|Martin talking to the Press-Telegraph
before NBC Tonight show
-Are u nervous about tonight?
A little bit. Itís probably my
worst nightmare going on TV with large audiences. I love writing songs,
I love being in a band, but this isnít exactly my idea of fun, playing
in crowds and going on TV. Thatís just one of those things I have to accept.
Itís part of the job.
-So if u could be doing anything
else in LA today, what would u be doing?
Iíd be on the beach at the moment.
Weíre staying out in Santa Monica on the beach and Iíd be there.
-Have u guys gone to any clubs while
youíve been in LA?
No, weíve been mellow in the evenings,
but weíve done quite a lot of work. We did a photo session on Monday, we
had this Internet thing on Tuesday, yesterday we did a video all day, now
weíve got the "Tonight show" and tomorrow weíve got the launch party and
then hopefully weíre finished. Thatís all we planned this year.
-Why the "Tonight show" rather than
another show in the States?
They r the ones who would have
us. We were supposed to do "Saturday night live" and we got pulled at the
last minute and Henry Rollins got the show we were supposed to do. They
favored Henry Rollins over us.
-Have u seen the crowd outside the
There always seems to be this sort
of response for us here. Itís quite incredible. Actually, that Internet
thing the other day apparently broke records, which is nice to hear itís
just amazing, the fanaticism. Weíve never been able to put our finger on
why our fans are so obsessive. We do seem the band with the most obsessive
fans in this business.
-The lyrics u write seem to touch
a common thread in all of these people: where do u come up with this stuff?
Iíve always said that I write about
the things that interest me and move me. I think that somehow touches some
common denominator in people. I also think that the songs are ambiguous
enough for people to tie them into their own lives.
-Are u still fascinated about religion
as u were when u first started writing lyrics about it?
I always say I believe in God,
somehow I believe in God, and Iíve never gotten past that point, so it
still is a fascination because Iíd love to go past that point and Iím never
-When was the last time u were in
See, church doesnít particularly
interest me. Religion is more interesting than church.
-Were u raised in a religious home?
No, not particularly. My parents
would have claimed that they were Church of England and religious, but
itís not like it is over here. People donít go to church generally in England,
itís not a big deal. I think itís just a slogan, "Iím Church of England".
But if u actually put them on the point, I donít think they would particularly
go past the point of saying ,"I believe in Jesus Christ". Or I donít
know if theyíd actually even say that.
-Is it true that Vince Clarke (of
Erasure) wanted to produce the new album?
He actually suggested quite a few
times that he wanted to replace Alan and get the original lineup back together
and we laughed about the first 15 times. But every time we met he kept
saying it and made us think maybe heís serious.
I donít know. I hadnít actually
said to him, "Do u fancy coming back for one record?", I donít know, maybe
he would have done it. But I think our music has gone in such different
ways. I donít think weíd be compatible anymore.