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The Peace & Freedom Magazine The Fire Interview


The Fire interviewed by Paul Rance for Peace & Freedom, No. 1, January 1985

THE FIRE have appeared on John Peel sessions on Radio One and with luck are set for many more. Talent, like cream, rises to the top, so any record companies looking for a group to brighten up a generally drab scene could do worse than check these lads out.

Thanks to Dave of the band for answering the following questions.

What sort of category (if any) would you place The Fire's music in?

Traditional guitar-based British pop with American overtones! i.e: It's generally powerful, noisy, exciting and catchy!

Music in the charts has been pretty dire for several years -- are there any groups/performers you can identify with?

There is a handful that I like or respect, but the only ones I could say I feel an empathy with are Julian Cope and some of the other new-ish groups who are in the same position as ourselves and exploring similar territory... I feel more empathy with certain people, whether they be in politics/journalism or music, etc., than with groups, really. I don't like many groups!

Liverpool has always been a hot-bed for musical talent -- any particular reasons?

Liverpool is a hot-bed for every talent! No particular reason except the sheer coincidence that all the best people in every field are Scousers!! (Or at least honourary ones, i.e: Dalglish.)

When would you say you had "made it"?

When I can see my records being released and selling enough for me to call it a "job", thus, allowing me to get off the dole. From then on it'll all be a bonus.

How did the band come into being?

Darwin's theory of evolution (it's tooooo boring to relate).

What groups/performers were your early influences?

The ideas of Weller and Wah! mixed with the talent of Teardrops, the dignity of John Lennon and the Joy of Deaf School! That's it in a nutshell.

How do you regard the music press?

Small-ly! With the exception of "Jamming!, which is fab.

What would you say are the general faults of the music industry?

Their obsession with mega-mega syndrome. This results in them missing the talent that turns the wheels. This is an obsession that started with Spandau and has grown to horrific proportions, till now, when everything is judged on "will it sell 10,000,000 worldwide", instead of will it do some steady business, provide us and the artist with a bit of profit and make the public (or a section of it) happy.

Would you believe that I got told by a certain major that "Yeah, we like it, but you've got to remember you're competing with Wham! and Duran Duran!" I tried to explain that I wish those groups all the luck in the world, but that I see ourselves in a different market altogether. I want us to be mega, but that should happen naturally, after the music, not to be the initial consideration. They didn't hear me. Maybe we're a group out of time.

The Fire Demo Review

Stars/Stop!/Jimmy's Grin/The Raver/Dancing & Laughing

"Stars" - great! Tight and lovely chinky sound. Very danceable and listenable. Neat instrumental in t' middle. Piano ending effective. "Stop!" is another pleasant sound with the piano mingling well. Another good instrumental section. Also like "Stars", grabs you right from the start.The third track is "Jimmy's Grin" and the guitar certainly stands out on this track, but not to the detriment of the song. "The Raver" is slower-paced than the other three tracks and has a mystical appeal. Finally, "Dancing & Laughing" switches back to a quicker, jumpier pace. Sing-a-long time. Typifies the skill, soul and honesty, which makes Liverpool the best producer of pop talent in the world.

- Paul Rance, Peace & Freedom, No. 1, January 1985

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