Interviewer : Now on a major label, Phonogram’s Fontana, James having a hit single with How Was It For You? and the band are downstairs in our basement studio. Tim Booth on vocals, sometimes known as Maharishi Booth. Bit of a guru on the quiet
Tim : Not round my parts mate. You come down here and tell me that to my face.
Interviewer : I love reading about your dream though. Which featured,
Tim : (groans)
Interview : Well, you told the story once, it comes back to you
Tim : Yeah, the guy can’t write. He got it completely wrong as we did the interview on a train so he couldn’t hear his tape back afterwards. It’s embarrassing
Interview : But was Jed Clampett and Jim Morrisson in it? Nurse Crachett
Tim : I’m afraid so, but it had a punchline to it. It had a point to it and it didn’t read like that. It’s an old dream too as well, you know. My dreams are much more clinical nowadays since I’ve been having the treatment.
Interviewer : Did you have one last night?
Tim : That’s a very personal question isn’t it?
Interviewer : I suppose it is
Tim : How Was It For You?
Interviewer : Dreams are very personal things.
Tim : I can’t remember. I can’t remember. I’d better censor it. I think you’d get cut off on air.
Interviewer : Listen, have you had to change at all, going to a major record label? Has there been any compromise along the way?
Tim : No, because we actually recorded the LP beforehand so part of the deal with Phonogram was that they had to sign for completed masters of the LP. So we’ve just handed them the tape and they said “Yep” and so we actually haven’t had any problem like that. They’ve given us some input, some ideas that they’ve suggested, and we either say “yay” or “nay”. But they kind of seem to respect us at the moment.
Interviewer : How long that will last is anyone’s guess. Alright, a song Tim please….