They continued to recorded music at that time. It is now just The Filthy Tonguesa trio that still thrives today. After a series of sold-out recent shows, Goodbye Mr MacKenzie will be playing more gigs later this year in Scotland and England. Until then, The Filthy Tongues shows will also be playing a handful of shows in September. Save my name, email, and website in Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie - Good Deeds And Dirty Rags (CD browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email.
Notify me of new posts by email. Share This. August 22, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Order Online. What happened eventually was that we got involved with the Precious Organisation in Glasgow, which was run by Eliot Davies.
He managed Wet Wet Wet and a lot of other bands. They were his soul band, and we were his Doors at that point. He wanted the Precious Organisation to be like Motown. That was his concept, and he was trying to be like an engine room of different talents. As a result of that, we started playing through in Glasgow a lot rather than in Edinburgh. We would play every few months in Edinburgh.
We played at Potterrow, Teviot Row and other little gigs around about the town, but from the summer of to the summer of we stopped playing live. Then when we started playing gigs again in we started playing even more in Glasgow. PB: You seemed to go with your lyrics into areas that nobody else was prepared to go at the time. Did you set out to be controversial or were you just singing about what was bothering you basically?
It just came rushing out. I wrote the lyrics in twenty minutes, and wrote four verses and ended up using three. It was one twenty minute outburst if you like. The music developed separately, and we then merged it. It was thrilling to hear that song and the gut emotion that came with it.
Even the matter of whether John Lydon was for it or against it was exciting. We were just a little band on a tiny label. They had a huge machine, so getting banned sort of helped them. We knew that releasing a song that was never going to take us anywhere. It is a good wee song. It deserves to go out. The House of Love released a couple of really good songs, but otherwise were pretty unexciting. It was really awful.
I mean can you even remember a Darling Buds song? These were the three poster children for the revolution at that point. We had been asked to provide some shots of ourselves for a Germany publicity firm, and were wandering around Edinburgh with a photographer looking for locations. It was my idea to take one of the photos outside a red phone box, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie - Good Deeds And Dirty Rags (CD, and that is what that painting is of.
Terry Adams, who was our producer, and I went over to look at studios. We had a list of four studios, and went around and had a look at places, and we liked this old studio Hansa Ton in particular. PB: You were there at the time the Berlin Wall came down. How much of an impact did that have on you?
MM: It was just part of this huge exciting thing that we were doing, which was being in a band and having this record deal and touring and recording abroad Album) doing bits of cable TV for European stations. Obviously it was an incredible event.
It seemed to fit the dream that we were living in at that time. I went out to find something to eat, and it seems unbelievable to me now but by complete chance that that I was actually there when the East Berliners started to come through the Brandenburg Gate. PB: You witnessed that? MM: Yeah, Derek took this photograph of this huge billboard. This must have been aboutand it had this gigantic picture on it.
It had me just as part of Joe Public. I was part of it, and so that was quite incredible. Was that just because of problems with the record label? That, and also the drink and the drugs knackered things up for us basically. People say that cocaine is a sociable drug. It is not. I never liked cocaine and the way I felt after I had taken it, but I would still go and take it anyway. You have often said that you had this idea of being an alternative rock outfit with those two albums and breaking into the mainstream and you almost did so.
What has been interesting is that Shirley has gone on and done that since then with Garbage. They were more commercially-oriented records. MM: Yeah, it was a rock and roll record. By that point grunge had happened. I was really inspired by grunge and the Pixies, but unfortunately we were really mangled by that time because of the alcohol and drugs. PB: How long were you involved with drugs and drink for? MM: I was Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie - Good Deeds And Dirty Rags (CD every day before we got a record deal, but having the record deal and some money really accelerated things.
From onwards, it was about ten years of real excess and damage. It really fucked with my confidence. Being into drink and drugs takes the rock from under you and takes over. Any over reliance on chemicals make you functionless and rips the carpet from under your feet. With all the work that she had done with Goodbye Mr Mackenzie, Shirley then had her opportunity with Garbage. You can call it luck if you want, but she was pretty stable, not addicted and had the capacity to take things forward at that point.
MM: It was sort of the Mackenzies split down the middle. Our management had got us off the record deal with Radioactive in America. We are very sorry that they took us off your label.
Shirley Album) it. The rest of us signed a publishing deal with them. So, therefore we had all these songs that Shirley was singing and all these songs that I was singing. The relationships had already run their course by that point. We were all falling out with each other, and America was a disaster in some ways. We did a great tour there, but we were all starting to really piss each other off.
We are not doing it. Asbury Park was like an American version of Blackpool. It was once a fun town but is now empty Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie - Good Deeds And Dirty Rags (CD dead, and nobody goes there for holidays anymore. Everyone was just fed up with it. How do you rate that album now? MM: It was pretty poor in a lot of ways. It was me at my absolute most discontent. If you want to hear real insanity, listen to a couple of songs on that. That is our Syd Barrett album, the one that we tried to make but failed with.
Some of the songs are quite good. We tried to engineer and produce it ourselves in a room without the technology that we have got now to make it sound good. John, Rona and Shirley had all left the band, and it was just three of us, Fin, Derek and myself.
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