Friday Question Time

12 February 2010

Ok so it’s low fi today as I am still in deep writing mode.

Q1 from Kairamon… How do you feel about strangers approaching you because of fame & music, what kind of encounters do you enjoy?

A1… I don’t mind people approaching. It’s cool. The only time that it’s a pain is when I am doing animal things… basic stuff… like if I was having a pee and the guy standing next to me is like “Hey you’re that guy…Ahhh…It’s you… I love Why Does It Always Rain On Me”  and he’s splashing all over the place… encounters I enjoy would be umm really anything that doesn’t involve someone peeing on me.

Q2 from Pocketchange 78…Your last postings show ABBA & MJ w/different lyrics than released. Which Travis songs started out as something different?

A2… Nice question… here is an example of pre lyrics… click to make bigger.

Q3 from ALLYXIS What is your favourite brand of clothes?

A3 There is a  french company called A.P.C. which I wear all the time.  I also like a japanese company called 45 rpm

Q4 HArtyLFC…I know you’re a wellknown Celtic supporter. Did you catch the match? Thought Keane looked sharp but was unlucky. C’mon you hoops!

A4  I think not having football fans around me whilst growing up left me not really bothering as an adult.  If was to chose a team i would chose celtic. I always liked their spirit. They always seemed more noble than other teams, fighters. And the green and white strips always looked so cool. But I have no idea what is going on in football. I also hated that if you were catholic it would be celtic and if you were protestant it would be rangers. It’s all indoctrinated. I liked Partick Thistle too because the name is attractive. Footballers and sports people facinate me. It is very difficult to make it to the top of your trade if you are a sports person… there is a lot of dedication there which I really admire.

Q5 Cynthiaolguin … Her husband wonders Blur or Oasis…

A5 Oasis all the way.

Q6 Yauami … I’d like to know about why you chose some of your cover versions over the years. Lets start with Back In Black…

A6 Back in Black was borne from working with a great producer called Niko Bolas. He taught us how to play, how to rock and used ACDC as his example of how one should rock if that is what one wishes to do. I wrote All I Want To Do Is Rock after being inspired by this man. Most covers arrive because we ran out of songs for b sides. This was back when bands had to put 4 b sides out when they released a single and if you were releasing 4 or 5 singles, you were using up alot of material.

q7 minacco …Do you like taking photos? What kind of cameras do you use? I use Richo CX2 and i Phone. sometimes toy-camera like fisheye :)

A I love photography and I take pics. I use a Canon 5dMarkii as an slr and the ricoh GR2 digital as a handheld. The Ricoh is amazing. It was suggested to me by David Bailey. I have the Ricoh GR which is the 35mm version. This is one of the best point and shoot cameras ever.

Q8 What`s the difference between Healy`s solo album and a Travis one? After all you are the lead singer / song writer in the band ?

A8 Did I answer this already. If I did then apologies… I guess it’s just my songs played by some other people. I have always written about what is going on in my life whether it be falling in love, being chucked, having a child. I was told by the above producer Niko Bolas to write about what I knew, so that is what I do. The style of playing in Travis has always been dictated by the song that arrives. Some bands jam out and have all these sections of music to add lyrics and melody to. We have never been that kind of band.

Q9  fran why are you wearing felt hat recently? i always think you can bring mohawk style back anytime you want, it was cool.

A9 I wore the hat because it looked cool and it was kind of the look of Ode To J Smith. I was also growing out my hair. It is long and unkempt now soon to be cut but into what style I am unsure.

Q10 snemzer… What is your favorite medium & place to listen to music? CD? LP? iPod? Earbuds? Headphones? Huge speakers? Car? Studio?

A10 Great question. I would have to say that listening to a song in a studio from analogue tape has to be the best sound. We took some of the master tapes of The Invisible Band and The Man Who into the studio a couple of years ago to get the glass harp sound and e-bow sound from Drfitwood and the string sound from Sing. Nobody uses tape anymore. It sound SO good. There is a quality which cannot be copied digitally and that is the phenomenon of the tracks bleeding together slightly. Tape is physical and the 2 inch tape is split into 24 parts one on top of the other. You can record “the take” and then come in the next day and it magically sounds better. This is because all the tracks sort of merge microscopically. Listening to a song on headphone is also a great experience. When the walkman came along, it was the first time I had listened to music in the way and it kind of blew my mind.

