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Holly Stephey Talks to The Shadow Kabinet(Steve Somerset )

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Steve Somerset was born the Shires... Derbyshire to be precise. Steve Somerset's Father was a Magician.... In the International Brotherhood of Magicians.- honest! Steve Somerset was an Art Student... He swopped his paint brushes for an electric guitar. Steve Somerset helped kill the radio star... He worked for Kevin Godley and Lol Creme at their production company Medialab in the mid-eighties where he played a big part in the 'Golden Age Of Video working on videos for Band Aid, Fashion Aid, INXS, Police, Paul Young, Thompson Twins, Howard Jones and a host of others whose hairstyles didn't last as long as their music. Steve Somerset is... A talented songwriter and the mastermind behind The Shadow Kabinet. HARK! and Smiling Worlds Apart are... A remarkable collection of songs written performed and produced by Steve Somerset that harks back to an age when albums were packed with variety, great melodies, thought provoking lyrics and an unselfconscious sense of fun. Somerset! The great trash alchemist, the man with the rock 'n'roll gazetteer in his pocket, the entire youth culture roadmap in his head, trailing melody in his wake like a faint perfumed mist... his ragged juvenile lead tones, as ineffably English as country lanes and the sort of Sunday teas nobody eats any more." - Mark Hudson Music Critic for The Daily Telegraph. The Shadow Kabinet is.... "The fountain of creativity that is Steve Somerset." - Andy Partridge XTC

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