NME 19/08/95.......Mavers has another go, la

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NME 19/08/95.......Mavers has another go, la

Postby Stuart I » Tue Mar 04, 2003 1:24 pm

Don't think this has been up before....thought I'd do me bit.....in case anyone hasn't seen it.....<br>
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This is (as far as I'm aware) the interview done outside the newsagents in Ealing (London)...Lee was sporting dilapadated sandles, and cargo pants held together with a saftey pin at the fly......the conversation started after the writer noticed Lee at the counter of the newsagents and challenged him outside.....(''It's Maaavers, you can't even get me Fookin' name right'').......<br>
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NME: 19th August 1995<br>
Title: Mavers has another go, la<br>
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Lee Mavers, ex of THE LA'S is back in the recording studio working on new material for the first time in more than five years. Mavers, currently working in a west London studio owned by former Damned drummer Rat Scabies, told the NME that the new material surpasses anything that he has done before.<br>
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''It's so simple it's unbelievable,'' he said. ''It's been done on a fostex four-track, a portable thing you could put in your pocket. The sound is amazing. We're sitting in a control room recording on this thing, and when you play it back through the proper mixing desk it whops the shit out of everything''.<br>
Mavers spent years as a semi-recluse in Liverpool after the release of The La's eponymous debut album in 1990 which he disowned; rumours about his erratic behaviour and drug use were rife.<br>
"That's the worst Lp I've ever heard by anyone'' he said, still angry at label Go! discs' actions in releasing the album against his will. ''It wasn't finished. The songs were good, but the playing and recording......We didn't have our shit together at the time and you can tell because it sounds like shite. That's what we said: you can't polish a turd. The songs were good but they were wasted''.<br>
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Despite chart success with 'There She Goes' in 1990, a song cited as an influence on Noel Gallagher, Mavers refused to be coaxed into playing live or recording. John Power left to form the currently succesful Cast.<br>
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Mavers played a short acoustic set with Paul Weller earlier this year at London's Sheperds Bush Empire and managed to patch up his relationship with Go! discs, the label he has been signed to since 1987.<br>
"Go! discs have made this possible'', says the singer. ''If we'd been signed to anyone else, this wouldn't have happened. Alright, there were misunderstandings in the early days, but if we hadn't been through that we woudn't have arrived here''.<br>
Mavers plays all the instruments on the new tracks; it's in the early stages and most of it consists of jamming over riffs.<br>
''You've got to understand that the songs sing you,'' he explains. "The song will show you whats right. You know you've got a good take because the song will tell you. You've got to follow the music''.<br>
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Mavers said that he has been listening to some dance music.<br>
"The proper stuff, not the shite thats knocking around'', he said. ''The future sound of London, Drum Club, one track here and there. But in the past five years I've only heard a handful of songs I like. Not songs even, musical pieces''.<br>
So what about Cast?<br>
''That's just their interpretation of The La's sound, and thinking about it, it's no wonder we didn't stick around together. His (John Power) view of what we did was very narrow. You might think it's mine as well, because of what's come out in the past, but that's not my f---ing fault, though it's my problem. I'm to blaim for The La's failings just as much as anyone else'', he said.<br>
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''The first time I heard Cast on the radio I thought 'I'm in for a shock, it's gonna be good'. But honest to god, it was nothing. It wasn't even worth thinking about. The last song in their set is called 'Hour Glass'. Who needs to say anything? He's saying it all. Time's running out''.<br>
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The photo used was the one taken in April 1995, used in the MOJO piece in 2001, Lee looking over the camera with his sunglasses at the end of his nose.....<br>
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Postby zanizbaa » Tue Mar 04, 2003 5:38 pm

honest interview by the boy mavers there, nice one stu

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Re: NME 19/08/95.......Mavers has another go, la

Postby Syl » Tue Mar 04, 2003 6:38 pm

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Nice one Stuart I, I'll see about tagging the pic or pics from this to the end of your text. Good Job.<br>
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yeh got that

Postby James » Wed Mar 05, 2003 1:37 pm

yeh syl didnt i send you a photocopy of that back in 1999??? half page interview it was, with photo of him in shades...<br>
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ps. syl cheers for cd, just popped home to pick backdated post up and found it here, thank you

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Re: NME 19/08/95.......Mavers has another go, la

Postby Anonymous » Wed Mar 05, 2003 9:39 pm

Ta stuart,sy any chance of ever fixin them dead interview links on la'zarus?

