03.28.00 chat at nme.com
- elliott has to go now to get dinner. thanks for taking part
thanks to everyone - it was fun
pipey - i just bought 2 goldfish. can you
suggest names for them?
sure how about fauntleroy and maybe clifton
smoult - i just bought either/or and it's
great (they've taken it down to £6.99 - does this annoy
you?) and i was wondering what that tattoo on your arm was of?
one is of ferdinand the bull (a children's story) and the other
is the state of texas where i grew up
elmo &the chihuahuas - i find your
albums really good to listen to late at night... what is your
perfect 2.45am album?
there's several - i think marquee moon by television and the
marble index (laughs)
akaliffLee - are you a good typist or are
you dictating these answers to some sophisticated broad at this
i type with two fingers and i'm not typing at the moment. i don't
think he (the typist) would be happy being referred to as a broad
stevem - did you ever know jeff buckley?
your music and his have very similar effects on me - good ones
i met him one time - long enough to ask him if he was okay
tv's bill juniper - do you have time to
take in the british culture while you're here? like tv, papers,
radio whatever? if so, anything catch your eye?
i have 3 or 4 days to take in british culture which isn't enough
to find out all that much but it doesn't seem especially different
from american media except the rise and fall of people who are
paid attention to seems to be faster
james l - i'm a big fan of your music from
singapore, i've enjoy all your albums. i was wondering, do you
have a song title before you write the song or you usually name
rarely - almost never. in fact usually naming the song is the
hardest part. but occasionally i do
elmo &the chihuahuas - this isn't a
question, but sorry bout the santana comment, i was only joking...
i thought it was funny - i think rob thomas has a monopoly on
that particular collaboration
michael j - just like to thank you for
the music, the nice songs that save me from tough and boring
days.since my girlfriend broke up i just listen to your music
and i feel better. do your new record have the same healing effect?
that's up to you i suppose. i don't know. i just make them up.
i don't know what if any effect they might have
elmo& the chihuahuas - would you ever
collaborate with santana (how are your axe solos?!)
pleeease are you for real?
kai - are the people at nme.com treating
you well?? what are u drinking now?
quite - yes very - it's nice/ this is an unusually fun way of
jiffy - any plans for a uk tour, proper
in the future.
yes i think in june
james l - hiya, i'm just heard the new
song 'son of sam' on this website and i like it! what's your
inspiration for that one?
unclear inspiration - there's usually no particular inspiration
except a feeling - it's like describing a dream last night but
you're having it now when you're awake. it's about two destructive
figures but not the serial killer. it's got shiva in it who's
nathalie - who do you identify with ( i
identify with hunter) in paris texas?
the thing i like about that movie is that it's easy to indentify
with all the characters. i guess harry dean stanton is the main
character i identify with. it's one of the few movies without
a bad guy - you don't need a bad guy to create the kind of tension
elmo &the chihuahuas - if you could
find a secret passage to anyone's head ('being john malkovich
style') - whose would it be?
aidan - what motown would you recommend
to someone who wants to begin a collection?
stevie wonder - but i don't know if there's any good starting
point. i'm not really an expert you can dispense advice on this
canary - i have read before in interviews
that you compare visual art (painting) to music... have you ever
tried your hand at visual art?? if not, is it something that
i draw things - but not in any serious fashion - just for kicks.
i don't have aspirations to use music as springboard into any
andy king - me and my housemates reckon
you sound like kurt cobain fronting simon and garfunkel. do you
think that's a fair assessment?
no but what is a fair assessment - no fair assessment is going
to come from a comparison.
kai - do u like belle and sebastian?
i guess I have to say yes
nips - how did it feel to sing the beatles'
"because"? i thought it was perfect!
thanks - it felt wierd because i don't see the point in covering
a beatles song except to take it apart and put it together again.
there were four vocal parts - so there was a question of whether
i could do it. and i didn't want someone else to do it who
vicky - will you be going to all tomorrow's
parties, either as a fan or to do a gig? you looked liked you
were having a smashing time at the bowlie weekender last year!
i'll be in france and i won't be able to go - otherwise i'd go
rachel - how about giving us a little sneak
peak of the new album? what does it sound like? (i know it's
probably hard to describe in words)
it sounds like someone who isn't in a band emulating one i guess
- it has no one song that's representative of what it sounds
like - in fact if there's any goal i say it would be to make
slim shady - is there a specific word you
would like to incorporate into a song but haven't?
