If you have ever heard the Young Marble Giants, I’m sure that you won’t have forgotten the experience. In the three years in which they were together between 1978 and 1981, they recorded just one album ‘Colossal Youth’ and a handful of singles. There are few other bands, however, that have ever managed to sound so fresh and original, or been such a seminal influence on so many musicians during the last two decades. They proved that you can create great pop music with very few ingredients. Mostly they just used a drum machine and a bass guitar to back up singer Alison Statton’s sweet, fragile voice. Maybe, however you don’t know very much about this Cardiff trio, so we at Pennyblackmusic thought that we might help you out a bit. We have for you, therefore, an interview with guitarist, organist and songwriter Stuart Moxham.
Tommy Gunnarsson**: How and when did you become interested in music?
Stuart Moxham: – Does anyone have a choice about becoming interested in music? It surrounds all of us from day one, surely?
kind of music did you grow up with?
you play in any other bands prior to Young Marble Giants?
did Young Marble Giants form?
were your influences?
does the name Young Marble Giants come from? On the ‘Final Day’ 7" sleeve
there is an excerpt from a dictionary. Does it come from that?
didn’t you use a ”real” drummer in Young Marble Giants?
you have any goals with Young Marble Giants?
did the music press react to your records back in those days?
did you split up?
the Young Marble Giants split, you formed the Gist. What was that? Was
that your solo project?
|YMG 1980. This photo postcard is part of a set made in 1982 used to promote the recently licensed Rough Trade albums to the Japanese market after their release on Japan Record|
also produced the second Marine Girls album ‘Lazy Ways’ in 1983. How
did you get to do that? Did you know Dan
Treacy (The Television Personalities frontman was helping to promote
the group at the time) or any of the Girls?
the Welsh music scene is very much alive, but what was it like in the
do you think when you listen to those old records now?
is your favourite YMG song?
are you doing nowadays? Are you still making music?
are the other two members doing now?
read somewhere that you worked on the Roger Rabbit movie. Is that true?
you thought about a reunion? I read something about a reunion of sorts
at the Rough Trade anniversary last year…
is the single greatest moment in your music career?
you had the chance, what would you have done differently with the Young
Marble Giants career?
do you listen to now?
** My name is Tommy, and I live in Stockholm, Sweden. Currently, I’m writing about music for Pennyblackmusic Magazine (www.pennyblackmusic.com), and in the past I have been writing for Hallandsposten (the biggest newspaper in my hometown of Halmstad, Sweden) and webzines like Handklapp (which is now offline). If this wasn’t enough, I have also been involved with some fanzines, especially ”Feta frallan” (four numbers made, from 2000 to 2002) and ”Halmstads Popfanzine” (one number made, in 2003).
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