Source: BBC Radio Oxford
Radio Interview with Jeremy Dry
Good morning, Jeremy
Are you well sir?
Itís a beautiful day, I feel great, Iíve had nine hours sleep.
Youíre a Lancashire lad, are you still living in Wigan or have you moved?
Oh, Crikey! Iím more of a Londoner than a Wiganer really because Iíve been down here now for 25 years.
You can take the lad out of Wigan but you canít take Wigan out of the lad. Do you go back, is your mum there?, or...
I have two brothers in Wigan and their families of course, and my mumís still there.
You go back very often now or do you stay in the south all the time?
When Iím passing, obviously I always stop by, but the nice thing that happened for me is that my sister came down to visit me when she was getting over a boyfriend in about 1982 and she only came for 2 weeks and she never went back and she met a drummer they fell in love, so Iíve got some of my family down here, my sister and her family are down here, which is nice.
She could of fallen in love with a lead singer nobody falls in love with a drummer, whatís going on there, didnít you advise her?
She told me that she met Sting once and they flirted.
Yeah, but I think thatís as far as it went.
Now that was credibility..... if she comes back to her big brother, or whatever and says my boyfriend Sting.
Was he a good drummer this guy?
Theyíre not together anymore.
Ah... who cares , forget it, itís history. So tell me about yourself, were you always destined to be a pop star, what was your ambition as a kid?
That was it and it didnít seem very real, not a pop star, just wanted to be involved in music some way. Actually I thought I would be a DJ, at first cause I thought what a great job playing music that you like.
Hey, thereís no money in this mate, you stick to singing. Thereís more money in singing.
I just bought every record I could, when I went to the local record shop it was like the most exciting trip for me and we didnít have a lot of money you know, my family were poor, if I somehow managed to save 50p to get a 7" vinyl it was a big deal.
If we were at like 15 or 16 were thumbing through your album collection, give us a flavor of stuff you were buying at that period then.
Well I tell you straight off it was motown.
Yeah, I mean motown was everywhere and I just loved that. Diana Ross and the Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves. I knew every word, every song writing credit, every producer. I loved motown, I mean later there were other influences. When I was 17 I went to Spain for one of those years where you hand out flyers on the beach. I had a carpenters album, the Three Degrees, Barry White maybe one other, but you get the jest.
Your music taste is eclectic.
It is very eclectic.
It is very eclectic, so I gather though you were talking about wanting to be a DJ, I gather it was a DJ who really helped you Gambaccini, Paul Gambaccini really helped you get going didnít he?
Yeah, I met Paul. I enthused about this new band I as in Kajagoogoo and he came along to see us and amazingly he was making a new program for channel 4 and the first program was going to be dedicated to... 3/4 of the program was dedicated to very established, very successful artist Phil Collins at the time, who was huge at the time. He thought in contrast to that, it would be nice to show the viewers what itís like when youíre first starting out, it was just a coo for us, because it was national tv on Saturday night, the Saturday night before the weekend release.
So what happened to record sales, did you go through the roof?
Well Too Shy when it was #1 they couldnít actually press them quick enough, it was selling 30000 copies a day and thatís in the UK, and now here eventually we sold nearly a million copies, in France it was over a million copies and we got discs for that, in America it was the same, in Germany it was just under a million, I mean it was just #1 everywhere.
How many countries can you remember that being #1 in?
Everyone that I went to.
It was just a whirlwind.
Did you write that one? Or who wrote that?
I co-wrote that with the band.
Right,were the other 4 all from Wigan as well? Or where were they from?
They were from Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire.
Oh, right so how did you all get thrown together then?
I put an add in the Melody Maker. Which was the musicianís Bible then, looking for a band. I had actually been in 3 bands we had no success just done a few gigs Iíd been in another band with Mike Nolan who later went on to join Buck Fizz.
You were with Mike before Buck Fizz then?
So then were you the driving force, sounds like you were the driving force behind bringing this whole nucleus together.
