TD Archive: My Bloody Valentine's Bilinda Butcher Interviewed
Kevin Shields on the haircuts of the mid-'80s indie scene. “It was quite a spooky place,” remembers Bilinda Butcher. “The studio was in a. That's because Shields' infamously detail-oriented production fully paid off on Bilinda Butcher, whose deteriorating relationship with Shields. Kevin Patrick Shields (born 21 May ) is an Irish musician, singer-songwriter, composer, . Conway was replaced by vocalist and guitarist Bilinda Butcher, with whom Shields split (and often shared) vocal duties. Shields .. During the late s and early s, Shields and Bilinda Butcher were in a relationship. Most of.
Judging by the album's critical reception, the future of both band and label seems assured. When the buzzing hordes of acolytes from post-Valentines bands RideLush, Chapterhouse and Slowdive dissipate from the dressing room in Reading, Kevin is finally willing to nail those rumours. They felt strained, but nothing special: However, one source contradicts Kevin by hinting that the quarter-million figure belongs to Loveless only.
Enigmatic label boss Alan McGee will only reveal "It cost a lot of money, but we all love the album".
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In their pre-Creation days, MBV discovered a sonic frequency which causes physical pain and purposely used it to make their live sets very uncomfortable for audiences: The fun is in watching people's faces. That's why we light the audience up, to see their discomfort. I loved bands like the Ramones and didn't know much about the history of music, so as far as I was concerned The Ramones appeared from nowhere.
I didn't know about all these 60s garage punk bands. I was hung up for a few years on the idea that you had to be original; me and Colm spent two years making original music but it was boring and uninspired. We weren't doing it for the right reasons. An unwanted reputation for jangly feyness was foisted upon them, largely due to their weedy first efforts on Lazy, the label run by Primitives manager Wayne Morris.
A stormy marriage, as Kevin recalls. Wayne Morris was just so evil to us, him and the Primitives, we fell out with him before we even finished the record. He was so ruthless, he had no respect for the idea of people making music. The Primitives were more manufactured than any Stock Aitken Waterman band.
I've seen Wayne tell the guitarist to completely change his hairstyle, he told Tracey he would have her making love to the microphone in a miniskirt within six months … and he did! With Kevin as main songwriter, the channelled feedback eruptions and bent-out-of-shape guitars on Isn't Anything hung in the air like jet-propelled abstract art, a rootless and seemingly unassailable precipice of pure pop.
Suddenly, name-checking the Valentines became hip and indie hopefuls began roughing up their sound all over Southern England. Remembering the fickleness of public opinion, Kevin questions the true extent of his band's influence. It's always impossible to see yourself in other people. Most of the bands that are seen to be influenced by us, their strange sounds come from using lots of effects.
There's no effect in existence you could plug into and have our sound, it's just the way we treat things, mainly the tremolo arm on our guitars … the way I think about sound is like a picture in my head, a textured picture. I'm thinking of writing them down some day.
Singer Mark Gardiner acknowledges the inspiration but denies jumping on the bandwagon: We're on Creation for the same reason a lot of bands are, because it's a label that lets you do what you want, they give you freedom. To me all these bands don't sound alike at all. Despite a professed love of Ecstasy, House and especially hip-hop — "it beats the shit out of most rock music when it comes to being experimental, it's been a constant source of inspiration to us" — Kevin generally avoids clubs and pop-star ligging.
Where did you grow up? First in London and then in Derbyshire. In London, punk ruled but further north people listened to northern soul. I loved northern soul and used to go to all-dayers since I was too young to go to clubs. You know they had the all-nighters at Wigan Casino, that was the place to go.
There were a couple of places, Nottingham Palais and Matlock Bath who arranged all-dayers instead. You went there in the morning, listened to music and danced all day. What type of area did you live in? We were living in an area called Golden Valley, it had one pub and a couple of houses and it was all very conservative.
A friend of mine dyed his hair green one day. When my mother saw him she forced him to wash it with Ajax before his mum would see it. Probably pretty embarrassing for you? She was a bit special.
To dye your hair was very uncommon at the time, it was something you would perhaps do if you lived in the city centre of Nottingham or Derby. In Golden Valley, I was considered a weirdo. My clothes were different. For a long time, I only wore clothes from the s that I bought in a shop called Penny Feathers in Nottingham.
My friend Dian — the guy who dyed his hair — had a portable gramophone that we used to bring to the forest where we listened to records. My mother thought I was up in the clouds. I never watched the news or read the papers; it was like I lived in another era. Everybody was into punk and I was living in the 20s and 30s. How old were you? Then I went to London to study and to go to gigs. I saw Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy and loads of other Goth bands.
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I went to dance classes too but had to quit because I got sick. I had a chronic urinary infection. It was a nightmare to get in and out of the tricot. The doctors seemed to think it was something young girls get when they move away from home and start to have sex.
In the end, I had a serious liver disease because of it. It was a shame I had to give up dancing, I loved it. After that, I worked as a nanny with a French family for half a year, then my mother died and I had to go back to Derby to sell the house as my dad had already passed away. I think back on some of the gigs and really wish that I could see them today instead. Especially Birthday Party and Cramps.