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Band File – Melody Maker 1 May 93

ORIGIN OF NAME

Taken from a 13th Floor Elevators song.

FIRST PUBLIC APPEARANCE

The Powerhaus, London (with Blur), August, 1990

BORN

Terry: Lauriston, Scotland. 6/9/65.
Christian: London. 10/6/64.
Laurence: Newcastle. Sixties.
Robert: Coulsdon, Surrey. 5/7/64.
David: Hamilton, Bermuda. 13/9/69.

MUSICAL CAREER

Terry: Colenso Parade, House Of Love.
Christian: Bic and The Biros, Panixphere, Ring, Dave Howard Singers, The Meanies, The Cardiacs.
Robert: Zag and The Coloured Beads (now Wryneck), Ring.
David: The United States Of Mind, Rhythm Party, The Coltraines, Something Pretty Beautiful, Words And Pictures (Strangelove), Panixphere.

OTHER OCCUPATIONS

Terry: Sculptor, playing with my daughter, walker and cooker.
Christian: Cycle courier, kitchen porter, ambulance driver.
Laurence: Whingeing, moaning, being proved right.
Robert: Carpet cleaner.
David: Roadie/guitar technician, record shop assistant.

FAVOURITE RECORDS

Terry: Television: “Marquee Moon”, Talk Talk: “Spirit Of Eden”, The Beatles: “White Album”, The Beach Boys: “Smile”. Christian: The Sex Pistols: “Never Mind The Bollocks”, The Sea Nymphs: “Tree Tops High”, PiL: “Metal Box”, Killing Joke: “Killing Joke”, Foetus: “Nail”, The Cardiacs: “The Seaside”, Devo: “Duty Now For The Future”, The Stranglers: “Black & White”, Magazine: “Second Hand Daylight”.

Laurence: Kraftwerk: “Man Machine”, Can: “Ege Bam Yasi”, White Noise: “An Electric Storm”, The Beach Boys: “Smile”.

Robert: Simon & Garfunkel: “Feeling Groovy”, Napalm Death: “You Suffer, But Why?”.

David: P-Funk: “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On”, The Stone Roses: “The Stone Roses”, Stevie Wonder: “Talking Book”, Primal Scream: “Velocity Girl”, Talk Talk: “Laughing Stock”, The Pixies: “Doolittle”, Can: “Tago Mago”, Nick Cave: “From Here To Eternity”.

FAVOURITE BANDS

Terry: Swans, Eat, Miranda Sex Garden, Talk Talk, Wryneck, Kate Bush.
Christian: Pinhead Nation, Homage Freaks, Experiment, Walk On Water, The Hinnies.
Laurence: None since 1975.
Robert: The Sea Nymphs, King Missile.
David: New Order, PJ Harvey, The Young Gods, My Bloody Valentine, Blur, Headcleaner, Spiritualized, The Stone Roses.

FAVOURITE FILMS/TV SHOWS/BOOKS

Terry: “Jean De Florette”, “High Heels”, “Prospero’s Books”, “Brave New World”, “My Family And Other Animals”.
Christian: “Harold & Maude”, “Rhubarb & Custard”, “Master & Margharita”, “Before She Met Me”, “Perfume”.
Laurence: “I Claudius”, “The Tracks”, “The Immortalist”.
Robert: “Star Trek”, “Perfume”, anything with David Attenborough.
David: “Easy Rider”, “Harold & Maude”, “Top Of The Pops”, “Sesame Street”, “And The Ass Saw The Angel”.

LIKES

Terry: My lovely daughter, vegetarian food, the countryside, foreign lands, my cat.
Christian: Iced Gems, spinning tops, shoe mirrors, windmill things that kids have.
Laurence: Hiding Bob’s lighter, the sound of my own voice, vacuous musicians (such as myself).
Robert: Chocolate, other people who like chocolate.
David: …to get on the one, third eye contact.

DISLIKES

Terry: Cars, pollution, city life, the powers that be, fake people (Madame Tussaud’s).
Christian: Sticky things (cellotape).
Laurence: Young people, loud noises.
Robert: Losing my lighter.
David: Anxiety attacks, general unfunkiness.

BIGGEST INFLUENCES ON CAREER

Terry: My daughter.
Christian: The suburbs.
Laurence: Pat Fish, Charlie Watts, Dennis Hopper, Phil Collins.
Robert: Andy Williams and Jack Jones.
David: Sonic Youth and Husker Du at The Tropic Club (Bristol), Deirdre O’Donohue, Tim Smith, those other four Levitating love children.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR EPITAPH TO BE

Terry: “Gone to fresh fields & f*** your showbusiness.”
Christian: “Bah bah fluffy clouds.”
Laurence: “I’m dead, you’re not.”
Robert: “Where’s my lighter?”
David: “Ball of confusion.”