It’s a little like being in the eye of a hurricane. You also begin to live a very isolated life,you tend never to go anywhere on your own, never travel on public transport, hardly ever walk anywhere because 90% of your time is spent working, what free time there is you spend asleep.
It’s certainly not nostalgia, one of the reasons I wanted to do this is to consign Adam & the Ants to history. I’m really proud of what we did and wouldn’t change it if I could, but it’s nice to gather up all the loose ends and have them in the shops.
I wouldn’t call myself the band curator, I really have no idea when we did things or where we were on such and such a date, and I had to rely on Andi Vaughn to tell me what he thought people would find interesting and also what it was we were listening to.
It was easier in a way because I could try and preserve what I liked about Dirk which is the ‘dark’ feeling of it but also try to eliminate the amateurish bits whilst still keeping the raw edges.
It was a total journey of rediscovery, there was stuff I cannot remember recording or even having heard before, I wasn’t expecting senility to creep up on me quite so soon.
No they were presented the way they were at the time as we did them.
Yes of course, but its ultimately useless to keep thinking that. Chris Hughes and I have been talking about doing an album of ‘ant revisited’ tracks; that is new mixes and updates on old tracks. Not to supercede the old stuff but more of a ‘directors cut’ type of thing… but that will be down the line sometime.
What? Are you kidding? Of course! Who doesn’t want to go back and change the past, but I ain’t Captain Kirk so there’s no point in giving it much thought!
I tried to avoid revisionism, and much as it is against every fibre of my being, I tried to be honest. Honesty is simply relating a series of facts, it’s so uncreative and dull.
Adam has to take credit or responsibility for that, depending on your point of view.
I never felt that because as people will tell you, I have this annoying urge to change everything everyday anyway. What was more difficult was going to other countries and having to present what you did 6 months ago as new!
We never let our music get in the way of our image…
My original intention was to do something along the lines of The Who’s ‘Kids Are Alright’, but licensing footage has proved to be a nightmare. It will be the videos but with as much other footage as we can obtain.
Adam and I wanted to go back to being musicians instead of running a international corporation.
I have been working with Chris Hughes a lot recently and its been great, we just started where we left off 20 years ago like it was the next day. I think we’ve both grown ever more eccentric in our old age and what reality there was has all but disappeared!
We all have our price, but mine is unrealistically inflated –it’s unlikely that any promoter could ever meet it.
Absolutely, I think we made clear to our management and label that we would no longer be attending meetings about international marketing stratagy, tax planning or offshore investments because if we were not left alone to make our music then there would be nothing for anyone to talk about.
The Wolfmen are Chris DeNiro, Chris Hughes and myself; it’s where The Velvet Underground, T-Rex, Adam & The Ants and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas are plundered to make retro rock and roll for the 23rd century.
Mark Alleyne and myself are working on a 4-disc boxset cataloguing the history of Adam & The Ants up until the point I joined and ruined it all. Aside from that I’d like a week off very soon!
Keeping a low profile and getting better.
We were almost exactly the band I had imagined being in whilst daydreaming during maths lessons at school; Roxy Music and the Glitter Band do soundtracks to spagetti westerns. It was as unlikely an idea in 1973 as it was in 1981 and I’m still amazed we got away with it!
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