JK: "John Giblin came in on bass. He was amazing. It must have been
hard for him because he was five or six years older than us. He'd played with Brand X and Peter Gabriel.
He and Mel together was something."
CB: "Jimmy Iovine had pushed us. Jimmy
was encouraging us to focus on songwriting. A song like Alive And Kicking is tailor-made
for mass consumption."
JK: "There was never a meeting where we said, 'This is what we want and this is how we go for it,' nut
we did love a challenge. It would have been too crass to say, 'We're going for America.' The colleges had made the previous records
in the US, but it was like we were going to get our shot and, if we were, we'd better get it right. Our favourite records at the time
would've been big productions like that on Springsteen's Born In The USA. We were tooling up for what we had previously
failed at. We were good at getting what we wanted. We lost things along the way: Charlie and I
grew up with our cult bands and we knew what it was like when we lost them. But we went for the deal - with a certain
ambilvalence, it must be said. We must be the only band who had a No. 1 hit in America (Don't You (Forget About Me)
and didn't include it on the following album."
Record Collector Interview
Record Collector #364