The Telescopes reveal their innermost secrets to the MM Quack
DOMINIC: We haven't seen any of it yet
STEPHEN: It hasn't hit
us yet but it's hit everybody around us. They're all now asking us what
it's like to be pop stars just because we've been in the press.
You get one picture in the papers and everyone thinks you're not going
to talk to them. This thing about your head expanding when you get
successful - it's the other way around. Alot of people's head shrink.
They think you're not going to talk to them and be stuck up, so they
become stuck up and won't give you a chance. They see the end result.
They see the two page spre ad in Melody Maker, but they don't see us all
sleeping in the van in Newcastle when it's freezing cold.
DAVE: You find
out who your true friends am when things like this happen, but we're the
same people we always were.
STEPHEN: Basically, it's quite embarrassing to be so
egotistical as to do encores, and also, we create so much energy on
stage that it's hard to come back and create it. We make our set
compact, and the last song, you just couldn't follow it.
like when read a book or see a movie -ther'es an extra five pages or
five seconds for the credits. It's the same with an encore. It's more
arrogant to do one, because you're saying, "We'll leave these songs and
do them after the audience have gone wild". We do a complete set, take
it or leave it.
DAVE: Personal speaking, I think it's to believe in
just one God, in one being who created the whole world. That's
ridiculeous to me but, if someone else wants to believe that,it's fair
STEPHEN: Everyone's got their own personal religion, and what we
do enquire into it. We don't put our opions on the table and say, "This
is how it is", because that is wrong. Everyone deserves their personal
religion. Religion to me in the true sense isn't about God, anyway. It's
about love and understanding of hate and things like that.
JOANNA:! had one when I had chicken pox as a
kid. It was this bloke'sface, and - you know how, when you're ill, you
can really hearyour heart pounding - with every beat this face was
getting nearer. I even saw it when I was in the bath.
STEPHEN: I've had
one, but it's nothing really horrific like being chopped up. It's just a
hole with loads of faceless people everywhere, and one by one they keep
floating up, like something out of "Logan's Run", floating towards me. I
haven't had it for a couple of years, though. Bob's the dreams guy.
I dream that my bottam jaw's locked to my top jaw, and I can't speak.
THE MUSIC PRESS
JOANNA: The music press choose to ignore a band if they
don't want them to get big. It's not a conspiracy, but it shows you the
power of the press, the strength it has to sway people one way or the
other. Look at The Stone Roses who saturated the press. What's so
special about them? The question is, if thepress hadn't gone
over-the-top, would they be as big as they are, on the merits of
their records? And if one person decides you're shit, and says you're
shit, then that cuts across the whole paper's opinion, to their
readerships opinion. That's the strength of what one person says.
Bands like The Stone Roses have been hyped up, that's obvious to anyone
inside the music scene. But that ain't for us, we're not into it.
STEPHEN: We don't use foedbock as much as think we do, hardly at
all, really. We just use loud guitars. Noise is good because on heavy,
hard-hitting songs, it delivers them with a lot more power and ferocity,
but we also do alot of timid songs. The first track on the album is
quieter - more of an acoustic power - with acoustic guitar, violins and
horns. We're interested in the whole spectrum of power in intensity,
really. The feel is important whether it's a vulnerable song or an
JOANNA: All the songs have energy. That's what ties all
the best songs in any music together. They've all got that kind of
energy that creates some sort of reaction, whether they're using loud
electric or just acoustic guitars.
TOP OF THE POPS
STEPHEN: If somebody said to me today, "Do you wantto
play on 'Top of the Pops' tonight?" I'd most likely say no, but if it
was in two years time... I've got two attitudes on it. One side is that
it's all shit but then we could be the one good thing on that night.
We'd definitely go if we could play live.
JOANNA: It would be exposure.
Your fans are going to watch it for you and ignore the rest of the
STEPHEN: Yeah, thumbs aloft for Neil Young, from The
Telescopes. And we liked him before he was trendy
Originally appeared in Melody Maker December 15, 1990. Copyright © Melody Maker