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and perspective that would have any sane man running for the cover of
3 some ‘normal’ music — like The Bonzo Dog 000 Dah Band.
‘We have sounds that sound like it’s from outer space and we have these
little kid-like stories,’ admits leading Lip Wayne Coyne, ‘but that’s the kind
of thing we always do. It’s not necessarily the sort of music we like to listen to but it seems to be the kind of music that we make for some reason. We don’t talk about simple relationships. We talk about what our lives are about — and I don’t know
what that is.’
Proof indeed that ET has been at this l
band with a scalpel. Where else is the ' inspiration for song titles like ‘They ‘ Punctured My Yolk’ and ‘Guy Who Got
A Headache And Accidentally Saves
The World’, unless Coyne has been ’ watching too many Ouatermass movies? Certainly not from the band’s
Flaming Lips: ‘drink beer and get beat up by
An alarming number of American . citizens believe they have been abducted by aliens. They can’t all be i right. Even if you lap up conspiracy theories, the very outlandishness of the kidnapped-by-little-green-men scenario that makes it so attractive 9 could be called into question if every 9 fourth household could boast some dribbling loony claiming to have been i experimented on. However, it you’ve heard Oklahoma’s Flaming Lips, you’ll
home of Oklahoma City.
‘To me it’s home but it’s only once you go out and see the rest of the world that you realise you live in a sorta nowhere place. There isn’t really
a social thing to do other than drink : beer and get beat up by rednecks.’
Being seen as kranky outsiders and
the alternative alternative seems to
suit Flaming Lips fine, however. ‘Alternative rock has become
probably the worst genre of music in
the last ten years,’ Coyne asserts. ‘l’d
: rather be associated with the starving 5 underground than the pathetic mainstream, certainly at the moment.’
know it’s the only explanation for their g , wayward output, seven albums to date 3 ‘This Here Giraffe’ is out on Man 26.
boasting the kind of out-there tunes
(Fiona Shepherd) Flaming Lips play The Garage, Glasgow on Sun 25. Their new single
1 For whom the
A chorus of farewells
l While arts companies throughout
l Scotland wait anxiously to discover what the unitary authorities might bring them, they can perhaps take some comfort in that whatever
happens it cannot be as drastic as the
fate of some youth orchestras and choirs — namely total disbandment. Strathclyde Schools Chorus are bowing out of existence with Verdi’s Requiem, an apt choice and a fitting
place in the hearts of hundreds who have passed through its ranks.
Conducted by Christopher Bell, the Chorus has operated on the basis of residential courses at Castle Toward on the Ounoon peninsula, an old
rambling house and gardens, which
has provided a magical setting for
countless youth music courses. ‘The
Chorus has voice tutors, sectional
rehearsals and so on until it all comes together.’ explains Bell. ‘80 that
: instrumentalists who play in the regional orchestra can sing in the
, Chorus, it has been our policy to
engage professional orchestras for the
' Chorus. It is a very high quality
experience with professional soloists
' too.’ This time they sing with the
Scottish Opera Orchestra, although the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is another
Until the new councils are firmly in
. place, hard decisions on possible
replacements for Strathclyde Schools Symphony Orchestra and Strathclyde Schools Chorus will not be known. There is talk of a new orchestra, possibly a West of Scotland Schools Symphony Orchestra, appearing in a year’s time and rumours are that Glasgow and Ayrshire at least will run their own choirs. ’Singing has gone out of fashion,’ says Bell, ‘but the pendulum is swinging back and we
g hope that the experience of the l Chorus will remind people that singing
is a good thing. With 220 voices singing Verdi, we’re certainly going
out with a big show.’ (Carol Main) farewell to a choir which has a special t Strathclyde Schools chorus play
i Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Man 4 I Mar.
John Miller: no hanky panky
The Radio Sweethearts laeetl a hig test at the end of January. and sueeeetletl in turning it into something ot- a triumph. The (ilasgow otttlil lotintl themselyes opening for The .\la\'erieks hel‘ore a eapaeity house in the ('oneert Hall. and won (net the autlienee with their
tlriy ing eountry style.
‘lt was great lor an unsignetl hand to get a ehanee like that.‘ singer John Miller ael nowletlgetl. ‘autl the whole thing was a lahulous e\perienee. \\'hat pleasetl me most was that people eame in to hear its. rather than just ignoring the support. and e\ en lietter. .seemetl to like its as w ell '
There is a lot to like in the Sweethearts‘ approaeh. The Bellshill- eentretl outlit inelutle a eurrent li.\l.\ Bandit ttlrunimer l’raueis .\lael)onaltl) and two es-l’astels tguitarist Brian Taylor and hass player Martin llaywartli in their ranks. hut their sountl is authentie. iaunehy eountr}. complete with .\laleoltii .\le.\laster's
‘ snaking pedal steel and titltlle from the
Battleﬁeld Batitl's John .\le(’usker. when he is ayailahle.
‘l was hrought up on traditional eounti'y hy the likes ol~ llank Snow, l’atsy (line. and Hank Williams. who is still tny hero it's heeome trently to say you are into Hank. hut when I hear something like Matt Johnson’s [lint/ty- l’unky. it just makes me want to give him a good slap and ask him what he thinks he‘s playing at.
‘l'ye been into other kinds of musie as well. hut He always eome hack to eountry. We got the hand together at the end of lWZ. and the eounti‘y roek sitle ot‘ things eame more from Francis. He was into (tram Parsons and The Burritos and soon. and we hay e pulletl those elements together within our musie. which is mostly original material'
That hantl haye huilt a reputation largely by word ol‘ mouth. and the exposure ol‘ The .\la\'erieks gig will haye tlone them no harin at all. They haye the added henelit ol~ a stutlio session with protlueer Kim l-‘owley under their helt ta truit ot‘ the Ble Bantlits eonzieetion ). although there are no deﬁnite plans as yet to release it.
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