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It's been more than ten years since John Otway recorded an album of new songs. Is the world ready for a new one?
It's been more than ten years since John Otway recorded an album of new songs. Is the world ready for a new one...? Turns out it is!
It's been more than ten years since John Otway recorded an album of new songs. Is the world ready for a new one...? Turns out it is!
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It's been more than ten years since John Otway recorded an album of new songs. Is the world ready for a new one?

It’s an interesting question and one we are about to find the answer to. On his last tour when John previewed a new song from this potential new album he joked:

“The reason there hasn’t been an album of new Otway songs for a decade is, I believe, down to lack of demand. The beauty of Kickstarter is that you can work out if the demand is there before you bother to write the songs”

He was never one of the most prolific songwriters, and ten years is par for the course. But those people who admire John’s songwriting have been eyeing the notebook he has been carrying as its pages slowly gained the ears of dog and noticed that it is now almost full.

“One nice thing about people not screaming for a new album is that there is no pressure to produce something until there comes a point when you really feel you’ve got enough ideas to do something special, and I’ve got that feeling now,” says John

If you don’t know John Otway or you're just aware of his self-effacing humour and his live act, have a listen to a couple of tracks that show the other side of this artist.

And please feel free to pledge if you fancy there being some new ones.

THREE OTWAY SONGS

In a recent poll on John's Facebook page, fans were asked to pick their  favourite Otway Song. The clear winner was Poetry and Jazz:

In 1999 for poetry week the BBC conducted a poll in the UK to find what the nation thought were the greatest song lyrics written in the previous two thousand years. Otway's Beware of the Flowers (Cos I'm Sure They're Gonna Get You... Yeah!) was voted 7th above anything written by either Bob Dylan or Paul Simon:

Finally here is an example of an Otway song and the Big Band with the producer Chris Birkett who we would like to use on this new project:

DVD

As part of the project we are filming a one hour DVD which will include exclusive footage from inside the studio making the album, also footage of what will become the legendary Otway Harlow / Montserrat beach bar gig, plus band interviews and out takes. Directed by Steve Barker who  also directed Otway the Movie. This movie was voted the second best movie of 2013 by the readers of The Guardian.

STRETCH GOALS

If we reach £20,000 the Album will be recorded in the Caribbean Island of Montserrat (The first album to be recorded by an international recording artist on the island since the Rolling Stones Recorded Steel Wheels in 1989).

If we reach £25,000 we will employ Chris Birkett a producer who has clocked up more than 100Million sales of records he produced (including Nothing Compares to You):

http://chrisbirkett.ca/production/

If we reach £30,000 we will produce a box set with a special book for anyone who orders anything that includes both the CD and DVD.

CHEQUE

John Otway cheque sample.
John Otway cheque sample.

Risks and challenges

I have not written all the songs yet - However, I think I’m going to rise to the challenge I’ve started filling up note books with very promising exciting ideas.

If we reach our stretch goal and raise enough money to record in Montserrat, we shall be recording next to an active volcano at the height of the hurricane season. To combat this, we'll take some hard hats and some waterproof and fireproof clothing and maybe some sort of windbreak.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    Pledge £8 and get digital download of the album. Available on the day of release.

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    NEW ALBUM CD

    Pledge £12 and receive a copy of new album CD with exclusive Kickstarter bonus tracks plus DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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    T-SHIRT

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    AUDIO-VISUAL PACK

    Pledge £25 and receive The Audio-Visual Pack. Pack Includes:
    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
    Exclusive pledger CD with exclusive Kickstarter bonus tracks
    Plus Exclusive Album DVD.

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    THE OT PACK

    Pledge £29 and receive the exclusive kickstarter pack. Pack Includes:
    THE AUDIO-VISUAL PACK

    PLUS:
    Pledger's t-shirt

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    THE OT PLUS PACK
    Pledge £34 and receive the exclusive kickstarter pack. Pack includes:
    THE OT PACK

    PLUS:
    A postcard from Otway & the band from Harlow or Monteserrat as they record the album.

    AND

    A "thank you" in the album credits.

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    THE SHIRT OFF HIS BACK PACK

    Pledge £50 and receive:
    THE OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    A signed white gig shirt complete with buttons ripped off.

