Lush’s Miki Berenyi “The Interview 2008” and her personal photo album Part 3( Part 1 is here ,and part 2 here )
Miki Interview 1996
Miki: “Me with Ian Astbury (The Cult) after our gig at the Electric Ballroom in 1996. Chris was an absolutely MASSIVE fan of The Cult (well, back to when they were Southern Death Cult) and met Ian the first time during the Ride tour in 1991 in LA. Ian ended up joining us on stage in LA one unforgettable time to duet on the song Ciao! (the Jarvis duet on Lovelife). The really funny thing though was that when we went through it at the soundcheck, it became obvious that Ian had got a bit confused and thought we were going to cover the Cult’s Edie (Ciao Baby). We’re playing the intro and he’s going “It’s quite skiffle, isn’t it?”. Chris was laughing so hard he could barely play.”
“Ciao!” By Lush (ft. Jarvis Cocker)
Miki: “Interview with ‘Kennedy’ at the MTV Weenie Roast – a big production stadium gig that’s comparable to various media-run roadshows, but this is in a fucking huge stadium. There was a revolving stage so that as one band played, the next band could set up. That was the theory anyway. We were on after The Fugees who, clearly, had been booked into that slot shortly before they spent about a million weeks in the top ten with Killing Me Softly. As a consequence, they weren’t too keen on playing so low down on the bill and turned up late, spent ages setting up and then failed to leave the stage after their third song, a 15-minute rendition of No Woman No Cry. By this time the MTV organisation had had enough and as Lauryn Hill’s soulful vocals released the first strains of their hit song the stage started to revolve slowly and the rapturous cheering turned to boos as Lush appeared, startled and apologetic. Possibly the most Spinal Tap moment of my entire music career.”
Miki : With Mark Gardener (Ride) at Phoenix 1996. I only put this in because I didn’t have any photos from the 1991 tour and we’d had such a lovely time – the band and the crew were all really lovely and it was such a great way to have our first adventure to America.”
Photos 36 Is From Kat Bjelland (Babes In Toyland) own collection
Miki: “Somewhere on stage – 1993”
Miki: “Photo shoot for Lovelife with the Fiat 500 car.”
“Love At First Sight” By Lush
Miki : “My last New Year’s Eve with Chris – Dec 1995 ”
Miki has very kindly agreed to share her own photos from her time in Lush. So,without further ado or my customary waffling, I give you… “A Pictorial History Of Lush-Much Loved, Much Missed”
Photo 3 Miki : “These first three are from 1989…1 and 2 are our first ‘proper’ promotional photos which were done by Suzy Gibbons. Emma had been working for Jeff Barratt (PR) who did Creation stuff and Suzy was going out with Guy Chadwick (singer in The House of Love, then on Creation). I don’t think we had to pay !”
Miki: “Pic 3 is from a photo session for French music mag Les Inrockuptibles by Renaud Monfourny.”
Miki : “Me and Steve Rippon (original bass player) and Chris in Amsterdam. We were on our first European tour with the Pale Saints (joint headline – we just switched who went on first each night). Their singer Ian Masters is in the background. 1990.”
Miki:On stage at the Roxy in Los Angeles, April 11 1991. Photo by John Talley. We were on our first US tour with Ride, co-headlining (same as Pale Saints, taking turns to go on first).
Miki: While we were in LA we did a feature for the NME. We went out for the day doing pics and at one point raided a wig shop … HOW WACKY!”
