Des de Moor
Press Cuttings: Darkness and Disgrace

Xfm 9 February 2003, 08:45 - 09:00 hrs
Photo: Theo Cohen

Adam Longworth Show

Des and Russell appeared on Adam Longworth's breakfast show on indie music channel Xfm (part of the Capital Radio group), promoting the new run of Darkness and Disgrace.

Adam. OK, time for our guests. I like having guests. In the studio this morning we've got Des de Moor and Russell Churney. Gentlemen, thank you very much for joining us.

Russell. It's a pleasure.

Adam. He-heh. And they're doing a show up in Hampstead which is basically called Darkness and Disgrace, a David Bowie show, but it's not really a David Bowie tribute as such, is it?

Des. Er, we have been listed on a web page as a David Bowie tribute but it's not strictly speaking accurate. One of the nice things about it is it's actually completely different interpretations. We haven't attempted to replicate the great man himself...

Adam. David Bowie has heard the show and says it's an ear-opener, cos you completely reinterpret his songs. You don't stand there and go [Bowie impersonation] "I watch the ripples change their size but never leave the stream..." You don't, do you?

Des. [laughs] No, we don't do that.

Adam. And how long's the show go on for? Can you basically tell us what it's gonna be like? Cos I mean Bowie fans should see it, right?

Russell. It's a theatre show, which is the important thing. It's not a gig as such, we're not getting up and just singing the songs. We've chosen a wide selection of songs from the Bowie catalogue going back to the mid 60s...

Adam. Back to 'London Boys'.

Russell. Back to 'London Boys'.

Des. And 'Please Mr Gravedigger'.

Russell. ...and the songs are linked with various pieces of text, some of which are original, some of which are drawn from interviews with Bowie, some of which are drawn from things like the screenplay of The Man Who Fell to Earth. There's a W H Auden poem...

Adam. So it's a journey. Des, is it like your character's journey, is it anything to do with you, are you drawing on anything from yourself here.

Des. I think we're both drawing on being Bowie fans, on that background when we grew up. Certainly, he was one of those people who really opened my mind to a lot of music when I was quite young. And a lot of the stuff I've done since, the seeds were sown back in 1073 when I got Aladdin Sane -- the first full price album I ever bought -- but I left that stuff behind and moved in a very different direction from the way that he moved. Then we both discovered this mutual interest in Bowie, got together and did this show that's kind of a personal journey. It's not like we take individual characters, so it's not like a drama with a narrative line through it, but it takes different aspects of his work and different aspects of our background and the way we've interpreted it.

Adam. How many Bowie songs would you do in the hour and ten minutes?

Des and Russell. It's twenty.

Des. About twenty.

Russell. Not about twenty, exactly twenty.

Adam. Aah. So are you gonna do one for us this morning? And also tell us where it is and when it's on.

Russell. At the Pentameters Theatre in Hampstead, which is above the Three Horseshoes pub, round the corner from the station, on Heath Street, and it's on at 8 pm every night except Monday, Sundays at 5 until the 23rd. The next two weeks, basically.

Adam. And have you got a website?

Des. www.desdemoor.com. Loads of information about the show on that.

Adam. Fantastisch. Well, are you going to do a song for us this morning? You normally play the piano, though, don't you, Russell?

Russell. I'm more normally behind the piano, yes, but couldn't bring the piano in this morning so...

Adam. I mean, you know, we don't have a budget! And we don't have a piano. OK, gentlemen, I'll leave it over to you.

Russell. Here we go.

[They play 'The Man who Sold the World'.]

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