Remember Waltzes for Playboys by the Simon Thoumire Three
This was the CD we made in 1993 as the follow up to Hootz! with Ian Carr. It was a really interesting time in Edinburgh where everyone in the Tron Pub was experimenting with different genres of music. The trio consists of Simon Thoumire, Kevin MacKenzie (guitar) and Brian Sheils (bass). We originally got together for an Edinburgh Fringe Show called Simon Thoumire and Brian Sheils’ Excellent Adventure which was named after the film – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (which feature Keanu Reeves!)
I remember when we shot the cover photo from this album. I went to pick up Kev at his flat and he brought out a blond wig and a sack cloth jacket and said ‘do you think this is right?’. I’m still not sure if he was joking till this day… We then headed on down to Pilton (an area in Edinburgh) for the photo shoot and as soon as we got the instruments out all the local youf decided to pay us a lot more attention and if you look at the original photo reel the photographer gets closer and closer as the youths get closer and closer. We had to make a quick exit and head to somewhere in East Lothian where this photo was shot. Goodness knows what that thing in the background is.