“Nothing Natural” By Lush
Miki And Phil Interview 1992
Miki And Phil Interview 1992 Part 2
thanks to Neil for compiling the videos and Jen
Miki: “More from US tour 1991”
Miki :“Backstage in San Francisco on the Ride tour. No, it’s not Mark Gardener on a rough night… Sky Saxon of legendary 60s psychedelic act The Seeds came backstage. I think Andy Bell actually wet his pants. ”
Miki : “Spurs go through to the FA Cup semi final, which leads
us on to…
Photo 10 Miki: “The Lillies, L-R Simon Raymonde (The CocteauTwins), Chris, me and Russell Yates (Moose). We recorded a flexi for The Spur fanzine to celebrate our imminent failure to win the FA Cup. I remember a very very hungover photo session in Kew Gardens with photographer Piers Allardyce”
“And David Seaman Will Be Very Disappointed About That…” By The Lillies
Miki: ” These are from the Lollapalooza II tour, 1992. Silverfish gave us t-shirts to wear for good luck on the first day.
Miki: “Outside the ‘Cheers’ bar in Boston. Sorry – we’re such tourists!”
Miki And Chris Interview Part 1
Miki And Chris Interview Part 2
thanks to Neil
Miki: “Chris and me after ‘drinking the bile’ with the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. There was one of the freakshow acts where a bloke inserted a tube up his nose and into his guts and pumped a pint of beer in. Then he regurgitated it out of the tube and you had to drink it. Probably be illegal now, but 15 years ago it was like the Dark Ages and being on Lollapalooza was like touring a medieval village. Except for the air-conditioned motor homes. ”
Miki: “We got given a poster by a fan, Lush in the style of Kiss. Here’s Emma sharing the moment with Kat Bjelland (Babes in Toyland) and Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam).
Miki : “About to join Ministry on stage in Toronto (replete with Flying V) ”
Miki: ” With Al Jourgensen from Ministry.”
Photos 17 & 18
Miki : ” Emma and Chris join Soundgarden on stage to play drums on Cop Killer. It became a bit of an ‘event’ – I know it sounds horribly cosy – all that ‘bands on stage with one another’, but it was a genuinely good atmosphere (bar one or two notable exceptions!) . Also on drums is Bill Rieflin, then of Ministry, now in REM. I think by the time the tour ended there were about 10 people drumming on stage to that song. ”
Photo 19 Miki : ” Me in the crowd watching the Jesus and Mary Chain, which I did EVERY day of the tour, bar one…
VP: “Miki, which one are you ? I can’t quite make you out ..” 🙂
Miki : “…And When we joined them on stage for backing vocals on “Far Gone and Out.”
VP: “And how where those volatile scamps the Reid Brothers ?”
Miki : “I guess that they spent a lot of time locked in their dressing room having blazing rows. I remember toward the very end of the tour I was having a drink with William and he suddenly expressed regret at having avoided much of the socialising, saying that he felt sorry he hadn’t enjoyed it more. To be fair, the Mary Chain had a really difficult slot on the tour. Pearl Jam had originally been booked to go on second (right after us!) and in the intervening months their popularity had gone through the roof to the extent that they could have virtually headlined. Being extremely un-starry though, they insisted that they go on in the same slot they had been originally booked for. This was great for us – it meant that the venue was already full, even at 2pm, because everyone turned up early to see Pearl Jam! Not so great for the Mary Chain, though, who had to play right after. Don’t get me wrong, they had a ton of fans and a great response, but to follow this band who were on the up and the audience was chucking themselves around to… well, it can’t have been easy. I watched them every gig though (except one, when we had to evacuate the area because of a hurricane!)
Miki : “And then of course we had our own people join us onstage too. Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Bill Rieflin (Ministry) and Mr Lifto (Jim Rose Circus Sideshow). The requirement was to drag up (obviously).”
Miki: “Me and Phil on the video shoot for Hypocrite. ”
Miki: “Me and Chris doing the tourist thing in Sydney, Christmas 1992. ”
Photos 24 & 25 Miki : “Lush as ‘Man About The House’ for the NME Xmas edition 1992. Poor old Chris HATED it (wonder why?!) but Phil was in his ABSOLUTE element. We virtually had to wrestle the chest wig off him”
“God, I’ve suddenly remembered that me and Emma did another NME Xmas dress up thing as The Liver Birds, which would be rather perfect for you, no? I`ll go and look for it”
VP: “hahaha ! This I have to see !”
