My father had a huge influence on my work as a musician and on my creative life in general.
Michel Parry, or 'papa' as I more often called him, was a writer, horror anthologist and a dedicated collector of strange things.
As a child I marveled at his 'shelves of weird': the epicenter of a collection that included battery operated UFOs, macabre automatons, peculiar masks, a Medusa 'wig' and alien 'foetus' soap. As an adult I was better able to appreciate his vast library of books and 60s film and music posters.
Thanks to my dad my childhood world was filled with a wealth of alternative film and children's literature. With great fondness I remember Dorrie, the Little Witch, whose 'hat was always on crooked and stockings never matched'; Raggedy Ann and Andy with their psychedelic cartoon adventures; and, of course, all those weird and wonderful Beatles films.
This music video from a band I used to perform with, Bear Driver, is made up of film shot by my dad on one typically offbeat family outing. The location is Dreamscape, a touring art space that resembled a gigantic and inside-out bouncy castle.
The trail of inspiration that my father gave me to follow will continue to direct my interests and the creative choices that I make for the rest of my life.
And, of course, I will miss him very much.
If you would be interested to know more about my dad's work in the field of horror and weird fiction then a good starting place is the Fantastic Fiction site which has a full list of the publications he was involved with. IMDB also links to film projects on which he was a writer, including the cult B-movie, Xtro.
I will be dedicating my next release to the memory of my father.