Anyways everyone was a winner today and for that you all get this

DEMO-LICIOUS

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FRIDAY QUESTION TIME

29 January 2010

Fran “What happened to your head?”

Sir Robin “I, I kissed the wrong girl.”

Fran “Does it hurt?”

Sir Robin “Not a bit. Just a little itchy.”

Fran “Can we start? I got to get back to writing…”

Sir Robin “Let’s get on it. tmcarrol wants to ask who is your favorite film director and why?”

Fran ” Is that the original Oasis drummer?

Sir Robin “He isn’t curly enough.”

Fran “Ah. Ok. This is a good question. It’s hard to pin down but if I was to think of a director who has made several movies I loved I would have to say three.  John Hughes , Martin Scorsese and Steven Speilberg All have multiple movies which I have returned to throughout my life. They are all incredible story tellers.

Sir Robin “What about David Lynch?”

Fran “I like Lynch too…”

Sir Robin “Very well… next Q comes from babysnowman. How do you get told you are nominated for an award? Do you get a call or do you have to check the list like the rest of us?

Fran “We usually get a call from our management to say we’ve been nominated or we read it in the news. With regards to winning, I think you get a polite heads up at some events and at others you get a nice surpise.

Sir Robin “Not won any in a while, eh?”

Fran “No”

Sir Robin “Awwwww, poor wittle Franny not get a shiny award…awww…”

Fran “You are this close to having this Ivor Novello inserted where it shouldn’t go…”

Sir Robin “Ahem… oh, ok? I’ll ask the next quetsion… Paco_3116 wants to know who your favourite composer is?

Fran ” At the moment it’s Shostakovich. I was turned on to his stuff last year by a friend here in Berlin.”

Sir Robin “Fairly rattling through the Q’s today Mr Healy”

Fran ” I have some work to do Mr Day”

Sir Robin “Ok. OdeToJSmith wants to know your top 5 Travis gigs of all time.”

Fran ” 1. Joes Pub when my son gatecrashed the show. 2 Mexico City 3. South Korea last year 4. Summer Sonic in 2007 5. T in the Park in 1999 in the tent. But there are just so many amazing shows now it’s hard to pick… Glastonbury? umm Roskilde? so many…

Sir Robin “Ok… next Q… Q5 EugineLibrarian wants says Hello my dear, I’m a librarian you see so I was wondering would you ever write a book, maybe an autobiography? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Fran “SO may kisses…”

Robin “Yes… I long for that sort of affection…”

Fran “Hmm… I like to write. I had thought about this actually. More as a way to put my diaries to use but the autobiography is quite an ego trip… I don’t think I could invest the amounts of time required for such a thing. I thought about writing and illustrating a kid book. Having a kid about inspires this sort of thing… Maybe a book on how to write songs. That would be a pamflet with “Practise” written on it.

Sir Robin “Have you done your 10,000 hours?”

Fran “Nope?”

Sir Robin “Then we’ll continue… From WinterFriend Q. What was the first your song you heard on the radio? Do you remember where and when you heard it?

Fran “Shit! Hmmm… I have very very strong memories of “Save All Your Kisses For Me” and of Blondie’s Heart Of Glass walking to school when I was 5

Sir Robin ” Ok neeeeext… Herculeanblog wishes to know if there is a cure for writers block.”

Fran ” I don’t know if it exists. I look at writing or any creative endeavor like fishing. You sit and wait and sometimes you catch a fish and sometimes you drag up an old boot. You just have to sit work through it. I think one of the best motivators is a deadline or imagine writing a song for someone else to sing…”

Sir Robin “Very good. Ok Question 7. Lindsaymcl wants to know when you and the others realize you could sing.”

Fran “I realised I could hold a tune when I was young. I won a prize for scottish singing when I was 6. I’m not a big fan of my own voice though. I tend to zone it out alot. My granda was tone deaf. We would revel in puting the headphones on him and turning it up with The Carpenters on. Within a minute he would begin to murmur and then he was off… like an animal in pain. It was very funny. Not sure about the others.

