Writing in Ireland, getting over a depressing time. Fun times recording at Van Morrison’s studio near Bath & the amazing mansion studio in Southern Spain. We really had a great time making the record even though we were under a lot of pressure. Great tours around the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, The US. The Reading Festival 2001 in the tent was maybe the best gig of that time. We were on Top Of The Pops all the time. 5 big singles and some nice awards. Burn Baby Burn was NME single of the year and Shining Light won an Ivor Novello songwriting award. Most of all we had a real laugh together. I regretted that I hadn’t really enjoyed the success of 1977 because I was so stressed at the time, so with Free All Angels I wanted to have success and actually enjoy it.
- Tim Wheeler, on his memories of the years surrounding Free All Angels