Simon Fisher Turner biography

It was in his early 70s post-choirboy phase that Fisher Turner's musical career kicked off, giving us one of the most colourful how-the-hell-did-we-get-from-there-to-here? career trajectories. Emerging as a child actor in the late 60s, he appeared in TV drama series' like Tom Brown's Schooldays and The Silver Sword. A meeting with pop svengali Jonathan King yielded Simon Turner, an album of cover versions with the young singer touted as the new David Cassidy. "I had no input whatsoever," he admits. The album bombed, but he was already into more outré sounds, and the following year he appeared onstage at the Royal Albert Hall with the classical scratch orchestra, the Portsmouth Sinfonia.

When punk broke, Fisher Turner, a massive Sex Pistols fan, is famous both for being kicked in the balls by Sid Vicious and for taking Robert Mitchum to go see Siouxsie And The Banshees at The Vortex. (He was appearing alongside the legendary American actor in a remake of The Big Sleep.) Mitchum, who enjoyed the gig, in turn introduced him to Guinness.

Fisher Turner became Artist In Residence at the ICA in 1980 and while working as a driver for a management company in the early 80s, Fisher Turner met film director Derek Jarman. Although he admits that, initially, he "had to ask people what to do" he composed soundtracks for Caravaggio, The Last Of England, The Garden and Edward II, a run that ended in 1993 with Blue, Jarman's last film before his death. He has also pursued a parallel pop path, recording for Creation and Él and Cherry Red Records in the 1980s as the King Of Luxembourg, and latterly under the alias Loveletter. He has also recorded as Monday Sinclair and Deux Filles, a cross dressing duo with Colin Lloyd Tucker.

Under his own name, Simon Fisher Turner began to produce increasingly exploratory soundscapes and structures on albums such as Shwarma (1996), Oh Venus (1999), Swift (2002) and Lana, Lata, Lara (2005).

In the past year Simon Fisher Turner has been working production for label-mate Polly Scattergood and, in the spring of 2008, he created the music for the Frank Gerhy's summer pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery.

He has also been busy performing in a variety of guises, recently making his  live debut as one third of Critical Distortion, with Natalie Clein and Shiva Feshareki as well as been perfoming BLUE live with Black Sifichi in Europe and the UK and will soon perform - for the second time - a new soundscape to the silent film, I Was Born But... (1932) by acclaimed Japanese legend Yasujiro Ozu.

Recent releases include "Japanoise" (Papier Mache records). Simon has recently completed a new 12" for the Isis Gallery in London making musical replies to works by Nayland Blake, Martin Griffiths and Alyson Schotz and soon hopes to start work on a new solo project for Mute records

One can only wonder where he'll go to next, but surely, recording a straightforward album of songs would seem a little ordinary after this? "I'd love to make an album of songs, but I really need a songwriting collaborator," he counters. This might seem a little surprising but it shouldn't really. On a recent episode of the TV quiz show, Mastermind, one contestant's specialised topics was the music of Australian pop master-craftsmen, The Go-Betweens. One of the questions was, "Which artist who performed on 'Right Here' and 'Cut It Out' also recorded as The King of Luxembourg?" The answer? Why, Simon Fisher Turner, of course.



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