Kim Carnes. Centerfold Seth Justman. Geils Band. Naked Eyes. Huey Lewis. Let's Go All the Way G. Sly Fox. Debbie Harry. Down on the Border Graham Goble. Little River Band. We never had a release in the US, despite the fact that at that time we were one of the top European acts Like in France, we were huge — everybody played our songs. Do you regret not really having touched the States? No, no I know a couple of musicians who tried it very hard, and they all failed. There are a couple of exceptions, such as.
They refused to live there and their career was basically stopped in the US. And what is your whole take on the music industry and the record business, CD sales are disappearing, illegal downloading? Of course that makes it difficult. The part of the CD sales that used to be pretty decent is now gone!
We have to concentrate, like we always did on concerts. You cannot say NO to the internet and I think they are working on this. People are still interested in new things, not on a massive scale, but the music shop I go to is usually crowded. The behaviour of the consumer has changed so drastically. Of course, when a new technical thing appears, you want everything of it.
But it is about making choices, even on your I-Pod! There is actually a great example about that topic. This very great writer George Steiner was talking about the variety of the world — too many choices, the human brain is no longer able to cope with it.
Getting back to you and the Nits, what would you say was your biggest influence musically back then, and what is it now? When I started playing music, I think the Beatles was the biggest influence. There you saw the real dream: the kids coming from Liverpool, from below level and turned superstars. They had such a variety of music and they totally created this on their own, it was never before like this. So definitely the Beatles in your early days The enormous amount of music exploding The album of Dylan, Cohen was already there, I started to listen to more American music.
So what was your last time that you were really impressed by a new band? Oh I just saw them in New York Oh yeah! Well you know there are new things, but a lot of great things have already been done. Who was your favourite Beatle? Certainly John Lennon — but they were all great! Also George Harrison was one of the best guitar players, and Ringo Starr is probably one of the best drummers ever.
I can definitely feel the Beatles influence in the Nits. To surprise yourself! Not like in the States, there they are very conservative, because their music is also conservative Again, there goes the labelling issue How can a guy like Robbie Williams be the best selling artist in Europe and in the States, no one cares? But it is very complicated to be precise about your heroes; I hardly play any Beatles records anymore.
When I play it, I like it, but the effect is a bit raw. I tend more toward Dylan and Cohen Dylan is exhibiting his illustrations for the first time in Austria, I believe There will be a new collection of Dylan songs and they have asked artists from all over the world. Now I am constantly thinking about this Black and White photograph for Dylan What I am gonna do is very simple. And what is going to happen with this project?
There will be an auction for War Child in Amsterdam. Ok, I would like to ask you about the funeral of the child of our mutual friend.
When he told you that his son had died, you went to Switzerland to the funeral and you were playing. Can you tell me a bit about this fragile situation? It was my birthday when the child died That was one of the first times I played at a funeral. But how they handled the situation was amazing. And of course I knew, that playing some songs probably helps in a way It can certainly change your mind a bit! But the funeral was a good thing, everybody was there, it felt good.
But you know, the song that Eric requested could not be sung silently, I had to sing it loud. The ceremony started, and I was sitting there and thinking, oh my god, I have to sing this song loud, otherwise it sounds bad.
Well, it is also kind of a happy song I was really sweating, but everybody liked it the way it was done. To me it was hard walking up to that place I can imagine that there are easier things to do in life than that, it was a moment where you had to be extra strong You trust your inner strength and go with it!
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T ext :: E ric Facon The Nits have changed their line-up almost as often as they have changed their style and format. Others have joined these three core members at various stages. To follow the course of their career is to take a meandering trip into a colourful universe built on constant crea- I was studying literature when I was offered a job selling music in a store.
Amsterdam Oost tivity within a structure similar to a family. In the meantime I had come to like about four songs on these two albums, so I grudgingly agreed to ac- company Rudi to the gig. The Nits seemed to come alive on stage: in front of THEY have assured THEIR loyal fanbase over the years in front of an audience — a more playful and charming band emerged an audience a different, more playful and charming band emerged.
Today, this author of three novellas and a handful of stories, diary entries and letters is considered one of the central figures of Dutch literature from the last century. No, no, Henk assured me: the three other members of the band were sure to be somewhere else in town or back at the hotel taking a nap.
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