Situating yourself somewhere
between Jem, Tori Amos, Steely Dan and as chartbusting debut
single, ‘Everybody’s Gone To War’ proved, Avril Lavigne, may not
be the smartest move ever, but if you’re not looking to court fashion or be the
next regrettable bint to unravel the foil for the shambolic, Pete Doherty then
you’re going to be perfectly happy with exploiting all the close, warm harmonies,
lyrically complex and reflective moodswings of classic AOR. So in this respect,
the half-Indian, half-French, Nerina Pallot is in the right place at the
right time and in the right Marks and Spencer twinset. But this is not the only
thing that separates the joyfully uplifting and kooky Ms Pallot from the pop pack
of today. She also writes and paints, and is as happy enthusing over Russian novelists
and postimpressionists. Like Edie Brickell, a new bohemian, perhaps? As comfortable
with Theakston as with Thoreau? Well let’s see. Crud caught up with the
27-year-old ivory tickler just prior to yesterday’s resounding Ashes victory and
a few days after the release of new single, 'All Good People'. Appallingly cheap
1. Where are you now and what can you see?
At home, in London, in front of my television watching the cricket.
What was the last thing you ate?
Slow roasted lamb and mint crisps. And
a Tim Tam biscuit. And then another one to celebrate Pietersen's century.
3. What was the last thing you loved really quite passionately?
There are lots of things I love quite passionately concurrently, so I don't believe
there is a last thing. The last person I saw today was my Dad, and I love him
quite passionately, but in the right kind of passionate way, if you know what
I mean. Does that count, then?
4. What's the next piece of music you
intend to buy?
"Don't Cha" by the Pussycat Dolls. I have my reasons.
5. What was the last film you saw?
Kill Bill 1 & 2 in a movie marathon.
6. Ever had a recurring dream?
Yes. The dream consists of a penguin
and a turbot and a mad race against time along the A361 through Barnstaple. By
the time we get to Bideford I wake up.
7. What is the most important
thing you've ever done? Why?
Breathing. I'd be dead otherwise.
8. Where in the world do you still want to go?
Machu Picchu in Peru
and then onto Buenos Aires, to learn how to tango properly.
was the first thing you thought about today?
What is the meaning of life,
and will my new washing machine arrive when the shop promised it would. (It did.
That's a small miracle, I think.)
10. Any plans for tomorrow?
Oh yes. Yes, I have big plans. Very big plans. A tv show in Cardiff in the morning,
and then home to exercise my exceptional plumbing skills. It's a very rock and
roll life I lead, let me tell you....
The new single 'All Good People'
is available now on Idaho Records.
Alan Sargeant for Crud Magazine 2005©