Actor and sometime evil scientist Kevin Spacey recently announced that he is working with Nick Moran on the film ‘Telstar,’ based on his UK play of the same name chronicling life and times of the mad 60′s record producer, Joe Meek.
For those of you not in the know, Joe Meek is recognized as the most imaginative independent producers to come out of England’s 1960′s scene.
His most successful album is probably The Tornados’ ‘Telstar’ in 1961, a love song to the communications satellite of the same name. Telstar was the first record by a British group to hit #1 in the US Hot 100. Telstar also earned producer Meek the Ivor Novello Award for this production as the “Best-Selling A-Side” by staying on the UK single chart for five weeks in 1962.
A great lover of the Theramin and other odd sounds, his concept album ‘I Hear A New World’ is regarded as the maverick modern music album for electronica for its innovative use of electronic sounds.
Here is a trailer for another documentary on his life.
“Something I’ve Got To Tell You” Trailer
A vanguard of the independent music scene, Meek’s recording studio that launched many a pop group to the major labels was located above a leather goods shop on London’s Holloway road, the signature ‘echo room’ was actually a tiled bathroom.
Like many giants of the music world, Meek‘s success was short-lived and ended sadly. At the age of 37, depressed and heavily in debt, he shot his landlady with a shotgun before killing himself. His suicide did not ring true with many close to him, creating a world of controversy and suspicion that remains to this day. In any event, his amazing music remains. Often hypnotic, odd and strangely alien, Joe Meek struggled to present the music he heard deep in his head for others to enjoy.
I’m hoping the Nick Moran film does him justice.
“If it sounds right, it is right.” – Joe Meek