The Diary ofA drian Male and Perfect Scoundrels) has been put on the back burner for the present. ‘I really want to concentrate on the music, so I‘m having to turn down TV,’ she says. ‘Everything I do at the present has to relate to the music. but that‘s fine.’
Lulu‘s contemporaries Sandie Shaw and Dusty Springfield revived their careers by working with hip young pop kids, but that’s not a solution that has occurred to her.
‘Well. I did work with Bowie. of course. and I‘m working on the new record with Barry Gibb. but I don‘t suppose theyare really. . .‘ No. Lulu. they aren‘t. ‘No. I know I don't fit in at all as far as the charts are concerned.‘ she admits. ‘and that does concern me. but I‘d really like to make one of those albums that everyone has in their collection. where every song is a classic. like George Michael‘s Faith. Stevie Wonder. Michael Jackson‘s Thriller.
or Fleetwood Mac. That‘s my real ambition.‘
Cynics might say that working with Barry Gibb makes it an ambition unlikely to be realised. but in the meantime. reports suggest that she can still do the business live. and who‘s to say that ‘We-ee-ee-elll' won't still rattle a few chandeliers?
Lulu continues her tour at the Playhouse Theatre. Edinburgh. on Sun 28.
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the one that's aimed at the charts. and is not surprisingly the least interesting. The other three showcase a blend of guitars. mandolins. rhythm section and EmmetTinlcy's voice that enchants. especially on the laid-back ‘1 Don't Know‘ and the mesmerising ‘()ut of Mind'. Investigate. (AM)
I The llollow Men: The Moon's a Balloon (Arlsta) It's been out a few weeks. but we couldn‘t ignore the number ofcopies mounting up in the office. All right. then: quite dreamy and not unpleasant. but based around muted drum sound and ﬂuid guitar breaks so that a DJ could happily segue into it from ‘Fool‘s Gold. (AM)
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