Robin “I’m glad you said that about your voice. I feel the same… about your voice… Next Q…Do you have a pet, happytohangarou(d) wants to know…

Fran says “No but I like cats over dogs. Really don’t like the smell of dogs although I do like dogs… just not as much as cats”

Sir Robin “Ok so question 9 thomasmcole wants to know if you think it’s harder for musicians to get a record deal now than it was back when Travis first got signed? thanks!

Fran “I have no idea but with hindsight I think it is important to concentrate on being amazing and then worry about deals… It has always been hard to get a deal but if you have the chops and have that x factor (not the cowell copyrighted one) then the record deal will come.  The music industry has no money now. We were very lucky to make all those incredible videos that costs hundreds of thousands of pounds and sell albums before MP3′s changed the business. I would say it is no harder to get a deal but harder to make a career out of recording music.

Sir Robin “OK. So last question. xxelcinxx says Q-What’s your favourite food recently?

Fran says ” I am in love with these potato-y  things called Schupfnudeln

Sir Robin ” I’m hungry”

Fran “Me too… let’s split…”

Sir Robin ” Ok so the best question this week came from Paco_3116. Heres some classical music for dich.

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Friday Question Time

29 January 2010

Hello people, I just got back from my annual visit to the equatorial rainforests. I go there to get away from everything. I found a tribe of people, untouched by civilisation. Fantastic folk. Very hospitable. Well I’ve been going every year now for about 5 years. This year I had a fling with one of the ladies there. Lovely girl. Turns out she was linked romantically to one of the head guys and he put something in my pomade. Well I didn’t notice at first but after a couple of days back I observed I had put on quite alot of weight. Imagine my shock when I realised it was not my body getting bigger but my head getting smaller. The past 3 mornings have been awful. I don’t want to make a big thing about it but if anyone knows a good tropical disease specialist then please let me know.

Question time is going ahead today as usual. Questions as usual to frans twitter.

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Friday Question Time

22 January 2010

Sir Robin- “Hello my people. People from all over the world. People of all ages. People of broadband and people of narrowband. Maybe you’re tuning in from another planet…”

Fran- “Have you been to the pub already?”

Sir Robin- “Maybe? It matters not. I am only relaying the questions coming in from my many fans across the world… I don’t need to be sober for this type of engagement”

Fran-”Your fans?”

Sir Robin-”Yes, did you not read the comments last week. It was overwhelming.”

Fran- ‘Hmmm…’

Sir Robin- “I have another ten probing questions for you. Are you ready?”

Fran- “Yes.”

Sir Robin “Then I’ll begin. Question 1. Nixel Pixel asks what actually happens between coming up with lyrics and a melody and having a song all ready?

Fran – “This can happen quite afew ways. You can write a song the old fashioned way, on an acoustic guitar or a piano or you can jam with your band and come up with some interesting music to which the singer sings a melody over the top of (this is how REM do it) or the songwriter can start with a drum beat and build an idea on top, it could maybe go drum beat-piano bassline- guitar chords- melody-lyric. Usually when building up like this you’ll discover a really cool section/ loop on which to build upon. If it takes you somewhere ie if you write a great topline melody with a cool lyrical hook, it spurs you on to write a second section, maybe the bridge and then that would lead you to write a chorus. Or maybe you write the chorus first and then feel it needs a verse. After you get the demo together, you go to a studio and record it and while recording it, maybe the producer suggests some new things that make the song turn a different corner or maybe someone it the band plays a line which opens the song up further. The most powerful songs have very little going on in them. We were listening to some chilli peppers song on the radio the other day and it was Vocals, drums, bass, a lead guitar and backing vocals. Nothing else. Listen to some classic songs by the Stones or Beatles or Bowie and see if you can identfy the all the parts. I hope this answers the question.

Sir Robin -”I hope it does too. I wouldn’t want you to expand any more… I have to get back to the pub in 30 minutes. Ok question 2… Sammy Dutton wants to know if you find being a parent harder or easier than you imagined and what are the high and low points?”

Fran-” I tried to keep my expectations under control before becoming a parent. I didn’t know what to expect so I just kept the space empty. Both Nora and I grew up as only children in single parent families and so we had only been used to two in a house.  3 in the house would be new to us all. Also, I had been told that when your child is born, and you see them for the first time, your heart explodes with love and you can’t put into words the joy you feel. Of course when Clay popped out, I didn’t feel any of these feelings, just kind of dumbstruck and felt guilty for not ticking this box but what I found out was that these feelings blossom in the following days and months and years and it never ever stops it expands exponentially… I met other fathers who had the same thing happen. It seems that like most things, it’s an individual experience.

