Babybird's new single, The F-Word was
finally released this week. That's an achievement in
itself. Surprising then to find Mr Stephen 'Bird-like'
Jones in maudling, ponderous spirits. " I've just
come back from my bank manager ", confesses Stephen,
" said he thought You're Gorgeous was a
cracker...but that prinicipally I was a bad investment......which
is a shame because I'm quite fond of the Rowan Atkinson
advert that Barclays have!" Jones plays idly with
the crust of his slipper and leans forward - sparking
up another red-one..."I'd simply wanted to open
up a current account....but you need a stable monthly
income. The popstar stuff didn't really wash. Know of
any other accounts worth opening?
it's in this frame of mind that we find him. Half-man
- half bedroom slipper. A spurious man at the best of
times - today he looks almost transparent.
"At about quarter past eleven on Thursdays I'm
an invsible man.."
Only on Thursdays?
" I think it's a throw back to all that
time I was unemployed. Waiting to sign on...waiting
for the giro...waiting to go out and spend the giro.."
He shakes his head. "until then I was no-one..kind
And what would you say's changed all that, Stephen?
" I don't now get a giro at all! I'm too busy
writing the next You're Gorgeous! "
Would you say the popularity of that single has
diminsished your more ecletic songwriting efforts?
"How do you mean?"
Well prior to that you were a bloody genius.
Now you're pretty well........spent?
Stephen shuffles in his seat. Smiling. Grimacing. Laughing.
Rubbing himself on the cheek...fiddling with a tube
of Smarties...undoing an orange with one hand...and
cracking open a bottle of bud with the other.. .....that
kind of thing...
" I think nothing really prepares you for success...certainly
a lot of the early recordings work because of the immensity
or the sheer brutish yearning for that something significant...and
I suppose that when you finally have that - or have
something that kind - I suppose some of that same desperate
energy gets spilled with it's uncompromising entrance........fancy
a rolo or a spritzer?
The terrace decline. What about the new record.
A return to form?
" Probably not. I keep saying in interviews that
this time I'm going back to basics... just 4-tracking
it - dumbing it down - writing another Shop Girl or
Hong Kong Blues."
" yeah. I suppose they were. Why didn't I just
re-release them..next time...eh..perhaps?"
We hope so Stephen. We really, really hope so....