- BBCi - The Other Tour in Grimsby
Vince, I recall you saying that you would never tour again. What's
changed your mind?
Vince: (With a
huge sigh) Oh I don't know...
Oh dear! Sounds like you're sounding like you're regretting it already...
No, I mean it's been good so far. We've only done two dates, it's early
days. Basically it's more difficult to get press and promotion if you're
not touring - that's kind of the reason. And it's been five years since we
last toured and some of my cynicism has disappeared.
Will it be back by the end of this tour?
Well I don't know, I mean both myself and Andy are looking after ourselves
a bit better this time round.
I think I've picked up bit of the cynicism from him...
So by the end of this tour it's going to be you that says never again?
Andy: I don't
It's a terrible thing to be cynical
It eats you up.
When Sometimes hit no 2 did you ever think that you would still be doing
this 17 years later and still enjoying this level of success?
Vince: The way
the single charted was a surprise to every one it was very nice. It's
great to see that there are still some fans out there and also fans still
coming along to the gigs. You look out into the audiences now and you see
people you recognise which is really weird.
They're always at the front, I just don't know how people can afford it.
They must take their whole holidays for the year and come to the show
every night and stand in the same place every night. I just think... I
wouldn't do it.
Vince: It's very
Is there any one event in those 17 years that you can pick as a high
Andy: I think
having the keys to the city of San Francisco. That was very nice.
Vince: We did
this gig in Czechoslovakia while there was a communist government there
just shortly before the government was about to fall. We did this venue
and there were about 10,000 people there and because you couldn't buy
records we started the gig and there was a sea of faces and about half the
audience held ghetto blasters above their heads recording the concert for
the duration of the concert. That was amazing to see.
Why bother recording other people's songs when you're excellent
songwriters in your own right?
Andy: It was
just a change really and something that I'd always wanted to do and
promised myself I would do. From a singers perspective there's always
loads of songs that you can imagine yourself singing - you know the
standards like Autumn Leaves. So it was basically that - going from there
and choosing our own favourites.
Was there any song that one of you really wanted on there and the other
said 'absolutely not'?
Vince: Well we
did discuss doing Black Dog by Led Zeppelin...
Andy: I didn't
listen to it enough times to get my hear round it... it's just the heavy
Have you been surprised at the success of the single and the album?
nice... It's weird having done a cover version project and that's the one
that gets played on the radio. That's kind of the disappointing thing as
your own material's just as good I think... it just wasn't the time and
you can't have everything all your own way, but it was the same thing with
the Abba-esque thing, you know, with that being no 1. But we're just going
to keep on writing anyway, so it's not going to make us go away.
Have you had feedback from any of the people whose songs you've covered?
When we've been covered its very flattering, the fact that someone would
bother to think that that song's good enough to sing. So I can't imagine
anyone sitting down and going oh that's a terrible version of my song...
They're just going to be thinking ooh there's some lovely little royalties
Andy: I've been
hearing the Steve Harley song quite a lot on the radio, the original
version, and that's one thing that we came up against as well, all the
capital gold stations were saying they like the original better, so
they've been loathe to play it some of them, but we managed to get in
Is there anyone that you would really like to do a cover of one of
what song would you like her to do?
Andy: Breath of
life or siren song... something like that.
Is there any song, that you think should never be covered?
Andy: And I'm
telling you I'm not leaving by Jennifer Holliday and dream girls
you can't even go near it - it's a whole soap opera in three minutes.