Longpigs: Hello! It's Crispin from The
Longpigs. Here we are Richard, Simon and Dee is here as
well but he is running around in the corridor.
thesmokingcannon: So how's the touring going?
Longpigs: We are pretty well. We are pretty
fried. We have been living from 4 PM to 4AM, everyday we see the
insides of night clubs. We like being in America, it's like being
in your own episode of The Player.
bird: Hey, how is it like playing with Echo
and the Bunnymen, greatest live band in the world?
Longpigs: The second best live band in the
world. It's all great. We are all big Echo fans. We have had a
lot of problems trying to blow them away. In the 80's Echo gave
me hope. It's cool to tour with them cause they are all top
AngelChild: When are you coming to Toronto?
Longpigs: We have been to Toronto. We are
doing the Dandy Warhols tour next. I am not sure though. The
first Dandy's tour is in Atlanta.
thesmokingcannon: Did you guys make a video
for "On and On"?
Longpigs: We did, yeah. It's going to MTV.
It's being played on VH1 right now.
sonicmod: What other bands gave you hope in
Longpigs: The Velvet Underground. Bands in
the 80's were so bad. I spent all my youth listening to punk
music and Elvis, Robert Johnson, The Beatles. I listen to lounge
music and doo wop now.
bird: I saw you guys in Chicago on the first
of the month with Echo And The Bunnymen and it was brilliant.
Longpigs: Thank you very much! Excellent!
Chicago , SF and NY were all great. I would consider living in
any of those cities if I lived in America. Maybe a flat on a
mountain in LA.
breath: And what about European tour?
Longpigs: We have done a lot of Europe. After
we are done in America, we are going to make another record.
thesmokingcannon: What can we expect from the
Longpigs: It's going to be a quadruple
concept. Dion Warwick crossed with Metallica. But with out the
Metallica. Okay, maybe Motorhead.
breath: Is there some dates in Eastern
Longpigs: I would love to go over there. It's
a brilliant place. We haven't had a chance yet. You get huge
raves with 10 thousand punk rockers dressed like Elvis. 'Cause
they can pick anything from the past 50 years to get into. It's
AngelChild: How about today's bands? Are
there any current bands that you really like?
Longpigs: There is a lot of dance stuff,
Bentley Rhythm Ace, Prodigy, Coldcut, Chemical Brothers, Verve,
Oasis, Blur, Pavement, the Lo Fi scene. I am a huge Henry Rollins
fan. Generally we listen to everything from Sister Sledge to
Frank Sinatra with a little bit of hard core techo shoved in.
Kieran: Guys, can you tell us about the
mystery track at the end of your album? It is a really sweet
Longpigs: Thanks, it's called
"Sleep," for the few people who fall asleep listening
to the record get pushed into dreamland they go a little further
into the secret track. I am glad that you liked it. It's a
"You Bastard tune", when I wrote it I patted myself on
the back and said "you bastard."
AngelChild: What do you guys think about the
whole "breaking America" thing? Do you think it's hard
for British bands to become big in the US? How come?
Longpigs: We are not interested in breaking
America. We are interested in mending it. But I think a lot of
other bands do, bands lately have been extremely English. Pulp,
who I am a fan of, write songs that are very English about eating
fish and chips in a bed in Sheffield but that doesn't make any
sense to a kid in Whichitaw, Kansas.
sonicmod: What US bands do well in the UK?
Longpigs: Guns N Roses. They are the same
ones that are huge in America are huge in UK. Pavement and the
horrible ones like Mariah Carey.
AngelChild: Horrible ones. You mean like the
Spice Girls right? (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)
Longpigs: The Spice Girls are criminally huge
all over the world. They are a bunch of ropy old cows.
mpverba: What is the name of the hidden track
on Sun Is Often Out? And who is singing?
Longpigs: It's me, Crispin, the singer. Call
me old fashioned. It's called "Sleep."
kel: Do you guys write any new stuff yet?
It's been a long time since last album.
Longpigs: We are getting it together. We are
amassing a well of stuff. We have all the ingredients, we just
need to cook it. After we mended America we will go off and do
julie: New single(s) before the new album,
and if so, when?
Longpigs: We don't know yet. We are just
going to concentrate on getting the album made. There will be a
single before it comes out.
Kieran: Guys, whichever of you wrote "On
and On," how personal were the lyrics to you? That song
really gets to me emotionally.
Longpigs: It was very personal. It was the
real thing, like a blues track. It's about someone far away.
blava: Can we expect some remixes of your
Longpigs: There is two, one of "On and
On" and one of "Jesus Christ. " We used to be
quite purists, but we have had our scruples taken away as we
tried to mend America.
julie: Any chance of following the techno
remix trend with new material?
Longpigs: It will beyond techno remix with
the new stuff.
thesmokingcannon: Do you guys have any plans
as to which producer you are going to be working with on the next
Longpigs: No, there are a few people
involved. Steven Spielberg is a good producer.
blava: What do you think about Roni Size?
Longpigs: I think Roni is fantastic! He
AngelChild: How long have you guys been
Longpigs: AC- 5 years now, it's along time we
know each other alarmingly well
sonicmod: Where does the name LONGPIGS
come from? Is it a literary reference, a drunken in-joker?
Longpigs: It's from a book. It means human
flesh. Cannibals from New Guinea call white people longpigs.
It's like cows calling themselves beef.
AngelChild: Where are you all from?
Longpigs: All over. Richard and DEE are from
Sheffield. I am from London.
bird: Do you guys have an official website?
Longpigs: We are just getting one together at
the moment. We need to there is a lot of unofficial stuff on the
web. You have to look up Sheffield and drugs and we are the first
thing to come up. We don't know why.
blava: Isn't it boring, still same questions
about U2 ?
Longpigs: Yes, it is boring.
AngelChild: So you guys are all in favor of
having your stuff on the net? Cos I know some other bands have
not been too happy about some of the content of their fan sites
(*cough* won't mention any names!)?
Longpigs: We are into freedom of speech,
anyone can say whatever they want. We certainly do.
blava: What is better for you, big stadium or
Longpigs: Small club. Small stadium.
thesmokingcannon: What's your least favorite
thing about America?
Longpigs: Baseball caps and golf , poverty,
bigotry is another and hamburgers.
sonicmod: No poverty in England?
Longpigs: There is loads but people seem to
give a shirt more in England. People in England are still shocked
thesmokingcannon: OK, what do you like about
Longpigs: The food, hamburgers, the movies,
people are more enthusiastic. The British usually ask why and
Americans ask why not.
Longpigs: We have some more interviews to do.
Thanks for coming and asking questions. Come see us on tour. Cry
and have sex to our records.