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Re: NME 19/08/95.......Mavers has another go, la

Postby Syl » Wed Mar 05, 2003 9:59 pm

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huytonred77,<br>
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Indeed there is, a few things happened to hobble my plans..<br>
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A. Lost six months of work.. (forgot to move my files to second HD, inserted floppy to write zeroes to the drive, realised then.. sound of sobbing)<br>
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B. My job, takes up time, going to and from it..<br>
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C. Never found a version of Netscape Composer that behaved liked the one I used to make La'zarus on..<br>
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D. Geocities closed off FTP access, so, using something like Dreamweaver became ' difficult '..<br>
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E. Other stuff.<br>
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Combination of the above.<br>
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I actually had those interviews done, hence the reason the buttons exist.. but lost the files.. see above <!--EZCODE EMOTICON START :) --><img src=http://www.ezboard.com/images/emoticons/smile.gif ALT=":)"><!--EZCODE EMOTICON END--> <br>
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I'm in a better frame of mind to tackle the clippings that I have.. also, there is a timescale involved, because I have to return most of them to ' TT ' in the UK.<br>
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Re: NME 19/08/95.......Mavers has another go, la

Postby Ming-8L » Sun Jun 11, 2017 11:10 pm

I feel the need to address another NME interview from the same year, 1995. 15/4/95, There He's Gone. While there's some good info and some complements, the overall tone is as sensational as a Hollywood tattler celebrity rag.

Meeting Lee through friends is labeled "bizarre." Finding him still looking angelic is "an initial shock." How is describing his driving music like a panzer division tank "mad-eyed crazy" any more than the Ramones song Blitzkrieg Bop is. They were an early influence. Using the word Nazi may be unfortunate but it's just an image which fits in.
We already know when Mavers talks about catching songs in a net, in his lowly, humble way, (Fishing Net/Something I Said) it is a kind of mystical tuning in we admire, not crazy or embarrassing.

Lee "sees himself as part of a secret world history...philosophies of the Oo-Gla Oo-Gla tribe." The author's misspells the tribe, it does exist and they are the Oglala Lakota tribe. "Everyone had a piece of the cake or none did." This is no more crazy than Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party. Being an American I find it remarkable that Lee is more aware of sacred Native American wisdom than most of us across the pond are. Lee did not call it "secret" the author did. Lee is not "babbling" but speaking intelligently about this:

http://www.collective-evolution.com/201 ... our-world/

Lee goes on to say "We've got more responsibility, but responsibility is whatever you want... and this is what we want!" I see nothing "fantastical" about this. Nor is using a Bible reference in Lazarus. After Lee makes perfect sense the author asks " Are you anywhere near madness?" I find this insulting.

Lee's album promotion interviews were "notorious" because Lee wasn't interested in commenting, dwelling on an album he didn't approve of. Lee is nothing if not honest, whether you agree with him or not.

Paul Moody does leave some room to ponder that Lee may be a misunderstood genius. But in order to make his article more interesting he manages to repeatedly and unfairly misrepresent what Lee is saying.
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Re: NME 19/08/95.......Mavers has another go, la

Postby gustave » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:45 pm

It was a crazy time, and, in a collective musical sense, little was achieved, except of course by Lee, who gains something positive from all his experiences :)
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Re: NME 19/08/95.......Mavers has another go, la

Postby hottscolland » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:26 pm

gustave wrote:It was a crazy time, and, in a collective musical sense, little was achieved, except of course by Lee, who gains something positive from all his experiences :)


hey gustave! i know you have some stories from that period, and i hope one day you share them! x
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