A Couple of Questions with Gordon McIntyre of Ballboy
ALSO: Ballboy was featured in our The Best Albums You've (Probably) Never Heard feature.
For those just learning about Club Anthems now, can you give a nutshell summary of your career prior to its release?
Club Anthems (or Club Anthems 2001, to give it its UK title) was our first full-length release. It is a collection of our first three EPs – silversuitsforastronauts, i hate Scotland, and girls are better than boys, with some added tracks. At the time of its release, we had played a fair amount of live shows in Scotland and had started to pick up a following, following the support of John Peel, who played us regularly.
Do you recall any anecdotes from the recording of the album?
My memory is rubbish, so you'll have to excuse me, but I do remember a big, big, argument about the title. I won…for better or worse.
Did you expect it to have a better commercial reception than it did?
Not at all; I was just delighted to have it out there. It was never going to be promoted very well, and the daytime radio was never likely to play lots of the songs because of the swearing. Although it's worth saying I guess that the fat lady hasn't sung on its commercial reception yet, because it's still selling after all these years.
Are you pleased to find that it still maintains enough of a following to make its way into this piece?
Absolutely. That's the thing with relatively secret bands: new people find you all the time, and you find them in return.
What are you doing now?
We are currently rehearsing Album Number Five, which will be recorded in April. We are going to take off to a remote house somewhere in Scotland and spend a week hidden in the woods getting hairy and drunk and emerge with the album, which I think I will be happiest with.
Check out Ballboy's official site for more info.