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Interview in Record Collector Magazine
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Interview on Record Collector Magazine, Christmas Edition:
- Will you revamp any other solo albums?
- If I do, I'll do a best-of from the others.
Is there anything unreleased?
- No. We never recorded as The Garden Wall, and I'd never seen a tape recorder till Genesis. In those early days I recorded a few bits, sound on sound, but nothing's survived. There may be a few from later solo albums, but I've not checked. And there wasn't anything on the DVD front either - only low-quality footage, and bits like Knebworth 1990. But Phil had a video camera in the 70s and that's on the Genesis DVD box set - about 40 minutes. But the barrel's dry now.
- Have you been writing of late?
- I'm close to completing a composition, and am working on orchestration for a piece out in 2010, and maybe a regular rock album
- Do you have a collection?
- I've still got vinyl, and I download the odd thing that I haven't got, like Nik Kershaw's The Works, but it's mostly CDs. SACD sounds so much better on the heavy tracks of our early albums.
- Did you have a favourite record shop back in the day?
- Record Corner in Godalming, Surrey, which is still there. It used to have listening booths and I remember listening to The Beatles' Rubber Soul. It was an exciting moment in my life, though the first album I bought was With The Beatles, after Twist And Shout. The booths have gone, but it's still independent, and a good shop.
- What would you ask your own music hero?
- I'd like to know why Brian Wilson didn't do a bit more when he was good. But he probably took a few too many drugs.
- Has anyone taken music forward in the last 10 years?
- I like things that go on a bit, and Radiohead have tried it, and I like Coldplay and Snow Patrol, and Muse are interesting. But no one's writing songs like Firth of Fifth anymore. But I'm out of touch. I haven't read NME since 1976, and I'm not a great live music fan. I saw Led Zeppelin at the O2, and it was quite entertaining. Kashmir was good, though not as good as it might have been.
- What about you would surprise fans?
- If I had to listen to a genre for a day, it'd be heavy metal. I like the riffs and intensity.
- Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?
- To have made a mark outside Genesis with film, classical and solo music.
On touring with Genesis again:
- No plans, but you never say never. Phil is getting better, and hopefully he can get back to the stage where he can play, though whether he'll want to, time will tell.