Lies & Inventions

June 20th 1987

The encore of a solo appearance at the Glastonbury features the last appearances with the Attractions until the early 90s.

The final song performed is "Poor Napoleon", concluding with "Instant Karma".

August 31st. 1987

Guest appearance performing "The Big Light" with Johnny Cash at the "Mean Fiddler" club in Harlesden, London during a Carter Family show.

September 30th. 1987

Plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and organ on the Roy Orbison "Black and White Night" television special filmed at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles.

All-star accompanying musicians include four members of the "T.C.B. Band", James Burton, Jerry Scheff, Ron Tutt and Glen D. Hardin along with appearances by Tom Waits, T Bone Burnett and Bruce Springsteen.

The vocal background group includes, Jennifer Warnes, Stephen Soles, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and k.d. lang.


For the first time in 11 years, no major tours are undertaken and only a handful of public appearances made, including a series of performances at the Shetland Folk Festival.

The A.I.M.S. benefit concert duet set with Chrissie Hynde at the Royal Albert Hall, includes, Ray Davies' "Days", the Lennon/McCartney song, "I'll Get You" and Bacharach/David's "Windows Of The World".

February 12th 1988

Release of the movie, "Satisfaction" starring Justine Bateman, Liam Neeson and marking the movie debut of Julia Roberts.

The fictional rock and roll band, "The Mystery" - including Bateman and Roberts - perform, "Mystery Dance"


"Back On My Feet" is the first result of a song-writing collaboration with Paul McCartney.

Writing sessions take place at the Hog Hill recording studio, where two-part demos are usually recorded immediately after the songs are completed.

The next two compositions, "Veronica" and "My Brave Face", both become U.S. Top 20 singles.

Other songs written include, "So Like Candy", "Tommy's Coming Home Again", "You Want Her Too", "Twenty Fine Fingers", Don't Be Careless Love" and "Pad, Paws and Claws".

When the collaboration is taken up again, the following year, the writing sessions result in "The Lovers That Never Where", "Playboy To A Man", "That Day Is Done", "Mistress and Maid" and "Shallow Grave".

Co-Production is begun on four of these songs for the Paul McCartney album, "Flowers In The Dirt", which takes its name from a line in "That Day Is Done".

1988 - Dublin - New Orleans - Los Angeles - London

The recording and mixing sessions for the album "Spike".

The album, produced with T Bone Burnett and Kevin Killen, begins with a session at Windmill Lane, Dublin.

The songs "Any King's Shilling" and "Tramp The Dirt Down" at performed with a group of traditional and contemporary folk musicians, led by Donal Lunny and including, the Chieftains harpist and multi-instrumentalist, Derek Bell, Frankie Gavin, Steve Wickham, Davey Spillane.

The singer-songwriter Christie Moore plays bodhran, while Pete Thomas makes a cameo appearance on drums.

The production then travels to New Orleans to record "Deep Dark Truthful Mirror" with Allen Toussaint on piano.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band add their horns to this song, "Miss Macbeth", the instrumental, "Stalin Malone" and "Chewing Gum", which also features the Neville Brothers' drummer, Willie Green.

Sessions in Los Angeles feature drummers Jim Keltner, Jerry Marotta and the percussion of Michael Blair, with bassists being, Jerry Scheff, T-Bone Wolk and Buell Niedlinger.

Keyboards are played by Mitchell Froom and Benmont Tench and the guitars by Costello, T Bone Burnett and Marc Ribot.

The twelve-string guitar on "This Town" is played by Roger McGuinn.

Paul McCartney adds Hofner bass to "This Town" and his co-composition, "Veronica" at AIR Studios, London, where Chrissie Hynde also records the vocal harmony on "Satellite".

The production then returns to Los Angeles for the mixing sessions.


Fiachra Trench, orchestrates musical themes by Elvis Costello written for the score of the Irish motion pictures, "The Courier"

February 7th 1989

The release of the Roy Orbison album, "Mystery Girl" produced with Jeff Lynne and T Bone Burnett.

The album contains the title song by Bono and The Edge and a re-writing of the Elvis Costello song, "The Comedians", restoring it a style suitable for Roy Orbison.

The album reaches #5 in the Billboard 200 and #2 in the U.K. album charts.

February 14th 1989

"Spike" issued as the first release under a worldwide recording contract with Warner Brothers.

The single, "Veronica" reaches #19 on the U.S. Charts.

The "Spike" album reaches #5 in the U.K. charts - the first Top Five entry since "Punch The Clock" - and goes on to be the artist's highest selling record - upon its initial release - to date.

April 24 1989

Solo performance at a party celebrating the 21st Anniversary of Village Music - the world's great record store - at Sweetwater, Mill Valley turns into an extended, impromptu band set with the surprise introduction of Jerry Scheff and James Burton to augment, Nick Lowe and resident players, Austin Delone and Scott Matthews.

After a short interlude set by Charles Brown, the informal group is joined Jerry Garcia, to perform two Hank Williams songs.

May 13th 1989

Duets with Johnny Cash on "The Big Light" and joins Cash, the Carter Family and Nick Lowe for a finale performance of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" at the Royal Albert Hall.

August 1989

The initial concert appearances following the release of "Spike" are solo acoustic concerts, shared with Nick Lowe.

"The Rude Five", featuring Pete Thomas, Jerry Scheff, Marc Ribot and pianist, Larry Knetchel begins touring at Pine Knob Music Theater, Michigan on August 8th 1989, playing two nights at both Jones Beach, New York and the Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles before closing at the Concord Pavilion, California on September 16th 1989.