Since the bands demise around '92-'93, the members of Wire Train have been
involved in various other bands, session work or behind the scenes type stuff in
the music biz. This page gives you an inkling as to where else you may
find their work. I haven't gone into the same detail as on the band discography,
but people will get a good idea of where else to look if they
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Whilst in Wire Train beyond, Kevin had a seperate songwriting deal (initially
with CBS). This meant that any songs that didn't pass muster with Wire
Train might end up in the hands of (for example)
Jane Wiedlin, Eddie Rabbit
(!!) and who
knows who else. Some of Wire Train's '84 gigs would actually see a few of these
songs performed by the band (more on that on another page sometime), as
well as stuff that just never got out to anybody. Before the Renegades
transformed into Wire Train he was (allegedly) in a band called the
Kevin is continually busy - currently (2006) working with Renee Stahl
under the moniker Bella Nova in
a kind of "Getz/Gliberto meets Massive Attack" kind-of-way (including a cover of Zepplin's Stairway To Heaven),
prior to this he has been involved in the Italian House scene and is a producer / writer for
In the late nineties he was working on a Simple Minds album, Our Secrets Are The Same, originally slated
for release sometime in 2000. I was fortunate enough to get hold of a bit more
info on his role, courtesy of Simon Cornwell and his excellent Simple Minds site,
www.simple-minds.demon.co.uk. Here's the deal :
When did you first become a fan of Simple Minds?
I have been a fan of Jim and Charlie since the first Simple Minds record.
What of your work do Jim and Charlie particularly enjoy?
I know Jim and Charlie really got into Stone Me from the No Soul No Strain
Wire Train album.
How many songs have you written?
Three of us have written about 15 songs over the last six months.
How did you meet ?
We met because I was working with Jim's brother Mark who has a great
band called Sly Silver Sly.
Who else have you worked with since Wire Train?
I have also worked with Blinker the Star, Royal Jelly,
Lazlo Bane, Sue Hoffs, Charlie Sexton, Sheryl Crow, Billy Idol,
Jane Wiedlin, Keith Gattis, Johnny Cash...etc
What have you been playing on the demos?
I have been playing a little slide and acoustic on some of
the demos but Charlie is such an incredible musician I
only play when something needs f****** up. I hope to help out on
the record in any way that the guys need me. When we are
writing mainly its Jim and Charlie who run with it but I'll
add a little here or there and get the tea. Nobody has said anything
about touring but I am a hell of a guitar polisher. I am just hanging
with the guys and doing some music, in truth we are all just having some fun.
The Billy Idol album referred to was described to me as "kinda country". Other artists - Jacqueline Siebert, Black
Lab, Robin Wiley, Jackie Bristow and Leah Andrione amongst others. There is also some film
work in the pipeline too - "Gold Cup" and "Getting A Life"
having been mentioned.
Here's a couple of other places you will find him:
Lazlo Bane - "11 Transistor"
Kevin is credited with bass and guitar, and co-wrote one track, Flea Market
He can also be found appearing in one or two movies that came out in the
'90's. I haven't seen any of these so I can't say how good they are, but
have a look out for:
(with Dean Cameron and Toni Basil) - some kind of Vampire rock comedy. "Not
for the weak of stomach or bladder" is how my source described it ! Kevin plays guitar
in Rockula's band, alongside Bo Diddley.
One False Move
- a thriller that, if I remember rightly, got some pretty good reviews on it's
Tales Of The City
- the Armistead Maupin mini-series.
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Jeffrey has found considerable success since the end of Wire Train, most
notably with Sheryl Crow on all of her
album and single releases. Along the way he has also lent his guitar prowess to
the likes of World Party, Johnette Napolitano and Tears For Fears.
I was fortunate enough to catch up with Jeffrey via e-mail recently, and
managed to ask him a couple of questions about current
projects, guitars and his time in Wire Train. Here's how it went :
Are you currently working on the solo album you mentioned ?
Yes, I'm up in Portland right now at my home studio, working on a solo record.
A couple of the guys from Wilco, Jay Bennett & John Stirratt, will be
on there. I'm also setting up a web page which needs to be designed - I'm going
have a couple of songs that will be downloadable.
When I first saw you with Wire Train you had a guitar (I think a Les Paul) with
what looked like a load of stickers over it. Do you still have it ? I always
thought it was kind of cool.
The guitar you mention - a 71' Gibson Les Paul Custom - has stamps from the
Eastern block, pre-wall destruction. I bought the stamps myself from a
hobby shop in Manchester in '86. That guitar is the sound of Sheryl Crow's "If
It Makes You Happy", as well as "Favorite Mistake" and "There Goes The
Neighborhood". It also appeared on "Stone Me" along with a Rickenbacker I have.
