Συνέντευξη με τον Louis Philippe (1998)

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Ο Louis Philippe απαντάει

σε ένα μίνι-ερωτηματολόγιο

στον Θανάση Αρβανίτη, το 1998.

Fondest memories…
Many, thank God! But here are a few highlights…Back in 1985, hearing the playback of “When Will You Be Back”, the first song I ever recorded, in Daylight Studios, Brussels. Andy Paley had just finished mixing it, and it made me realise that there was never ever going to be any other place for me to be than a recording studio. It was magical…Fast forward to December 1986, Rooster 2 studio: we have just finished editing The King of Luxemburg’s “Royal Bastard” album, after 3 weeks of mindless laughter, drinking and singing. Everybody’s there: Simon, Richard Preston, Anthony Adverse, Momus, Colin Lloyd Tucker, Lindy and Amanda of the Go-Betweens. There are bottles everywhere; we’re young, proud, and ready to take on the world. El’s finest hour, without a doubt…Tokyo, on stage at the Parco, November ’87: a young Japanese girl in tears throws me a red rose which I pin on my guitar… totally overwhelming.Paris, winter of ’96: we’ve travelled 12 hours on the train, we’re shattered, and we give the gig of our lives, Stuart Moxham, Danny Manners and me – on a barge moored by Notre-Dame. Unforgettable.
Saddest…
1989. Cherry Red pulls the plug on El. Need I say more?
Favourite Louis album… 
Sunshine, maybe? Because of Bertrand Burgalat, my producer, and of all our sybaritic dinners and endless conversations; because of Danny’s heartbreaking strings arrangement on “Only A Fool”; because I have never taken so much pleasure in making music.
Happiness…
Wine, women and song.
Journey…
From Paris to London on the Eurostar. Sounds weird, doesn’t it? I’m a sucker for trains. Oh! And walking down through the olive groves from our retreat on Paxos island to the village of Loggos, to get fresh bread at the best bakery in Greece…
Historical figure…
Mmm…identify? I wish – as a musician – that I could have had a career like Igor Stravinski. Otherwise…It has to be Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Or Orson Welles, if you forget modesty. But are they historical enough? So, let’s say, French anarchist Charles Fourier.
Quality of life…
I’ll be very blunt. Money.
3 albums…
“Pet Sounds” (Beach Boys); “Brahms Intermezzi” (Glenn Gould); “l’Enfant Et Les Sortilèges” (Maurice Ravel, the Lorin Maazel version)
New artist…
What does “new” mean? One of friends recently told me that the best songwriter alive was Franz Schubert, and I agree…But if one means “newly-appeared”, well, I can’t say that I have been REALLY been bowled over by a record since Massive Attack’s “Unfinished Sympathy” single…I like Eggstone. PJ Harvey can’t do no wrong. The High Llamas, Stereolab, April March…and what is Paddy McAloon doing, please???
Ambitions…
On a purely musical level, I am only at one-tenth of my potential, and will probably stay there for a while! On a personal level, being there when my daughter has grown up.

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