Fyfe Guillemot is in the mood for a fight…
Guillemots are amazing and that is all there is to it.
Here is a chat with the lead singer ('Fyfe' 'Dangerfield') about things of interest to the world.
Questions: Peter Robinson
Answers: Fyfe Guillemot (obviously)
Hello Fyfe. Would you eat a pie made out of human flesh?
I would. I love pies. I had a turnip and mutton pie recently.
Surely human flesh would be prefereable to that vile concoction. Who would win in a fight between Sir David Frost and Matt Lucas?
Frost, definitely. He’s got that look about him. He’s got the look of a man who has a lot of violence just waiting to come out.
Would you like to be nominated again for the Mercury Music Prize or could you literally not give a shit?
No, I’d love to be nominated again. And I’d like to win it. Well, it would be better than losing it.
What would you do with the money?
I would either shove it up my arse or shove it up the judges’ arses.
£20,000 is an odd amount of money to win, isn’t it. It’s slightly more than being tokenistic, yet for a band with five members it represents little more than ‘a half decent second hand car’.
You can have a nice holiday. You could probably buy a really cheap flat somewhere like Hungary. House prices in London are ridiculous but you might be able to get somewhere in Hungary. Or Barcelona.
Have you got a beard at the moment?
I was going to shave it yesterday but then I didn’t, so yes. I don’t really see myself as having a beard to be honest, I mean when I do shave I look like an amoeba. I just don’t like it. Because a lot of the day I’ll be wearing glasses and they make me look really horrible. With a beard: dishevelled librarian. Without a beard: scary. Associations with beards are often not positive.
Are we talking about the fact that all paedophiles have beards?
NOTE TO CHILDREN: ALL PAEDOPHILES DO NOT HAVE BEARDS.
Paul McCartney is apparently a fan of your band. Do you think Paul actually has particularly good taste in music?
Oh I don’t know. He phoned me up the once and… Hang on, this isn’t exclusive because I’ve told someone else.
Don't bother then. Have you got anything exclusive you can tell us?
Here’s an exclusive for you: I now like Klaxons. Whereas I didn’t think I did before. I always do this thing where bands come out, I decide they’re shit, then I realise they’re not shit at all and that I actually quite like them. I always see Jamie from the band at gigs, but when we walk past each other he doesn’t give me ‘the nod’ so I presume he thinks we are shit. Either that or he has literally no idea who I am.
Why don’t you say hello to him?
Because he is more famous than me so he should say hello. That’s how it works. Anyway, there’s your exclusive. Am I not interesting enough for you?
Have you got something we can take completely out of context?
How about ‘Beyonce likes mutton’. You wouldn’t expect Beyonce to like mutton – you’d think ‘oh, if Beyonce was to eat mutton that would be completely unexpected’. So for you to be able to quote me stating that she does indeed eat mutton would be a great exclusive. A great headline or something for you. You’re not feeling this, are you. I’m sorry. I’m quite long winded.
Have you really always found the Rice Krispies dictum ‘snap, crackle, pop’ very pleasing to the ear?
Yes I have, I wonder where you found that out? Yes, definitely. It has a real zing to it.
We weren’t quite sure whether those points had been made up and emailed in by a sinister PR svengali rather than a genuine member of the band.
No, it was me. It’s got a real zing to it, hasn’t it? I wrote those answers for you one morning, while I was in bed. I was actually wanking while I wrote your answers.
Are you wanking now?
Yep. Does that change things?
No. How much longer is this interview going to go on for?
That’s up to you.
The question really is whether it’s likely to get any better or whether we should all just cut our losses now.
Ask another question and let’s see what happens.
If this album is a total disaster and you need to seek employment elsewhere, do you think your name – Fyfe Dangerfield – would be of benefit in the world of espionage?
I think so but I’d probably go for magician.
The worlds of magician and spy are not mutually exclusive, though. In fact each provides a brilliant cover for the other.
Spies have more credibility than magicians, I suppose. I mean if you think James Bond, and you think Paul Daniels, Bond would probably win.
Also, the problem with the ‘spygician’ route is that anybody attempting to combine both jobs would probably end up being David Blaine.
Nobody would want that. I like the idea of being an undertaker. Maybe Popjustice could rename itself Fyfe Dangerfield. Everyone thinks my name is made up. It’s not. Well it sort of is because Dangerfield is one of my middle names but it’s my mum’s maiden name and as the singer in a band it’s my prerogative to use it as a surname if I so wish.
Was your mum a spy?
Yes, she worked for the KGB. Journalism, all this asking of questions, is sort of like approved spying, isn’t it?
Surely if spying is approved, it’s not really spying. It’s like saying that present-giving is ‘approved theft’.
Would you ever pay for sex, Fyfe?
Well I pay my girlfriend every time. It seems like the decent thing to do. I don’t pay her much, fifty quid plus expenses for good performance, that kind of thing. It’s good to incentivise.
Your girlfriend works for an architect. Does she bring home free buildings like the rest of us bring home Post-It notes?
No. Well I don’t know. I haven’t asked. I’m guessing it’s not going to happen. She’s not a person capable of moderate response – everyone's either a cunt or she loves them. She should have her own fly on the wall TV show.
Are we going to have to talk about music at some point?
I suppose we probably should do.
Shall we do some shit music questions?
Yes! The one we get asked a lot is ‘was it a conscious decision to make all the songs different on the record’. I don’t understand that. It seems to be frowned upon if your songs don’t all sound the same. Anyway. Ask me a question. Ask me shit questions and I’ll give you shit answers.
Amazing. Okay: So! You’ve got a new single coming out. How does that feel?
It’s really exciting to have a record out there. Ultimately it’s all about the music.
You’re playing live soon, are you looking forward to that?
It’s really satisfying to play a gig because there are people there in the audience.
You have lots of fans, what are they like?
Yeah I mean at the end of the day if someone likes our music we respect them, your fans really make you who you are.
What’s your new single about?
It’s kind of like people can take it as being whatever they want it to be about, kind of thing.
How did the band get together?
(Guffaws) We did actually start making up our answers to that question – we spent a long time pretending that I’d met Greg in a bakery and got talking to him because he was getting into a fight about croissants.
Thank you very much, Fyfe so-called Dangerfield.