“Jive Records make no secret of the fact that
they want to sell records and I suppose their attitude
has had an effect on us, sometimes the ‘sell, sell,
sell’ they have has made us despair (picture discs
etc) but other times we think that’s what we need. The main thing for us at the moment is to ensure the survival
of the group, the only way to do this is to gain some
sort of foothold in the commercial market.
So far its proved difficult for us, maybe because
we’ve never gone far enough.
So far we’ve done everything else e.g. tours,
music papers, radio etc and we feel having a hit would
complete the set.
The whole TOTP mentality, though, we
regard as a joke, but we would take part because we
do have a sense of humour.”
you think there will come a time when you will all
feel you’ve had enough and want to do something different,
having had the same line-up since Waiting For A
“We always want to do something different!
Maybe this is part of the problem – several
of our records sound like they could have been made
by different groups.
I can’t really see the line-up changing, mainly
because we are all good friends.”
of The Comsat Angels recently played with The Human
League as a stand-in for the departure of two
of their musicians.
However, some of the music papers seemed to
think that this was permanent, and I wondered if there
was a story evolving around that?
“The Human League association came about because
they wanted to do a benefit for the Ethiopian appeal
and they needed a guitarist and a keyboard player
at short notice. As we had known them for some time,
I suppose me and Andy were an obvious choice.
However it went so well that there’s a chance
that we might play with them again.
Also I’ve been writing a few things with Phil
and Ian and Jim, their new drummer, but I don’t know
if they will get used.”
there any reason for re-recording Independence
Day after it originally appeared some 5 years
ago on the 1st LP?