Post by ME Forum Master on Jul 28, 2011 8:47:03 GMT
I've had the honour to have been invited to the Modern English gig on 28th August and lead singer Robbie Grey has also offered to be interviewed by me before the gig. I have lots of questions that I know I would like to ask but I thought I should give you, the fans, the opportunity to post up the questions you would like me to ask. If you have a question or even a list of questions please post them up here. You do not need to be registered with this site to post a question though it might be nice if you give me a name (first name or online name is fine) and where you are from so I can tell Robbie where the questions came from and can post it up with the answers. My aim will be to ask Robbie all the questions you post (unless I get sent so many questions that I'll need to chose the best ones) and post up the answers on the forum the week after the interview. So get your thinking caps on and start thinking of some questions you would like Robbie to answer!
If you had a time machine and could go back to any one point in time, and only had one chance to do it, what & where would you go, do, or change? Band related or Non-band related, anything!? Well, maybe if you had 2 chances, one with the band and one non-band related?
OK, I have a few...hopefully Robbie doesn't mind? Thanks Robbie!
Q#1: Besides being in the "Best Band on Earth" and being the lead singer of the best band on earth, what else do you do in your spare time when you’re not playing in the band, recording music, or touring?
What's your favorite past time or hobby? For instance, there was a lag from 2001 until 2010 when the new Soundtrack album came out, what did you do those 10 years or in years past between albums and recording sessions? Do you have a side job/hobby or work with other bands or write books, poetry, etc?
Q#2: On the weight of the commercial success of "I Melt With You", what other songs from the Modern English archive (1979-Present) would you have loved to have seen make it as worldly commercially successful as the famous "Melt With You" song or "After The Snow" album and why?
Q#3: Have you or any other band members thought about coming out with any solo material in the past, present, or future?
Q#4: What favorite new bands have you been listening to lately AND what are some of your classical favorites from times past?
Q#5: Even though music is a totally different medium nowadays, what’s your feeling on the subject of the music industry back when you started vs. the Vinyl, CD, and mp3 world presently? For instance, Metallica is more apt to disagree with the digital medium vs. David Bowie agreeing and loving the new digital mp3 technology. What’s your stance on this new music medium and how does it affect the band or you in general?
Q#6: I always wondered “why” you or the band never released the lyrics with your ablums…was there a reason why lyrics were never released for each album?
Q#7: Many fans (including myself) have been looking for Modern English guitar tabs. Is it possible to get a book somewhere with these guitar tabs, or will it be possible to post them to the website in the future for aspiring fans to learn your songs on guitar or other instruments? Better yet, would you be willing to come out with a book on your music?
Q#8: Has anyone one or fan ever approached to do a biography or history on you or the band?
What thought, idea, or spark lead you to come up with Black Houses, Dawn Chorus, Mesh & Lace (song), Ricochet Days, Breaking Away, and a few other interesting tracks you would like to reveal the art & thought behind them?
Post by ME Forum Master on Aug 30, 2011 14:43:41 GMT
Robbie and I did meet up but unfortunately we did not have enough time for me to do the interview. I have given Robbie your (and my) questions and we hope to catch up and get his answers. This does mean if you have any more questions to add then post them up and here and I'll pass them onto Robbie. Richard
Post by ME Forum Master on Sept 5, 2011 11:53:14 GMT
Robbie has finally sent me his audio answers to your questions (plus a number of my own). To hear this 24 minute long interview you will need to register as a member of this forum and then get the link and password in the 'Registered Members Area' of this forum. Well worth it.
I heard the whole thing. I am a bit disappointed with the negative emotions about Stop Start. I've listened to that album several times and I don't find much wrong with it - only that it runs a tad short compared to other albums I own that came out around the same time! He really shouldn't feel unattached to "Ink and Paper" just because his band weren't the sole writers of this song. For an example, The Human League still does the song "Human" in their shows - and this is because this was a hit single and relevant to their history. Modern English should look at doing "Ink and Paper" for the same reason - because it is a relevant hit single in their catalog. I can only wish Robbie looks at the history a little differently in the near future and hopefully he will reconsider some of his personal negative emotions about Stop Start. I think it really has something to do with the hiatus and events that happened for several years after it got released.
Post by ME Forum Master on Sept 29, 2011 10:12:42 GMT
'Human' was number 1 in the US, Ink & Paper didn't even make the chart. I think if it had been a hit Robbie might feel different about it. I know Mick Conroy still has very good memories about Stop Start but it was a new direction and I guess it's up to the individual as to whether you like it or not. I love it and was so pleased to be able to help in getting it released on CD finally last year.
my mistake - what I actually meant to say was it is a relevant song in their catalog. After all, they went through all that time and trouble making a video for it. Speaking of videos, I don't think they have done too much promotion by video with their songs - aside from I+P, only Melt With You (1982 + 1990), Someone's Calling, and Hands Across The Sea are the only ones I am aware of.