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From: Aaron Henderson
E-mail: aaron.henderson@ucg.ie

In a previous answer about holidays etc., you mentioned that you quite liked the west coast of Ireland. I live and work all along the Irish west coast and was just wondering if there were any places / pubs in particular that you like?

Well, I love Connemara and have had a couple of fantastic holidays there. I don't like the tourist haunts, so I tend to try and find 'genuine' Irish pubs with live music. I couldn't tell you the names of any of them although you can bet your life at least one of them was called 'Paddy O Reilly's':-) We were based in a lodge on Loch Inagh. I've travelled all around Galway, Kerry and Mayo.

From: Sonny
E-mail: spitfire@mnl.sequel.net

You did a concert here in the Philippines. I just wondered what was your impression of the country? Did you get to tour any places here?

It was a bit strange to be honest. I wasn't mad about Manilla but we were only there for a couple of days and I didn't get any time to travel around.

From: Phil Sharp
E-mail: PilafDM@aol.com

I'll admit I'm just a sad American sap. A friend and I are both quite fond of British slang. Could you come up with a small glossary of the kind of slang that you or other English people use?

Cockney rhyming slang is the most interesting but can get complicated. In it's simple form, you, for instance, are a 'Septic' (Septic Tank = yank) and perhaps you live up the 'Apples 'n' Pears = stairs. It gets complicated however, when you get your double and triple rhyming slang. For example, the rhyming slang for 'arse' is 'plaster':

- Plaster of Paris =' Aris', Aristotle = 'Bottle', 'Bottle 'n' Glass' =Arse

Say it fast. Get it? If you feel confident, try this one for size:

"Oi, 'ave a butchers at the boat on that Richard. Nice thru'pennys an' all. Good set of pins, big plates though. Not too sure about the Jules, looks like a bubble to me - dodgy 'ampsteads and he's definitely wearing a syrup."

Answers on a postcard please.....

From: Auriel
E-mail: 00239739@roehampton.ac.uk

Have you ever been to Bognor Regis? I don't live there so you can say whatever you like about the place!

I have had that pleasure.....it's too geriatric for me, like many English seaside towns - blue rinses everywhere.

From: Nico Lewandowsky
E-mail: nico.lewandowsky@berlin.snafu.de

Could you please explain the word "cheesy" for non English-speaking fans who cannot find this word in their dictionary?

'Cheesy' means 'in bad taste', kitsch , 'tongue-in-cheek', tacky....

From: Mike Heffner
E-mail: MHeffner2@aol.com

In a forum question by Michael Perrota dated 22/2/98, you stated he should stick to things like baseball and drive-by shootings! Dark humour (I can appreciate) or your real outlook on the US (which I can also appreciate)?

Don't draw me on this one Mike. I haven't got the energy to explain the English sense of humour or what we really think about you septics ;-)

From: Briony
E-mail: 100446.760@compuserve.com

P.S. I am very offended about your remark about Brum :) I'll have you know that we are at the very epicentre of excitement. Next year the Bull Ring is being redeveloped, oh yes!

Can't wait......

From: Jam
E-mail: Jam007DM@aol.com

What do you think of Las Vegas? You played there on my birthday in 1994. Was it a good show?

It's one of the cheesiest places I've been. We stayed at the Luxor hotel in '94 - tacky or what. I don't remember the gig really although I've got a feeling it wasn't very good for some reason. I seem to remember the venue had a theatrical feel to it. After the show, the entire DM entourage stayed in the casino and gambled except Hep and I who went out to a club called the Shark Bar or something.

What hotel did or do you normally stay in when you're in Los Angeles?

Most of the time with the Mode we used to stay at the 'Sunset Marquis'. The last time I was in L.A., I stayed at the Nikko in Beverley Hills.

Don't you love to laugh at us dumb ass Americans from President Clinton to Jerry Springer (the talk show host)! Do you get Jerry Springer in the UK?

Do we? Just every day. It gets the housewives afternoon slot as well as appealing to connoisseurs of kitsch TV. I can only watch for a couple of minutes until it all becomes too much and I have to return to the cricket - ahhh.

From: Sveinbjorn Bjarki Jonsson
E-mail: bjalli@mmedia.is

Ever been to Iceland?

No, but I'd love to go. The landscape is right up my street.

From: Mario Vella
E-mail: mmjgvella@hotmail.com

In an earlier response, you said you liked the sound of Italian. Have you ever heard Maltese (my mother tongue). It's an odd mixture of Italian, Spanish and Arabic? Would you be interested in a sample. Ever been to Malta?

Yes I would actually Mario - do you want to send me a cassette of you talking? No, I've never been to Malta.

