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Riding Mikes Bikes With Gary Asquith

April 2006

MVRemix: Favorite films?

Gary Asquith: ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, ‘Sexy Beast’, ‘Apocalypse Now’, ‘Left Handed Gun’, ‘Cool Hand Luke’, ‘Casablanca’, and ‘Rebel Without A Cause’.

MVRemix: All time favorite albums?

Gary Asquith: ‘Hunky Dory’ by David Bowie, ‘Harvest’ by Neil Young, Roxy Music’s first two albums, ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’ by Brian Eno, ‘The Idiot’ by Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Serge Gainsbourg's entire collection, ‘Love Is The Thing’ by Nat King Cole, ‘Songs For Swingin Lovers’ by Frank Sinatra, Def Jam recordings 1985, 2001. I could go on forever with my list, Todd.

MVRemix: Favorite books?

Gary Asquith: The Bible, Catcher in the Rye, Flashman at the Charge. Anything on biographically interesting people, like Alex Guinness.

MVRemix: Rammellzee is on the debut CD by LPM. How did this happen? What was he like to work with? What character was he in?

Gary Asquith: Kevin recorded a couple of tracks in New York with Rammellzee in the 80's. So, we lifted a vocal and put it on a backing track that had a Rammell feel to it. I like his graffiti art as well as his diction. We pasted and peeled that track together.

MVRemix: Where were you during September 11th terrorist attack?

Gary Asquith: I was having a coffee in Belsize Park when the owner brought it to my attention via his TV. I lived through the IRA bombings, so I know what it is like to have the bombers on your doorstep. It made me think about a journey I had to New York and going to the World Trade building with Danny Briottet. Also, about the photo's we took. It made me think that nothing is permanent. Like the sands on the beaches, we have to live with the movements of peoples who we really don't understand. Nothing is forever. What's happening now, in our world, has a bearing on all our souls. I love New York and shame on those who commit such catastrophic carnage to our civilization. Sort the wankers out, George!

MVRemix: Do you think that success and credibility are mutually exclusive?

Gary Asquith: Wow, Todd! That's a deep river flowing through your mind! Credibility is often aligned to hard work. Success can, in my opinion, miss some of the stars that shine in our world. Too many cheap TV shows make people famous. Clowns don't get the respect they deserve, yet there are more clowns on TV than at the circus.

MVRemix: What was the worst mistake you have ever made in your career?

Gary Asquith: Getting married to someone who didn't get what I was doing. Teased and tied to a bad experience.

MVRemix: Obviously, technology is an important factor in modern music. What do you think of these new machines and programs like Pro-Tools or Live?

Gary Asquith: I think it's great. People get a different start from what is available on the shop shelves these days. More options have got to be good.

MVRemix: Word association. When I say the name, you say the first word that pops into your head. So, if I said, ‘Flava Flav’, you may say ‘Clock’ or ‘Crack’. Okay?

The Wolfgang Press.

Gary Asquith: Michael's dreams.

MVRemix: Eminem.

Gary Asquith: Shady.

MVRemix: Elbow.

Gary Asquith: Clockwork Orange.

MVRemix: Beastie Boys.

Gary Asquith: Pimps.

MVRemix: Wu-Tang Clan.

Gary Asquith: Tough toes.

MVRemix: Meat Beat Manifesto.

Gary Asquith: Groove City Microphones.

MVRemix: Gil-Scott Heron.

Gary Asquith: Poetry.

MVRemix: Pixies.

Gary Asquith: Fat Frank.

MVRemix: Felt.

Gary Asquith: Junk.

MVRemix: The Fall.

Gary Asquith: Whimsical.

MVRemix: Happy Mondays.

Gary Asquith: Bez Is Black.

MVRemix: The Stone Roses.

Gary Asquith: Painted faces.

MVRemix: The Chemical Brothers.

Gary Asquith: Groove machines.

MVRemix: DJ Krush.

Gary Asquith: Drug rush.

MVRemix: Moby.

Gary Asquith: Baldy pants.

MVRemix: My Bloody Valentine.

Gary Asquith: Black Dior.

MVRemix: The House Of Love.

Gary Asquith: Happy house.

MVRemix: Close Lobsters.

Gary Asquith: Pink coconuts.

MVRemix: Trisomie 21.

Gary Asquith: Germs.

MVRemix: Severed Heads.

Gary Asquith: Bollocks.

MVRemix: Curtis Mayfield.

Gary Asquith: Fly.

MVRemix: George Bush.

Gary Asquith: Oil. I'm getting the hang on this, Todd.

MVRemix: What are some major misconceptions do you think people have of you?

Gary Asquith: No Idea. Self-analysis hurts too much.

MVRemix: What are some future collaborations fans should look out for?

Gary Asquith: Adam Ant and my regular crowd, I hope.

MVRemix: What is next for you, The Lavender Pill Mob, and Le Coq Musique?

Gary Asquith: Recording with Berlin-based, Film 2.

MVRemix: Final words?

Gary Asquith: I Like being Gary Asquith and I want to be the last man in the graveyard.

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