Possesion Immédiate french journal interview with Stuart (around May 2014)
I found this interview sometime before, but it got lost in the time. This is a really good interview with Stuart A. Staples about some hidden stories & facts of the band history & other things – really worth reading !
check out the full interview here:
part I: http://possession-immediate.com/2014/05/stuart-staples-tindersticks-entretien-1/
part II: http://possession-immediate.com/2014/05/stuart-staples-tindersticks-entretien-2/
part III: http://possession-immediate.com/2014/06/stuart-staples-tindersticks-entretien-3/
the 1st tindersticks concert ever was not The Powerhouse gig on 02.12.1992 (Supporting Kick Asteroid and Surrender Dorothy (who later became Sleeper)) but was a gig in The Borderline, London, on 25th or 26th September 1992 (supporting Ed Kuepper and the New Imperialists)
… as Neil & Stuart remembered lately.
the 2nd tindersticks ever was then on 7th November 1992 in the Old White Horse (London):
source: original artwork, photographed at the botanique exhibition 2001, brussels
and the 3rd was:
Saturday 28 November 1992 or Sunday 29 November 1992
All Nighter 1992
Scala Theatre, London, UK
line-up: Stereolab Tindersticks Huggy Bear Moonshake The Hair And Skin Trading Co Mambo Taxi
and some memories from Neil Fraser on that gig:
“I do remember that gig…it was a long night. A byline regarding that show…there was a review of us from the Scala gig in the Melody Maker (or Sounds, not sure which now) with a photo of me and Stuart. I had a ‘proper’ job at the time and my boss, who saw the photo, basically asked me to make a decision between my job and being in a band – I was taking some time off work due to tindersticks commitments – I think I made the right choice.“
The latest Quietus article features a great interview with Stuart & David – esp. the comments on their old official videos & albums in retrospect are worth exploring.
“… DB: The first album was a really fresh, wonderful time. We’d spent then years growing up, being in bands, trying to be successful. When we gave up trying, everything seemed to happen. And I remember us wanting to introduce the band to public through the ‘City Sickness’ video – not making a traditional video trying to impress people at MTV, but having little story, and a natural feel to it.
SS: The song is still very special to me. I wrote it in St Ives – I’d taken a train there to escape London, to try and sort my head out – and I’ve been back there since, gone back to that spot, and could remember that exact moment. It was something felt at that time, and needed to say. And that relationship with Martin [Wallace, their video director] is still so strong. That visual sense has always been so important to us. And this video, with David ending up being right at centre of it….I was a bystander, with Syd in that video as a baby [Stuart’s eldest daughter, now 20]. There were some hairy moments with David pushing her through Soho late at night, getting severe looks from people! But whenever I think of this song now…we’d just made first album, we were on a real high. Full of pure joy.”
It looks like Plain Recordings will rerelease the 1st & 2nd album on 180g Vinyl soon (29th August 2011). Though the band (‘s management) itself has no information about this (acc to the official phorum), it might be that is part of a licence deal of their ex-record label Universal with Plain Recordings.
you can pre-order e.g. here:
Check out here this month’s edition of ‘You and the Night and the Music’ with Adrian Arratoon (also known as “aad” on the official phorum) on Different Class Radio. This episode includes at the end a long & detailed interview with tindersticks guitarist Neil Fraser.
Some interesting points about the forthcoming “film scores” live shows:
- “we are working on a new album”
- “it’s gonna be … like an hour and 20 minutes long … there are scenes of films we’ve done soundtracks for … not in a chronological order”
- “The films will be projected behind us … on a stage with the movie screen behind us”
- Who’s gonna playing live?: “Me, Stuart, Dave the original three … then Dan Mckinna, Earl Harvin … the sort-of core Five … and there’s Terry Edwards … and Andy Nice … and a violin player, called Howard.”
Neil also talks detailed about touring & playing live in the past and now. Also about the mysterious box of matches called “tender stick” which became tindersticks as band-name in the end. About the Barbican gig in 2006 and the end of the original line-up. And in the end about football, his family, musical background, music industry, Vinyl releases and other interesting things like him studying chemistry at university.
UPDATE: the setlist from Istanbul (11-04-2011)
1 Ma Soeur
2 La Passerelle
3 Les Gateaux
4 35 Rhums Opening
5 Train Montage 1
6 Friday Night
7 White Material Opening
8 Bus Vision 1
9 Children’s Theme
10 Yellow Dog
11 Trouble Every Day
12 Killing Theme
13 Maid Theme
14 Train Montage 2
15 Renes Death
16 Pusan Snow
17 Horse Dream
18 The Black Mountain
19 The Otherside of the World
20 Attack on the Pharmacy
21 White Material Closing
22 Tiny Tears