Words In Motion
Spellbound - Vol IV Iss III
© September 1999
From Bernhard S., Nailsworth, SA, Australia -
How did Iva come to work with John Brand on "Dusty Pages"? My
sister bought a great CD when we were in England in '94 by a girl called
Jan Johnston who was managed by none other than John Brand. The album
is called Naked But For Lilies and it's brilliant - highly recommended!
Iva's answer -
That's a good question. I met him in Japan again on this last Mt. Fuji
Rock Festival trip (1998). I met him in a studio. He is managing and has
produced a Welsh band (I think they are) called Stereophonics. They just
had a number 2
might have been number 1
single in Britain.
I don't exactly know how we ended up with him. I do know that he was involved
with Aztec Camera. Maybe he was recommended by Chrysalis.
Stephen C. of Melbourne, VIC submitted to Spellbound
his ideas of a discussion of album cover art and the inspirations behind
songs. We decided to take this discussion to Iva, but limited the question
to encompass only the first album. Here's what Iva had to say, and here's
hoping that this will be the first of many installments:
Iva's answer -
The only interesting thing about the first album was, being the first
songs I'd ever written, I had no idea what to do. I did keep notebooks
and put completely random selections of words into them, which I still
have. Things like "Walls" for example, if you wade through the
notebook you'll sort of find whole slabs of lyrics. They're distributed
all through the whole book. They're just bits. Then I must have, at some
point, flicked through and gone, "Oh, that's good," and "I'll
stick that bit in." So, in fact, all of "Walls" is there,
or lots of it. All completely disjointed. To me, it's actually quite peculiar
that it ended up being a reasonably coherent set of lyrics! That was the
method then. I don't do things like that at all these days. That was the
way the whole of the first album was done. Real cut-up, basically.
What was behind "Paradise Lost"? Are we hearing you correctly?
You only sing the one line. Is it, "You don't scare me, Mr. President?"
(laughter) That's actually a topic of discussion on the
Internet mailing list. "What is he saying and what's behind this?"
could be that
could be something else
You know precisely what it is. You just don't want to tell us!
and moving to the next subject! (laughter)
You are rotten! What about the album cover? We know that John Lloyd
I think I am probably correct in saying that I suggested this barren thing
but I might be wrong, too. This sort of "leafless tree." In
some ways, the actual arch, or whatever it is
I can't remember how
much detail of the house is in there. It's certainly very reminiscent
of where I lived or the style of building. John also lived up the road
at that time. That particular suburb has very Victorian type houses. I
think the style seems to be in line with that. In a slight way, it does
always remind me of that area.