Tuesday, April 26, 2016
A low blow for Highbury Studio
Another sad day for music following the announcement that Brum's legendary Highbury Studio is to close. Having played host (for both recording and rehearsing purposes) to Duran Duran, UB40 and Ocean Colour Scene amongst many others over the past 35 years or so it seems as though it just can't survive in a world where you can record pretty much anywhere on a ruddy mobile phone. Of course as any vinyl junkie knows a proper recording studio stuffed full of vintage analogue equipment is a rare and beautiful thing so it's particularly sad that, just as plastic's fantastic again, the old place can't be saved. This is pretty much as close an Brum gets to a Sun Studios and yet I bet Birmingham Shitty Council won't lift a finger to save it, too busy knocking down modernist masterpieces and spunking millions on a frankly pointless tram system in a misguided attempt to ape Manchester eh? Oh well, at least we still have the music and the memories...no matter how careless the City might be with them.
PS: This isn't a pop at the people who've been trying to keep the place going for the past few years, it's a case of use it or lose it I guess.
PPS: Maybe Jack White or Toe Rag Studio's Liam Watson would like to take it over?
PPPS: Or how about Duran Duran divert a million or two back into the place...