The Fabulous Nobody just you?
the end it turned out that I went it alone though who knows in the
future? I found that my ideas were so much at variance with other
do you have a love affair with cities?
suppose because cities are really about the people in them, a diverse
heaving mass of humanity squashed together on a small spot of the
Earth's surface with all our little comedies, romances and tragedies
jumbled together in a potent mix. Whilst the city can be a place
of loneliness amongst millions, it is also full of endless possibilities
- anything might happen. I always like that line from the old American
TV show: "There are eight million stories in the naked city, here
is just one of them."
you think the past was generally better than today, or just different?
("The past is like a foreign country/ where they do things differently"
from No Turning Back)
different. Everything changes but then again some things never change.
People do tend to look backwards through rose-tinted spectacles,
the mythical good old days were never actually as they're fondly
remembered as being. The line you quote from No Turning Back paraphrases
a dimly remembered quotation. The song is a cautionary tale about
returning somewhere with false hopes or expectations based on happy
memories and the resultant disappointment when it's realised that
everything and everyone has moved on, including yourself.
about today's culture? Do you find it distasteful or disappointing?
think generally that there is greater personal freedom and social
tolerance than just about any time before, though it may be hard
to believe sometimes. I do think our culture encourages selfishness
and we are definitely a materialistic bunch of consumers. Up to
a point this is entirely okay but I can't agree with the 'Greed
is Good' philosophy that seems to be in operation sometimes. The
insidious power of the tabloids and television to skew perception
and whip up hysteria or prejudice is a source of despair as it the
clout wielded by multinational corporate czars. But then again,
fifty years ago they had Hitler and Stalin to contend with so maybe
things aren't so bad. In the end though, people can choose how they
want to live their lives but increasingly I think that people are
alienated and degraded by the pressures our frantic culture creates.
else can we expect from The Fabulous Nobody in the future?
more songs. There's plenty already recorded. Probably another 7"
record and maybe another LP later in the year, if you can stomach
you found Kitchen Records to release the first 7"?
I suppose so really, but now the bit's between my teeth I'm looking
to do records for other people. As long as it's fun and can operate
at a sustainable loss I'll keep it going now it's off the ground.
Next is planned a record by pop geniuses Clean Boy*Messy Girl, a
japanese duo from New York. I must say they don't seem to be in
any major hurry however. Bury superstarlets Sleazekitten will be
next and other stuff is at the vague and muddled stage at this time.
label shut a few people up. When I first floated
the idea to people I knew, the reaction was either mocking laughter
or a disinterested "that's nice." So there was the odd raised eyebrow
when the first single lurched uncertainly into the world.
there a label philosophy?
yes. Homemade musical recipes that stick to your ribs! None of that
tasteless lite processed pop that's through you before you know
it. Life's too short to diet and if music really is the food of
love then tuck right in! Erm, yes I think that just about covers
that's fair enough. You can get in touch with Kitchen Records and
The Fabulous Nobody at 117 Church St, Little Lever, Bolton, BL3
1BW. The Fabulous Nobody's Love and the City 7" costs £2 (cheques
to L.Dillon.) Laurence was also interviewed here,
for the Where Did It All Go Wrong?