What's your favourite city in the world?
"Seattle. I'm fond of American culture but Seattle feels sort of
more European than other cities in the USA. And it's actually quite
left wing, as far as America goes. There's something 'more' to it. There's
a lot of youth culture going on... you know, rock venues, comic book
shops, record stores, trendy places to eat... and it's a very arty place,
with tons of music obviously. But at the same time it offers quite a
high standard of living as well... in an extremely beautiful part
of the world. It's surrounded by water and mountain ranges... the Olympics
and the Cascades."
"I always enjoy playing at the Leadmill in Sheffield... it's on
the smaller band circuit in a way, but the production values are of
a much higher quality than you'd usually find on those kinds of tours.
people who run it are lovely... and they seem to have a desire to put
on new and interesting music, especially local stuff. Then, after you've
played, the place turns into a giant dance club! My most memorable
concert there was when we did the BBC's 'Sound City' thing
in the late 80s for John Peel's show. I think we were supported by Pulp,
What's been the best gig you've seen? Where was
it and what made it so amazing?
" I guess it was My Bloody Valentine at Bradford University when
they were at their noisiest. But they had such a fantastic sound and
such great songs. It was obviously quite extreme... there were people
the auditorium clutching their stomachs and stuff... but I enjoyed every
minute of it!"
Favourite music festival?
"There's only one answer to this as every band will tell you! Benicàssim,
in Spain. If you listed all the countries of the world in order of appropriateness
for rock festivals, Britain would come last and Spain would come top...
by virtue of climate alone. I don't know if it's my imagination, but
Benicàssim always gives the impression of being less business
oriented... bands seem to pop up at any point in the bill and everyone
always seems to have a good time. There's even a swimming pool backstage...
which you don't actually need because you're only a stone's throw from
Favourite bar/pub in the world?
"There isn't one... I don't like pubs. But my favourite tea room
is The Mock Turtle in Brighton. Lovely Buck
Favourite record shop?
" Most of my collection was purchased at Jumbo Records in Leeds...
but I also like Sonic Boom Records in Seattle. Both those places know
what I want to buy before I do. And the staff are really knowledgeable. For
the older, weirder, stuff... I'd say Borderline, in Brighton."
Favourite club night?
"How Does It Feel To Be Loved? in London
- because I go there with a box of my favourite records and play them
to my friends. And they actually pay me for this! Eventually."
Favourite art gallery/museum?
"The National Film Museum in Bradford. I've always been more interested
in movies and photography than paintings and sculptures, so this place
was perfect for me when I lived in Leeds. It also houses the only cinema
in Britain where you can watch Cinerama films in their original three
Nazam's... an Indian restaurant in Woodhouse, Leeds. They know
me very well there! The food's great, the people are down to earth,
the naan breads are like duvets and a big meal for five costs about
£26! I would recommend the chicken and spinach massalla.
And take your own drinks."
Favourite place to go shopping?
"Brighton's North Laine area seems
to satisfy most of my pop culture cravings. That's where Borderline
Records is, too. It's a bit hippyish but there are no chains... just
groovy little shops like David's Comics and cafes like The Wai Kika
Favourite place to get away from it all?
"Reading a comic on a deserted Mediterranean beach followed by
a Greek salad and glass of red wine in a romantic little restaurant
Worst overseas hangover of the last five years
- where were you and what caused it?
"It was in Cologne last November. I was over there to do some promotional
stuff but made the mistake of going out the night before with members
of a German pop group called Klee, with whom we're good friends. The
thing is, people don't start going out there until after 11pm, by which
time us English people have already had quite a few drinks. It was one
of those occasions where you'd be saying: 'No thanks, I'm OK...' and
they'd still come back with another glass for you. On the way home I
ended up pouncing on my girlfriend from behind parked cars and dropping
my video camera from a height of about twenty feet. Like a true professional,
however, I pulled myself together for the following day full of interviews..."
Recommend one great thing about your hometown.
Anywhere else in the world we should visit?
" Amsterdam. Canals, pancakes, beautiful towering old buildings,
stylish new ones, loads of things to do, including naughty stuff for
those inclined. You can go on a 'pizza cruise'... a guided tour round
the canals while you're chewing on one of Domino's finest
and guzzling free drinks. Strange people, the Dutch, though..."
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