I think the most annoying thing about parenthood is speaking like a parent. It’s so fucking boring and I try to keep it as casual as possible but there are moments when you need to say “Get your teeth brushed” or “Hang your jacket up” in that dad tone. Ughh! The big thing I discovered when I became a parent was that I never had a dad present in my childhood. I toddled along my entire life and didn’t really think about it. It wasn’t until Clay came that the penny dropped and I found my self examining this giant hole that I hadn’t noticed before. Everytime Clay shouts “Papa” or we play, and we play alot (no TV- occasionally youtube to show how they make bottles or see the space shuttle take off) but when I think what a massive part of Clay’s life I am, I also think what a massive part of my own life I missed. I felt that maybe this would harm my dad skills, like I didn’t have the instruction manual. But it’s been ccol.

Sir Robin- “Are you deliberatley taking as much time as possible?”

Fran- “You picked the questions. Why don’t you order a G&T?”

Sir Robin- “I might just do that… Question 3 comes from Javierar. Do you have a typical routine and schedule everyday? Very disciplined or more relaxed?A double G&T please”

Fran – “Now that Clay has started Kinderladen, there is a definite routine. Up at 8am and get there by 9 then write from 10 till 12.30 then pick Clay up come home and do more writing interspersed with some play, which this past few weeks has been building stuff with Kapla blocks.

Sir Robin- “Thrilling stuff. Question 4. A practical question. Where do you find a place and time to do laundry while on tour?. That question comes from KayteCronkhite.

Fran-” When we tour, i get my washing done usually in hotels. This is cool. You fill your laundry bag with the smelliest stinkiest clothes in the world and the next morning they are returned all smelling fresh and pressed on hangers. At one hotel in Japan, there was a little cupboard where you placed your laundry, closed the little door and pressed the button. The next morning you opened the little door again and it was all magically clean and pressed to the highest degree and wrapped in tissue paper. Felt like Christmas. “Ooohh look, underpants! Ohh another pair of underpants… Ohh… this shirt is beautiful” One of the pet hates of laundry is when you give your favourite jeans in and they come back with a Burtons Menswear crease right up the middle of the leg and you know this crease will never come out. They’ve been starched and run over by a steam roller.”

Sir Robin – ” Ahhhh… that was a fine fine G&T. I have my one suit, one pair of socks, one pair of pants, one shirt, one vest laundered every 2 weeks. Question 5 comes from LetiKruse and she asks have u ever written a song inspired by a fan who wrote something on Travisonline?

Fran- “Yes. There was a guy who used to come on the messageboard many years ago. His board name was Bombus. His real name was David Kimble. He would sign off with the phrase Peace The Fuck Out. During the run up to the Iraq war, I felt the need to write a song which reflected what I was feeling. I wanted to write a school yard song, really basic and chimey. I always like this Peace The Fuck Out sign off so one day I thought why not write this song around that phrase. When I came to thank David on the album, I totally fucked up. Instead of writing David Kimble, I wrote Richard Kimble.  Richard Kimble was the main character in The Fugitive. When he told me what I had done I felt pretty dumb. Sorry Bombus.

Sir Robin- “Tit!”

Fran – ‘Easy there stink bomb…”

Sir Robin “Another G&T please… Question 6… JenniFer_Fer said I sorta feel like the only dummy out here wondering this, but how do you pronounce Wreckorder? Like recorder or wreckorder? :s Don’t answer this Francis… Dear, if you’d paid full attention to this blog then you wouldn’t be asking such a frightfully dim question. Francis clearly pointed this out in his very first entry “It’s called Wreckorder. Why is it called Wreckorder? I think i liked that it sounds like recorder but looks like wreckorder, meaning change the order, wreck the order…” Please…

Fran- “Question 7?”

Sir Robin -” Just a moment… A very good G&T… Down in one. ANOTHER!!.. Umm where were we… oh yes… Question 7. Mauricemargarf asks Dear Fran, you’ve written so many great songs, but have you ever felt like “I’m empty, I cannot be better than that” ?? Very polite.”

