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Jamie Burchell Talks To The Cult Of The Dead Donkey

Can you take me for a little ride on Bognor Beach?

Here we have cornered various music types and interrogated them donkey-stylee...with utterly useless questions. Hell yeah. Our interview with Mr. Jamie Burchell, bassist of the excellent Jetplane Landing, if I do say so myself.

What's the latest news in the Jetplane camp?

Our new EP 'Els Quatre Gats' comes out on October 14th and we are going out on another UK tour from the 1st October in support of it. We hope to be playing stuff off the EP on the tour and a few new songs too that will be on a new album next year. We recently played two shows at the Carling Festivals which were brilliant days out, it was great to see so many people at both Leeds and Reading who seemed to know the songs from 'Zero For Conduct' our first album, both the shows ended up packed and we had the times of our lives, oh yes indeed.

Describe each of your bandmates in one word or phrase?

Raife = my pretty little brother, Cahir = tense on stage, hungry off, Andrew = NO RULES!.

If you weren't in the band, what would you be doing?

Proper-full-time-no-taking-time-off job wise? I think I would find it really hard to get a proper-full-time-no-taking-time-off job, that's probably why I do this, I did hear on the news that there is a major shortage of Lollipop Men at the moment, I think I could do that, as long as I could make my own uniform - as you can see I'm unemployable.

If you could play with any band in the world, who would it be?

I wouldn't mind a little guest appearance with Fugazi, just so I could gloat about it to other band members and other bands.

Which song do you feel describes you best?

'You Sexy Motherfucker' by Prince.

"Fuck you and your opposite sex"- a common theme in your songs - been badly treated by women?

Well, we would like to think that "Fuck you and your opposite sex" could be a statement that could be said by women as well as men, it just so happens that in our band it is sung by a man. It's more about the fact that everybody's been fucked off with someone they care about sometime.

What's your poison?

Everything at the moment, when I was younger I could drink all kinds of alcohol in vast and heady amounts but these days the hangovers just pile up, so poison would be right. My favourite drink is J&B Whiskey with ice, but whiskey is the worst - tastes good but messes you up.

If your house was burning down and you could only save one thing (This is so clichéd but hey...), what would it be?

My girlfriend, the rest could burn and I'd laugh as it did, you gather so much stuff in your life, you could just start again. (Anyone reading this, please don't take that as an open invitation to burn down my flat.)

What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?

Is it that time? I should really get up but this bed feels so good, mmmm, zzzzzzzzzzzz

Aaaand finally *drum roll* it's what we ask everyone...a special message for the furry little donkey fella himself?

Can you take me for a little ride on Bognor Beach?

- Fiona Carr, The Cult Of The Dead Donkey