Do you remember how you got the gig with Wire Train ? Did you know the guys, or
did you have to audition ?
I got the gig playing with Wire Train from Brian MacLeod - he saw me performing
at this artist loft space. I was doing a sort of "Brian Eno" ambient- solo-
guitar- thing in San Francisco
in front of 200 art freaks. Brian confronted me after the show about jamming
with Wire Train - I said "are
you kiddin'?" I played with them one night not knowing the songs. Kevin never
said 'hi' or
even looked at me the whole time. The next day Brian said that the band was
impressed that I knew most of the
songs - I told him that I had never heard the songs before and was just
improvising! Brian said the gig was mine if I
Kevin mentioned two un-released Wire Train albums, "Snug" and "Electric".
Anything else in the vaults ?
Yes ..unreleased material..."Snug", an unbelievably great record. "Electric" is
just some recordings from the "Snug" sessions.
Do you still get to see the other guys now and then ?
Yes, I still talk to the others - I do a lot of records with Brian. In fact I'm
producing a record for Don DiLego and Brian will be on there.
My thanks to Jeffrey for taking the time to answer these questions.
Before a fuller rundown, here's a bit of background on some of his work.
The Lifers -
Jeffrey's pre-Wire Train band. Read all about them,
courtesy of Daniel Garcia.
The Waterboys -
Probably my favourite gig of all time was The Waterboys / Wire Train / We Free
Kings in 1986 at the Hammersmith
Palais, London. I was totally blown away by the two main bands (being a huge
Waterboys fan at the time) - Jeffrey joined the Waterboys on stage for
a couple of numbers, and almost joined the band full time a little later.
But, 'twas not to be.
(various cuts on the album, one or two singles and videos (including
Put the Message In The Box
Way Down Now
). Released on Ensign Records, 1990
Sheryl Crow -
Tuesday Night Music Club, Sheryl Crow, The Globe Sessions
(All released on A&M records).
This pretty much seems like Jeffrey's full time job these days - as well as
being a member of Sheryl's band he also has a big hand in a lot of the
songwriting and production. Even if he is behind the scenes a little, at least
he's now getting some of the recognition he deserves, having co-wrote
"If it Makes You Happy"
"Every Day is a Winding Road"
- not to sure about this - I know Jeffrey did some live dates with her in '93
(I think), but I don't know if anything's been released on record.
Here's a break down of his work that I know of:
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Brian was formerly in a band called The Sleepers, and then Group 87 (along with
Between Two Words
Peter Maunu). He's also done a lot of session work, allegedly for the likes of
people such as Madonna and Michael Jackson,
but I have no idea on what. Before and after Wire Train, he can be found in
loads of places - this guy loves to work! More recently been a member of Kaviar.
Here's a selection of his work:
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Anders is no longer involved in the music scene, and has more recently been
working set construction on movie and TV series shot in and around California.
Prior to Wire Train, he was previously in Swedish band Motvind (Sweden being his native
country) - after Wire Train, he too appears on some of Sheryl
Crow's songs on her '96 self titled album.
His bass work also featured on Chuck Prophet's
album, and he toured as part of Prophet's band for a while. Not quite as busy as Brian MacLeod, here's a rundown.
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Federico Gil Solá and Kurt Herr
I was fortunate enough to hear from Federico recenctly (May 2004), here's
what he had to say:
In 1990 I left San Francisco and moved back to Buenos Aires, where I´m from, to join a band named DIVIDIDOS,
which became Argentina’s most popular group in the early 90’s. We released two albums that also came out in the
States on PolyGram (now Universal, I think) Acariciando lo Áspero and La Era de la Boludez.
In 1995 I left the band and gave up being a professional musician for a while (just like I did when I left WT). I taught drums
for a couple of years and played on other people’s records but no serious project until 1999, when I set up my own studio and
started working on my first solo album Leaving Las Vergas, which came out in 2001 on an indie label now
distributed by EMI. The album was received very well by critics (which is a way to say that it didn’t sell much), but I have a
small and loyal following and a great band, so I’m happy. We are now finishing up the next record (as you see, I take my time with
Note - Fede can be found on myspace, at
Federico also appeared on Penelope Houston's album, "The Whole Wide World", released
on Heyday Records (HEY 029 - CD Only). LA Weekly described this release as "Some of the most inventive and innovative
acoustic pop/folk music ever."
Kurt left to start another band, Missile Harmony, but is not actively involved in the music biz anymore.