Speakers Push Air

All Back To My Place #4: Alice Nutter
April 12, 2010, 9:54 pm
Filed under: All Back To My Place

I first spoke to Alice Nutter back in the early 90s when I was a music journo and she was in Chumbawamba. The band had sent me a brilliant “Jason Donovan – Queer As Fuck” t-shirt, around the time of that whole Face magazine court case, and I rang her for a chat about it. Somehow, we ended up talking about the campaign to get her reinstated as the sex advice columnist of a Yorkshire newspaper, among a dozen other things. This was a little while before the band decided to push things a little further, get anarchist ideas out of the underground and into our charts and onto our TVs, which led to much carping from the more holier-than-thou elements of the anarcho community. Until the cheques started arriving, anyway… Nowadays, having left Chumbawamba 5 years ago, she’s carving out an increasingly accomplished path for herself as a TV scriptwriter and playwright, including a lot of work with the mighty Jimmy McGovern, and currently has a kids play in development with the RSC. Who’d have thunk it… She also has (and excuse the editorialising) SUPERB taste in music.

What music are you currently grooving to?

Chain And The Gang, the singer Ian Svenious’s barbed commentary on America reminds me of a latter day Randy Newman. I love Randy Newman; he’s ploughed his own field for so long that he must have a massive farm by now.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?

Exile On Coldharbour Lane by Alabama Three but I feel a loyalty to Nina Simone, a woman of fucking ferocious intelligence, so would have to add her Forever Young Gifted And Black.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it?

An album by The Bachelors, God knows what it was called but the cover shot was three middle-aged men sitting on a roller coaster in cardigans – it featured Paddy McGinty’s Goat. The first single was David Essex’s Gonna Make You A Star at Curzon St’s Tape and Record Exchange, Burnley. I later swapped all my older sister’s albums there for stuff I actually wanted. I justified this theft by telling myself I had better taste.

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?

As a kid it never occurred to me that I could be a musician – I was a girl from Burnley – so I decided I was going to marry John Lennon. When I heard he’d got shot my first reaction was, well that’s my life plan down the drain.

What do you sing in the shower?

Tom Waits, I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You.

What is your favourite Saturday night record?

Compared To What? Mr Flood’s Party, a song that makes me feel like I’m coming up; I was a Wigan Casino kid.

And your Sunday morning record?

James Taylor, Carolina In My Mind. If I wasn’t so light-weight it would be John Belushi, Broken Family Band

Thanks, Alice.

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