Est. 1999

logomaji1.gif (23692 bytes)

I raise my hand and touch the wheel of change
taking time to check the dial

                                                                      Home      Articles     Messageboard  
Melody Maker
Saturday 28th September 1968 
Courtesy of Linda Crafar


Cat Treads Softly On His return

By Bob Dawbarn

"I'm so glad it happened — I’ve had the chance to become human again."

Cat Stevens was talking about his nine months lay-off through illness. Now relaxed and fit, he is preparing for his comeback on the record scene with the release of 'Here Comes My Wife' on October 4th.

"I came straight from art school into the business and I didn’t have time to look around," he continued. "Being forced to rest up has altered my musical outlook, I’ve become much simpler again because I was living a normal life in hospital."

Cat’s illness has been a well-kept secret.

"It all started about February," he explained. ‘‘I was feeling ill and at first they thought it was pneumonia. But when I had been in hospital for a week they found it was more serious. I was in hospital for three months and after that they gave me some tablets and told me to take things very easy. The only thing that brought me down in hospital was having to conform — getting up at 6 am and aII that. One day I’d just had enough and ran away. I found a little garage on a farm about three miles from the hospital. There was an attic over the garage and I just stayed there for four days. I had a tin of pineapple chunks and some apples — I never want to see another apple again. No one knew I was there and when the farmer came to get his car out I just lay low."

"Back in the hospital I felt my music had been getting too complicated. I had a little record player and I played Bach again and again — he helped me out. Bach is like mathematics; it helps to clear your brain. Two months ago I went to Venice for a holiday and my doctor sent me my X-rays which were completely clear and said I could start work again. I got together with Mike Vickers and did three songs for a single. We couldn’t decide on the A side. Eventually it was decided to have ‘Here Comes My Wife’ although a lot of people liked the B-side, ‘Superlife,’ better. I wrote about 30 songs while I was away — enough for two good LPs and I am now working on an idea for the first one. I’d like to get some kind of story running through one side."

I asked if Cat was planning to return to live shows.

"I’ll just see what happens," he told me. "But I'd like to do some shows, I want to get back on a stage again. When I came out of hospital I went to concerts and things and just watching other people at work has helped me. The whole scene seems very distorted at the moment. It's a bit topsy turvey with nobody knowing what is happening."


This site is best viewed on "800 x 600" screen resolution.
Site Creator - Christine Chenevey   
Special Thanks To:   Jill Mallow, *Keith Balaam, George Brown, Linda Crafar, Bruce Lawrie, DJ Illingworth, Gerardo Roman, Chris & Annie Abrams, Patricia Squillari, Harry Schmieder, Sue Vukson and all who have contributed either with material or support to help make Majicat magical.
* This site is dedicated in the memory of Keith Balaam. ---<----<----@