Fran- “I get this everytime I finish a song. In the past I would get terribly worried about not being able to write another song but then I noticed it happening everytime but it always catches me out. I think it comes from having a blank canvas at the start without knowing what the song will be. I think you have to mash up your ego and from the rubble, build whatever you are going to build, so maybe this feeling of Ughh!! is necessary. Some of my best songs have come right after thinking “I CAN”T DO THIS!!!”

Sir Robin- ” I know that feeling very well… where is my drink. Question 8 ALLYXIS would like to know…Mac or PC?

Fran- “Mac. PC is nicht so gut”

Sir Robin- “Penultimate question. Question 9. Janka82 would like to know where you spent your best holiday?

Fran- “Hmmm, I think my best summer ever was the summer of 1985. Within this summer was my best holiday ever. I was called up from the garden one Saturday late morning and told that my Auntie Babs and Uncle Bill and cousin Lisa were going to Blackpool and asked if I wanted to come. Some things stick in your brain and this is one of those moments. YES!! I screamed. “When are they coming?” “In 30 minutes!!You better get packing” This was so out of the blue, it was amazing. We drove down to Blackpool and spent the coolest holiday ever at a caravan site somewhere in that area… The sun shone the entire time. Really hot. Uncle Bill was the funniest man and had us in stitches all the time. We went to the pleasure beach and went on all the rides. I remember Bill getting Babs to go on the Pirate ship. She agreed, thinking it just rocked backwards and forwards. It actually went all the way round. We all sat down and Auntie Babs had her handbag on her lap and when the big safety pad came down over her knee, it squashed her handbag right into here abdomen. “Bill!! Bill! I cannae breathe Bill.. BILLL!!!” Me and my cousin were in convulsions with tears rolling down our cheeks, then it started to rock “Let me offf…argghh!!” and when it went all the way Auntie Babs lost quite alot of loose change “BILLL!!!” The memory is so vivid. I was about to turn 12. While on that trip, we watched a 16 year old Boris Becker win Wimbledon and the day we left, we watched the beginning of Live Aid on TV and then listened to the rest on radio as we travelled back. It was mega”

Sir Robin- “Final question then. It’s been very boring for me this week.”

Fran- “Awww poor thing… have another G&T.”

Sir Robin “I will…[yawns]… ok… Question 10 is from Lee Dong Hui and asks  I felt OTJS was too refined, too perfect (Sir Robin says ” Hahaaa… he’s saying it was shit…) so feelings were covered too much …(great though). Is there any reason related to that?

Fran- ” Hahah too refined… well thankyou. I think it may be to do with the way I am singing on this record. It’s very abrasive. There are definitely feelings under it but the way I sung this record was not the usual wimpering “oh [impersonates voice of small bunny rabbit scared of his own shadow]  I’m so emotional” Travis way  I think, subconciously I wanted to loosen up a little, scream a little, and as a band we all wanted to rock out a little, tap into the energy we have as a live band. We chose to make Ode very quickly and record it as live as possible so we used 16 track analogue and tried to get as much of the recording done in one take… It’s interesting you say it was refined… it was actually the opposite of that. I would say The Boy With No Name was refined. We spent the best part of 2 years writing and recording it (TBWNN). Ode is one of my favourite Travis records because I think Travis have a definite stereotyped stamp that is hard to shake and I feel it went a way to critically change this view. You just need to make records that challenge the stereotype. And Ode did this.

Sir Robin “-”

Fran “Sir Robin… SIR ROBIN… He’s gone. Well, I hope that was as painful for you as it was for me. Lets have some more questions for next week and lets hope Sir Robin finds his way to the bar. Oh and this weeks prize goes to JenniFer_Fer who’s awful qustion embarrassed everyone present. Your punishment/prize is… You have to sit through this episode of 321 with Ted Rogers. This TV show was probably one of the worst on British Television. I hope it makes you think about what you have done.

Until soon

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Friday Question Time

21 January 2010

Hello there children, Sir Robin here. What a wonderful week I’ve had. I’m taking my new found fame in my stride and I’m happy to say it hasn’t changed me.

