Q Now that Hometime will reach our cd collections, are you more at ease listening to other (female) artists again? In (a recent) interview, you pointed out to us online, that you couldn’t bear hearing songs of others whilst you weren’t able to record yourself.
As I gather you must love music so this must have been hard to repress. In hindsight I remember forum members asked you in the past about your opinion about other singers and their material, and you always were a bit evasive about that. I always thought you disliked voicing your opinion afraid we would organise mass cd burnings of e.g. Mariah Carey if you’d said you loathe her work…
A Yeah… I find the whole criticising bit, a bit difficult for me. It’s because I can’t get beyond seeing them as people…even the most appalling records still mean something to them and who am I to judge. I once did a radio show where I slated someone’s record and found out later how it hurt them.. as it would and I felt ashamed… and I have tried to avoid it as best I can. I do not have the constitution to be a critic. I can listen to womens voices again and be moved by them again. This much time away has taken me out of the mind set of being a part of them and thereby excluded by the constant injunctions in my ‘career’. I am telling myself I am selling a book thereby removing myself from the industry in my head…and hopefully avoiding the emotional pit falls. When in a few months I am back to my neurotic best… we can all kindly forget that last bit. x
Q It’s a well known fact Alison is close friends with Dawn and Jennifer(possibly Kathy Burke too?). I just wondered are there any singers, performers, Alison considers friends…ie, after not seeing them for years can speak to them as if it were yesterday or anyone who makes it on to her christmas card list or vice versa? One person who springs to mind is Eddi Reader, are you both on each other’s christmas card list? Also after 20 years of gigging, are there any venues, audiences that stick in your mind? The reason I ask is…the first gig I’d ever been to was the Glasgow Apollo in Nov 84, the atmosphere was electric. Nothing has come close since!! Do you remember falling on stage?
A I have few celebs that I count as mates. Dawn is my long standing bossom buddy. Big endless love. Frank Skinner and Eddi of course.. although these do fall into that category of ‘its been a while’ Otherwise my friends date back to way back when.
I remember so little of so much but favourites have included Glasgow, Dublin and LA and San Fransisco. It has been the audience reactions that have been unforgettable. We have been really well received everywhere we have had opportunity to play but these places have made our welcome most abundantly clear.
Q What music do you listen to when you are driving or on the road?
A If it is not Hometime…in an attempt to hear it without the last two years of history. Other than that if not the six millionth play of Brim Full Of Asha for Caitlin -then it’s the Zero 7 album for me at the moment.
Q Do you like opera? Have you ever seen one? If your answer is yes – have you got a favourite one?
A I know very little about Opera. I have had little exposure to anything cultural although I am very attracted to Choral works. I wouldn’t mind doing some choir singing…could be a good thing when I’m singing for pleasure only…but I’d have to do the bloke’s bit
Q What are our chances of seeing you down here in Sydney? Eddi Reader did a small tour earlier this year without any albums released here and selling them at the concert so it must be possible even without a heap of sales here. You can make it a bit of a Sydney summer holiday as well.
A I would love to come to Australia…although on one of those sleeper things…how fantastic would that be. A day on a plane scares me a little as last time I had a bit of a Diva moment because they wouldn’t let me sleep in the aisle and I wanted to cry My Spine My Spine Oh Lord My Spine…anyhow…I was saying ..Australia would be fab as I know we weren’t that good last time around and it would be so much better now. It’s down to promoters and whether they think they could sell the shows. Have to see how the album is received there.
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