live gigs- Playing live- "more direct form of communication, there in front of people. live has always been our key in with people-always played live. . . huge P.A. kicking in behind you, light show, you get people's concentration and as musicians you feed off that." two way thing, powerful studio- "up until Laid, I hated the studio, very frustrated, tape without losing so much" In the past they tried too hard, were "too precious in the studio in the past", "needed to relax, chill out" "Usually people think that the harder you work the better something will be and with music it doesn't work that way" With Eno- flowing quickly, great diplomat and fun recorded lots of songs in short period of time 3 core songwriters-Tim, Larry, and Jim- always there when songs are written write through improvisation People just messing about and everybody listens, jam 15-20 minutes on each one. Good ones go back to and after doing that it ends up being a song what do you want people to get out/ messages- emotional-wise cover a lot of ground, more noticeable live than on the album Laid-generally moody Live--more extremes, can be quite chilled out, relaxed and can be quite nasty sometimes depending on how we're feeling "I want people to feel better when they leave, thinking about lyrics or whatever" "I want to connect with people in some way, shape or form I'd rather have people bothered, disturbed than no reaction but I'd like it to be positive" Laid-- more personal, leave things up to the individual intentionally didn't print the lyrics, leave things open-ended for listener My question- British friend says that you can only understand their music if you are from GB During one period (Gold Mother) some important subjects covered in their songs "Political and quite specific to Britain, changes in trends in Britain and what was being encouraged in people was greed, I'm okay and not prepared to sacrifice anything for people who have less than me. Not a pleasant time specific to Britain." All through my voting life, we've had a conservative gov't "Laid" made people buy the album-- "accept it and get into it and we'll convert them" With promo copy, "Raid" hadn't picked the artwork, photograph turned up incidentally and Laid seemed to fit better than Raid Success- don't quite feel there yet Can make a living out of it, it's fun-- "on our way somwhere, not sure where" "Carrot on a string" analogy-- "Goals constantly changing as you look to certain things always another one slightly further away, waiting for us. Always something you haven't achieved yet that you wanted to" "increases in success does bring certain freedom, it makes life a lot easier, more leisurely, less chaotic" but then you get hassled "double-edged sword, a nice problem" "nice to be weird and be differenct and take risks and keep changing but sell a lot of albums" no embarassing albums "we've always just did what we did" diff albums through the years have different levels of acclaim "Albums very different from each other, I don't think we've travelled toward or found greatness. It's not something to look for." "We are just looking for new areas to work in that stimulate songs basically" misc- exercise, look out for ourselves so we don't get run down on the road get on very well, argue quite a lot, not many fights feminism-- "sexism is defined as looking at someone as being inferior" "title brings a lot of baggage that can be restrictive" "freedom, be and do whatever you want and do it without society posing restrictions based on race or sex" "break barriers, not move the barriers" Political views- Cynical about people "There are no leaders in the world, the leaders in this world are followers, they change policy to whatever the public wants to get in power or stay in power" "Qualities to get in power: greed, ambition, media personality" "don't bring in changes to save things, need to be seen to make an effort" "Politicians won't take the risk to rock the boat and disturb people's life and question how much they want to change and how much they want to sacrifice to change things" "I am not prepared to dedicate my life to change things, when it's easy, I'll do it. We need to move society forward en masse, most people too apathetic" "What are we doing wrong as a society that creates people that are doing things?" "We need to take responsibility, not us and them--education key"