Fairground AttractionSome user-contributed text on this web page is available below the Inventive Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License more terms could apply. When I met him I played him all the Piaf stuff that I knew and I wanted some thing like that, I wanted stuff about prostitution, I wanted stuff that was about the sort of rag and bones all the bits that get tossed away, about, you know, palm readers, stuff that we all discover tacky but has romance in it and hope in it, which is why we’re attracted to it. And I wanted all that, so that when I was travelling with Fairground and when we got collectively that was extremely important.

And I began weeping and I looked about and there’s at least three guys all of them sniffing and snotting, and I just thought that’s so clever that you can do that, play about with the feeling with what it is and then only identify it quite briefly so that it isn’t hammered out all the time, which is what I come across incredibly tiring and tedious about the pop business and the pop game.

No, nicely Teddy Borowiecki, Teddy has often played with kd. But I heard him via Jane Siberry, when I got Jane Siberry Bound By The Beauty album, and Teddy played this solo that was the most out-there solo I’ve ever heard in my life, and I don’t like keyboards that much, so I was incredibly surprised to find myself phoning him up. And when I did the Eddi Reader album, when my head was a mess, the producer said, I’ve got this keyboard player that we can use, and it was him.

So I had this circumstance exactly where I was paying, I was haemorrhaging record company funds in Ocean Way, LA and finally Mark walked way and took his songs with him, and one of them was “Kiteflyer’s Hill” and left some of them, mentioned but you’re not performing this and you’re not carrying out that simply because these are critical songs to me and I’m not letting that guy touch them.

Certain, up against the majority of it’s bedfellows in the 1998 charts it must have sounded as earthy as a Blind Lemon Jefferson field recording, but closer listening reveals a track each and every bit as contrived as the most recent Kylie Minogue single (though aimed at a distinct audience) and I don’t consider it is any co-incidence that Fairground Attraction hit paydirt just when CD was becoming the dominant music format.