about blowing our socks off, Being 747s brilliant 2006 album Health
& Safety did more than that, making both my and Nicks
heads spin round, Exorcist style before turning us into
slobbering idiots with fresh faced looks of wonder that would have walked
away with first prize in a gurning competition. To be fair, we always
look a bit like that anyway, so just imagine that and multiply it by
Given this, you can imagine our excitement when the main man behind
the project, enigmatic frontman Dave Cooke, agreed to answer some questions
about Atomicdusters new found favourite band, especially when
youre met with answers about talking to soup cans
AD: How does it feel do get Album of the Year acclaim from
DC: Tremendous! It's great to get some acclaim. Are you holding an award
Sadly I doubt were quite big enough
to hold an awards ceremony, but hey, you never know, I guess
I could clear out the garage and invite my mum and a few neighbours
round as the audience...So, what do you think is the best thing about
DC: The best thing about Being 747 is that we're totally devoid of style,
and therefore we have total musical freedom.
AD: Whats the most important thing to Being 747 when youre
writing a new song?
DC: The most important thing is to be able to stomp my feet (my
wife doesn't understand) and have enough time and space to be able to
reach the moment of inspiration.. It takes me at least an hour before
I can shut out the outside world.
AD: Whats your favourite track on Health & Safety
DC: Its hard to pick out a favourite. I like to listen to the stuff
that we don't play live that much like 'My Years Alone', which we'd
only played through a couple of times before recording it, and it came
out sounding so lush and soulful.
AD: Your songs have the most wondrous lyrics a particular
favourite of mine is Mictrolite. How do you get your inspiration
for tracks like THAT?
DC: The lyrics come from a random word generation process that's similar
to reheating a particularly chunky soup, letting it remind you of something
and then telling the soup what it reminds you of and then asking it
to elaborate further. In other words I sing random words, until
i realise what Im singing about. Once I know what Im singing
about (often its what I'd been thinking about weeks before), I can write
some more lyrics - which then takes the tune off in an unexpected direction.
This way the tune writes the words, and then the words write the tune,
and so on.
AD: Are you flattered by the comparisons with The Fall or does it
piss you off? (Apologies if its the latter cause even I
compared you to them when you put DIY Prescriptions out!)
DC: It doesn't piss us off as 'DIY Prescriptions' is the most blatantly
Fall inspired track that Ive ever heard. We're big Mark E Smith
fans, and Steve and Paul will break into Fall riffs at any opportunity.
AD: How did you start out as a band
DC: I'd known Steve and Paul for a while from doing gigs with the (Scaramanga)
Six, and we'd been fans of each others songwriting, and so after
I left Landspeed Loungers it was only a matter of time before we did
something together. I started Being747 as a name for my solo act, but
as we did more stuff together it became the twisted sound of my brain
being fed through a Scaramangalizer (now available as a Cubase plugin).
It took a while to settle into the musical arrangement. It was easier
for Steve, but Paul hadn't played drums for a while, and I had to get
used to playing electric guitar again.
AD: If you could change one thing from the history of music, what
would it be?
DC: I'd change it so that so that I'd get the credit for inventing everything
- blues, swing, soul, rock, punk. Everything - even euro pop, happy
house and techno. That would be the one thing that I'd change.
AD: Whats your idea of a PERFECT day?
DC: After three cups of strong coffee I spend the day writing killer
tunes, pausing briefly for a dip in the sea at a secluded bohemian bay,
and then emerge to be greeted with a warm towel and a particularly appetizing
fish dish. Neil Young and Frank Black have both left messages on my
mobile saying that they really like the new album and it fully deserved
to win the Grammy.
AD: Whats next for the band?
DC: The next thing (and it has been for quite a while) is our natural
history concept show - 'Ameoba to Zebra' The entire history of life
on planet earth presented through the medium of pop!
Well readers, as Im sure you can tell just from this interview,
Being 747 are a very special band indeed and if you havent scaled
the heady heights of Health & Safety yet, you really
ought to sort yourself out. Ladies and gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts
no, in fact, leave them off. Its more fun that way.