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    THE OT CHEQUE PACK

    Pledge £55 and receive:
    THE OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    A signed cheque from Otway¹s old cheque account - complete with Otway¹s
    picture on the cheque, made out to you for any amount and signed by Otway
    - see sample of cheque in the project description.

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    THE OT PLUS POLO PACK

    Pledge £59 and receive the exclusive kickstarter pack. Pack includes:
    THE OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    An exclusive Kickstarter pledger's polo shirt.

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    HANDWRITTEN LYRIC

    Pledge £100 and receive:
    The OT PLUS PACK:

    AND:
    A handwritten lyric signed and personalised of your favourite Otway song.

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    THE OT CURRY

    Pledge £100 and you receive:

    THE OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    Cos we can - An invite to Otway's house near Wimbledon for the post-launch Akash curry and party. You will dine with Otway, listen to the new album, and Otway will personally give you your OT PLUS PACK.

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    THE OT CURRY 2

    Pledge £100 and you receive:

    THE OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    Cos we can - An invite to Otway's house near Wimbledon for the second night post-launch Akash curry and party. You will dine with Otway, listen to the new album, and Otway will personally give you your OT PLUS PACK.

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    SIGNED KICK DRUM SKIN

    Pleadge £250 and receive:
    The OT PLUS PACK

    AND:
    The kick drum skin as used by Adam on Adam's drumkit in Harlow or Stuart Copeland's drumkit on Montserrat signed by the band.

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    ORIGINAL ARTWORK PACK

    Pledge £250 and receive:
    THE OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    The original album artwork, framed and signed by the band.

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    ROADIE FOR THE DAY

    Pledge £350 And receive:

    OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    Ever fancied being Otway’s roadie for the day? Otway has had more roadies than Spinal Tap have had drummers. Do you see yourself as a Brian, a Jon Padget, a Pete Bullick, a Malcolm or a Deadly?

    With this reward you get to be Otway’s roadie for the day. You’ll get to drive Otway to a gig, set up his gear and take part in the show – you may even get to be Otway’s left buttock if the drum pads haven’t been fixed. Guitar catching is compulsory.

    You’ll get to see what life as Otway’s roadie is all about and you’ll get an exclusive one-off t-shirt saying that you were “Otway’s Roadie”.

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    THEREMIN MASTERCLASS PACK

    Pledge £350 And receive:

    OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    A theremin masterclass from Otway. Otway will come to your house and teach you how to become a proficient and expert theremin player. You’ll receive a certificate from Otway saying you have successfully completed the masterclass.

    You will also get the opportunity to show off your new skills and play Crazy Horses at a gig.

    *If you would like to keep the theremin, please add £400 to your pledge.

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    GUITAR HERO PACK

    Pledge £350 And receive:

    OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    A guitar masterclass from Big Band lead guitarist Richard Holgarth.. Richard will come to your house and teach you how to play your favourite Otway song (it was going to be Otway, but Richard wanted the song to be taught properly). You’ll receive a certificate from Richard saying you have successfully completed the masterclass.

    You will also get the opportunity to show off your new skills and play the song at a gig...

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    LIVE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

    Pledge £1000 and receive:
    The OT PLUS PACK:

    AND:
    Exclusive limited edition album (only three copies will be made) with no vocals. Otway will come to your house, stand between your speakers and add the vocals live for you.

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    OTWAY ACOUSTIC PACK

    Pledge £1000 and receive:
    The OT PLUS PACK

    AND:
    Otway’s old Takamine EAN20CX used on all the live gigs 2005-2015 and used on the new album - with certificate of authenticity live and studio photos and signed on the back.

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    RECORD LABEL PACK

    Pledge £2500 and receive:
    The OT PLUS PACK

    AND:
    You can be Otway's new record label for the new album. Your name or company name will appear on all promotional material and artwork.

    *Please note, we reserve the right for final approval on the label name.

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    A SONG FOR YOU, YOUR FRIEND(S) OR YOUR FAVOURITE SUBJECT

    Pledge £5,000 and receive:
    The OT PLUS PACK

    PLUS:
    Your own CD of the song written specially for you by Otway and recorded by the band in Harlow / Monserrat and video of John and the band performing the song.

    PLUS:
    John will perform your song at a gig with you as guest of honour.

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