MATERIAL WORLD
- NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS, July 4, 1992

("Material World" was a regular NME feature in which the subject free-associated on words and phraases tossed at him/her by an NME-person.)




WHERE ARE YOU AND WHAT ARE THE VIBES LIKE?
Andrew Eldritch lives in heaven. His hobbies are talking to God and go-go dancing

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Breakfast

WHAT WAS THE LAST VIDEO YOU RENTED?
Total Recall

WHAT WAS THE LAST GOOD BOOK YOU READ?
Not Wanted On The Voyage - Timothy Findley

FAVOURITE POLITICAL FIGURE
Imelda Marcos

WHAT TV SHOWS DO YOU TRY NOT TO MISS?
Fruhstuckfernsehen (SAT1), because of Susanne Holst. Anything by Gerry Anderson (except Terrahawks). Crossfire (CNN), Married With Children (FOX), and all the ones I'm supposed to appear on

WHAT SPORTS ARE YOU GOOD AT?
Fencing

WHICH PUBLIC FIGURES DO YOU MOST DESPISE?
Margaret Thatcher and Morrissey

FAVOURITE CITIES
Amsterdam, Hamburg, San Francisco

FAVOURITE TV SHOWS OF YESTERYEAR
The Prisoner, Batman, anything by Gerry Anderson (except Terrahawks)**, Doctor Who, Star Trek, Sapphire & Steel, Match of the Day

MOST EMBARRASSING RECORDS IN YOUR COLLECTION
808 State and the last Tanita Tikaram album (record company freebies)

PUNCHLINE TO FAVE JOKE
"You can't wash your hands in a buffalo"

FAVOURITE JOURNEYS
Anywhere with cherry trees
Anywhere in an Indian taxi
A slow boat from China

NAME THREE GREAT SONGWRITING PARTNERSHIPS
Paul & Barry Ryan; Rodgers & Hammerstein; Richard Butler & the Psychedelic Furs

WORST LYRIC YOU'VE EVER HEARD
Too difficult a decision. My favourite very bad lyrics would be 'Eisbar' by Grauzone, 'MacArthur Park', and anything in Norwegian

FAVOURITE HISTORICAL CHARACTERS
Hereward the Wake** and Alastair Sim

WHO'S OVERRATED?
Anyone who writes for the NME, anyone that's in it

WHO'S UNDERRATED?
Klaus Kinski, Nicholas Cage and the Dutch

WHO SHOULD REPLACE BILL WYMAN IN THE ROLLING STONES?
Tony James

FAVOURITE PUNK ROCK RECORDS
Pere Ubu: 'Datapanik In The Year Zero'
The Stooges: 'Funhouse'
Motorhead: 'Louie Louie'

WHAT SCARES YOU?
The prospect of imminent physical distress

WHAT BORES YOU?
Conversation

CAN YOU QUOTE A LINE OF POETRY?
More than you can shake a stick at

FAVOURITE ABBA RECORD
'Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)'

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO RETIRE TO?
No intention of retiring, thank you very much

NAME A SONG THAT CAN MAKE YOU CRY
'Jerusalem', under certain circumstances

WHEN WERE YOU LAST DRUNK?
Last Thursday

WHAT WAS THE LAST DREAM YOU CAN REMEMBER?
Martin Luther King's. Shame no-one else remembers it

THREE FAVOURITE GOTH RECORDS
Fleetwood Mac: 'Gold Dust Woman'**
Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra: 'Some Velvet Morning'
Scott Walker: 'My Death'

THREE RECORDS GUARANTEED TO MAKE YOU DANCE
Gary Glitter: 'Rock'n'Roll Part II'
Deep Purple: 'Hush'
Gary Glitter: 'Didn't Know I Loved You Til I Saw You Rock'n'Roll'

WHAT CAN YOU COOK?
Anything that doesn't require an oven

MOST IRRITATING ADVERTS ON TV
CNN's trailers for CNN

WHERE DO YOU GO TO CHILL OUT?
Sorry, hep-dude-posse-person, I don't chill out: I relax. If I can't go home, I try to find some water to look at, or a cat to play with

WHAT WAS THE LAST GREAT RECORD YOU HEARD?
Pearl Jam: 'Ten'

MOTTO
Same as everybody else's: 'Never eat anything bigger than your head'.


Other good web resources on Gerry Anderson include this index to links and resources, and the GA FAQ.

For more on Hereward and the Isle of Ely (his homebase, and Eldritch's birthplace), visit the Ely Home Page.


..it is a pleasure to see the learned Mr. Eldritch acknowledge that this much-maligned band did, at its best, excel at creating an atmosphere of tremendous emotional darkness and mystery. I might myself have chosen their vengeful, curse-ridden "The Chain" as slightly more Gothic than "Gold Dust Woman", but for a haunting mood piece GDW is hard to surpass, and the ominous, demanding vocal on the chorus is just nonpareil; Ms. Nicks would do nothing so fine until "Edge of Seventeen",
a full four years later.



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