35 min

Episode 63: Badly Drawn Boy The James McMahon Music Podcast

    • Music Interviews

Join the Spoookstak!

So, you know that Embrace interview I uploaded the other day? The one I’d done a month or so back, in the stifling heat of a vicious, ice cap melting UK summer? The one I’d left the window at Spoook Towers open during – not something I normally do, but I was genuinely fearful that I would melt and become more puddle than man if I didn’t.  Well, this episode – with Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough - should come with the same proviso.

It’s not the best audio. It is, however, an excellent conversation.

Total transparency. Damon is co-managed by my wife. He’s kind of family, really. But I’ve loved his music as long as I remember. I think he’s a truly unique songwriter, but if I’ve got one criticism of his work, it’s that it’s slowed down to such a crawl, that 2020’s ninth album, Banana Skin Shoes, was his first set of new songs in almost a decade.

Not long before this episode was recorded, I went to see him play at the Rhythmtree Festival on the Isle of Wight. It was a remarkable performance, a reminder of what a special talent he is and why I just can’t wait another ten years for an album. I thought then, that it might be nice to have a chat for this episode of the podcast, and see how he’s getting on with that follow up record. Because we all need a little nudge from time to time…

Join the Spoookstak!

So, you know that Embrace interview I uploaded the other day? The one I’d done a month or so back, in the stifling heat of a vicious, ice cap melting UK summer? The one I’d left the window at Spoook Towers open during – not something I normally do, but I was genuinely fearful that I would melt and become more puddle than man if I didn’t.  Well, this episode – with Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough - should come with the same proviso.

It’s not the best audio. It is, however, an excellent conversation.

Total transparency. Damon is co-managed by my wife. He’s kind of family, really. But I’ve loved his music as long as I remember. I think he’s a truly unique songwriter, but if I’ve got one criticism of his work, it’s that it’s slowed down to such a crawl, that 2020’s ninth album, Banana Skin Shoes, was his first set of new songs in almost a decade.

Not long before this episode was recorded, I went to see him play at the Rhythmtree Festival on the Isle of Wight. It was a remarkable performance, a reminder of what a special talent he is and why I just can’t wait another ten years for an album. I thought then, that it might be nice to have a chat for this episode of the podcast, and see how he’s getting on with that follow up record. Because we all need a little nudge from time to time…

35 min