Now on to business. I would like to invite you all to the second of our Friday Question Times. It’s happening tomorrow. If there are any new things you would like to know then please ask at frans twitter. I can’t wait to hear what he has to say zzzzzzzzz… uh oh sorry…I glazed over a bit just then. Ok. Stay cool. Until tomorrow… round tea time.

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Friday Question Time

15 January 2010

Sir Robin- “Good afternoon. I am Sir Robin Day and sitting beside me is the singer songwriter Francis Healy.”

Fran- “Hello Robin. You’re looking pretty rough…”

Sir Robin” Ahem… Hailing from Scotland, he now lives in Berlin with his wife and son. Having been the singer and main songwriter in the UK band Travis, he has now decided he wants all the glory for himself and …  ”

Fran- “Just cause you’re wearing glasses doesn’t mean you can’t get a slap…”

Sir Robin- “You started it, smallhead…”

Fran- “Shut it, fathead”

GOD- “Gentlemen, please. There are people in over 82 countries who have paid good money for this. All this quibbling looks a bit shit”

Sir Robin- “He’s right you know… He’s always bloody right”

Fran- “Paid? This is free…”

GOD- “Eh? Free? I’m off…” (sound of sandles walking away)

Sir Robin- “Ok, before I start drinking heavily we should get going with these 10 questions”

Fran- “Ok.”

Sir Robin- “Question 1 comes from DebbieDeebee and she asks …On Travisonline you’ve always played down the idea of a solo album. Why the change of heart? It came as a surprise to many fans.”

Fran- ” It was a surprise for me too. Thoughts of doing anything other that Travis had never come into my head. I get asked so many times since the beginning of Travis about doing a solo record but I wasn’t feeling it. I’m pretty instinctual about stuff and tend to follow my heart so when, last April, the thought of doing something other than Travis popped up, I just went with it.”

Sir Robin “That was a very moving answer”

Fran “Watchit!”

Sir Robin “Question 2 comes from elodiegrossi. She asks… Are you playing every instrument on this album? (piano, guitar obviously, drums, errrr voice…?? ;)

Fran – “I play every instrument apart from bass on some songs ( Tony Shannahan- Patti Smith, Sam Dixon- Sia, and Paul McCartney-The Beatles :) and Bjoern Werra played bass) Violin (Tom from Noah and The Whale) Cello (frederique labbow) umm… I play all the drums and drum machine on the record. There is some programming by Emery too. Emmm… I think that covers it.”

Sir Robin- “Who made the tea?”

Fran “I did…”

Sir Robin “Diiid you???”

Fran “Nora did.”

Sir Robin- “Ana Smith would like to know…What happened with writing for the next Travis record during the acoustic tour? Did you change ur mind or r the plans still on?

Fran- ” It became apparent, after a week on the Chronological Acoustical Journey Through The Travis Back Catalogue, that after we finished the show, usually at 1 or 1.30am and then after food, it would be about 2.30am and we were totally knackered. I think had we not decided to meet everyone after the show, we might have had more time but I wouldn’t have changed that. It was very special to meet everyone. We never had that opportunity before.”

Sir Robin- “So you’re saying it’s everyone who waited behind after the show who are to blame for you not delivering on your promise”

Fran- “Yes”

Sir Robin- “That’s good enough for me… Next question… JulyNoSoucy wondered to what extent solo album means that Travis’ other members were not involved? Did you ask them their views or cut off from them

Fran ” The band have not heard the record or any songs from the record. They’ll hear it soon though. We spend our whole lives together and when we come off the road we go our separate ways. When you’re in a band at the start, you do everything as a group but as you get older and your map changes with friends, girlfriends, then wives and then kids, there needs to be a section of the pie chart which is your own. The solo record falls into this section. In saying that, I had asked Andy to come and help me at the early stages but then decided it should be totally solo. Andy understood. In saying that too, I asked him if he would play on Holiday. He owned the guitar line on it so it was only right. So there is a guest appearance by Andy Dunlop.

Robin- “zzzz…zzzzz…what eh? Bombs? Giant hands!!!..”

Fran- “Wake up old man!”

Robin- “Sorry. Next! Nana-Kim wishes to know if you have any plans to play Glastonbury or T in the Park in 2010.

Fran- “There are no plans for any festivals just yet. In fact there are no tour plans just yet. This will all be coming soon. I will definitely be touring Wreckorder though.”

