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Phil Burdett

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Born on 27th January 1961 in Bexleyheath, Kent. Family moved to Basildon in Essex in 1965 where PB grew up & was educated. Learned guitar aged 6 from brother’s teaching & album collection. Early favourites included John Fahey, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder(especially Talking Book & Music Of My Mind) The Band and sundry other blues & folk recordings.

On leaving school with no major qualifications other than disillusionment & left-wing tendencies PB began writing his own songs & performing in local punk-based clubs around Essex & London (this was 1977 remember!) Absorbing the punk ethos but clinging to the art of songcraft his writing went through many confused periods before he defined what he called his mythology thus: “I get a feeling of a song rather than an idea and then layers build up through the lyric until it expands & says what it needs to say.”

By now the influences were via his own record collection which ranged from more traditional artistes like Tim Buckley & Tom Waits to contempary stuff such as Television, Pere Ubu & Elvis Costello.


Early attempts at groups split up or dissolved (one post-school combo, the charmingly named Norman & The Worms included schoolfriend & future Depeche Mode person Martin Gore!) and the prevailing trend for synth pop drove PB to the acoustic music circuit ploughing an increasingly alcoholic furrow in the dim-lit folk clubs.

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