answers the MUSIC WORKS Questionnaire
We can tie my own shoelaces.
2. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS?
There have been quite a good many highs and proud moments. We have been very lucky. We are proud. But we are frequently humbled. We try to be unpredictable but you can only do so much. At the end of the day we will always sound like us [Dodgy].
We’ve done our best material when we all individually trust each other. It’s taken time and I still feel there’s more to come from us, we work well together. Maybe, and for whatever reason, the process of achieving the end result has always been different. I wouldn’t say that’s a negative. We’ve not been able to follow the same route, we’ve had to jump a few hurdles and duck and dive. That goes for every album we’ve done and maybe that makes each album sound so different. We will never know. And there’s no knowing whether we’ll all be happy when it’s done. There will always be some idea that got lost. I feel we haven’t reached our full potential still. I hope it’s always just out of reach. I hope it never happens.
To have something to show for today.
4. SONGS YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN?
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze, Peter Green – Man of the World, John Martyn – May You Never. It goes on…
5. DESERT ISLAND DISCS?
Pink Floyd – Meddle, Dark Side Of The Moon… Lots of that. Hendrix yeah but i’d need a woman, otherwise i’d throw the fucking record to the sharks. Lose the will to be in civilization and wish i was on a desert island. No music. Just me and my thoughts.
6. FAVOURITE ARTISTS/BANDS OF ALL TIME?
7. WHAT MUSIC ARE YOU LISTENING TO NOW?
8. THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The curious incident with the dog in the night.
10. VINYL, CASSETTE, CD, MP3, WEB STREAMING?
Vinyl, Cassette, CD, MP3 and Web Streaming. Whatever is at hand.
11. INDIE MUSIC IN THE AGE OF THE INTERNET?
We love what we do and that’s our greatest weakness.
12. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO?
If you want a rainbow you have to put up with the rain.
What Are We Fighting For
Cherry Red Records – BRED 689
WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR is the fifth album from Dodgy – Nigel Clark, Mathew Priest, Stu Thoy and Andy Miller – and their first new material since their lauded comeback reunion album, Stand Upright In A Cool Place (2012).
Self-produced and mixed in Worcestershire, the album was produced by Nigel, and recorded and engineered by Dave ‘Done’ Draper at Tower Studios, Pershore.
The album boasts the amazing Vanessa Wilson from Ultrasound on four tracks, including ‘What Are We Fighting For’ and ‘You Give Drugs A Bad Name’, two central tracks of the album.
Influenced by July, Harmonium and Can and Nigel’s new-found love of bands like Atlas Sound and White Fence, Dodgy believe WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR is their best record. Fans include Cenzo Townshend (Florence, U2, Primal Scream), who demanded to mix some tracks; and Rob Da Bank, who offered Dodgy a slot at Bestival.
Back in the 90s, Dodgy sold over a million records worldwide, released three albums and enjoyed 12 Top 40 singles, including ‘Staying Out For The Summer’ (recently used on the trailer for Top Gear), ‘In A Room’, ‘If You’re Thinking Of Me’ and ‘Good Enough’.