Waysted are back and about to embark on a UK tour with Fin and Pete Way
leading the new look line-up. Over to vocalist Fin...
Thanks to Batttttty for passing on the Q's.
|1. What are you currently up
We are about to start rehearsals on 5th January. It will be the first
time Pete and I have toured together in 20 years (ouch!!!), and also
our first tour with Chris George and Paul Haslin. I'm really looking
forward to the rehearsals cos Chris is a real star and I can't wait
to hear his interpretation of the old tunes. Playing the new stuff
live for the first time will be a gas, too!
|2. Take us through some of your personal highlights of the new
Waysted album 'Back From The Dead' .
It has been quite a journey finishing this album - (over a year!) -
so my main personal highlight was finishing it! I think song-wise
it's the best we've done, with The Alternativa (from novello to
matador) and I'm Gonna Love Ya my personal favourites.
|3. How has the new album been received by fans & reviewers?
We have been getting some great magazine and online reviews for the
album, especially in Germany which is very encouraging. It makes you
feel good when people like what you're creating. I've not been able
to gauge the fans' reactions yet but we'll find out on the road,
that's for sure!
|4. How did Waysted get back together and was it easy to pick-up from
where you left off?
It was the mad bad Batttttty woman, the Queen of the Web, who started
the ball rolling - check the sleevenotes for full details. And when
you meet up with your old rockin'n'rollin friends it's usually pretty
easy to get back in the saddle again.
|5. Why do you think Waysted never really broke big in the 80's?
Probably down to quite a few things - luck, songs, alcohol,
producers, line-up changes, alcohol... Not everyone can rise to the
top, but if we got our own damn Breakfast Show then who knows what
could happen this time round.... (There's a song there, methinks!)
|6. What did you do after leaving Waysted back in the 80's?
It's been a long time since leaving the band and I've had many
adventures. I sang with Q Tips for a while, and did solo gigs in
Denmark, Spain, Portugal etc.
I was in two excellent jazz bands - Five Go Jazz and Hellzaboppin, which was a ten-piece that made a
great noise - think Diamond Dave and Louis Prima and you're just
about there. I did various ads for radio etc, and jammed anywhere and
I also appeared in a musical at the Tram-Shed, which was
pretty crap. I had a cafe in Radlett in 1983 (my old pal Bruce
Dickinson from Iron Maiden opened it, cutting the red tape and all
that - the full nine yards).
I also hugged Bono at the opening of U2's club. What a night THAT was! For the last few years I've been
the Karaoke King, running Karaoke sessions. I've had a lot of fun with that but it does drive you round the fuckin bend sometimes - you
can only take so much from drunken twats hahaha.
|7. What have been the highlight(s) of your years in Waysted?
My best memories are meeting Pete for the first time. My life has
never been the same since! Also, recording Vices at Moor Hall, the
tour of the States with Ozzy and the Crue in 84, and... meeting up
with Pete again.
|8. How did you end up singing 'Handbags & Gladrags' on TV's 'The
My best buddy is a top musicologist, DJ, composer (he wrote the theme
tune for Have I Got News For You), arranger, etc etc etc. His name is
Big George, and I've worked on a few projects with him, (for example
Well It's Alright, which was a re-working of the Travelling Wilbury's
tune, for the final episode of One Foot In The Grave). (Have I got
too many brackets in this interview?).
So... it was the same team as usual who worked on the theme-tune to The Office. No-one was to know
just how successful it was to become, and Ricky Gervais didn't have a pot to piss in at the time, hahaha. So it just goes to show, you
never know what's in store for ya...
|9. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Having sex, watching TV, reading a wee bit, having sex, strumming the
guitar, hanging out with good company, having sex, and having a drink.
|10. Message to your fans?
I hope you dig the new album and come and see us when we're in your
town cos Pete might not have got long left. Nahhh, that man is
indestructible. Cut him and he bleeds rock'n'roll.
As for the Paul Chapman issue.... it wasn't planned and it wasn't meant, but the
tracks that came over from Florida had no guitar solos on them
despite having 16 guitar overdubs, and they also had drums which Pete
hated, and the worst piano in the world ever.
The tracks were just not up to scratch and the deadline for finishing the album had
already been put back once. I haven't heard Paul's downloads so I
can't comment on them, but I'm not going to get into a slanging match
as Paul is a top bloke, even though in my opinion he's a bit prone to
wheedling and noodling.
I've said that to his face many times so it's not backstabbing. Pete and I are very happy with young Chris's
interpretation of the songs, and if you come and see us on the road,
I'm sure you'll be impressed too! Also, make sure you check out our
website cos it's a bloody damn good
website (I keep being told so, anyway!)
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