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Fraser McAlpine | 16:35 UK time, Friday, 23 March 2007

The Academy Is...

*Sigh* It could have been SO. GOOD. We were offered the chance to interview William from The Academy Is... about their strident new single 'We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands', a chance we naturally jumped at. Now, a song title like that does tend to lead to mischievous questions, don't you think? That's right, it does.

Unfortunately, three things were acting against this being the best interview of all time ever. These were:
Thing 1: I had a cold and was not at my best.
Thing 2: There was an odd moment at the beginning where we were both listening to a silent phone line, waiting for the other to speak.
Thing 3: William didn't seem to get the link between his song about messy hands, and actual messy hands AT ALL.

What I Expected: Some kind of glorious celebration of all things digital (it means 'hand-based', the way 'digits' means 'fingers', see?), in which we, as men, bond over the kind of muck and goop we've got our mitts on in our time...
What I Did Not Expect: For this light-hearted and fun line of questioning to be treated with blank incomprehension, as if I am a) obsessed with hands and b) a little bit strange.


Listen to the whole sorry affair right here

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And now, having floundered about for all that time with endless questions based on the title of the song 'We've Got A Big Mess On Our Hands', wouldn't you like to see the video for the song itself? Thought so...

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The Academy Is... are also available in internet form...
And MySpace form...

PS: There's an mp3 version of this interview right here...


  1. At 09:11 PM on 23 Mar 2007, Mz.K wrote:

    Woooooooweeeeeeeee I love these lil guys...
    glad they're coming back, willaim becket is so, um... pretty... in a man-ish kind of way... :s

    wooo & pete wentz is in it!!

  2. At 09:42 PM on 25 Mar 2007, lauren wrote:

    I'm really hooked on the new song
    Its a lot different that the 'old' stuff, for the good i think
    I've been singing this song all day
    and lets face it
    Mr.Beckett is pretty spiffing :]

  3. At 04:59 PM on 15 Apr 2007, Kirsty wrote:

    Aww, what a shame on lovely William. I've seen them live twice and met him.

    Poor him for not undertsanding the British humour!

  4. At 10:26 PM on 13 Jul 2007, Barbara wrote:

    I was laughing throughout the whole thing. XD

  5. At 09:50 PM on 14 Jul 2007, annabel lee wrote:

    The new album was all i expected and more. Just looking over past interviews builds my appreciation more for them...
    ughh i just love them. even more with chislett XD

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