WDR: "The tune 'Hurricane Damage in Leeds'
- people in Germany don't know much about Leeds right - except that
it's somewhere in England...But
to me, I've been to Leeds and I know a bit about it - the unemployment,
a lot of people without jobs - How was the situation for you, growing
up in Leeds?"
Louis: "I didn't grow up in Leeds"
Gene: "No, neither did I"
Louis: "So I've no idea, and not only that,
all that spiel about 'Hurricane Damage in Leeds' being about urban
decay and despair was made
up by our Manager!"
Gene: "Yeah it was!"
Xero: "Yeah it was - it's all hype that!"
Gene: "The title was taken off a newspaper
board, y'know - Headline - 'Hurricane Damage in Leeds!' "
Xero: "And it was an' all wasn't it? Christmas
decorations everywhere - falling off onto cars - a scene of utter..."
Gene (very forcefully): "It's got absolutely
nothing to do wi' the state of society"
WDR: "Well what about calling the record
'Shove It' - didn't you want to make a political statement?"
Gene: " I think more of an a-political statement. "
Xero: " Yeah! A-political!
Like....we disapprove of things. "
Louis: (laughing) " Lots
of things. "
WDR: " Like what?"
Xero: " Electric guitars.
Margaret Thatcher. Anything that begins with P. "
Gene: " Radio interviewers......what
else don't we like ?"
Louis: " Hip Hop....."
Xero: "What, don't we like
Much shaking of heads.
WDR: " Record Companies? "
Xero: " No....we don't
mind record companies, especially rich ones that give us loads of money.
We like them. "
WDR: " So is that where
The Works are headed then? "
Xero: " What, with loads
of money? I fucking hope so, and the sooner the better if you ask me."
WDR:" Is that your prime
motivation then? "
Gene: " Well, it's more
of a way of life, like, man. "
Louis: " Yeah...like, y'know....we
Gene: " It's Jazz City
y'know, all of this touring Europe lark. "
Louis: " It's like, we're all hip to the
Xero: "...-ville. "
( laughs all round )
Louis; " Yeah....-ville....and
then when the groove got going between the three of us..."
Gene: " We got down and
dug it. "
Louis: " And we've been digging it ever
since, and we've dug lower, and lower, and lower. "
Xero: " Boogieing on down....Anyway, we
might go to Japan. "
(Incredulous laughs from Gene and Louis, as this is the first they have
heard of this.)
WDR: " And you've said that America's out,
Gene: " Yeah, definitely, we totally disapprove
WDR: " Why is that? "
Xero: " It's chockers with Americans, isn't
it?.....We don't like Americans. You can watch it on the Telly if you
want. If jazz keeps on
getting better in the Eastern Bloc then we might emigrate there. Or New
Zealand, maybe. Now that's the place to be! "
WDR: "And what about Germany, you've played
Gene: "Didn't like it"
WDR: "Why not?"
Gene: "Too many rich people who stare at
you in the street"
Louis: "That's true, that's one thing that
isn't very pleasant about Germany - the looks you get"
Xero: "Essen's a carrier bag full of worms
innit? There's nowt there and what is there is closed - or broken"
Gene: "One good thing about Germany though
is the cigarette machines - you can put four five pence pieces in and
get a packet of twenty -
now that's what I call good value"