Five in Five With: Salad Undressed

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Flick of the Finger – Five in Five – Salad Undressed Marijne & Paul

Paul and Marijne from reformed 90s act Salad Undressed take part in our ‘FOTF Five in Five’.

Having just completed a UK run of dates as a duo, Salad Undressed will be re-uniting with the rest of the band for Salad’s first shows in 19 years.

Check out ‘Being Human’ the new single from Salad Undressed 

1, What’s the most and least Rock n’ Roll thing you’ve done this week?

Marijne:
Most: Lifted up my top to show off my Iron-clad ‘gig bra’ to Louise Wener. I appear to have a habit of doing this. I remember doing a similar thing on a Cross Channel Ferry 20 odd years ago to Debbie Smith out of Echobelly at the time. We’ve been good friends ever since…

Least: I had not one, not two, but three smart-meters fitted. Gas, Electrics and Water, all on the same day… A triple whammy. I don’t do anything by halves.

Paul:
Most: Heavy sleep depravation.

Least: Washing up Marijne’s dishes. I mean, they were all piled up in the sink. I’m not going to diss her for it, she’s a very busy woman after all. I’d slept on her sofa the morning after a Salad Undressed recording session, and eaten one of her bananas, so I felt it was the least I could do. I’d like to say I pulled the Marigolds on, but that wouldn’t be true. I like to go bare back.

2, John Lennon, Liam Gallagher, Kurt Cobain;

Marijne:
A: who would you go to a gig with and what gig would it be? (past or present)
John Lennon – Pixies Hammersmith Odeon Oct 1990.

B: who would you take for a beer and what would you ask them?
Kurt Cobain – I’d ask him why he killed himself.

C: who would let punch you in the face and why?
Liam Gallagher – I think he’d enjoy a good fight with a female who can hold her own

Paul:
A: who would you go to a gig with and what gig would it be? (past or present)
I’d be happy to see any gig by The Fall with Liam. We could rock the Manchester scene, and we might even get a chance to be insulted by the great Mark E Smith. Then Liam could show me round the local art galleries after a plate or two of egg and chips the next morning.

B: who would you take for a beer and what would you ask them?
It’d have to be Lennon. I wouldn’t run out of questions. I’ve been a fan since I was five. I’d like to know about his friendship or otherwise with Paul. Who wrote which bits, jealousies, tensions, laughs, the lot. Blimey- I’d wear him out. He’d probably end up punching me in the face, which leads us to your next question…

C: who would let punch you in the face and why?
Kurt could punch me in the face. I reckon he’d do it with love, so it wouldn’t hurt too bad. R.I.P.

3, Which song or album do you wish you had wrote?

Marijne:
Queen – News of the World.
My first love into the foray of album listening as a newby grumpy teenager…I used to know it backwards, even though my understanding of the English language was pretty minimal still…so much variation in the songwriting, so many stories told…so many memorable melodies…and it’s got the ultimate feel good song on it in ‘We Are The Champions’. Apart from that Freddie has always been my on stage hero.

Or as second choice, the polar opposite, PJ Harvey’s ‘Dress’.

Paul:
That’s a toughie. It changes from day to day. Yesterday I might have said Wild Planet by The B 52’s. Tomorrow I could say The Beatles’ White Album. Today I’ll say Doc at the Radar Station by Captain Beefheart.

4, When did you realize you had made it as a musician? What were you doing that made
you think… “F**k yeah! Made it!”?

Marijne:
When we were offered to open for Blur on their ‘Sugary Tea Tour’ in October 1993. The tour that premiered ‘Boys and Girls’ and ‘Park Life’. We knew this was something special to be part of.

Paul:
I’ve never realised I’ve made it as a musician. I don’t know scales- I’m a self-taught amateur, but I do think I’ve got something to offer the world, if it will have me. I used to adore a band called The Reasonable Strollers. Pete from Salad was their bass player. Their lead guitarist Steve, was phenominal- angular, weird, brilliant. He came to a Salad gig and told me he loved my playing. That meant more to me than any magazine review. Sadly he’s no longer with us. R.I.P. again… What is it with rockers?

5, If you could, what would you change to bring more live music to the masses?

Marijne:
More personal shows ala Sofar Sounds and keeping gig ticket prices down. What’s also important is not to close the small intimate venues….Not everything needs to be in a stadium. These days with the social media explosion and artists getting up close and personal with their fans, the engaged performance is what people appreciate. None of this putting artists on a pedestal. That’s not healthy for anyone. Least of all the artist!

Paul:
You can’t force music on the masses, but most people like it, so why not have more village green gigs. Every Sunday, down by the duckpond, with Mead on tap. The other thing that needs to happen is the return of Top of the Pops- it would pull things into focus, people would be inspired, form bands and go and see performers. Come on BBC, pull yer fingers out!

Salad Live Dates

27th September 2017 – Lexington, London Islington – Warm up for Indie Daze

7th October 2017 – Indie Daze Festival at London Kentish Town’s O2 Forum

8th December 2017 – York Fibbers

Photo by Tim Topple ©

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