and perform live as a trio or quartet. Having enlisted guitarist Beren Matthews, the Stewart / Gaskin band performed successful Autumn 2018 headlining concerts in Tokyo and London, the latter also featuring master drummer Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson, The Pineapple Thief). Dave, Barbara and Beren returned to Tokyo in November 2019 and emerged from lockdown with a memorable 40-year anniversary concert at London's Kings Place on Saturday July 9th 2022. Having performed three further Tokyo concerts in April 2023, the trio made a triumphant return to Kings Place Hall One on August 5th 2023.

This site focuses on the work of Stewart / Gaskin, which can best be described as intelligent pop music. Our CDs, signed vinyl singles and Dave's Inside The Music ebooks are available from our Stewart / Gaskin online store, operated by our musician colleagues Burning Shed. All sales revenue goes directly to the musicians with no record company involvement.

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Recordings

Star Clocks     Green and Blue     Hour Moon signed copies     'Leipzig' single 1983)     As Far As Dreams Can Go     Broken Records - The Singles     The TLG Collection

Star Clocks Green and Blue Hour Moon EP The TLG Collection Spin The Big Idea
As Far As Dreams Can Go Broken Records - The Singles 7" Vinyl Singles

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