| "It's not going
to happen with 'Hope' and '100 Windows'," continues Rod.
"Well I hope not. We just have to wait until the merger
Speaking of 'Hope Is Important', on 'Close The Door' there's
a line "It's time for the maths test" is that really
"Yes," replies Rod through a large smile. "That's
one of the songs that we've tried to forget about to be honest."
Why, don't you like it?
Rod stops laughing to himself and continues the conversation.
"It's just so quirky. It kind of sticks out like a sore
thumb from the rest of the album. One of flaws of maybe 'Hope
Is Important'. It's good that it's a flaw because you know you
can never make a perfect record. It's so fragmented because
it was recorded over a period of time when we were really playing
heavy chords. We were learning how to write songs and that one
just doesn't really fit in with the album in any way at all
because it's such quirky annoying pop."
Are there any other songs that you don't like?
"There are songs that I prefer to others ones. I think
this album does work as a whole record. Which is something we're
quite conscious to do, to make a
sort of a more coherent album and I think we've done that."
Do you think that journalists make far too many connections
between you and REM?
Rod and Colin sigh. "It's just completely lazy journalism
for people who don't have the imagination to describe the way
you sound themselves," starts Rod.
"I mean yeah we've got influences from REM but we've got
lots of other places as well."
You mean like the time when you released Captain' you were described
as a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs?
"Yes" states Rod and Colin nods with severe authority.
Rod continues "It was because it was so shambolic really
because we didn't play that well. We basically recorded it the
way we would like. Obviously not completely thrashed around
but it was similar to that and at the end of the day we realised
would do the songs more justice if we spent more time on them."