By Tony Fletcher
As surely befits The Fall’s longevity, my 1979 interview with Mark E Smith and Marc Riley seems more relevant – and certainly more prescient – than it did when first published back in Jamming! issue 9. In fact, it seems more relevant and prescient than almost any other interview I’ve ever conducted.
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Illustrations Edwyn Collins Words Lee Gale
In 2005, Edwyn Collins suffered two strokes, the result of brain haemorrhages caused by high blood pressure. To begin his rebuilding process, Edwyn picked up a pencil and pad and began drawing birds.
As a child, Edwyn was a keen twitcher and even reared an abandoned fledgling greenfinch in his Dundee bedroom, feeding it a watery mix of wild-bird food Swoop. The female greenfinch, named Tweety Pie, would start its sweet song at 5am, waking the household up in the process. Tweety Pie later made a nest in the garden and, if Edwyn left his bedroom window open, would call in.
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The man who made Get Carter in 1971 is not in the best of moods. Mike Hodges’ journey from Dorset to London has been dogged by train-company failures. Spur-of-the-moment timetable changes mean that Hodges’ nerves are rattled and as it’s 10.30am, it’s too early to go to the pub. If the man who brought Jack Carter to life is hacked off, we’d better be careful. We don’t want to be thrown out of the window of this Leicester Square hotel like Alf Roberts was at that Gateshead car park.
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Bernard Manning’s as big as they come. This is apparent as we set foot in the Mancunian comic’s living room. He’s wearing a T-shirt and massive, old-man’s underpants. He’s getting on a bit is Bernard. Just past 70, but he still looks unusually sprightly for a man who smoked 40 a day throughout his life. That’s stopped now, of course. Diabetes has an amazing knack of bringing on a fitness routine. Manning’s regime consists of a needle and 16 tablets a day. It seems to be working because Bernard’s on form. We’re sat in the comedian’s living room in Alkrington, Manchester. It’s a big place and the cleaner has to be credited on her dusting abilities. Every room is spotless. It’s been decided between me, the photographer and the photographer’s assistant, that it’s every man for themselves once we’ve crossed the Manning threshold. Continue reading “Far from the Manning crowd [2002 interview with Bernard Manning]”
It’s 5pm and Ian McCulloch, the Echo & The Bunnymen singer, is sitting in the bar of a hotel in Kensington, wearing shades. He’s been on Bloody Marys since 12 noon to counteract the previous evening’s punishment. To say he’s had one hour’s sleep, Mac is amazingly lucid. He’s switched to Guinness for the interview. [2002 interview] Continue reading “The Bunnymonster! [2002 interview with Ian McCulloch]”