As last weeks SONG STORY SUNDAY featured the Searchers, how about Mike Pender this week. First you’ll hear “It’s Over” which was a solo single for Mike. I did not write this song but I produced the single as well as paying bass and keyboards on it. My co-producer and I, John Verity gave him one of our songs as the B Side which is what you hear next. It’s a pretty crappy song really but to give Mike his due he did his best with it.
Anyway when the single came out Mike had set up Mike Pender’s Searchers he called me asking me to do a TV show with them in Manchester. I was playing off stage and would not be in camera shot. However, various camera men and dudes with clipboards found my positioning not to their liking as I kept getting into shot. I was eventually moved to about 30 feet away. Now, although I had a monitor it was a bit discomforting to be playing with a band that was small figures in the distance. What was really difficult was that I could not hear the drummer’s count-in. A couple of times I had to add to the surreal-ness of the situation by shouting across the studio floor, “sorry I missed the intro can you count in a bit louder”