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Dave Mulcahy has a pretty fair body of work behind him, we might say.

As one of the mainmen writers in JPSExperience (whose complete catalogue has just been reissued) and then the pivot in Superette, he clocked up a considerable songbook in just 15 years from the mid Eighties.

Since then he's been flying solo but also under a couple of pseudonyms: Mulchzoid and Zilverside.

His profile might seem low these days but his songs fly high and perhaps that's why he's been induced to be the inaugural performer in the bFM/JLP season of Retrospective, an opportunity for an artist to showcase material from their back-catalogue.

Mulcahy plays Retrospective at the Civic Wintergarden on Thursday October 22 (see here for details and it's an early show coz we're all older, right?).

So it seemed timely to invite the wry Dave Mulcahy to answer our Famous Elsewhere Questionnaire . . .

And he did, and we kept his idiosyncratic ….......... intact.

The first piece of music which really affected you was . . .

...........Chirpy Chirpy Cheap Cheap by Middle of the Road

Your first (possibly embarrassing) role models in music were . . .

..........John Lydon

Lennon or Jagger, Ramones or Nirvana, Madonna or Gaga, Jacko or Jay-Z?

.........Lennon / Ramones / Madonna / Jay -Z

If music was denied you, your other career choice would be . . .

...........Music isn't a career choice but if I was deaf I'd paint pictures

The three songs (yours, or by others) you would love everyone to hear are . . .

......... -  Rhinohead by Von Sudenfeld, Dick Around by Sparks, Anything by aliens from outer space 

Rip_It_Up_and_Start_Again__Postpunk_1978___1984_coverAny interesting, valuable or just plain strange musical memorabilia at home?


The best book on music or musicians you have read is . . .

.............Rip It Up & Start Again by Simon Reynolds

If you could get on stage with anyone it would be . . . (And you would play?)

..............Mark E Smith / The Guitar

The three films you'd insist anybody watch because they might understand you better are . . .

.............Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, 2001, Crimes and Misdemeanors

The last CD or vinyl album you bought was . . . (And your most recent downloads include . . .)

................I don't buy music / New Order's Latest

One song, royalties for life, never have to work again. The song by anyone, yourself included, which wouldn't embarrass you in that case would be . . .

.................Beethoven - Moonlight Sonata

The poster, album cover or piece of art could you live with on your bedroom forever would be . . .

.................Forever is a hell of a long time but maybe Klimt - The Kiss

You are allowed just one tattoo, and it is of . . .

................Scratch & Win

David Bowie sang, “Five years, that's all we've got . . .” You would spend them where, doing . . .?

...........exactly what i'm doing now, 5 minutes, 5 years, what's the difference?

And finally, in the nature of press conferences in Japan, “Can you tell me please why this is your best album ever?”

...........S┼Źde wa arimasen. Watashi wa uso o tsuku tsumori wa arimasen

[It's not like that, I'm not trying to lie to you] 

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