“Well I’ve been kicked by the wind, robbed by the sleet, had my head stoved in, but I’m still on my feet and I’m still Willin” (Lowell George, 1971)
The first leg of the Fool Circle tour had been titled the Flip ‘n’ Clop Tourin obvious reference to the album’s front cover artwork. Injuries and illness to band and crew, mainly due to the severe work schedule, had the second outing’s itinerary feature a heavily bandaged dolphin/horse and was called the American M*A*S*H Tour to someone’s amusement, but certainly not to ours. Still, we had a month or so to recover but, in my case, several issues required immediate attention.
1. I was now officially acknowledged as a member of Naz, meaning Fool Circle would be paying my wages from now on instead of Delta Records.
2. Plans were afoot to record the next leg of the tour for a live album and we’d been asked to provide a track for an upcoming movie soundtrack called Heavy Metal. This meant I’d need to be either given permission or released completely from my Delta Records contract. Battered and bruised from the tour, I faced these issues head-on by meeting with Delta’s Colin Robertson in his Glasgow office. It did not go well. Naz manager Jim White had already been in touch with my old boss Colin and it had also not gone well. His original jovial approach to me joining the band of, “We’ll sort something out if you wanna do it,” was replaced with, “You ungrateful little bastard! After all I’ve done for you, you ungrateful little bastard!” and most poignantly of all, “Battered and bruised are ye? Ah’ll break yer fuckin’ legs!” probably with, “You ungrateful little bastard!” tagged on as I ran from the meeting while I still could. “Leave it with me,” advised Eddie Tobin. “I’ll talk to him. Maybe I can save one of your legs.” And he did.