Photo 26 retrieved By Miki ! “The Liver Birds ”
“Rupert The Bear(studio outake)” By Lush
“Sweetness And Light”-Live -By Lush
Miki: ” Phil and me at a photoshoot for Raygun magazine in New York. They styled us in all this Paul Smith gear which the boys were rather keen on running off with…”
Photo 29 Miki : “Me, Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and Emma – backstage in Rennes, France”
Miki: ” NME Awards”
Miki: “Phil enjoying a jacuzzi bath in the hotel room in Detroit, 1994.”
Miki: ” Phil, me and Chris off in the cab to Heathrow for the next tour… 1996″
Danish duo the Raveonettes (Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo) have been producing their glorious “Great Love Sound” since the early 2000’s.They are one of the few bands around who have managed to adroitly update the surf pop -boy/girl harmonies of the 50’s/60s whilst retaining the classic style of songwriting of that era. They have also succeeded in making it sound unique, contemporary, majestic and full of adrenaline fuelled excitement, there’s a kind of effortless natural grace to their sound, a sound that manages to shimmer with beauty yet glower with menace in equal parts. Scratch below the surface of The Raveonettes seemingly innocent sounding pop and you’ll discover a dark underbelly of scuzzy- vampish-trash-can-nostalgia drenched Americana, littered with shattered dreams and tear stained pillows. This is the world of“Whiplash Rock n’ Roll” where for every sweet pony tailed girl there’s a bad ass guy from the wrong side of the tracks waiting to break her heart, and just beneath the respectable veneer of poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes, you’ll find leathers, stiletto heels and motorcycle chains. It’s the post millennium “wall of sound,” complete with thundering percussion, layers of reverb, distortion and feedback all underpinned by some the best pop hooks you’re likely to hear in this world or the next, it’s the sound of Phil Spector discovering The Jesus &Mary Chain it’s the “place where lost is found, That Great Love Sound”
“We sound like a big melting pot of everything we always thought was really great,” says Sune Rose Wagner, singer/songwriter
“It’s like a homage to all the great movies and all the great literature and music that we’re inspired by,” agrees Sharin Foo.
Their latest album the self produced “Lust, Lust Lust” is vintage Raveonettes, it’s full of joyous melodies which mask the darker themes within, lyrically this could be their starkest album in terms of subject matter, but musically it’s a glorious full on trip through the “dark night of the soul,” which is perversely uplifting despite its darkproclivities. It is of course, accompanied by the trademark Raveonette guitar work that provides the aural equivalent of shooting stars illuminating the landscape with an incandescent beauty, whilst hushed, hypnotic vocals whisper,“I fell out of heaven, to be with you in hell”…Sune and Sharin always give the impression that they have looked behind the facade of the pristine white-netted windows of respectability, and all has not been sweetness and light. Along with their stylistically romantic view of vintage American pop culture there’s always been a miasma of bruised sexual energy and more than a suggestion of something a little sinister and sleazy lurking beneath the surface of your average Raveonettes album, maybe this is what makes their take on 50’s/60’s pop, edgier and more real than the jejune revivalists who seek merely to duplicate the sounds of that era…. Oh and the fact that Sune and Sharin are a couple of musical geniuses.
We spoke to Sharin Foo about the latest album “Lust Lust Lust” and the music scene in general… (V.P.)
VP: Can you tell me the story with regard to the formation of the Raveonettes, how you met, what prompted you to form a band, your initial musical vision/ethos and the where the name came from?
SHARIN: The Raveonettes was formed back in 2001 when Sune came back to Copenhagen after traveling and living in the US for a year. He brought a suitcase full of new tunes and a vision of a band that had the boy girl vocals in front. He asked me if I wanted to join him and that was how it all started. The name is a reference to Buddy Holly “Rave On” and the girl groups from the early sixties “ettes”. And it was sort of inspired by a girl’s name: Ravonelle that Sune came across on one of our relentless finding-a-band-name trips to the library.
