When Morrissey chose our foremost historical reprint specialists to publish his recent memoirs it caused a flurry of pompous harrumphing from disgruntled arts critics. ‘A rock star, on Penguin Classics? How vulgar.’ That was about the size of it.
Interview with the lead singer of Del Amitri – Justin Currie: ‘We were never cool, even back in the indie days’
Just a few minutes into a perfectly good-natured chat with Justin Currie, I suddenly feel the need to make an embarrassing, tone-altering admission.
Interview with singer-songwriter Gavin James: ‘I was looking around thinking I don’t want to be in my sixties playing Galway Girl’
Square one can be a lonely place. Trying to make his mark on the mainland right now is Gavin James, who I meet at Dublin’s Morrison Hotel, named after a Doors album but rather more sterile.
London’s Pleasance Theatre in late July, and comedian Jarlath Regan looks on as a crowd of familiar faces gather. Author Danny Wallace collects a ticket, Russell Howard chats to fellow comic Richard Herring at the bar, and various industry bigwigs flutter expectantly.
Billy Lunn is, he readily admits, “not your conventional politician.” Arriving for our chat in red knee-length shorts and a Pixies’ T-shirt, he looks more festival-goer than policy-maker (“I was going to come down in flip-flops but I thought ‘Hmm, is that too socialist?”), while his campaign speak veers from the impressively knowledgeable to the amusingly novel.
Initially it appeared to be just cunning promotional puffery. “Lyrically, not for the squeamish,” warned the introductory email about Don’t Wait to be Hunted to Hide, the third album by the band David Cronenberg’s wife. “If this is you” – the squeamish – “then you will probably want to skip track eight.”
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