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Adam Green

17 August 2005

Festival-goers would rather be swimming in lakes, according to indie-folk singer Adam Green. If the weather at Reading's a repeat of last year, you may be able to do both - and witness the wierdness of Green.

Virtual Festivals: You wake up tomorrow morning to see an atom bomb falling from the sky with the words 'This is For You Adam Green?' scratched onto the side of it. What is your last thought?
Adam Green: Usually a bomb would jump out of the ground, so I would never see anything. I bet most bombs are made out of the same things as a woman.

VF: Anyroad, the bomb doesn't kill you. Apparently, the uranium is from some bitterly cold place in Eastern Europe ending with 'stan' and since the fall of the USSR the uranium has decayed to such an extent that it isn't volatile enough for a nuclear explosion. So now that's settled, what are you gonna do today instead? AG: I still got time to go to the Angle bar, so I walk over ther before the kid arrives. 
VF: Ok, onto more standard fare. You're playing this year's Reading Festival, do you like playing festivals?
AG: People probably get dragged to these festivals because their friends pressure them to go. They'd rather ride horses or swim in lakes. Besides, I've never made music that wears the sunshine on it's sleeves. Rather, on the inside of my music is a grim cartoon character, a cross between Jay Gatsby and Garfield.

VF: In various other interviews you've mentioned that you write other stuff outside of lyrics. Are there any plans to release any of this writing?
AG: I released a book, I know this because I've seen it translated into a few different languages. It's called Adam Green magazine, it's about the first Jewish settlers in the New World.
VF: Is the process for writing lyrics and poems/prose different for you, or do you just find that they are alternate mechanisms for expressing  the same message?
AG: The biggest process is the romantic one. If you tend to a romantic situation, make sure to depict a stronger version. I fantasize with words, but to write words without sound is to deny the mouth a greater pleasure.

VF: I'm sure many people will know you from your time from The Moldy Peaches. Is it more fun for you to make music by yourself or with others?
AG: It's like a house party with the Peaches, we get together and invite the whole room to join. My albums are like lazer beams that penetrate the ocean, but then my rhythm is like a gas which falls on either side of the beat.

VF: Is there any chance in the future of more work with The Moldy Peaches?
AG: My idea of the future is like 10-20 years. I never made a plan to decide about more futures than that. If the Moldy Peaches got back together, would that really please anybody in the future?

VF: Your lyrics seem to discuss very serious issues in an absurd, irreverent way. Is this a reaction to the environment you write in, or does it simply come out this way when you write songs. Let me put it another way: is there a method to your madness?
AG: A proccess is like a factory divided into hands. My songs are not like wheels, they are like other factories. The idea is for a song to  be continued by a separate hand. It is implied at the end of each song... to be continued.

VF: How did you come to cover the Libertines, "What a Waster?? I heard  they may have covered some of your tracks, if this is true, which ones did they choose?
AG: They did 'Who's Got the Crack?' and I did 'What A Waster' we taught them to each other respectively.

VF: Many have said your language can often be quite colourful. What colour do you think your language is?
AG: A language is a turquoise John Kennedy thing.

VF: Your lyrics often seem to drift into grotesque and (shall we say) rather saucy territory. Have you ever faced any problems in getting yourself heard by a wider audience because of this?
AG: The radio would never play my songs in England. But that's because all the DJ's are posers and saps.

VF: What motivated you to write a song about Jessica Simpson?
AG: It was a picture in a magazine... that I would end up in tabloids for this is incredible .

VF: You seem to sing about crack a fair bit (see 'Crackhouse Blues" and TMP's 'Who's got the Crack?') Does this have any significance or does it just rhyme easily?
AG: I've never rhymed a word with crack.. If you listen you would see.

VF: For those who,ve never heard of you, which track would you recommend as the quintessential Adam Green track?
AG: Gemstones

VF: Adam Green, what is one thing which every human being should know?
AG: Cut into a person, and they move like a car.

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Article by: Patrick Whistler

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