VP: Your new album “Lust Lust Lust” has just been released in the UK and it really is as amazing as I’d anticipated!!! It’s got all melody and power of previous albums, but I did read somewhere that you considered it to be darker than your previous efforts?
SHARIN: Yes I think it’s the darkest album that we have done so far, it has bleakness to it in the themes and the sound, but it’s still very romantic like we always are. It has the minimalism and rawness of Whip It On, but it is much more introverted. Whip It On is ultimately a party album. Lust, Lust, Lust is the least celebratory album we have done, and the most personal one I think.
VP:You certainly seem to be an extremely hard working band and have again been gigging relentlessly. What have been the highlights of 2007?
SHARIN:The highlight of 2007 has been to finish the album. with regards to playing shows… I think my personal favorite was a show in Berlin back in November. It was one of those nights where everything connected and I felt like our music was the perfect soundtrack to an evening in Berlin.
VP:You’ve been compared to many great bands/artists from the Phil Spector sound to the Velvets to the Mary Chain. Who would you say where your musical heroes /inspirations?
SHARIN: Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers, The girl groups from the early Sixties, Suicide, Velvet Underground, Cramps, and Angelo Badalamenti…..to mention a few.
VP: On your 3rd album “Pretty In Black” you had Ronnie Spector guest on “Ode To LA”.How did that scenario arise? Was the song written with her in mind? Did you approach her….??
SHARIN: Our producer Richard Gottehrer approached her on our behalf and luckily she loved the song. It wasn’t necessarily written with her in mind, but it emanates the era she came from musically. We were a little worried about whether she would be up for singing homage to LA since she does not have the happiest memories from that place, but she gave it all she had. Needless to say we were very star struck and extremely flattered to work with her in the studio.
VP:What where the first records you purchased?
SHARIN: First two albums I bought were Kim Wilde’s second album “Select” and Duran Duran’s “Rio”.
VP: The digital age; – downloads, streaming music/myspace/ last FM / 1000’s of on line radio stations…Is this making music more dynamic and more accessible, and if so does this spell the death knell for “corporate rock”… alternatively is it making it harder for bands to earn a living?
SHARIN: It might make it more difficult to make a living, and the industry of the old world is on a downfall, but music is not and people seek out new bands more than ever since it’s all so accessible. It might be more difficult to rise above the noise, but we embrace it and we’re still exploring the possibilities of communities/myspace/internet etc and a more direct communication with the people that enjoy our music. It’s exciting times.
VP: Is the current music scene in good health or in need of a full medical? Any bands you’d recommend?
SHARIN: There is some good stuff out there. Liars, Panda Bear, MIA, Black Angels, Autolux to mention a few.
VP:So, you are originally from Denmark and have been based in a number of different cities, London, LA, New York, Do you feel experiencing different environments has helped you develop as a band, broadened your horizons and so forth…?
SHARIN:Yes that was the whole point of moving out of Denmark for a while, to find inspiration and to add some perspective. Coming from such a small and civilized country of only 5 million people, the multi- cultured and chaotic metropolitan cities of the world are utterly fascinating.
VP: I’ve often felt that your music, at times, has an almost cinematic quality, would you like to do a big Hollywood score in the future? Are you movie fans? If so what would you say are your top three movies?
SHARIN: Yes a score is definitely on our to-do list. And yes we love movies and find a lot of inspiration therein. My favorite movies as of present are:
Bergman: Fanny & Alexander
Woody Allen: Annie Hall
VP:Sum up the new album “Lust Lust Lust” in five words
SHARIN: Dark, Melancholic, Noisy, Sleazy and Romantic.
VP: I’d like to add two more “F***ing GENIUS !” Pardon my language!