Robin “Thankyou Francis. AdamJardy BSB is concerned about Noel. He asks have you spoken to Noel Gallagher since the split? If so, how is he?

Fran- “I met Liam at the Oasis concert in Wembley. He kissed me square on the lips and said “I fookin love you”. Liam is a doll.  As for Noel, I have not heard from Noel for years. I’m sure they’ll return. The solo projects are a perfect digestive before the inevitable Oasis reunion. But I will say that my solo project will definitely be the best solo project.

Sir Robin- “Who Are Oasis? Have I missed something? Question 6 comes from Mita Kermit. Do u think ur big name as Travis frontman will help to promote ur solo album?.i think it works,just like many musician did.

Fran- ” I would hate to be a new band coming through at the moment so It’s nice to have already been introduced to people. However I have no idea how Wreckorder will be viewed. So far, folks have been open to the idea of this solo excursion. But it’s all down to the songs. If it’s a pile of shit then it will stink and if it stinks then I would like it to sink without trace. I think it doesn’t stink though. I have played it to some people now and the reaction has been very exciting”

Sir Robin- ” In what way exciting”

Fran- “Like that feeling in your belly when you’re wee and the car you’re in drives over a small hill fast”

Sir Robin – “I get that from climbing ropes…”

Fran “Hmmm…”

Sir Robin- ” Kimmouse asks if becoming vegetarian given you a different outlook on health, animals, people, the world?”

Fran- ” I started thinking more about health when I stopped smoking 5 years ago. It allowed me to exercise (running) I even went to a gym for a year 3 times a week and got pretty buff. The personal trainer girl liked big thighs and without realsing it mine got quite out of control, like my trousers wouldn’t fit so well but I digress, ummm… I started eating organic food around this time too. The vegetarian move is too new to say how it is making me feel. I need to cut down on dairy because it’s not so good for you… I think Paul is right with his thoughts about global warming and the meat industry. And also animals are treated really badly. I used to be a KFC addict until I saw a programme on how chickens are treated in the poultry industry.  It’s kind of easy these days to be veggie. It was harder in the 70′s and 80′s…

Sir Robin- “No Frois Gras for you then”

Fran “That shit is evil. Poor little ducks.”

Sir Robin “Delicious. Anyways 2 questions left… umm you over there… What’s you’re name?”

Human- “Sam Holden, sir”

Sir Robin- “Well???

Sam Holden- “Coke or Pepsi?”

Fran- “Coke. Pepsi is bad copy.”

Sir Robin- “Woahhh… ok, moving along… Last Question… Niall McLoughlin  wanted to know if you had a favourite album of the 00′s

Fran- “Funeral by Arcade Fire. I was hypnotised by this record. Even more by the band themselves. I heard the record at my friends house and checked where they were playing and they happened to be playing their first UK show the next night.  ”It was very impressive” They restroed my faith in music, which had dwindled in the years prior. Maybe it’s getting older, or being in the business or maybe it takes more to impress or wake one from their 30′s but after hearing and seeing this band, I felt all was not lost.

Sir Robin “I thought their first EP with the original version of No Cars Go was by far the greatest thing they’ve done, cleverly calling it ‘Burn This CD’… Rad. Ok Folks. That’s all from this weeks Friday Question Time. If your question wasn’t answered then don’t fret. It maybe  answered next Friday when we return for another… Friday Question Time.

Fran “What about the winner for the best answer question?

Sir Robbin “That goes to Sam Holden for his deceptively simple question about soft drinks. He wins this. Just blow it up and print it out for a cool bedroom poster. Enjoy the real thing Sam.

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Friday Question Time

14 January 2010

Hello, I’m Sir Robin Day. I’d like to invite anyone with any questions to post them to Fran’s twitter account (www.twitter.com/franhealy) and I’ll put 10 of the best ones to him each Friday. Please clearly mark your twitter questions with a big capital Q.

Questions he can’t answer are probably all the ones you will want an answer to like… When is the album coming out etc… He’s sorry he won’t be able to answer these yet but if there are any Q’s other than details of the release, he will definitely attempt to answer them as best he can.

Naturally there will be an imaginery prize for the best answer QUESTION. This prize won’t exist in the real world but the pride you will feel for winning will be as tangible as a chickens tooth.

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