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#12169 - Tue, 18 Jul 2006 23:33:00 Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
Valeriun Offline
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Going though some old stuff the other day I found an interview with Billy Currie that I had cut out from the Norwegian music paper “Puls” (no. 1 (January), 1987). The interview itself was probably conducted when Ultravox played in Oslo on the U-Vox tour in December 1986. The interview isn’t that special, but I thought I would translate it as he offers his opinions about Ure’s solo success and Plank’s sense of humour, not to mention the Doobie Brothers laugh

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The other day a card landed in our mailbox stating: "Please cross examine Billy Currie, because I know so little about him. Best wishes from Norway’s biggest Ultravox fan." What could we do but seat ourselves half an hour with the man? In other words, Billy Currie's story, from primary school to Ultravox:

-I was born in Yorkshire in the North of England. An industrial area, but I grew up in a small village. I went to college in Huddersfield and as a stroke of luck managed to get into the Huddersfield School of Music where I started to study violin play. After awhile I switched to viola and became head of the viola group. I learnt a lot of theory about counter point, polyphony... something which led to being offered a place in The Royal Academy Orchestra. Due to various reasons I however declined on the offer, and began to co-operate with jazz musicians instead. Handy, as it teached me how to improvise. A couple of years later I also learnt to move as I began working with a theater group for some time. Naturally none of these jobs were paying much, I earned my living through random small jobs. I moved to London in 1975, and started the band that would later become Ultravox. At the time we were called "Tiger Lily", but later we changed it to "The London SS" and a whole lot of other crazy names too. Violin/Viola was still my main instrument(s) when I got in touch with John Foxx. Our first single was a version of the jazz standard "Ain't misbehavin'" which we recorded as soundtrack to a porn movie. It was never used in the movie, but at least I got 350 pounds for the effort, just enough to buy a small piano. Our band eventually got into punk, we started to play louder, and Steve Lillywhite was cool enough to offer us cheap studio time during the weekends. I began working in Visage with Midge Ure, who in 1979/80 joined Ultravox. This became a big turnaround both for the music and the band.

Synth-punk?
-But back then you were a plain new wave-band?
-New wave? Sure, we were a plain punk-band! We put out an album called "Ha! Ha! Ha!" where we gave the finger icky laugh

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#12170 - Wed, 19 Jul 2006 02:04:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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Thanks for that, Valeriun!

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#12171 - Wed, 19 Jul 2006 04:12:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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No problem, it felt like a primary school assignment doing the translation laugh

I wonder though who Norway's biggest Ultravox fan could be, so far I've yet to meet anybody who is into the band in this country frown

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#12172 - Wed, 19 Jul 2006 04:35:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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#12173 - Thu, 20 Jul 2006 02:22:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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Very interesting interview, thanks a lot for it!

Great bit, this one:
"-What's your opinion on Midge Ure doing a solo album?
-Fair enough. The band needed a break, but I hated that it went to number 1!
-And "The same old story" got to number...?
-...31."

laugh

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#12174 - Thu, 20 Jul 2006 02:48:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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Thanks Valeriun for translating this. Certainly an enjoyable read.

Peter smile

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#12175 - Thu, 20 Jul 2006 03:32:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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very enjoyable smile nutjob

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#12176 - Sun, 20 Aug 2006 20:14:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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Valeriun, thank you very much. That must have been a lot of work. Much appreciated! viking

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#12177 - Thu, 24 Aug 2006 07:18:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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Wowwwwweee, hee hee, that "Norways Biggest Ultravox Fan" was ME!!!!! LOL, I had almost forgotten all about that. And yes, I did send that card to them in connection with the U-Vox tour in December of 86. Man, Yikes... Hee hee..

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#12178 - Thu, 24 Aug 2006 08:01:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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Hey Kari, good to see you! laugh

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#12179 - Thu, 24 Aug 2006 16:59:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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Quote:
Originally posted by Kitty Purrington:
Wowwwwweee, hee hee, that "Norways Biggest Ultravox Fan" was ME!!!!! LOL, I had almost forgotten all about that. And yes, I did send that card to them in connection with the U-Vox tour in December of 86. Man, Yikes... Hee hee..
Good to finally meet you, I have been wondering about who you were for close to 20 years now laugh

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#12180 - Sat, 31 Mar 2007 02:17:00 Re: Norwegian interview with Billy, published january 1987
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Your quest to know is now at an end! Cheers for that. smile

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