that's a good question - no but i thought it was pretty funny
that the word conquiestador ended up on figure 8 - i wanted to
remove it but my friends made me keep it
sertaç - what makes you so sad especially
in your songs?
i'm not so sad - there has to be a certain amount of darkness
in my songs for the happiness to matter - just 'cos I'm not singing
about sex and sports doesn't mean I'm sad
mark harris - why don't you try to get
these songs released in a similiar fashion to beck, on several
well, because i'm not beck and i don't feel like it
neil - probably the best concert i ever
saw was mark eitzel in london in 1991. what about yourself and
do you like mark's stuff ?
i have respect for mark eitzel - the best show i've seen were
local bands from portland, oregan because of the energy and the
locality - people were so into it.
some went onto record crackerbash, quasi - there were a million
bands for a while in portland
charlie - i hear u have tons of songs you
never release and some have said a lot of it is your best work.
ever think about making plans to release more often or even double
albums for all the material you make ?
i thought about making a double album the last three records
and if i could put out a record every six months i would. people
used to. but it's not how the monster to operate.
goddess - will sam and janet from quasi
be your band on thursday? i think they're fantastic
i think they're fantastic - sam will be on tour with me but janet
will be busy
rachel - elliott- are you working on any
collaborations with any other artists? if you could work with
any other songwriter who would it be?
no, not really - probably sam coomes from quasi. we haven't written
any songs together yet - but i doubt we'll be doing it soon.
peter - whats your opinion on new heavy
rock acts like korn and slipknot?
i have no opinion
mickey - what are you favorite artist painter?
probably mark rothko
h... - what music do you like that your
fans would least expect???
maybe flameco and motown. i used to listen to flameco a lot.
i used to try and play it and end up with a bastardised version
nathalie - what are you favorite books?
do you love bukowski?
i don't care too much for bukowski - i like beckett and dostoevsky
and a lot of russian novelists. bukowski is american and seems
too much like he's telling me stuff i already know.
stephen biggs - at what age did you realise
you wanted to be a musician
probably five as soon as I heard the white album. it was pretty
much my inspiration - that and ac/dc
richard - what's your favourite movie?
ian - why did you decide to not put 'figure
eight' on your new album?
well there were about 25 songs that could have been on it and
it was on there until the last minute when it was replaced by
a song called easy way out. it seemed to fit better and it was
not a cover
h... - sorry if i'm being annoying...but
is it true that you and lou barlow were thinking of working together.
sometime he might sing on a song of mine but there's no plans
for any more than that... we've mention it. i like to play everything
chris birch - what is your opinion on radiohead?
i like them i think they're very talented
j-me - does it ever strike you as surprising
or maybe odd that at a given show of yours, which is normally
a very soft one, that people are so boisterous in their clamor
yes, but i think it's odd any time there's a bunch of people
in a room only paying attention to one or four of them. it's
kind of fun but odd
andrew - who is your all time favourite
vocalist (i know its hard!!)?
there's several of them - john doe, stevie wonder, sam coomes,
ian - whos better, bob dylan or neil young,
in your opinion
there's no real answer to that question - why make a hierachy
of people they're both great. neil young's more oblique but I
like them both
chris birch - how come miss misery wasn't
on an album?
because it seemed to belong to the movie it was in - it would
have taken up too much attention space - it would have distracted
from the album
maarten schiethart - goodmornin, what do
you listen to in the morning, if anything at all
the same thing as at night i usually listen to one record for
months - it's the marble indrx by nico at the moment
george henry dickie - are your lyrics more
about feeling than story telling?
yes i would say so if there's a story it's usually a fragmented
libby - what is the significance of the
leather band you wear on your wrist?
oh it must have some deep meaning I'm not aware if - someone
gave it to me about five
haukur... - do you have any connection
with kevin smith, other than you having supplied music for that
genius movie that i don't really remember what was called?
i don't have any connection with him - i know his name
duncan macphee - on some of your songs
from xo, your voice sounds a lot like george harrison, circa
the white album. have you ever noticed this before?
i haven't noticed it but to me that's a complement
stephen biggs - which album are you most
not really any of them more than the others - the self-titled
one was a turning point. at the time i felt it was fully what
it was and i had no concern about what people would think of