The Rezillos reformed again in 2001, how did this come about? And
what were the band members up to in the in-between time?
FAYE: The offer of doing the new year gig -got us going
JO: It doesn't take much to get me going, Wey-Hey! We were offered
a guest spot at the Hogmanay party in Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens
the organisers 'Unique Event's' initially to do a 10 to 15 minutes
was the interest at the time, that this was extended, and we ended up doing
a 25-30 minute show (Still with only about 4 days rehearsal after a 20 odd
The history of the Oimbetween' time could fill a book, but briefly between
us; The Human League, The Revillo's, S.H.A.K.E., Boots for Dancing, TV 21,
Acting, Clubbing (but not baby seals), Architecture, Vintage Motorbike
Restoration, Ornithology, Songwriting, suffering fools, being a fool, acting
the fool, procreation of neo-Rezillo species, marriage, divorce, onanism and
drinking etc. Just the usual everyday stuff of life.'
JO: 'Pleasuring ones self, with or without appropriate stimuli'
Since getting back together again, what changes have you
in the bands audience and the scene in general?
FAYE: 'quite similar actuaLLY'
JO: 'Hmmm, I thought it a little different, but we do tend to get a
broad ranging audience, which we always did I think, so in many respects
guess it is similar. It's always nice to see a healthy amount of younger
folk in the crowd (dissilusioned with most of the pish that passes for Opop' music
these days I guess) plus some of the Oold faces' that were there first
time round, and of course the nicely turned out ladies. Fun for all ages.
What is the strangest thing about Planet Rezillo or the strangest
rumour you have heard about the band?
FAYE: 'about? we speak in a language of our own
making -no one else can
understand and thinks were laughing at nothing, -mind you maybe we are.
Rumour? Fay Fife is actually a Scottish member of parliament without her
JO: 'The strangest thing about Planet Rezillo is undoubtably it's
inhabitants, they are incapable of rational thought, highly strung,
constantly involving themselves in internecine warfare, and will probably
never develop the necessary technologies to enable Space Flight, oh, and
they speak in a language of their own making -no one else can understand. On
a cultural and artistic level though, they do good sculptures. - Rumour?,
what rumour?, I never dun nuffink, it weren't me guv, Oonest!
Your track 'Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight'appears
in the Jackass Film. Were the directors Rezillos fans? And would Rezillos
allow one of their songs appear in a commercial? If yes, what would you
like it to be advertising?
JO: ' If they were Rezillos fans, they could surely have used
our original songs so we could have made some dosh out of it?'
FAYE: 'Don't know about the fan bit, but yes; one of our newer songs '
Pressure Cooker', advertising .. erm, ...A proprietory brand of
pressure cookers, or 'Bomb' one of our more recent cover versions,
advertising peace love and understanding?
JO: 'What about 'Cold Wars' for advertising 'Lemsip', 'Glad
all over' for Prozac, or 'Getting Me Down', for a leading manufacturer
- Somebody Sstop Me!'
What Rezillos song best sums up the band? And what is it
FAYE: 'I Cant Stand my baby', ah well, thats
Lets see, self love -self hate -post natal depression -bonny
babes -allusions to James Brown-Methil-wise sages of Fife -small rooms in
JO: 'Don't give too much away Faye, they're supposed to work out
meanings of the songs themselves! I do agree with you 100% though, 'I Cant
Stand my baby' is our signature tune; we never tire of it, because when
play it, we are all as one. We have recorded it at least six times, warm up
at the start of rehearsal sessions with it, do it at sound check, then play
it twice in our show. As Ike Turner would say, 'Anna Mae! I just lurve that
muthafukkn song y'all'. But what I never understand Faye, is your long
obsession with the mining towns and villages of South Fife? Strangely
though, I do understand lust'
FAY: 'Aye but there's wisdom in muck Jo'
JO: 'Yeah.......I Know, famous Yorkshire saying, 'Where there's
You have your radio release coming out did you have a good
recording this at the time? And can people also expect some new tracks
FAYE: 'The old one -think so -sounds like it -yes
to new tracks and
its on it.
JO: 'She did mention earlier that we speak in a language of our own
making, -OWot gurl say?' OMe not know, she speak in language of her own
making'. -We had such a good time recording the new Radio Clyde session
(tracks from which will be included on the CD) that I got a blister on me
finga', and played on till it burst. Eeh it were grand. And yess, people
expect a few new songs from that very session.'
FAYE: 'More significantly though, we're all really gutted about the
recent death of John Peel, most of the Album will consist of sessions that
we did for his show. He was a great champion of our cause, and the causes of
many others, he leaves a huge void in the world and will be greatly missed'
JO: 'I second that emotion wholeheartedly, what a genuine tragedy
and true loss, the great man was a cultural Mentor to a generation - or two'
If you could see any band play live, either of the past or
who would it be?
FAYE: 'Ive seen most of Oem, though I'd
quite like to see Dolly
JO: 'Have ye nowt seen most ofOem! -What, like 'The FourTops'?, '
The Gratefull Dead', '
Whitesnake'? wot, all of Oem like, apart from Dolly Parton?
FAYE: ' Aye, and 'Elvis', and 'Billy Holiday', and That 'Glenn
Millers Orchestra', oh yea and 'Lara Croft'.
JO: 'Lara Croft'?, she's not real, she's out of that 'Tomb
FAYE: ' Aye, like I say, - seen it!'
JO: 'I'd like to have seen 'The Beatles', 'Frank Sinatra' or 'Wilson
Pickett'. I'd luv to have seen 'David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust
show' and 'TheNew York Dolls' in their heyday.
FAYE: 'Seen Oem'
What tips would you give to a new band just starting out?
JO: '-Don't do it! it's no way to live
your life. 'Get a proper job' my
old Dad used to say.
And Dad always knows best. But here's a tip for people of all vocations;
If your girlfriend or wife is a mermaid, don't buy her tight's
Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2004 / 2005.
FAYE: 'Yes gigs December (Details re. websight: www.rezillos.com)
then spring & something in US.'
JO: ' Nobody is going to be inserting springs or anything else in us as
far as i'm concerned, and that's the end of it! '
FAYE: ' Thats Ospring' -the season, and OU.S.' -the OUnited States' -like,
-the country, -America, moron!
JO: ' Oh, AMERICA, across the sea, the land of muchness? Does that mean
we'll be flying there? OCos I ain't gettin' in no damn plane,
Any final comments?
JO: 'Mmmmmm' ... Does anyone fancy a cup of tea?'
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