Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Genius at work!
World-renowned music producer and writer Mark Hudson was hard at work today at his legendary Whatinthewhatthe studios in Los Angeles, on the musical soundtrack for our Neil Innes biopic, The Seventh Python. Along with ace engineer Sami Diament, Mark produced, tweaked, mixed and added some of his famed background vocals to the landmark concert material featured in the musical film.
Within the walls of this tiny studio, Mark has written with and produced albums for Ringo Starr and Aerosmith among others, and musicians and legends like Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Brian Wilson, Ozzy Osbiourne, Tom Petty, Sarah Hudson and many others have laid down tracks there.
The colorful Mark first had legions of fans as a member of The Hudson Brothers and is now a favorite in homes across the UK for his rolw on the popular X Factor TV series. He and Neil Innes go "way back," both being intimates of various Beatles, and having performed together at various Beatlefests. "I love Neil. He's a great parodist. You can name any band, any style of music and Neil will come up with a song that's as good as any of them. And funny, too! He's also simply a great songwriter and performer. Neil is the best."
Python's director Burt Kearns had similar words for Mark Hudson's work. "Mark gave us all a lesson in the inner sanctum of rock 'n'roll. He listened to these raw tracks with a smile on his face then jumped right in and spun the raw material into gold-- and all the while he was spinning stories, talking on the phone and playing host. He's a wizard, like a Todd Rundgren with a great personality. And hey, he had some great Neil stories. Now we want him in the picture, too!"