Sep 182008

DUGOUT CHATTER: Amy and Eric Edition

RTH: What’s your partner’s most challenging studio trait?

ERIC: Tuning up.

AMY: His brain works faster than his mouth – terrifying.

RTH: Besides Eric’s own numbers, what’s your favorite 2-chord song?

ERIC: Are there any others?

AMY: “Mendocino”!

RTH: Do your French neighbors and fellow rock fans appreciate hearing phrases in their native language used in rock songs by non-French artists, such as those in “Michelle” or “Psycho Killer”?

ERIC: They think it’s funny. Apart from the ones that don’t get it, they just think I’m stupid. I try not to play “Reconnez Cherie” in France, but I get quite a lot of requests for it.

AMY: The French seem to get a real kick out of hearing their language butchered – but ONLY in song.

RTH: What’s your favorite rock song about everyday/domestic life?

AMY: “Sick Day” by Fountains of Wayne. “Another Day” by Paul McCartney.

ERIC: “Dogs” by The Who, or “Tattoo” or “Odorono”. Or “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks. Possibly “Subterranean Homesick Blues”, that’s quite domestic and everyday – “the pump don’t work cos the vandals took the handles”…

RTH: Will Ferrell singing “Whole Wide World” or Bill Murray singing “More Than This”?

ERIC: Definitely Will Ferrell singing “Whole Wide World”. In spite of what I said earlier I love his version and I think Stranger Than Fiction is a really, really great film. I’m proud to be part of it.

AMY: Will wins.

RTH: Who’s got the more iconic debut album cover stance, Eric or Elvis Costello?

AMY: More importantly, who’s got the better outfit?

ERIC: Elvis looks like a knock-kneed pigeon. I look like one of Herman’s Hermits. Take your pick. The sad thing is that I don’t think Elvis thought any of it was funny. There’s a copy of my first album propped up on the piano in our local bar. If anyone touches it the proprieter goes mental. So I’m more of a local icon than Elvis. I doubt that he’s got the same sort of thing going for him in Twickenham or Dublin or wherever he lives.

Herman’s “Lost” Hermit?

RTH: What’s your favorite song by your partner – songs from your new album excluded?

ERIC: My latest favourite is “Don’t Ever Change”, but it might be “It’s Not Safe”. It’s also “O’Hare”, which I don’t listen to too often because I don’t want to lose the feeling it gives me.

AMY: “Whole Wide World” – I always get excited to hear it. “Take the KASH”. “Same” (from Bungalow Hi). “Just For You” (from Le Beat Group Electrique). “Kilburn Lane” (from 12 O’Clock Stereo by the Hitsville House Band).

Previously: Interview with Stiff-era producer/engineer Roger Bechirian!


  8 Responses to “Tattletales: Amy Rigby and Wreckless Eric!”

  1. Best.Post.Ever. Thanks Jim! You got every question down–I loved it:D The best! Especially the Dugout Chatter version, truly great! Now everyone come to see them play the show here in town!!!

  2. Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby? Wow – you set the bar high. Great, great stuff!

  3. diskojoe

    Great interview Mr. Mod. I have a soft spot for Stiff Records & Wreckless Eric & I have to get this album.

  4. Two comments:

    1. Looking forward to the Philly show – Joe Jack Talcum is opening!

    2. Really stranger than fiction: The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl” was originally slated to be the song in the movie. We even received several pages of the early script. It wasn’t until later that they switched us out and Eric in.

  5. Mr. Moderator

    Yes, I remember you telling us that story, Mrclean. How cool that Joe is opening. Maybe they he and Eric can duke it out onstage that night:)

  6. BigSteve

    I haven’t kept up with Mr. Eric, but used to have all his early records. Fortunately i still have Live Stiffs (now out of print and very expensive used) , which has my two favorite tracks by him — Semaphore Signals and Reconnez Cherie. Rough and ready.

    Nice interview. I may have to check out this new album.

  7. Sorry to chime in only to repeat myself Mr. Mod…

    Yes – an onstage battle would be quite a sight!

  8. Great interview. Very surprised you didn’t take a 20 minute interview detour to ask more about the Binson Echorec effect! Nothing beats a Binson.

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