Q&A Scene: Stephen Cummings

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
This is a one-off album show for me. I have recorded and released about twenty solo albums and I think I have been doing it so long that people get confused about what I’ve actually done. These particular albums were critic’s favourites and sold quite well too. The Musicians who played on the records were available and keen so it seemed a good idea. Everything has to come wrapped in a cloak of nostalgia these days.

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Might as well get right to it, my music would be a bowl of tasty homemade pasta with a rich garlicky tomato flavour with fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Which of your songs resonate most strongly and why?
The Blue Hour, a song I wrote with Chris Abrahams of The Necks fame. Because its mighty real and poetic.

Tell us a quick, on the road, anecdote.
[pullquote]I am in my opinion, a very good singer. I would even encourage you to consider me a great singer.[/pullquote] It was the 1978 King Of Pop Countdown Awards. Kate Bush was the special guest. My group The Sports won best new group. On the way back from the stage, JPY took me aside and offered me a line of coke. I’m sure you could empathise with my dilemma. I thanked JPY profusely but declined and headed back to the dressing room for a last look at Kate.This refusal was a temporary setback to my standing in the music business.

Where do you draw inspiration?
I am in my opinion, a very good singer. I would even encourage you to consider me a great singer. My inspiration is drawn from the fact that we are born and then die. I keep my eyes open and pay attention to what’s going on around me. The songs become less personal as you get older.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Another girl Another Planet – by The Only Ones or basically any Everly Bros song

What’s next for you?
Take this story with a grain of salt because it might be a load of horse manure, but I am finishing my third novel and I hope to record a new album for Christmas and also win the lottery and bring about world peace.

What’s your scene?
Exuberant music that can instantly evaporate your frown into thin air and then bring you back down to ground level. I call it ‘Melodic Soul’ music with a twist. Sam Cooke meets Richard Ford. I like to feel that I maintain my dignity but how can you have any dignity when you’re wrestling for years with a bear named popular culture.

stephen-cummingsStephen Cummings – “Lovetown & “A New Kind of Blue” – A very special event.

Saturday 20 February, Caravan Music Club Oakleigh – Doors open at 8pm – Tix $28-$38 plus booking fee.

The Caravan Music Club celebrates the 28th anniversary of Stephen Cummings Landmark recordings “Lovetown” & “A New Kind Of Blue” . Cummings and his illustrious band (including original members, Stephen Hadley, Peter Luscombe, Shane O’Mara, James Black and Rebecca Barnard – an all-star line-up!) will perform these two albums live for the first time.

So strongly does the personality of “Lovetown” register that ever afterwards, no matter how good his other records, the image of this album endures. A blessing or an injustice? Come and see & hear for yourself.

Lovetown & A New Kind of Blue will surely get SC to heaven” – Rolling Stone
This is pop, it’s rare and it should be treasured” – RAM
A collection of perfectly drawn vignettes” – O.t.S
Oozes class with every vocal nuance” – Green Guide, The Age
Lovetown will surely get SC to heaven” – Rolling Stone
Caravan Music Club 95-97 Drummond Street Oakleigh www.caravanmusic.com.au
Track Lists for each album are here:
Lovetown – http://lovetown.net/discog/lovetown.html
A new Kind of Blue – http://lovetown.net/discog/anewkind.html

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