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Modern English’s Mick Conroy on the enduring popularity of “I Melt with You” – Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri 2022-06-22 08:00:17 –

Modern English. // Photo by Eleonora C. Collini

With the 1982 single “I Melt With You”, Modern English will be forever memorable.Thanks for being included in the movie Valley girl (Twice!), The song was so successful that it began to define British bands, but their early influence was on Joy Division rather than shimmering pop.

Since then, the band has disbanded and reformed and is now touring the shows they play. After the snow –An album in which their most familiar singles were completely taken, and cuts from their entire career, including their latest ones. Take me to the treeFrom 2016.

Prior to the Modern English show at the Record Bar on Friday, June 24th, I had a phone conversation with former member and bassist Mick Conroy.

pitch: You ran After the snow I used to release it completely and even as an album on Record Store Day last year, but what about doing it over and over again?

Mick Conroy: It’s very fun. As you know, the album has two tracks, “Face of Wood” and “Carry Me Down”, but strangely, I have never actually played it live. Even when the record was released, I played “Face of Wood” a few times on the tour, but it didn’t fit into the set I was playing 40 years ago.

So it was a bit of a challenge for us to master these two songs that were just recorded on the LP and we didn’t talk much about ourselves.When I decided to make the whole album 40th When it comes to anniversary types, you need to devote yourself to learning how to play these two songs that you recorded 40 years ago. I had to listen to these two songs as well, but they actually sound so fresh that it’s a lot of fun and fun to play.

What are the complications and tricks for re-learning a song you haven’t actually played?

Well, it was very easy for me. Because I was the one who was on top of all that kind of music. All I had to do was listen to it and write it down when it was playing. “Carry me down”?Lobby song [Grey, vocal] I was a little surprised because there are many poems. Therefore, there are a lot of lyrics, and again, “Oh, awesome. Okay.”

Especially “Carry Me Down” was written after having a date in Italy. I always say to Rob whenever I sing the song. “It reminds us that we were in Italy over 40 years ago when we were very young and first started playing outside the UK.”

We talked to some of your contemporaries over the years The Psychedelic Furs Tim Butler When Terri Nunn from Berlin About the appearance of songs in movies and what they bring to your career.In modern English, it was very interesting because it was already released before “I Melt with You” was included. Valley girl.. For you as a musician, what does a song written with a certain purpose appear in something that is probably visually separated from the way it was written?

I nailed it to my head. We wrote it for one purpose, and it was just an LP song or track. When I went to record an album, I just wanted to make an LP. I did not understand. I wasn’t thinking about singles or individual releases.when Valley girl It happened, that is, we were still very young. When we saw it in the movie, we didn’t really know what was going on – you said you talked to my companion Tim Butler.Butlers are in the fur and they Valley girl In the same way. There was a scene where they were on the radio in the bedroom and I thought when I watched the movie. .. “

When that scene in the middle, the Romeo and Juliet scenes wandering around LA, and “I Melt with You” came, everyone was messing around. Our chin is on the floor, “This is crazy! They’re playing our songs all the time!” And, of course, with closing credits, you know, and it happened again, it, That you knew, we were right. We were shocked by the whole incident. We had no idea what that would happen.

It’s hard to imagine that once in a movie it’s featured in a prominent scene, it’s one thing, but listening to it again can be daunting.

Yeah, and of course at the time, the song wasn’t really-it doesn’t seem like everyone knew it, do you know?Many of the people we meet now say it’s the first time they’ve heard the song watching Valley girl..

That song is clearly one of the 500 most played songs on American radio to date.

Ohno. This is correct?

How did your career in your home country compare to the United States for a British band like yourself?

So it’s that bloody song, do you know?When we did “I Melt with You” in the UK, we looked like this type of fate and darkness band-post-punk, as you know-and our first LP was called. Mesh & lace And it was just doing what we were doing. On the second album, the press over there was a bit confusing as it was radically different from the first LP.

Then, in America, “I melt with you” happened, and After the snow It has begun to be quite popular. We spent a lot of time touring in the United States in the 80’s. It was like, “Do you want to play in the rainy northern town of England on Tuesday night, or in Miami?” It was like, “Then, let’s go to Miami.”

We were in a small British record company and they licensed us to Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States, and the British record company has the money to go on tour forever and relentlessly plug in this album. There was not. In America people wanted to see our play, so we focused a lot of time on America.

In England, we were very, very, minor, minor acts. Some may know us on John Peel’s radio show or John Peel’s session. We weren’t on the chart. We were on an alternative chart, but nothing big. We were on the radio at night.

Participating in 4AD at that time, and in fact, at any point in history, has been a significant achievement for any band.

yes. It’s a great label. We and the Bauhaus were the first Remarema, but they set a record and quickly split. But nice people. But it was us and Baugaus who started, and it went on and on. 4AD has become a much better label signing bands such as Pixies, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and Color Box.

Ivo [Watts-Russell, co-founder of 4AD] He was a really wonderful person. He signed the band because he liked the band and he liked the music. He wasn’t under pressure from Ivo to do anything. He basically signs the band and says: There is a recording studio. Off you go Good luck, “he waited until you brought the finished record home, and that was how it worked.

Five years have passed since the last album, Take me to the treeIs there any new music in your work?

yes. We have almost an entire album of music that has been riffed over the blockade. In this era, you can record at home. I have my own studio, but during the blockade I had to take things home from the studio and write. The lobby has the same program I’m using (the logic most bands have), so I just send the files to each other.

“This is the idea of ​​the song,” he sent it back with his interpretation and his vocals, and we just sent things back and forth to each other. And during the blockade break in Britain, we were all able to get together to play the song and play together as a band. Hopefully it will be recorded in September of this year.

Modern English will play the Record Bar using Static Phantoms on Friday, June 24th.Details of the show here..

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