Ask Ginger - May 2002

16th May 2002
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Ginger Q

First of all, The Wildhearts' recent Edinburgh gig was fuckin' awesome! But where was Anthem? That's the one thing that sucks about this whole reunion thing - that the songs on Endless, Nameless will never get aired live. Have you kinda put that album behind you as a band - perhaps because the mind-set which you are in now is different to where you were when you recorded it? Also, how do you rate the album against the others? Most fans I've talked too have laughed when I mention Endless, Nameless, let alone as being the band's best. Can they really be considered fans?
Roddy

A

You pretty much nailed it there! This tour was a test of strength for the band. Inviting too many evil memories to the party would have been potentially fatal. (We did play a B-Side from that era, but it was recorded in different circumstances to the other tracks.) In time, we'll have so much confidence in our ability that we'll be able to plough through the songs and pick from the back catalogue at will. For now, we're trying to walk before we win any medals for running. How do I rate Endless, Nameless? It's my personal favourite of all the Wildhearts albums. And of course people who won't like it can be considered fans. Why on Earth not? People are entitled to have their own tastes.

Q

I couldn't make any of the UK dates due to exams, and I'm going to Japan in August for a year. What are the chances of you playing a London date before then?
Dan Thorp

A

Absolutely none, mate! See you in Japan in November.

Q

Did you film the tour for a DVD release later this year?
Phil Jones

A

No, we will be filming a show later in the year. This tour was there to iron out some of the creases from last time.

Q

Will the Wildhearts DVD be released in Australia?
Sam Galloway

A

We're coming to Australia in November, I hope. If that happens, the DVD will definitely be getting an Oz release.

Q

When's the mini-album coming out?
Goodgee

A

Dunno. There's talk of making it two EPs instead of one mini-album. It means that we can tour more and stuff. If that happens, you can imagine the first four-song EP in August / September.

Q

Is the new record going to be released in Japan as well?
Atsushi

A

Yes, definitely. We might release it as two singles in this country but a mini-album in Japan.

Q

Are you really gonna call the mini-album Riff After Riff After Motherfucking Riff?
Ben Wright

A

Well, 10,000 Wildhearts fans can't be wrong, can they?

Q

Are there any plans in the future to get all members of The Wildhearts singing on an EP or album? You've given us a taste of it on Anthem with Danny, so I just wondered if there's gonna be more of it?
Ben Wright

A

I'd love there to be, but they always want me to sing! I'll keep trying and hope for a victory.

Q

Have you ever thought about touring with a female backing vocalist?
Julian Grandison

A

Yeah. SG5 want to expand the line-up eventually to include, amongst others, two female backing singers.

Q

Could you shed any light on the future of The Jellys?
Roddy

A

When we have time (our new manager is working us pretty hard!) we will all be recording and touring with our other bands, CJ included. I would definitely expect another Jellys album at some point if I were you.

Q

Did you have Kurt Cobain in mind while you were recording Endless, Nameless? The hidden track on Nirvana's Nevermind album was also called Endless, Nameless. It was a racket, but enjoyable and listenable. And most importantly it had balls - which reminds me a lot of The Wildhearts' album! So, was your Endless, Nameless a tribute to Kurt in any way?
Brett Blunsdon

A

No. I have recorded where his spirit has definitely been in the room, but for Endless, Nameless, I didn't realise there was a Nirvana track with that name. I was told later and thought it was pretty ironic. I miss Kurt really badly. And I miss him a little more every year.

Q

What happened to the following songs that were recorded but, as far as I know, never released - Yeti Overbite, If I Were You I'd Kiss Me, Beer For Breakfast, Talk Of The Town and After The Fire? Any word on when or if these will ever surface?
D. Henry

A

Yeti Overbite was written during the Black Leather Mojo sessions but never got completed. It was just a bundle of mad riffs with not much linear sense being made.

If I Were You I'd Kiss Me was only ever recorded in demo form. I imagine it'll show up on the Singles Club releases.

Beer For Breakfast was a song that me and Conny wrote and recorded, but the demo didn't sound heavy enough. Maybe it'll show up on a SilverGinger 5 B-side one day. If we ever get a single out!

Talk of the Town... I think you're thinking of She's A Talker, which me and Stidi recorded when we were kids. It was the first time I'd sang, and funnily enough it turned out OK considering. I can't see it ever getting released as it sounded so cheap. Mainly because it was.

After The Fire was from same session. It was a country and western ballad, and sounded pretty damn good. With some of the shit floating around on bootlegs I wish someone would track this one down.

Q

The other day I put on an old vid and saw the Sick Of Drugs video again for the first time in a long while. Obviously hindsight is a wonderful thing. I was wondering if you were aware of Danny's problems at the time. I met you guys circa 1994 in a bar in Leicester and had a drink with Danny and he appeared fairly "straight".
Neil Johns

A

No, we were still dabbling at that point. It was shortly after that period that the drugs became more important than the music. You can kind of hear it in the music actually. The narrative starts to get a bit blurred from that point onwards.

Q

How many cigarettes do you smoke in a day?
Atsushi

A

When I'm not with the band I usually smoke up to five a day, as I don't smoke around Jake. When I'm with the band I can get through 40 to 60 a day.

Q

I was just wondering if you are curious as to why you didn't get in Kerrang!'s Top 100 'Coolest' Rock Stars? I'm not arse-licking, but I expected you to be there! (I personally wouldn't be arsed if I were you, 'cos they didn't put Joey Ramone in there either.) It was really awful, especially as it was compiled by "rock music journalists", and not even the general public.
Rachel Northall

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It wasn't the 'coolest rock stars', it was 'people in bands that have taken Kerrang! journalists out to nice places the most in the past year'. I haven't really been in people's faces enough to be featured. Nikki Sixx got number 98 (even with that book), and Jimi Hendrix (the guy who invented rock guitar playing / performing) was somewhere in the 80s. I think that's all you need to know about that particular poll!

Q

Have you ever heard The Jayhawks?
Julian Grandison

A

Yeah! I love 'em. Tomorrow The Green Grass and Sound Of Lies are two of my all-time favourite albums.

Q

Do you know the band Nashville Pussy? What do you think about them?
Atsushi

A

They're a fantastic live band. Pity they got rid of the bass player that breathes fire - she was amazing. The guitar player is the best female guitarist in rock!

Q

I once read in an interview that you kept a list of all the bastards that had crossed you and pissed you off over the years, and that one day you'd work your way down the list and open up a can of whup-ass for each and every one. I was wondering if you still have the list, or have you mellowed out a bit since then?
Wayne McCrory

A

No, I already got every one of 'em back!

Q

Any chance of another tour diary?
Bob$

A

Only if I ever tour sober again, which is looking decidedly unlikely.

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