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in which they discuss their luke-warm NME review, Robocop and the racist homophobe Jim Davidson.
part 1: http://popmusicology.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/dananananaykroyd-interview-pt-1/
part 2: http://popmusicology.wordpress.com/2009/06/03/dananananaykroyd-interview-pt-2/
could you maybe copy and paste it into this thread?i fancy reading it
might be a little difficult to read...
What’s your favourite bit in Robocop?
David Roy: “Can you fly, Bobby?”! You know, the guy from _That 70s Show_? I can’t look at that guy now without thinking “Can you fly, Bobby?”! He probably looks in the mirror every day and thinks, “I swear I’m a nice guy.”
Yeah, I remember him, Clarence something-or-other…
DR: Yeah, Clarence Boddiker. I sometimes imagine the guy from _That 70s Show_ is actually the guy from _Robocop_ later on in his life when he’s settled down with a family.
I bought some tablets in Superdrug yesterday. The dosage said take five at a time, but it’s only a packet of twenty-four. What’s that about?
John Baillie Jr: What were they for?
A stomach complaint.
DR: They do that on purpose. You don’t need to take five. But when you get to the last four, you’re gonna need to buy the next pack.
JBJ: In paracetemol, it’s mostly shite. It’s like filler so you can hold it, because it would be microscopic. Well, not microscopic. Fucking tiny. Inconveniently small. So you think, instead of taking five, why can’t they just double the strength?
DR: What, so you take two and a half? Is it not the way the NHS need to make money?
Do you like how I’ve got a page of serious questions and a page of silly ones?
DR: What are you talking about? “What’s your favourite bit in _Robocop_?” That’s a serious question! You know, I haven’t seen that film since I was about 8… my uncle showed it to me when I was a wee boy, it scared the living crap out of me.
That’s the first film I ever saw that had an 18 certificate.
DR: Me too! That bit where he gets shot to pieces is horrible… “Can you fly, Bobby?”
When I saw it, though, it was taped off ITV and they’d censored certain bits of it, so when this one henchman drops a load of scrap metal on Robocop, instead of shouting “Die you bastard!” he shouts “Die you blackguard!”
DR: Haha, “Die you blackguard!” “Forget you!”
JBJ: When we were in America I realised that the only version of _The Karate Kid_ that I’d seen was taped off the TV. So there’s these little bits that I’d never seen before, like, you know when he’s in the shower and Johnny’s rolling a joint, and he gets the hose and fucks him up? There’s a shot where the camera’s down, and Johnny’s rolling a joint, and they don’t show you that on TV. I never understood how he got wet, ever. He just seems to turn a tap on and run away.
DR: Not the back-firing-toilet-wet-his-joint trick? Sorry, your interview.
That’s fine, it’s all part of it. I was reading the NME review of your album, and it tries to place you in the context of some sort of scene, it didn’t really talk about the music at all. What did you think?
DR: (sounding resigned) It’s funny you should ask. We were talking about this earlier today. Personally, James McMahon who wrote it is a really good guy. He asked to do the album, so we were dead chuffed, we thought were going to get a proper, good review in the NME and we wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore. I’m really gutted. Really gutted. It goes back to my teenage years when the NME actually meant a lot to me, and I would buy every 9/10 or 10/10 album. I always dreamed that one day… you know, because the NME’s going downhill a little, I don’t read it so much anymore… I’d always dreamt of having a great debut album score, a well-written review. It kind of broke my heart a little, because I’d waited fifteen years and it’s a bit of a let-down. He didn’t mean it. He didn’t. He was asking why we were gutted, ‘cos we told him.
JBJ: He said he really loved the album.
DR: But the review wasn’t about our album.
JBJ: No. It felt like at the end of it he was like “this album will add to this scene that I’ve just explained to you”.
DR: I know it’s kind of sad, a band like us waiting for a big NME review. It’s because of my age, and I am a little older, so I read the NME when it was at its peak. And that’s that done. That’s our debut album in the NME done, and we can’t ever get that back. I just wished it could’ve been better. This is on strictly personal level, it doesn’t reflect the opinions of the band! Most of them don’t care, we don’t really read our own reviews. But personally it was a little bit of a downer.
Can you tell me about the importance of unity on the album? I can’t think of a band operating today that has more of a sense of all its members working for the same goals, everyone in it together.
DR: It’s just something we’ve always done.
JBJ: It’s weird, our opinions on certain things, our ethics, have always been defined from the beginning. Everyone always agreed on things strongly. It just so happens that our live show and the way we write and record is a result of us defining ourselves early.
DR: We didn’t hold auditions or anything like that, it’s just a gathering of friends. I think right there, right at the start, we’ve had that unity. Friends first.
So if it got to the point where people started falling out…
DR: We fall out all the time.
JBJ: It’s six people living on buses, you’re going to fall out with everyone. If we were a three-piece and there’s a falling-out, you can’t exactly get away from it. But if there’s six of you, then you can…
DR: Avoid certain members! Yeah… unity on the album, what do you mean by that?
Well, you chant your own name, you begin the album with everyone at once on one rocktageous note…
DR: The album was supposed to be a “hello” to the world. The idea is that it catches people’s attention, us shouting our band name is just telling them who we are.
JBJ: And a sly teaching people how to say it… our name just highlights idiots that can’t read.
Jim Bowen or Jim Davidson?
DR: Jim Bowen.
JBJ: Who’s Jim Bowen?
DR: The guy from Bullseye.
JBJ: Oh, so it’s him or Jim Davidson the racist homophobe?
Mario or Luigi?
JBJ: Luigi. I think Mario’s a bit of a wank. Luigi’s the underdog. On Mariokart 64 I would always go with Luigi.
DR: And he’s green for Celtic.
JBJ: And the IRA.
Now that the vocals in the band are split between John and Calum, do you find you play the drums less, John?
JBJ: When I joined the band, it was as a second drummer. The two-drummer thing is amazing, but it’s better if you show the contrast between one drummer and the reason it’s so amazing. The first idea was to drop drums from certain sections so the sections with two drummers would be bigger, like in [recent single] ‘Black Wax’. I think the first song with two vocals was ‘Watch This’, and we thought I’d just play drums in the chorus and make the verse really spacky. It boosts the crowd interaction thing, so there’s two people in your face. We sometimes write lyrics together. There are verses where I’ve written it all, there are verses where Calum has.
There are certain tweaks and differences in some of the older songs on the album, there’s that guitar line at the beginning of ‘Song One Puzzle’…
JBJ: The triplet-y crotchet bit?
DR: That’s Duncan’s part. I’ve been playing the exact same thing…
And you thought “What the HELL is that guy doing?!”
DR: The thing is, I tell Duncan what to play! Then sometimes he comes up with his own parts. He’s a lot better than I’ve given him credit for.
JBJ: It’s not even that, it’s playing the live so much. You start finding little shortcuts, little things to add. They’re never spoken of, it’s natural.
Matthew Horne collapsed on stage this afternoon, what would you do if that happened to someone in the band?
JBJ: It’s almost happened a couple of times, honest to God.
DR: I reckon if it happened it would take a while for someone in this band to notice that that person actually was in any distress.
What’s the nearest you’ve come to it happening?
JBJ: I’ve had proper dizzy spells, from screaming or just exhaustion.
DR: We don’t really care… not really, we’d call all the necessary authorities, clean away the body and get our old drummer back!
DR = David Roy
JBJ = John Baillie Jr.