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Monday 11 April 2005

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Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler have played such a massive part in the British music scene, it would be hard to imagine how things would be without them. Would Britpop have existed?  Lord knows, but it's a given that without the songs of Suede and McAlmont & Butler we'd all be musically the poorer.

To celebrate, BBC 6 Music dedicated a whole day to Brett and Bernard to celebrate their song writing reunion with new band The Tears.

Gideon Coe (0730-0930)
Listen again to the breakfast show to hear exclusive album tracks from The Tears' yet-to-be-released debut album in Double Whammy Debut.

Paul Anderson(0930-1300)
If you missed you can listen again to the Hub Session with The Tears performing brand new material
Steve Lamacq (1600-1900)
Hear Steve Lamacq's exclusive interview with the pair on his afternoon show.
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Thank you for all your emails to Brett and Bernard. Here's a sample of some of the questions with answers from the pair. Don't forget you can listen again to the interview on Steve Lamacq's show for a week after broadcast.

Q. Have you thought about writing an autobiography?
Hans in Cambridgeshire.

Brett: If something interesting happens to us we might think about it.

Bernard: Mine will be a fictional tale with my own tragic death exaggerated by the beautiful female lead character and entitled: "And That's Why I'm Moving to St Petersburg, Tomorrow"
Q. Bernard, if much of Dog Man Star  and all the first McAlmont and Butler album is expansive both in terms of length and guitar style, your more recent songs are noticeably shorter and feature very controlled guitar work. Have you in the pursuit of Motown-style pop perfection abandoned the idea of writing another eloquent guitar epic such as Stay Together?
Anwar - London

Bernard: I closed off the Bob Marley avenue of pleasure about the same time.... the whole point of stay together was that the first 3 mins 30 secs worked as pure pop and you would never hear the rest on the radio.

Q. Brett: Your usual songwriting practice is to write a lyric for a pre-existing piece of music, in this case by Bernard. Has the reverse ever been true with you presenting a complete lyric for someone else to write music
Anwar - London

Brett: yes, 'Filmstar' and 'She' were both sort of written like that
Q. Which of your co-star's songs that was made without you is your favourite? (ie not early Suede or The Tears)
Ian from Hong Kong

Bernard: Eno's 'Introducing The Band'

Q. Any plans for a tour outside Europe?
Ian from Hong Kong

Bernard : Yes!
Q. If you had to play one song live from either of your back catalogues, what would it be?
James Brown from Hereford

Bernard: She's a Layabout
Q.  A few years back you did some material with Edwyn Collins with a song I remember call 'Message for Jojo'. Did much material get recorded and will any of it ever come to public listening?
Sam in York

Bernard: We did a hi-energy disco track which I wiped by mistake.... this was probably a happy mistake.

Q. You're probably sick of people comparing Tears songs to this-and-that Suede song... What reference points would you use to guide people about your sound / influence?
Kathryn in South Yorks

Bernard: Listen to 'Rhinestone Cowboy' back to back with 'Crazy in Love' and pentangle's 'Poison' for a few days and you're getting into my world....

Q. What do you think of the decision to no longer pack Smarties in tubes?
Kathryn in South Yorks

Bernard: A good decision if you're elderly / pregnant / disabled / a cellist and need a seat.

Q. Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
May-ling in Trushell in Lincolnshire

Bernard: Johnny Marr

Q. Tell us a bout the writing process, how it starts, how it finishes, if anyone takes the lead...
Dave in London

Brett: It's all just lucky guesswork!

Q. If you could be in any other band who would it be and why?
Simon Quinton in Oxford

Brett: Stone Roses - lots of time off

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