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Fraser McAlpine | 16:48 UK time, Monday, 25 February 2008

Futureheads - Ross arrowed

These days, you can switch your telly on at any time and you're never more than a few minutes away from some show or other which wants to show you how the 'magic of TV' is done. They'll whip a camera around to show another cameraperson waving at you, or take you on a tour of the gallery where the director sits, rather than just getting on with the bloody TV show, thank you very much.

Then there's DVD extras, showing off about how your favourite film, or cartoon or, y'know...DVD... was made, extras which were actually filmed while they were still making whatever it is they're being filmed making!

Basically, we live in an age where the magic of creativity is being whittled away, and replaced by some useful tips and information, but little in the way of mystique.

Enter the Futureheads, a band of brainy noggin-rockers whose latest single - the very, very good 'The Beginning Of The Twist' reveals exactly how pop videos are made these days, from storyboarding down to greenscreen and back again.

Rather than let them get away with this wilful deconstruction, I dug out a couple of choice quotes and rang the band's guitarist Ross for a chinwag. There's no extra footage of me actually ringing Ross, you'll just have to believe that this is what happened, OK?

RossWhat I Expected: A very earnest discussion of the use of these very modern demystification techniques, involving the history of modern art, Marcel Duchamp, Damien Hurst, and a lot of chin-scratching and general boffiny-twaddle...
What I Did Not Expect: "He's got the best posture in rock"...a love of any film showing factory machinery making things...how to become a really good tour manager...Half Man Half Biscuit...Jaff's nails. Oh. My. Good. Lord...


Or download the mp3 version of this interview*...


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Here's the video for 'The Beginning Of The Twist', which, as you will see, deconstructs the making of a video in a most enthralling fashion...

The Futureheads are also available in website form...
And MySpace form...


Now, an interesting thing happened after this interview was over. I was talking to Stacey - the very nice lady who organised the interview in the first place - about how well it had gone, and she told me that Ross told her that he'd been deliberately inserting the names of Queen songs into his answers. Apparently they often set each other little challenges like this on interview days, just to alleviate the mild boredom that sets in when they have to answer how the band got its name...again.

Now, I don't mind this kind of thing at all, except if you listen to the interview, there are NO Queen song titles in any of his answers, and he told the rest of the band he'd managed FIVE or SIX, including 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

It's ALL LIES! And to prove it, here's the full, unedited version of the entire interview. It even contains a really dull bit in the middle where we talk about the media and Facebook. AND to make it even more ridiculous, in the section where we talk about magic, he says "kind of" twenteen times, and at no point are those words followed by the world "magic".

The man's a FRAUD, I TELL YOU!

Or download the mp3 version of this interview*...


* Right-click on the link, then select 'Save Target As...' and pick the folder on your PC that you'd like to download the file to.


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