Quickfire Questions #49: J. Willgoose, Esq. of Public Service Broadcasting

By on Wednesday, 31st July 2013 at 11:00 am

We’ve been very curious about unique London act Public Service Broadcasting. So we took a gamble and wanted to see if one of the duo would be willing to answer our Quickfire Questions. We were in luck: the banjo, guitar and synthesiser playing J. Willgoose, Esq., humoured us and gave us some very erudite and verbose answers, which was quite surprising given that neither he nor drummer and percussionist Wrigglesworth actually speak at any time at their shows. So we feel quite honoured that J. Willgoose, Esq. let us in on his some of his most innermost thoughts. Well, about music, anyway. And as for his favourite writer, sigh, he chose one of my favourites! Read on, folks, this one is quite entertaining…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
‘The Riddle’ by Nik Kershaw. I still get excited when I hear the snare roll coming in.

What was your favourite song as a child?
See above, probably, or I used to love Foreigner (it’s all coming out now), particularly ‘Tooth and Nail’. Honourable mention to The KLF too for ‘3 AM Eternal’ in the slightly later years.

What song makes you laugh?
Lots of songs! The end of ‘Sugar Kane’ by Sonic Youth, just that one thumping bass note, makes me laugh. Battles make me laugh as their songs are just so ridiculous, and ridiculously tight. Too many to mention though. Oh and of course almost everything by Nick Cave, the best lyricist in the world in my opinion.

What song makes you cry?
Again, too many to mention! At the moment the song I can’t hear without getting a bit misty–eyed is ‘Songbird’ by Fleetwood Mac. A beautiful, beautiful song.

What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
I’m not sure I remember a specific one to be honest. I’m quite a committed non-romantic. I do remember what I listened to when it all ended though, which was Spiritualized’s ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’… definitely the best (i.e., most misery-inducing) break-up album I own.

What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
I don’t get angry very often – I tend to do the healthier thing and bottle it all up inside in a massive fret-knot. I find classical music very relaxing – currently working my way (very slowly) through Beethoven’s symphonies, although Tchaikovsky is probably my number one. Ever the populist.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Maybe ‘Never Going Back Again’ by Fleetwood Mac. Either that or something like ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’. One of those songs which you know is still going to be being played in about 200 years, if not longer.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
George Orwell, particularly some of the essays. Any aspiring writer should be forced to read ‘Politics and the English Language’, especially inveterate show-offs in the making.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Working with sound in some capacity, probably. Or falling back on Geography teaching. I’ve got the outfit after all.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why? (Sorry, but double albums do not count.)
First of all, as a committed agnostic, I take exceptional umbrage to your assumptions that a) ‘God’ exists and b) I would get into ‘Heaven’ (never mind the question of what kind of Heaven only allows one CD – that doesn’t sound very heavenly to me). However, leaving aside my unnecessary prickliness, I think I’d have to go with a classical one for sheer depth and variety. You could listen to it a thousand times and still find something new, or a different nuance… I’ll go with Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony anyway, and you can send this in to Pseuds’ Corner at your leisure.

Massive thanks to J. Willgoose, Esq. for his answers and Jonathan for sorting this one out for us.

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