Got The Whole World In His Hands Tonight
time one of our writers Naim Cortazzi - interviewed a member
of Idlewild Rod Jones, I think its fair to say that they
werent over enamoured with eachother, so it was with trepidation
that I approached the conversation with bassist Bob Fairfoull. However,
my colleagues complaints went unfounded as Bob came across as a genuine,
helpful and amiable individual, who explained that Naim must have just
caught Rod at a bad moment. Then again, the fact that Naim thinks the
band are shit and called his mother a whore probably didnt help
Bob was refreshingly eager to wax lyrical about Idlewilds recent
excellent album The Remote Part and other musical matters
and this is the resultant interview:
AD: Congratulations on your fantastic album. From what I can gather
you had a tough time leading up to it and things werent going
to plan at all. What do you think was the turning point in the creation
of The Remote Part?
BF: Yeah Id be lying if I said it was easy. The last album
did ok, but there was pressure on us to do better this time around,
and it was difficult writing it. We DID write it and scrap the album
about three times. We thought we were half way through and then we realised
it was all crap. We were seriously beginning to doubt our own ability
to do anything at that point, so we locked ourselves away in a shed
for three weeks and just wrote and wrote and wrote. That was the turning
AD: What was Stephen Streets reaction when you told him you
were going to nuke all the work youd done with him?
BF: He was alright about it. Producers are used to it theyre
always aware of the fact that a label or a band may not be happy. There
was nothing personal in it, and anyway he still gets paid. Actually
one song from that session DID make it onto the album Tell
Me Ten Words was produced by Street. So anyway, we went back to
Dave (Eringa) and he knows what were like and hes
the first person to tell us if a songs crap!
AD: And, going by the reviews youve had, his judgment is pretty
BF: The reviews have been amazing mainly, but were not that
bothered about what the press say really. We did this little side project
when we hadnt rehearsed for four months. We played one gig as
that band we only had four songs but the press got hold
of it and one of the tabloids in Scotland gave it an absolute stinker.
That made us laugh a lot. The best one was in the Guardian and was only
four words long it just said Piss off indie band,
so of course we cut that out and it now acts as a fridge magnet! Anyway,
for the new album, the only bad review was in one of the broadsheets,
I cant remember which, but they said I dont know what
all the fuss is about. This album just sounds like Shed 7 to me!
AD: Im not convinced on that one, I must admit! How did you
enjoy the Kerrang awards?
BF: Very drunkenly! We didnt win, but then we didnt
really expect to because we were up against such heavyweight competition.
With the exception of the Lostprophets, I liked everyone else that was
there. And they all seemed to be bands that weve played with.
Muse have always been kind to us, so I was pleased for them. They took
us around Europe with them.
AD: Is it true that Raging Speedhorn set fire to your table?
BF: No, but they certainly trashed their own! Id been talking
to them earlier and they were really nice huys, but at that stage I
had no idea just how mental they were. Youve just got to consider
this they were there at about 7pm, and then at 7:15, they asked
for another bottle of Absinthe as theyd already finished theirs!
I mean, I dont know if youve ever drunk the stuff, but it
has the effect of drinking an arse, and the next thing you know, their
table goes flying. They went apeshit. Security weer frantically trying
to throw them out, and then, because Id been speaking with them
earlier, I had all these 40 stone men steaming in on me and trying to
throw me out the back! Im just standing there yelling No!
Im not with them, honestly!
AD: Sounds like one hell of a party. If I can take you back in time
now, its been six years since you released Queen Of The
Troubled Teens. How do you remember those early days now?
BF: Its difficult to remember anything at all, as we were
all so bloody drunk the whole time! I remember it with great fondness,
but as much as it was probably fun, I have to admit we were a bit on
the crap side! Yeah, it was just fast songs, screaming, beer and more
screaming. We were just teenagers let loose on free money and alcohol.
We used to try to be as intense as possible just to frighten people.
That always used to make me laugh.
AD: In one of the biogs Ive read about you, it mentions a number
of abortive festival appearances you made, and says Glastonbury
delayed by mud, T in the Park stage blew up,
and then Phoenix look, it wasnt their fault!
what was that last one all about?
BF: God yeah, the first Glastonbury was a disaster with all that
mud. We only managed to play about five songs. The stage manager had
seen the place and said to us beforehand Dont even fucking
bother, but we have this ethic of nothing gets cancelled
so we did it anyway. I remember him saying Good luck then
and we ended up going on two and a half hours late and playing for about
twenty minutes. Then the PA blew up at T in the Park, but I dont
know where they got the Phoenix one from, because that had stopped running
by the time we formed the band!
AD: Another band that plays a lot of festival appearances is Queens
Of The Stone Age, and one of the funniest stories I read over the last
month or so was about them promoting their new album Songs For
The Deaf. Apparently a coach load of 37 deaf people turned up
at one of their gigs believing it was a special concert for their benefit!
If you could entice a certain type of people to an Idlewild gig in the
same way, what would it be? Songs For Attractive Naked Nymphets
BF: Ha ha, maybe. Did that really happen? I think Id call
mine Songs For The Ginger. Thatd be really funny.
AD: It would make one hell of a photo. Not Songs For Kids With
Tourettes Syndrome then?
BF: Yeah, thatd be a brilliant one! Mind you, we played a
gig recently that could have been called Songs For The Fishermen
In Shetland! We looked at the audience and it all seemed to be
full of eight year olds and fishermen! They clearly didnt know
how to react at a rock concert but they really seemed to enjoy it. It
was really strange looking out from the stage and seeing all these eighteen
stone fishermen disco dancing and doing the hand jive!
And with this enduring image now etched in my head I decided to draw
the interview to a close. What a great bloke if you ever get
the chance to have a chat with him hell make you laugh your balls
off. If you havent already bought Idlewilds excellent hit
album The Remote Part, what are you waiting for? Its
on Parlophone and you need it in your collection, you really do.
Interview and transcript by Tone E