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Friday on my mind
Gavin Friday is among the most artistically ambitious Irish musicians of the past thirty years. With a superb new album, entitled catholic, under his belt, he talks about the death of his father, the breakup of his marriage, the end of the Prunes, working with Naomi Campbell, Courtney Love and Cillian Murphy – and the making of his finest album yet…
Olaf Tyaransen, 12 May 2011
“I didn’t think I would, but I did,” he nods. “I know Neil years anyway. Cillian Murphy and Liam Neeson and Stephen Rea and the fucking cast were so fucking brilliant. And it was just a very special moment. You know, Cillian, and I learned so much from working with these guys. They were so encouraging. And then, I knew the essence of the script. So, I ended up getting off on the whole thing, really liking it. It’s fucking hard work.”
You haven’t made a movie since.
He pulls a face: “I got lots of offers but they all saw me as some fucking IRA fucking bully, like, sort of Ray Winstone goes fucking IRA. I sort of went, ‘why the fuck are they all making these bad IRA films?’ I’d like to do it again. But I’d have to believe in it. There’s a perverse side to me that would love to play a
In the recent RTE Arts Lives
documentary former Virgin Prunes band mate Strongman still seemed quite emotional about your decision to leave
“I actually did nothing on that documentary. I actually said, ‘do what you want’. I’m a control freak when it’s my own work, but I actually left it there and I wanted more about the music and shit. They only showed me the documentary two days before it went on air. The producers brought me in so I wouldn’t sue them or something. And I was quite like, ‘whoo!’ But if anything happened to Strongman… I care about him and I care about the Virgin Prunes as people because we were very close and I’m very proud of the Virgin Prunes. I thought they were being a bit manipulative, the TV people.
“I know that Guggi spoke to Strongman about it and he felt really embarrassed, and he said, ‘Jesus, you know they didn’t put in the context, there’s all this pausing’. But he also says, ‘I was pausing all through the whole fucking thing’. But I didn’t mean hurt. And Mary occasionally contacts me so there’s no bad feeling. There’s maybe pain.”
I got the impression that there was a fairly cataclysmic end to the Prunes.