From: Javier Pecyner
E-mail: JFP@ciudad.com.ar

Did you enjoy your time in Argentina during the 1994 'Devotional' tour?

I had a good time.
Have you ever considered returning to my country, either on tour or for a vacation?

After what you did to us in the World Cup, any soft spot I might have had for Argentina's disappeared I'm afraid ;-)

From: Alex Reed
E-mail: alexreed@erols.com

I unfortunately have never been to England. Do you believe that the film 'Four Weddings And A Funeral', accurately portrays some of the culturalistic details of the English?

Some things yes but it's also full of cliches. I really hope we're not all like Hugh Grant .....gosh (blush). Try watching a Mike Leigh film if you want to learn about the English and our class struggles. I recommend 'Life Is Sweet', 'High Hopes' or 'Secrets And Lies' although all Leigh's films are excellent and very funny.

From: Greg
E-mail: gakmadison@worldnet.att.net

Is it true that most Europeans consider American football to be "girly" because of all that padding that they wear?

Yes. You don't see our Rugga boys wearing all that garb, do you - that's because they're hard.

From: Kristian
E-mail: admin@erhvervs-net.dk

Have you ever been to Denmark besides touring or recording?

I spent a month living in Copenhagen in 1979, working at Daddy's Disco. (P.A. Hire)

From: Rosa Torras
E-mail: rt051@mx3.redestb.es

What do you know about Catalonia or Catalan language within the Spanish context? Any special thoughts on Barcelona?

I know that it involves a lot of history and some fierce rivalry but not much more. I've never spent much time in Barcelona but I really enjoyed being there on tour.

From: Terrance Ievers
E-mail: germistoncitynews@caxton.co.za

I am a South African fan but cannot get my hands on any of the Recoil albums? Any suggestions or advice? By the way, there are many Alan Wilder fans here - why doesn't Alan come and see for himself.

Well, it's top of our list for a holiday destination. Can you guarantee us a good time if we decide to come?

From: Chris Campbell
E-mail: ccampbell@socio.com

I realise that you have little affiliation with Basildon but I'm fascinated with the "new town" concept. As an American, I imagine cities like Levittown, PA would be similar - sold to Euro-Americans fleeing urban squalor, this cookie cut town was the perfect middle class escape. Were England's "new towns" the same or were they more about relocating displaced families after World War II? On a recent visit to Basildon it appeared to me a bit run-down. All those 60's modernist cubes seemed quite tired and forlorn. Is this an indication of England's economy or have I been smoking crack?

Towns like Basildon and Welwyn Garden City etc. were planned and built to deal with both the housing crisis at the end of the war and the boom time of the 1950's. At the time they were a welcome relief to the squalor of back-to-backs but they haven't stood the test of time, ending up with a somewhat comical reputation - a sort of 'fake' suburbia with little or no character. Now it's become much more trendy to live in the heart of the city again.

On a side note, I visited St. Nicolas School where your former band members supposedly held the first ever DM concert. Based on your knowledge is this true? There's a smelly old multipurpose room there. Was this where the concert was held?

You're telling me you came all the way to England and wasted a day visiting a primary school? I don't know about their first gig or which school room it was or wasn't performed in.

From: Ingo Wziontek
E-mail: floegel@dammtorsatz.de

Do you remember anything special about Hamburg during the time you were recording 'SOFAD'? Do you have any special clubs or bars you liked very much?
Unlike Puk in Denmark, there's plenty to do in Hamburg, mainly clubs and bars around the Reeperbahn area. I'm a bit vague about names but our great friend Reto Buhler (ex-label manager of Intercord) takes us to some great places - one called 'The Lounge' I think....ring any bells?

From: Carsten Vogt
E-mail: cvogt@theorie.physik.uni-wuppertal.de

Have you ever been to 'Stonehenge' and do you have any theory as to what its meaning might be?

I don't make an annual pilgrimage but I have seen it. I think it was built for astronomical purposes.

Since you have an interest in architecture I would like to ask if you have ever been to London's Docklands and what kind of buildings (or places) you like most in that area and in London in general?

I like the OXO building obviously because I like art deco design. In fact, there are many fantastic buildings in London - people just rarely notice them. BBC Broadcasting house is amazing (1930's), Barkers department store on Kensington High Street is another favourite and the Hoover building as you approach London from the M4 is very impressive, especially at night when the floodlights are on. I also like Battersea Power Station and the Lloyds building.

What do you think of the old college buildings in Oxford and Cambridge, if you have ever seen them?

They're old and hallowed....er, apart from that I'm not particularly interested. Not really the right period for me.

Did you visit Brighton during '94/'95? I used to study there around that time but unfortunately, I seem to have missed you.

