Muriel Gray : Now Tim, can I ask you first of all – is this going to be a real bug bear, the fact that Morrissey from The Smiths has been describing you as a brilliant band. How are you going to live that one down?
Tim : We hope that people will take the trouble of coming to listen to us and they’ll hear and see for themselves.
Muriel : Because obviously you’re just about to go on tour with The Smiths. A nationwide tour that’s just about to start.
Tim : We’re in the middle of it now
Muriel : In the middle of it now? So where are the next dates you’re going to be playing then?
Tim : Margate and Ipswich and then we’re moving up north a bit, more to Manchester and Nottingham and places like that.
Muriel : Now is it hard doing a tour like that with someone who’s obviously so popular. You are from Manchester, you’re perhaps living in the shadow of all these other famous Factory bands. How do you see yourself going on from here?
Tim : What other Factory bands?
Muriel : Well, one or two little names. New Order and so on
Tim : We see it building. We just want people to see us and hear us and not believe what they read about us and make up their own opinions from live concerts and live performances.
Muriel : Because there’s been some quite amazing things written about you hasn’t there? Like you’re Buddhist vegans. Is this true?
Tim : No, it’s not true, not true at all. Not for one of us.
Muriel : Why do you think people write these things about you? Just trying to make a little more publicity?
Tim : I don’t know. We don’t say too much so I think people tend to fill in the gaps for us and make up things and let their minds run away with themselves.
Muriel : This is quite a new eighties thing isn’t it? The quiet sensitive young men with guitars. Is this an image you’re falling into a bit?
Tim : Don’t know how to answer that question
Muriel : Because you are in fact a quiet sensitive young man.
Tim : I don’t think so, not necessarily. And it’s not an image we’re falling into. I mean, if we are quiet sensitive young men, we probably wouldn’t know it anyway
Muriel : Well, we’re very pleased to have some quiet sensitive young men on this programme, I can tell you. So what’s the next number you’re going to play.
Tim : It’s called Johnny Yen and it’s about very unquiet insensitive young men who used to frequent rock n roll a lot.