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24 September 2014
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Dollar were the epitome of sugar-coated pop, but squabbles got the better of them and the hair lacquer ran out. David tells us why...

Is pop music better or worse now than in the ‘80s?
David: Songwriters come and go. Every era has good and bad bands. I do think Westlife are a better band than say, the Bay City Rollers in the ‘70s. Production techniques are better now of course which helps.

Pop Idol TV? Devil spawn or a genuine hotbed of creative talent?
David: I don’t think you should blame the shows. Blame the record companies. They’re the ones marketing this stuff. They’ve learned that a TV show can give you millions of pounds worth of advertising and marketing for free. They’ve become cleverer at marketing their acts. Will and Gareth are pleasant bubblegum pop but nothing more. Will is a bit more soulful but Gareth has the looks. I think they’ll go down as novelty acts, like Whigfield or Yazz in the ‘80s. I don’t think they’ll have a lasting impression on the business.

You received a lot of publicity after The Sun tracked you down selling burgers from a stall in Brighton. Upsetting?
David: God, no. Why? I find it weird that people are still surprised that I do that. Although I sell waffles now. We’ve gone a bit more upmarket and European. There’s more of a Riviera vibe to Brighton now so I’m trying to move with the times! Paul McCartney has just bought a house next to Fatboy Slim’s on the beach and you can often see Gary Numan flying his plane on a clear day. The thing is I have to make a living. I’m 45 now not 25. I still perform as David Van Day’s Bucks Fizz from time to time but otherwise I need to do something to fill my days. The money soon disappears.

Do you still like performing on stage?
David: Oh yeah. I bet if the Spice Girls ran out of money, and they must be close, they’d consider playing Butlins because you’re always hungry to perform. You don’t turn down any offers. Actually I’d still like to get into acting. I always wanted to do it but I got sidetracked by the music thing.

  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live."  

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