Are They Now?
people will remember The First Picture Of You and those
of us that have never relied solely on Radio One and the Top 40 may
well also be able to recall You Dont Need Someone New.
That was nearly twenty years ago, so what are The Lotus Eaters doing
now, and whats been going on in the interim? Jem Kelly and Peter
Coyle were more than happy to keep Atomicduster up to date
Much water has passed under the bridge since we decided to suspend
our musical collaboration in 1985. I went on to reform The Wild Swans,
releasing Bringing Home the Ashes on Sire Records. After
that I went back into education. Im currently in the final year
of a PhD looking at how repeater technologies are used to represent
memory in multimedia theatre.
PC: After 1985 I threw myself even further into
music. So much so that I nearly got completely lost. I released several
solo albums that were off the scale called selfish, a slap in the face
for public taste, Id sacrifice eight orgasms with Shirley mclaine
just to be there. I then fell in love with dance music circa 1988 and
released lots of dance music under the name 8 productions with band
names such as the Donny and Marie Handbag Revolution and
Marina Van Rooy and Connie Lush. Put together
some great club nights and toured the country with them. Wrote some
songs for The Lightning Seeds and Thomas Lang etc. Had a rest. Went
to Edinburgh university for a change. Then back in to the fray of music.
AD: Were there any artists from around the time you had your hits
that you have stayed in touch with? Dinner parties with A Flock Of Seagulls
PC: It was funny but the other night I was playing at a book
launch for Paul Du Noyer and we all came out the woodwork. There was
Cast, Space, Pete Wylie, Ian McNabb, Garry Christian, there were loads
there. See most musicians from time to time and we always laugh at how
hard it is to try and sell a few records.
JK: Still in touch with Stephen Singleton, ex ABC, and, of course
Paul Simpson and Ian Broudie of Care /The Lightening Seeds.
AD: Of all the current popular musicians, who would you most
like to work with and why?
JK: David Sylvians ability to express the emotions and environments
he perceives through his lyrics commands my respect. To work with him
would be amazing. Alison Goldfrapp is a miracle, isnt she?
PC: David Sylvian is a real artist. Brian eno
there are quite a few actually. The only reason why I
would like to work with anyone is because they are brilliant oh and
the fact they sell far more records than I have even dreamed about.
AD: Which other ones make you grind your teeth and pull clumps
of your hair out?
JK: Pap pop that seeks to hit the jugular of the lager swigging,
Breezer glugging masses.
PC: Pop idol pop rival pop reality pop pop pop
cos people buy their records not mine
AD: What are your happiest and fondest memories of the early days?
JK: First hearing Peters amazingly delicate voice and ethereal
melodies translating to a timeless recording. In fact, his singing still
sends shivers down my spine.
PC: Being able to read French novels in the back of the tour
bus and seeing all those beautiful places and tasting pasta, pasta,
pasta and pasta and staying in Florence
AD: Most bands aspire to be as big as The Beatles when
they start out. Was that ever one of your goals?
PC: To be honest I was very ambitious. I wanted to aspire to the
talent of the Stones, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel. I still aspire.
It is not life itself but it is still a dream of mine.
JK: We used to say that we wanted to do the impossible: make
pop music that lasts. With certain of our songs, First Picture
Of You, It Hurts and, latterly, Can Your Kisses
Fly and Stay Free, weve accomplished that.
AD: What are your ambitions now?
JK: To continue writing and releasing great songs together and to
get those songs to the people. In early August we played to 2 000 dedicated
fans in Manila: they loved it and so did we.
PC: To make music that connects with people. To make music
that helps people to get through the day. To remind people how magical
music is. To sell more than five records.
AD: If you had a time machine that could take you back to 1983, what
would you change? Would there be anything youd try to prevent
PC: My hairdo, my wardrobe. I would try to stop my total isolation.
JK: I wish wed have stuck with Nigel Gray as our producer:
he captured the essence of The Lotus Eaters sound in a way no
one else quite managed.
AD: How would you sum up, in ten words, the career of The Lotus Eaters?
JK: Shining beacon of English music bursts, scatters
PC: Why use 10 when it can be said in one?
Are you listening Gareth Gates? We want some REAL music back in our
charts and what better way to start than to have those Lotus boys back.
Thanks to Jem and Peter for spending some time with Atomicduster.