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Date June 29 2004
Type Interview
Source BBC Manchester
Title BBC Manchester : Interview with Alison Goldfrapp
Country UK
Journalist/Photographer
Text Alison Goldfrapp is famed for two things; superb electro music and extravagant stage outfits. Chris Long gave her a ring ahead of Move to discuss her horse tailed costume and deerhead backing dancers at Glastonbury, the Black Cherry album, Britain's guitar obsession and Goldfrapp's sound.

Alison Goldfrapp on...

...the reason for the horse tail and deerheaded dancers
"I suppose it all stems from my interest in animals and mythology, and how humans depict animals in art and music, and also, I just like the surrealness of it. I like that mixing up hybrids of things. And it feels really nice having that tail, it makes you want to swish around."

...wearing costumes on stage
"For me, the whole thing about image is not about whether you're wearing a pretty frock or not, or about fashion, it's about a narrative. It's part of the music for me. It's how I write and how I create things, so the costume is just an extension of that. And also, it makes you feel good when you go on stage, it feels like an occasion. I did do it once where I just wore jeans and a T-shirt, and I felt so bizarre and weird that I just thought I'm never going to do that again!"

...the line-up at Move
"Partly why I like festivals so much is that that variety is important and that it's about the music and not what genre you're in. I hate that genre thing. Britain is obsessed with boy guitar bands, so I think it's great that we've been asked to do it, especially as we are completely different."

...the Goldfrapp sound
"From the word go, we've always said we should do what we want to do and not worry about whether it is different or whether people are going to be bothered because it is different. We just feel that we need to do what's right for us. We are musicians and we are human, so we want to express different things and play with different ideas, and use instruments that reflect that. I'm really not interested in sticking to a formula, it's just what feels right."

 
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