Post by ME Forum Master on Jun 1, 2011 10:36:05 GMT
RICOCHET DAYS (Hughs answers are in italics) Again did the band come to you with fully formed songs or were they developed during rehearsals? The band had been touring constantly in the U.S. to support the success of ‘I Melt With You’. There hadn’t been a huge amount of time to write much new material. We had the bones of ‘Rainbow’s End’ and ‘Hands Across The Sea’ but, to be honest, that was about it. Did you decide with the band which tracks to work on which to discard? We really didn’t have that luxury. I have heard that recording for the album stopped half way through due to ‘I Melt With You’ becoming a hit and then restarted again some time later. How much of an impact did the US hit make on the development of ‘Ricochet Days’ and it’s sound? I’m not sure that’s the case. I know we took a break ‘cos I was having a nervous breakdown trying to emulate the success ‘I Melt With You’ (everything, but everything, was either out of tune or out of time !!) But that was me, not outside pressure. Although the presence of American management brought a very different dynamic to the proceedings. I have heard that the addition of strings was your idea. What was your thinking behind this? Each song dictates its own musical setting. Did you do the 12” mix for ‘Chapter 12’ and if so what were you trying to achieve with the mix? The choice of ‘Chapter 12’ as a single will always remain a mystery to me. Which is your favourite track from ‘Ricochet Days’ and why? ‘Machines’ took the band to another level.