Hep and I tend to visit Brighton every so often and we've been doing so since '94. It's quite a large city - I think it unlikely we would have just bumped into you! As I'm sure you know, the North Laines are pretty good for wandering around and have some interesting antique, clothes and record stores.

Have you ever been to the South Downs? I think you should take Hep and Paris there for a walk. They will love it.

We wake up to fantastic views of the South Downs every morning but never seem to get around to walking along them. There are so many good walks right outside our doorstep, it never seems particularly appealing to have to drive somewhere to go for a walk...

What are your personal experiences with the Americans? Do you like them?

I have no problem with Americans. We Brits like to make fun of them but then we like to make fun of all other nationalities (in our smug "we're superior to everybody" kind of way ). America is a country of extremes. It has the best and worst of everything.
What is your general opinion about English society?

I love our history and our culture, and our class system is fascinating. London is also a very 'happening' city at the moment. Being an island, we feel slightly apart from the rest of Europe and we're very patriotic. There are also things that I hate about the English and some of our habits, but I don't think I would live anywhere else (just yet anyway).

From: Peter Dieter
E-mail: pdieter@hrzpub.tu-darmstadt.de

I don´t want you to become a travel-guide but as I am visiting London in a few weeks and want to spend a day at the sea not extremely far away, I wondered if you know any beautiful places to go. Would you suggest going East, South or Southwest?

The nearest place from London is Brighton (south - about 1-2 hours). I don't think I could describe it as beautiful but it's worth a visit. The beach is pebbles only and the sea will be too cold to swim in but since it will be raining anyway, you'll be much better off in the North Laines area where there are some interesting Record / Clothes / Antique shops etc..

From: Steve Lamoreaux
E-mail: barbienut@networld.com

Of all the places you've been (musically or otherwise), what is your favourite in the world?

I don't really have one. I like different places for different reasons. I love the west coast of Ireland, South of France, New York, Berlin, Bali ...etc..........

From: Niels Kolling
E-mail: nk@tdk.dk

Do you speak German?

A bit. Enough to get me by in restaurants and bars. My German gets better the longer I stay in the bar ;-)

From: Jean
E-mail: jean101@usa.net

I'm surprised to see that you would return to South Africa after all the misfortune you had here - kidney stones being removed, wardrobes being stolen etc. Were there any highlights for you, either playing here or just visiting?

Capetown was great. Fantastic location and weather, good restaurants, bars and clubs. I had a lot of fun there and the gigs were good too.

From: UnsndMethd
E-mail: UnsndMethd@aol.com

Do you have any recollections of Boston from your visits to the States? (Any worth mentioning, that is...)

Yes, on one visit we couldn't find a drinking establishment that would allow admission without American I.D. Not the most sensible policy in terms of tourism.....

From: Joyce
E-mail: FMsGs@aol.com

Considering you enjoy the architecture of the early Twentieth century, you must be quite fond of a lot of the buildings in New York City - Manhattan in particular has quite a collection of buildings from that era. The Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building and my personal favourites, the cast iron buildings of the Soho and Chelsea districts come to mind. What are yours? Have you ever spent a day in NYC just walking around admiring the architecture?

I agree with everything you've mentioned here. Talking about the Cast Iron districts, the number of derelict / unused buildings seems somewhat uncapitalist - you'd have thought someone would have seen the dollar signs. The architecture surrounding Central Park is also very interesting. I wouldn't say we've wandered around NYC just looking at buildings but good architecture obviously makes any city more enjoyable.

From: Andrew M. Lea
E-mail: amlea007@ginginnet.or.jp

How many times have you been to Japan and how was it?

At least 5 or 6 times. I always enjoy going there for a massive culture shock. The place never ceases to amaze me and the differences between the behaviour of the people and their customs compared to the West, is immense. Tokyo is also great for gadget shopping of course, and I like Jap. food although it gets a bit boring if you eat it every day. Hotel rooms are small but you always get a humidifier, the taxi drivers wear white gloves, don't speak to you (excellent) and their cab doors open automatically. Drinks come in small measures and cost the earth and getting from A to B in the city is a real problem due to the congestion. Crime is virtually non-existent, they bow a lot and all the women look about 12 years old.

From: Nicky
E-mail: regus2@netway.at

During your time with DM, I think you went to Austria twice. Have you visited my country apart from those concerts? If yes, how do you like Vienna? Have you ever been skiing? If not, you and Hep should come over and try and see if you can keep up with us!
Apart from DM tours, I've been to Vienna once - with Hep on the 'Unsound Methods' promo. trip. I liked what I saw of the city but didn't really have time to explore it fully. I've never been skiing and I doubt I'd be any good at it. Hep can ski though.

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