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Spirit of The Beatles (2016) by The Right Hand Lovers (aka The Fast Show’s Charlie Higson, Paul Whitehouse, Simon Day and David Cummings, with special guest David Arnold)

The painting will be auctioned online via Paddle8:
BID 17.11. – 02.12.2016

Proceeds go to Children & the Arts and Youth Music

The Right Hand Lovers was a punk band formed by me and Paul Whitehouse in Norwich in 1977, where we first met. The band was made up of students from UEA, including Dave Cummings on guitar. The band was fairly short lived and we all went on to do other things. Dave became one of Lloyd Cole’s Commotions for a while and then joined Del Amitri, before, like Paul and I before him, jacking in the music business for comedy. Dave started writing with us on The Fast Show in the 90s and most recently worked with Paul on Nurse.

The conceit behind this new incarnation is that the Right Hand Lovers has now become a supergroup, merging with the great Brian Pern (Ok, so Pern is not a real person, but Simon Day is, and he plays Pern in the TV series. And Paul and Dave play members of his band, Thotch.)

And we have recruited the brilliant David Arnold to play keyboards, do the string arrangements and to produce. I’ve known David for years, ever since I borrowed him from the world of James Bond scores and got him to do the theme tune for my remake of Randall and Hopkirk Deceased back in 2000. I most recently worked with him on Jekyll & Hyde… and he also appeared in the Brian Pern TV series, playing himself.

As I was trying to think of a fitting subject for a painting that four, and eventually, five, people could to do together, the idea of The Beatles jumped out at me. Why not each of us pick a Beatle? It seemed a fitting way for this project to come full circle.  And, as George Martin – often called the fifth Beatle – had recently died, it seemed apt that David Arnold, who knew George well, would paint him as a tribute.

So it was that we all approached the painting with a variety of styles – but isn’t that mix what makes a pop group great? Simon/Brian Pern chose John Lennon, Paul chose Paul McCartney, Dave took George Harrison and I had a go at Ringo Starr.

And then we tied it all together by painting the background a kind of yellow ochre…

So there you have it. Sadly I think this painting is all that the newly re-formed Right Hand Lovers is going to achieve. We haven’t actually made any music. Although maybe…

Charlie Higson

ART IN A CORNER is an Eazl project.