I canít take the whole credit for it, I mean when I met them they had some equipment, they had been gigging, they had a single out, they were called Art Nouveau. They were very driven too, if Iím looking in Melody Maker they are too, they are doing something about it.
Right, so one minute youíre there and youíre looking at Wigan Pier the next minute youíre looking at Elton John and Phil Collins, whatís going on there? How did your life change?
Oh, it was huge. It didnít just change it then itís changed for the whole of my life. I just came back from Warsaw in Poland last nigh where I performed Too Shy and The Neverending Story on a launch of a massive TV program.
Just clarify this point, you are now a solo artist?
There is still though some remnants of the band together is that correct or have I got that wrong?
Well we got together for a special for the music cable channel MTV/VH1 called Bands Reunited. It was a series they featured Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Haircut 100, ABC a few other, we were in there. Some reunions were successful and others were not, ours was.
Was yours successful?
We got together we did a one off show in London which was filmed, 2 weeks after all the cameras had left, we.....
You knocked the hell out of each other...
We just met for dinners no one around, we couldnít come to an agreement on certain things and we called it a day.
So you did the gig was the gig successful?
The gig was great it was a freebee for the audience, a big radio station in London was involved and we just invited a lot of people down and said that youíre going to be filmed as part of this program and it was a really emotional evening for me to be back together with the guys after 20 years.
How much thinking, you know, when they do that because after when bands bust up thereís a lot of bad blood, thereís lawyers, and there are hassles and everybody hates everybody else, artistic differences. How much pressure did they put on you to try and get you and the band together there, what swung it for you?
Oh, it was a complete surprise, they just caught me in the right mood. They were very clever because they didnít actually tell me what they were going to do, they just said that weíre doing a sort of where are they now interview, will you come down to this place in West Bourne Park, Notting Hill and I was really busy that week and I was almost saying no almost , anyway, I just went down and I thought go on and before I went down I thought oh Iíd have a shave, really not there. When I arrived I walked inti this very trendy bar/café and there were like a hundred people, you know I was expecting like a camera guy, a lighting guy, and a sound guy, you know and I thought this is a bit of a big do whatís going on? Anyway so weíre going along in the interview and they just dropped right in. Actually were not here for an interview Limahl weíre here to surprise you. Weíre a tv reality show, we want you to get back together with Kajagoogoo for one show can film or all the fans in America, bla, bla, bla...
And when they dropped that bombshell what was the first thought that went through your mind?
I just thought oh, Iíve been duped. Oh really, did you think of walking out at that point or thinking I donít want to do it, I hate their guts or anything like that or...?
I thought Iím being filmed Iíd better not swear.
And I just said: What with the original members? I was like is this happening? Yes it is with the original members, just one show I went oh... I said I suppose I could which wasnít a yes you see I was a bit reluctant.
Do they get you up there just to sing, do they grab you right then and there?
Oh no no then there was some planning involved. Alright ok ok, so what about now? Youíre a solo artist, youíre coming back from abroad are you enjoying this part of your career as much as you enjoyed the other part of your career?
Itís lovely, itís very manageable, yeah I mean there are hectic moments but over all itís got a nice taste. Howís your great mane of hair?
Oh itís shorter. I was hoping you were going to say: Iíve gone bald now, yeah that takes it that takes the buscuit.
No no, Iíve got blonde spikey hair did you not see me on Hit me Baby One More Time the ITV thing about 2 months ago? Iíve got a nice mop of hair, but Iíve lost the mullet.
Well whatís your web address?
Oh yeah, www.limahl.com, stop by.
Well Limahl itís been lovely to talk to you.
Yeah you too Jeremy.
Thank you very much for coming on the show.
And giving us a little update do you get down to Oxford at all do you get to our area at all.
Oxford, Oxford, Oxford... I may do a theatre show next year so Iíll be back again. Last time I was there was indeed a theatre show in 2002, oh I love Oxford itís very nice and itís cycle friendly which I like as well.
Very very cycle friendly, in fact weíre very eco friendly in general friendly in general. Limahl thank you for coming on.
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