A Couple of Questions with Steven Lindsay of the Big Dish
ALSO: the Big Dish was featured in our The Best Albums You've (Probably) Never Heard feature
For those just learning about Creeping Up on Jesus now, can you give a nutshell summary of your career prior to its release?
Creeping was our second album on Virgin (Warner Bros. USA);
the first album was Swimmer. I had been an art student in Glasgow,
where I formed the band. The first album was a long, drawn-out recording
process: four producers, including the legendary Glynn Johns (Stones,
Beatles, Eagles, et cetera) and myself. It went down well with the critics,
but, like Creeping, didn't sell well. Later, we were dropped
and signed to East West (Warner Bros). We released one album – Satellites,
which had the hit “Miss America” – and subsequently split up.
Do you recall any anecdotes from the recording of the album?
record company rented us a townhouse in London’s exclusive Sloan Square. Being
daft lads from Scotland, we made good use of our new home, staying for 6 months
and partying constantly. It was an enjoyable, creative time…which I think comes
across on the record.
Did you expect it to have a better commercial reception than it did?
I was disappointed the record didn't do better, but as a typical cynical
Scotsman, I never expected much else.
Are you pleased to find that it still maintains enough of a following to make its way into this piece?
Yes, because I'm still proud of it. To the people who “got” the band,
it seems to have meant a lot.
What are you doing now?
I've just finished my second solo record, which comes out about May. I've signed to Echo, a Chrysalis label with a small eclectic roster. The first record, Exit Music, did very well...especially with the critics.