If Lush threw a party, who'd be on the guest list?
Chris: Peter Stringfellow, because he knows how to
throw a party; Elvis and Keith Richards, because they know how
to party; plus Steve Strange and Robert Elms on the door to make
sure only blondes got in.
Phil King (bass): That's a bit '80s, isn't it?
Miki: We're an '80s band!
Whose names wouldn't be down, and wouldn't get in, no
matter who they were'?
Miki: Thatcher! is that '80s enough?
Emma Anderson (guitar/vocals): All my ex-boyfriends'
Miki: Would your ex-boyfriends get in?
Emma: They wouldn't come anyway; their girlfriends
wouldn't let them.
Emma: Not that I'm bitter.
If the party was fancy dress, what would you go as?
Phil: The Grim Reaper.
Miki: Me and Emma would go as Starsky and Hutch.
Chris: A gorilla.
Miki: Is that because you're eating a banana right
Emma: No, it's because he's got a hairy cock!
Chris: Nah, there's always a gorilla at fancy dress
parties; there's always two of them, and they always get
confused with each other, with hilarious consequences.
Miki: You're thinking of The Pink Panther there,
aren't you? When else does that ever happen?
Chris: You don't go to the same parties as me!
What tunes would get the guests frugging?
Chris: 'Atmosphere' by Russ Abbot
Miki: Followed by 'Atmosphere' by Joy Division.
Emma: 'All Coppers Are Cunts' by Hard Skin.
Chris: And we'd have Noddy Holder playing, because
he's a top bloke in a top hat.
And which tunes would clear the floor?
Chris: 'Henry's Circumcision' by Lou Reed.
Phil: Anything by Surgical Penis Klinik; anything in
my record collection, in fact.
Which is harder to handle, fame or obscurity?
Chris: Obscurity; we've been managing pretty well so
Emma: If you were really famous, I think it'd be
Phil: It wouldn't be a problem for Chris and me
because no one knows who we are, but I think Emma and Miki's
fame would be hard for us to handle.
Is it great when you date... yeah?
Emma: 'Single Girl' was about how it's not better to
be in a relationship, but it's not that great being single.
Relationships are a real Catch 22. But mainly it was a song
about how it's much better to be single than in a crappy
Miki: ... Although I do like going out with people,
all the time. I'm just not very good at it.
Phil: Well, I like wanting to go out with people; you
know, all the yearning, the desire... I just don't like the
actual 'going out' part.
What is the most embarrassing thing in your wardrobe?
Miki: A few skeletons.
Chris: My Val Doonican cardigan! I got it in a New
York thrift shop; it's lovely - a big red chunky thing with a
blue snowflake design, but they all forbid me to wear it.
Miki: You look like Bing Crosby, it's ridiculous!
Phil: The leather trousers I lived in for about five
Miki: No, it's those Mickey Mouse boxer shorts you
wore on Top Of The Pops! Phil, it has to be said, is the least
likely person on earth to wear Mickey Mouse boxer shorts. But
when we were on TOTP, he had to get changed, so we saw them and
went 'Fucking hell!' They were awful. He still wore them,
Who's the most 'lush' human being?
Emma: Christopher Eccleston, the geeky accountant
bloke out of Shallow Grave.
Miki: Gary Oldman, pre-Guns N'Roses video appearance
Chris: Liz Hurley, although I don't think I'd fancy
her mind. And I'd say Liv Tyler, only she is rather young.
Phil: Liv Tyler definitely.
When did you last cry?
Chris: I think I shed a tear watching Animal Hospital.
Rolf was going (convincing Rolf Harris impression): 'We're gonna
haveta puttim down!' And I always find myself going (makes
sobbing noise) when the doddery old couple go: 'He had a good
life, he had a good innings..'
What do you try not to miss?
Emma: Brookside, but I don't want anyone dead. It's
not real, you know.
Chris: Spurs matches.
Phil: Star Trek: The Next Generation, and I don't care
how sad that sounds.
Emma: My periods.
Miki: Fucking hell, yeah!
What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought?
Phil: I bought a jacket in Japan. It was so expensive,
I don't even want to know how much it was. I deliberately bought
it in yen and refused to have it converted into real money.
Miki: You crazy fool.
Do you have any fetishes?
Phil: The smacking sound of leather on willow.
Chris: Young Moroccan boys, the sea gently lapping
over them. .. Oh yes.
What was your most humiliating teenage experience?
Phil: Being made to kiss the bishop's ring.
