We have curated a range of TV and Radio interviews with Alison across the years. Enjoy browsing!
“The nice thing about singing on electronica, it’s like dropping water on Formica. You then see the whole shape of the voice”.
Alison talks to Phil and Holly about her first world tour in 30 years, advises potential audiences not to expect entirely a nostalgia-fest from her on tour and discusses how TV music-reality shows are not designed to set their stars up for career longevity. Not forgetting being mistaken for a ‘tramp’ on a train.
“Now I have been accepted as an artist beyond the Eighties, I can accept the Eighties again. That was the only thing that frustrated me – when people call you ‘an 80s singer’, you’re denying my growth and I know that within that time, I’ve learned a lot of things and have developed in a big way”.
Alison discusses her album ‘Other’, talking about diversity and ageing. Discusses the aesthetic of Bananarama, the 80s, Dawn French and appearing in Smaller, and the Deluxe Editions of her albums.
“I’m so rubbish. People ask me where I go, where I’ve been, I’ve no idea. A car turns up and it takes me somewhere. All I do is make sure I never say “Good evening wherever” because I will get it wrong“.
Alison chats to Graham about keeping her voice in shape on tour, singing backing vocals for Dusty Springfield, explains that the album Other isn’t a ‘Debbie Downer’ and she hails Graham ‘a gem of a man’.
“You are in big danger with a 40-year career of ending up sounding like your own tribute act or some horrible karaoke”
Alison discusses her album ‘Other’, working with Guy Sigsworth, Happy Giddy, Twitter and performing on telly for the first time.
“People have always assumed because I’m ready to what they think as ‘put myself down’ – I like like to say ‘speaking it as it is’ – the assumption is I have no self-confidence. I always thought I was destined for greatness.”
Alison discusses lyrics, looks, the French influence on her childhood, the first record her family ever owned, and self-belief even from a young age.
“Doesn’t it get shocking when you see someone with all their clothes on? You think ‘You pervert’! “
Alison talks about her album the minutes going Top 5, the challenges younger performers face and whether she’d consider doing more theatre work.
“I look the way I look and I’m glad that there are people who listen to music for their ears not their eyes”.
Alison speaks to Charlie Stayt and Susanna Reid about her album, the minutes – and how success fixes you to a particular time. Talks about the lack of bitterness towards former record companies. And the oddness of becoming famous.
“When you have a voice that’s considered, and I don’t mean to sound lairy, a traditionally good voice, they think that all you want to do is showboat. They miss the point that sometimes you want to do nursery-rhyme singing – sometimes it’s about the song, it’s not always about tits and teeth”.
Alison discusses her new, the minutes, her sometimes-difficult relationship with the record industry, appearing in Smaller and getting beyond agoraphobia.
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