It is finally Summer in Rome. That kind of melting-Summer. And this morning, as I was trying to locate the Sun in the sky, I started singing automatically in my head that refrain.. "and it is like.. Staring-At-The-SuuUun".. oh fuck, I couldn't remember at all who originally used to sing this song.. later I believed it was Primal Scream's.. something from Sonic Flower Groove (1987), I thought, but not that sure. No, I was totally wrong, it was Ultra Vivid Scene's track, Staring at the Sun, from Joy 1967Ė1990, released in 1990 on 4AD, - oh dear, it was ages I didn't give it a listen. Who knows, maybe mr. Ralske was a Primal Scream's fan at that time.. for sure they were both fans of The Byrds jangle pop. So, now, enjoy.
Thatís a complicated question. I was always interested in a wide variety of music, and a wide variety of art. But somehow I turned from this shy teenage guy who wrote songs in his bedroom into somebody with a major record deal, who was doing tours, interviews, videos Ė the entire stereotypical rock star experience. But after I completed my third album for Sony/4AD, my record label, I decided that it was just too limiting to try and work in that format. That was in 1993. I decided to just move forward, and not look back. I am so excited and busy with the things that Iím working on now that I donít ever think about pop music much, really. [read more here]
And yes, down here, it is him. I love this guy:
"[..] we tend to be seduced by technology, for what it seems to offer us for the future.. wouldn't it be interesting if what it'd really have to offer for us was a new dialogue with the past?"