Chris: It's more of a childhood one. I was about ten
or eleven on the terraces at Spurs singing: 'You're gonna get
your fucking head kicked in!' and this copper beckoned me over
and gave me a real telling off. I was so hard, I ran behind my
brother and burst into tears!
Emma: I had a haircut when I was 11 that made me look
like a boy. Everyone thought I was a boy. I was so, so upset.
Miki: The time when I was coming back from a Siouxsie
And The Banshees gig and I was dying for a wee. The only place I
could find to go was behind this parked car. I was squatting
down and the bloody car drove off, exposing me to a huge bus
queue across the road. The worst part was I then had to go and
join the queue to get the bus home.
Who was your first crush?
Chris: Jane Seymour in Live And Let Die.
Phil: Mine was the same as Jarvis Cocker - Marina out
of Stingray. Which is rather worrying.
Emma: Ringo Starr, David McCallum and Mike Yarwood,
depending on what character he was playing.
Miki: I always had this thing about cheeky cockney
geezers, so mine were The Artful Dodger from Oliver! and, erm...
Reg Varney from On The Buses.
What's the most rock'n'roll thing you've ever done?
Emma: Putting my arm through two plate-glass windows
at the Lollapalooza party in New Orleans. I went to hospital,
but I was so out of it that I ran into the street and tried to
flag down every car, thinking they were all taxis. This van
stopped and I got in, but it was just some bloke! He could have
been a rapist or anything, especially down there in the Deep
Chris: Did he go: 'Hello, li'l missy! Ah'm yur
friendly neighborhood rapist!'?
Emma: No, luckily he was very nice and just took me
back to the hotel.
Miki: We were doing a signing session in Atlanta
during that same tour and I'd spent the entire night drinking
tequila slammers. About 15 minutes in, I kept slipping off my
stool. I was going: 'I'm OK, I'm fine', then I'd collapse face
down on the table. In the end, I had to be carried out, pen
still in hand.
Phil: I put my foot through a hotel wall once; I
thought it was brick, but it was only plaster. I did cover it up
Chris: That's not very rock'n'roll, is it? Did you call out
the 24-hour plasterers?
Did you have any nicknames at school?
Emma: I was called 'Titch' because I was so small.
All: Oh, is that why?
Miki: Miki Mouse, Metal Miki, Holly Holly Hong Kong,
Hong Kong Phooey... There weren't many oriental people at that
Phil: Funnily enough, I was called 'Peking' (ie P
Chris: I was 'Titfer', as in 'Chris-tit-fer'. That was
an hilarious five years.
Do you have any famous friends?
Phil: A bloke from The Bootleg Beatles.
Miki: Russell from Moose is about as famous as mine
Chris: Justin from Elastica. We ring each other up and
say: 'Hello? is that Justin from Elastica? This is Chris from
When did you realize that you'd finally made it?
Chris: When we appeared on Top Of The Pops for the
first time. It's the only time you can ring your mum and she'll
understand that it means something. If you ring her and say:
'Mum, I've just done an interview in VOX!' she'll just go: 'Oh,
that's nice, dear!'. It makes things a lot easier with taxi
drivers, too, because when you tell them you're a musician, the
first thing they'll ask is: 'Have you ever been on Top Of The
Pops?' It's great when you can smirk and casually say: 'Oh, of
course! We were on last Thursday.'
If you had to chat someone up at a party, what approach
would you take?
Miki: The pissed approach; I'd have to be really
pissed. I'm crap at it.
Phil: I've only ever done it once. I was stuck on a
ferry for five hours and I was so bored, I thought: 'Sod it!
I'll give it a go'
Chris: How did you do?
Phil: Ree-sult! But I think I just wore them down.
Chris: I'd get a mate to sidle over for me and say:
'My mate fancies you'. If I had to actually go up myself, I'd
start with: 'Oh yes, I have been on Top Of The Pops - before you
Miki: ... Or stand near them laughing really loudly.
That always works.
Chris: Yes! Just standing by them and laughing: 'Top
Of The Pops! Ha ha ha! Justin from Elastica! Ha ha! Noel and
Liam! Great friends! Ha ha!'.
If you were invisible for one day, what would you do?
Chris: I'd rob a bank, but you'd be able to see the
money floating away, wouldn't you? So I'd go flashing in the
park! I'd be the world's shyest streaker!
Miki: You could put a sock on it, so everyone could
see it. Or wear one of those luminous condoms and terrorize
people on the underground!
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