Spike and Nigel Mogg on The Powerhour – (1989) – Brief: Spike starts out by saying they are touring again for the album in February in England. Touring Europe and then going back to America for a long stint. Spike says he really enjoyed it over in America, he got a brilliant moon tan he jokes. (clip of Mayfair plays). Spike talks about why Cozy isn’t in the band anymore, that he was a good solid rock/live drummer, but some drummers aren’t good in the studio. He says Cozy fell to bits in the studio and Spike felt a bit sorry for him. Nigel makes a joke that breaks Spike into a giggle and says Nigel didn’t feel sorry for him. Nigel jokes that he turned into a little green globule on the drum stool one day. (Clip of There She Goes Again). Nigel mentions Rod Stewart came down to the studio once to see them, bringing a whole entourage, and that he can’t understand why anyone would think Spike sounds like him, he doesn’t see it. Spike and Nigel joke about the size of Rod’s nose, joking that its bigger than Nigels and flies into the room like a Concord. Spike says they were all nice blokes. Spike talks about 7 O’clock just getting it’s chorus. They joke that they have played it for 2 years without a chorus, Nigel saying that it sounds much better now. Spike says until recently he hadn’t really heard much of Aerosmith and appreciating playing with them and getting gigs through Sharon Osbourne. (clip of 7 O’Clock video plays).
The Quireboys are about to begin their Unplugged & Personal Tour where the band is stripped of its rhythm section and their songs are shared with you at their most delicate, raw, acoustic base. This is how all Quireboys songs are written. In this form, the talents of Guy Griffin, Keith Weir and Paul Guerin are up front and centered. The trio are then overlaid with a more delicate expression of Spike’s voice where he is not fighting the amplification of five instruments. They are the canvas, he is the paint and in the few hours you are with them, you experience art. The atmosphere at these shows is that of an old-fashioned kitchen party, where everyone joins in the sing-along. It is intimately close to the ingredients and the essence of music at it’s most infant base. For a sample of what you can expect at a Quireboys acoustic show, check out “Devil Of A Man” below.
INTERVIEW: The Power Hour (1988) with Spike and Ginger – (The Power Hour was a weekly 1 hour rock/metal show that started in 1988 on ITV’s Night Time network. It was shown between 3-4 a.m. on Saturday mornings). Spike begins by saying they just finished an extensive tour of Britain. He says it was brilliant, every night was packed. When asked if he prefers to play live or in the studio, he says he definitely enjoys playing live more than studio and fans are spread equally around the country. They played up in Scotland for the first time, it was packed as well. He comments how nice it was playing his home town on this tour. The interviewer inquires about where each of the band members are from. Spike begins listing, but then needs to think about it, he jokes he may have the DTs because he can’t think. He explains how Ginger was hired, that he met him at Spike’s club that he runs in the west end, that they needed a guitarist, that he fits in great and jokingly says he does what he’s told and laughs. They are going in the studio in January to make an album, then they are going out on the road. They just have two singles out right now, Mayfair and There She Goes Again. He talks about the Mayfair video being done very cheap, just $1000.00. When asked if he is happy with it, he says it was alright, served it’s purpose, shown on television a few times, good transvestite in it he jokes. (Clip of Mayfair plays). He is asked why they decided to use a transvestite in the video. He says it was because it was the directors boyfriend really, then says no he’s just joking, it was actually a woman, he is just messing with the interviewer. Spike says he thinks it’s important to get over to America, that they are going over there for about 10 days just to meet people and that if you don’t break into America, then you might as well not do it. He comments why there’s not that many English bands over in America being because there aren’t that many good ones that have come out really, but that there’s a good underground thing though. When asked who he listens to, he says The Stones and The Faces. He talks about meeting Keith Richards recently. They talk about the single “There She Goes Again”. Spike says they wrote it about 7 days before they recorded it so it was good and fresh. The video was done cheap, turned out better than the Mayfair video, looks more professional. (Clip of There She Goes Again plays) and the interview with Spike is over. Ginger interview: Ginger talks about how it came to be that he met Spike. It was at Spike’s club called Gossips. Ginger was playing in a band he doesn’t name. After meeting Spike, he left his band the next day and joined The Quireboys. He was really into the Quireboys style of music anyway. He talks a bit about Phil Mogg doing a lot for them. He says that they are focusing on getting the album out, that it is paramount because for a band to just have two singles out, there is a lot of buzz in America about the band, so once they get the album done, they are going over there. He talks a bit about why “There She Goes Again” didn’t do as well as it maybe should have. He is very reluctant to talk about why, but delicately says the record company didn’t put enough backing into it and when they did, it was too late and says it was a real shame. He says it won’t happen on the next single, saying ‘touch wood’ and taps his head joking. (This video is archived on the Watch Interviews page)
This is the first in a collection of great interviews with Spike (lead singer of The Quireboys) from a variety of online music news sources from around the world. Articles from this series will be posted in the blog and can later be found on the Interviews with Spike – Read Interviews page.
Planetmosh.com interviews Spike of The Quireboys for 100% Pure Frankie Miller. Interviewer: Louella Deville – August 2014. The day before Spike leaves to continue the 30th Anniversary tour into the United States and Canada he is interviewed by PlanetMosh reporter Louella Deville. Spike confesses he hasn’t even booked his train yet, he talks about the tour heading to America and Canada for four weeks, they discuss his new Frank Miller solo album, how he pulled all the musicians for the album together, Frankie Miller, and the crackling of vinyl records. Lou and Spike talk 30 years ago, drummers, bass players and that he’s been in music since he was 17. Visit Planetmosh to read the full interview by the lovely Louella Deville. http://planetmosh.com/spike-the-quireboys-interview-about-his-solo-album-august-2014/