The Wish - Postcards
> On Record - The Wish
Released September 2003
All songs written by The Wish
Postcards From Spain
Down With Down
High On The Hillside
Money's All Gone
Other Side Of The World
Lay Your Hands
The Wish are: Brian Spence, Debbie McKenna and Stewart
Produced by Brian Spence.
All vocals and instruments by The Wish.
All songs composed by The Wish.
Published by Flying Duck Music, 2003.
For lyrics and all other information, please log onto: www.the-wish.com.
The Wish would like to thank:
John and Dee Podbury for the original introduction, Stuart
Spence for making a silk purse from a sow's ear. Mark Hughes, our very
own tireless Spiderman, for weaving our web. David and all at Harborough
FM for our very first radio play.
Brian would like to thank:
Debbie, I knew you could do it! You give colour to every
song and every day of my life. Stewart, the man with the voice of an
angel - this has been the most fun in the studio ... ever. It has been
a joy writing with you. Che and Ben, I am proud that you have let me
play a part in your lives. Mum, thank you for the fire. Dad, thank you
for the fire-blanket! Kenny, Stuart and Douglas - my 3 wee brothers
- you are the best. Alison, Grace and Sally, thank you for putting up
with my 3 wee brothers. To the Reservoir Dogs. Colin, my friend with
a talent. Thanks to all our friends at The Last, The Standard, The Hammers,
The Albert - Bernie, Graham and Jane, Jennifer and John, Louise Kenny,
Tammy and Scott Stone, Steve Travis and, last but not least, Micky Fitzsimons.
Debbie would like to thank:
Brian for believing in me, for bringing out my creativity,
for always making me feel special and for producing a fantastic album.
I love you. My wonderful son, Che, you mean more to me than life. I
love you. Stewart, it's been such fun and a laugh, never let it stop.
Albie (my Dad), for encouraging me to sing in the beginning and for
introducing me to Brian. I love you, keep smiling down at me. Mum, for
never being miserable in her life and always being fun to be around.
I love you Mum. Special thanks to Tina, Kenny, Mandy, Shana, Tammy (my
Baby Blue), Ricky, Billy and to all my nieces and nephews. Also to my
wonderful friends - Jennifer, Lisa, Pauline, Sheila, Sue and Teressa.
A very special thanks to Soula and Louise for being my other ears and
shopaholic trollops. Sorry I can't mention everyone - you'll be in my
Stewart would like to thank:
Ginny, for always believing. James and Dan (my monsters
from the swamp), I love you guys. Brian, for being an excellent Captain
of The (good ship) Wish, for keeping a grip on my chaotic musical abilities
and for being almost as good looking as me. Debbie, you're an awesome
talent and it's been a pleasure working with you. You deserve your seat
on this ship because you swear like a deck-swabber! Jim, your early
inspiration has been with me always. Karol, Laurie, David, Mike, Matthew
& James, your love and support means so much. To all the reprobates
that have made me laugh so much along the way: Ian & Ronnie, Chris,
Becky & Ash, Richie (you utter nutter) & Angie, Georg &
Lynn, Sandra, Cyd (Shazzaaaa), Nick & Pete, Duncan, Vince and all
my family (the Irvings, the Quins, the Parsons, the Regans - you know
who you are). Jules and Andrew, I'm sorry you missed this party. I'd
like to dedicate High on the Hillside to my Dad & Mum - you are
always in my thoughts and I miss you daily.
picture on the right was taken at The Wish's debut live appearance (although
they did not have a name at the time) at The Old Blue Last on July 23rd
About The Name
Virginia told me that she and the band sat down
over dinner (and a bottle of wine) trying to come up with names. Nothing
appeared to be appropriate, including Cheeky Buffaloes (an option earlier
in the year) as the name did not suit the material the band wanted to
Apparently, one name which was discussed was Big
House but the name was already registered by another band ("a modern
country music outfits to incorporate soul into their repertoire"
- Rolling Stone magazine). At some point they resorted to a crossword
dictionary, looking for a word that had a positive feel. Eventually,
they came across the word "wish", which they all liked and
Debbie added "The" to the name.
The image to the left was an early option
for the album cover. Although this was set aside in favour of
the picture that eventually made it onto the cover - a beach scene
photograph taken in New Zealand by Virginia Irving, the band's
the cover has been changed to include the above dandlion theme with
images of the band members. This is now, as of 2011, available via
TuneCore (an on-line music distribution service for artists so that
their music is available at iTunes, AmazonMP3, Zune, Rhapsody, eMusic
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