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Adrian answers some questions at the VARA studio 1989

date: Sep 18, 1989


Adrian Borland - Vara radio Twee Meter Sessies (1989) 

JDK - What's your goal? 
Adrian: My goal is just to enjoy myself as much as possible. I think, anyone who knows me, knows that. But, more seriously I suppose I think I come to terms with, I'm more of a songwriter than a performer really. I think people, when they come to see me 'live' or something they come to see the person that wrote the songs performing them. It's hard to explain, I think some people do find me quite compelling to watch for some reason. I think I put a lot into what I do on stage. So it becomes quite, although I don't look great or anything, it becomes a compelling kind of theatre or something. 

JDK - Name 5 of your favourite songs? 
Adrian: I tend to like certain groups. I tend to become involved with the personalities of the people that are in those groups like, Iggy Pop, Joy Division-Ian Curtis, Jim Morrison, and Lou Reed. So I tend to get, I don't know why. There's something good about pop music where you have personalities and than you can start feeling things with those people, as they change, as they make different records and as they go through different experiences. You can follow with them, if you like, their experiences, you know what I mean. It's not just another song by someone else. I do admire songs but I more admire people. Well I like music that's simple. I like music that's direct. To me simple, direct music can communicate. A bit more effectively, more direct. Other favourite songs will have to be China Girl by Iggy Pop, Search and Destroy by the Stooges. I just like Iggy's Pop attitude to things. He likes to shock people, I sort of like that. I've been reading this book "The Wild One" by some Swedish guy and it's obvious that they were something else, they weren't really rock music they were more a kind of performance arts. With a lot of dubious things going on, with Iggy cutting himself and stuff like this and challenging the audience by going right into the audience. I don't think it can be done again. But it is that attitude that I like. 

Even in some of my songs that comes through as well in the attitude of some of the songs. Maybe not quite as confrontational as Iggy Pop. But it must be there somewhere. It's been such a major influence on me. I think it might have something to do with the fact that when you first start listening to music you're about 15 and it make a big impression on you, those people. If they're good enough, I think this people stay with you, if you pick the right people if you like. They can sort of stay with you, right where I am now which is in determinate. But maybe as you get older, maybe because I've done it myself, I find it harder now to look up to other people. But otherwise I admire Mike Scott from the Waterboys and I like Mark Hollis from Talk Talk. One of my favourite songs will have to be, of the eighties, by the Waterboys: 'Whole of the Moon'.

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