The Wildhearts
E-mail interview with Ginger, August 2009
By Rosey R*E*P*E*A*T

Over the years we've been doing R*E*P*E*A*T, a very few bands stand out for providing constant inspiration, integrity, excitement, intelligence and good tunes. The Manics obviously, and who else? The Wildhearts of course, who have been favourites since we saw them support (and outdo in the rock'n'roll excess stakes!) MSP on every night of the Generation Terrorists tour back in 1992.

With the news of a new album 'Chutzpah' on the way, we thought it was high time we caught up with the ever wise Ginger to ask about being one of the only ones...


Lucy: Your band have been quite quiet for the last few months. Are you looking forward to playing gigs again?
Katie Jane Garside: I think I give very obtuse ans

<<What can you tell us about the new album Chutzpah? >>
It seems to be very popular so far. People seem to love it. I'm very happy with the response so far, but for me it's just another Wildhearts album. I like them all.

<<Tell us about your recent American dates. >>
The Wildhearts is an expensive band to run so we can't really afford to send them to US, so I play as many solo shows as I can for the US fans. I love it over there and have a lot of friends, so I'm more than happy to play as many shows as possible. I also have some great musician friends who are happy to play with me for free, which helps greatly.

<<How important is age in rock'n'roll? >>
From an aesthetic side the cheek bones tend to be more pronounced in young, cute boys but older guys have the better stories and the greater level of
skill and charm, whichever side of the equation is more important to you.

<<What can people expect on the forthcoming tour? >>
I still have no idea. I'm so busy that I won't know our plans until we start
rehearsing on Sept 5th or something. I want to play the album in its entirety but I don't think the guys in the band are too keen to do that.

<<We've admired and interviewed you for over 15 years now. Who are some of your long term heroes? >>
My absolute heroine is Maria McKee who I've been hanging out with here in Sweden. We played together last night and have been hanging around the campfire singing songs and eating great food. It's a dream come true for me. Earlier this year I wrote most of the Jason & The Scorchers album in
Nashville with them. JATS and Lone Justice is where I started so this is proof that dreams come true if you stay positive and stay honest. I'd still love to meet and work with Steve Earle and Imani Copolla.


Danny Widheart with R*E*P*E*A*T #3, 29.9.95

<<You recently released an album of covers. Who would you most like to see cover one of your songs? >>
I'd still love to write for Cheap Trick. Robin Zander singing one of my songs would take some beating. Maria Mckee, Steve Earle, Robin Zander, Imani Copolla and Ryan Adams are the people I'd most like to write with or for. Oh, and Dolly Parton, of course.

<<Do you intend to continue to play with the Wildhearts and to produce solo albums? >>
Absolutely. There is time in life to do both and still have space for
another two or three projects, which I fully intend to do.

<<What is your favourite Wildhearts B side?>>
Hmmm, that's a hard one. There's a song that didn't make it on the album called Vernix that I love, as for the older singles I really like 'Got It On Tuesday' and 'Bad Time To Be Having A Bad Time' as b-sides.

<<And what about favourite B side from other people? >>
Sweet used to have amazing b-sides. I really likes Burning, from the Hellraiser single. Sparks have great b-sides too.

<<What do you listen to when hoovering?>>
I don't hoover as I pretty much live in hotels.

<<You recently played a Love Music Hate Racism gig in Cambridge for us. What do you think can be done to stop the rise of racsim as shown in the
increased support for the BNP?>>
I predict that racism in UK is based on lazy ignorance and not hatred. People are just too uneducated to get the facts and have therefore inherited social and domestic habits due to this. Education is paramount. If we, as a Nation allow lazy people to stay ignorant then we have to take some of the blame for the rise in racism. The part of every smart person out there is to teach by example, through patience and forgiveness. Judgemental attitudes are only going to fuel this ugly fire.

<<At the gig CJ said here that he'd give me half his bet money of 50 quid if I printed his spoof Black Metal Band Names, can you ask
him to pay up please?! >>
Your bet with CJ is purely between you and CJ. He's a law unto himself that lad.

<<We're a Manic Street Preachers inspired fanzine, so I have to ask you about when you toured with the Manics back in 1992. Were they really as
quiet and bookish as is made out? >>
Compared to us they were but in fact they just had a much more practical work ethic. We used to burn ourselves out quite regularly but were so full
of speed that we didn't know how badly we were burning out. The tell tale signs were when we moved onto harder drugs. The Manics moved onto bigger venues and better sales and therein lies the moral of the tale.

<<Have you kept up with them and have you heard the new album? >>
I've lost contact with them which i hope to regain. I love their new album and have a massive amount of respect for them. They share a similar attitude towards their continuing success as I do. If I didn't believe in this I wouldn't do it, and I feel they think like this too. I love that they've made such a success out of their career as they have. God bless 'em.

<<What are the best and worst things about being in the Wildhearts? >>
The best is the intensity of the shows and the party afterwards, the worst is that they don't work hard enough to promote the band and communicate with the fans online.

<<Who has had the biggest influence on your career? >>
Any bands and artists who are in this for life. Whether that is Willie Nelson or the Manics.

<<What's best, chips or cream buns? >>
I'm in a savory mood right now so a plate of chips with extra salt and vinegar would go down a storm.


Thanks to Ginger for his time and the years of music and inspiration. Thanks also to Jay at Quite Great for fixing things up.

Chutzpah is out on August 31st with a UK tour to follow.
Pix 2, 3 + 4 by Rosey

wers to questions...It's never about looking forward to it. Actually maybe I should change the
script, maybe we are looeir musicm the 3rd album?