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Last Updated on March 17, 2024

No fuss.

      Reg Vase

E.Y.E.S.My old friend Jeff recently died on 17th March 2010.  I headed this post with “no fuss” since Jeff’s partner (Jackie) asked me for no fuss, yet I just had to do something – and this is the result.  Sadly, Jackie has now since died….(added 2015)

The track  (above) was one of the last pieces we did together.  It’s Jeff’s creation  and is one of my favourite Crawling Chaos tracks. It’s called Reg Vase from the Waqqaz album.

If the bit from 1:15 to 1:24 doesn’t make you well up, there’s something wrong with you. Those frequency combinations at 1:18 are out of space and time.

This is a pre-Waqqaz version from a cassette that has travelled round France, been in various glove compartments and cupboard floors.  I’ve taken it straight from cassette and it’s encoded at the maximum bitrate for MP3 files in Reaper for your enjoyment.  I’ve just used a noise gate set at -20dB and a bit of compression to follow in this extract.  Now in FLAC format with some EQ twiddles to reduce harshness and enhance the cymbals’ air.  For me, the mix is better than the final vinyl one despite the 12kHz frequency cut-off.   n.b. 2024,   I now prefer the finished version with extra guitar/synth at 1:09-ish.

It’s Jeff at his finest.

Purple Flower

Purple Flower

I remember him sitting cross-legged on the floor at Bebside for about a fortnight getting the various harmonies planned out.  My input was minimal and I just did a few block keyboard chords as instructed, to bulk out the end as well as the mixing on the guitars and the cross-echo and other drums set-up.

The bass guitar is good.  It doesn’t leapt out at you, but is a perfect complement.

The real work was within the complex interlocking guitar parts, of which there are many, all played by Jeff.  The only words I could think of came to me in a dream.

E.ver Y.oung, E.ver S.pecial

I ensured that they were on the penultimate bounce so that they couldn’t be removed.  (This is how cheap multi-tracking worked back in the cobweb zone) –  I didn’t know why,  at the time,  I thought of them (apart from their obvious corniness) – or why I strove to ensure their longevity —  But I instantly knew despite all that, that this was Jeff’s finest work, for me, and I’ve listened to it many times since, mainly this cassette tape version.

So now I know that one’s karma transcends space and time – that one can affect one’s karma in the distant past.

Thought for the day from Daisaku Ikeda, March 17th, 2010.

You mustn’t allow yourselves to grow old before your time. Please live with a youthful spirit. Added 2023 (sp)

I do daimoku to change my karma both now, in the future, and in the past.

So now I know, despite all of that — and why I know that I’ve always known even without knowing  — why I woke up with those corny words in my head springs ago.

It was so that I could write this piece about my old friend Jeff, and remember him and all the joint experiences that we had together  since we were 14, which is now years ago… Every 17th of March I remember Jeff, his smell (not unpleasant) and his slightly portly belly beneath his light grey school jumper…How weird is that!

Goodbye Doomage.  Till next time.

Links to Jackie Fielding’s Death


7 Responses

  1. Sal says:

    Just got the news and am heartbroken to hear it.


  2. SENSIBLE says:


  3. Strangely says:

    I’ve been the same, and for me, it’s been a pretty bizarre last six months with lots of changes, expected and sudden. It’s all part of life, in the end, and we must embrace it, the good and the bad, or else we are doomed to sadness and regret.

  4. eetapes says:

    Shocked when I heard the news from Holly!
    Though we only met in person once (1989!), I remember Jeff as a great person, humour & parties and a damn fine musician!
    CU in another life!

  5. dave pipkin says:

    A very charismatic man. Always remember you Jeff. Dave x

  6. Strangely says:

    Still remembering you Jeff. It’s that time of year.

  7. Strangely says:

    Sad news in…. Jeff’s partner Jackie has died and I’ve just spoken to Jeff’s mam to see if she’s alright. I only met Jackie once, a nice lady.
    Another one goes too soon.

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