Tex Perkins interview with You Am I's - By Tim Rogers
Don's involvement on Sad But True:
ROGERS: I read in a recent article your fondness for Don Walker's,
"The Girl With The Bluebird Tattoo" from Sad But True.
PERKINS: Part of the comment I was making was that I didn't perform on it whatsoever.
ROGERS: Just being a good punter for once.
PERKINS: Well, I had the opportunity to add something when we were recording it, but Don
was just so on. I really find the piece of music to be quite remarkable. Everyone is so
relaxed but still so on, just exactly. The best performance from Don I've ever heard.
ROGERS: Sad But True wins me over for its restraint. I think there's a real danger with
the nature of the songs for someone to betray the tunes flavour and over-dramatise.
PERKINS: Certainly and we're almost guilty of it. There's proof. We recorded Bob Dylan's
"Blind Willie McTell" for the record and it's really shocking - overblown,
dramatic?It was exactly what you're saying. Understatement is the way to go always.
ROGERS: That would seem to be the real consistent thread over the last two Cruel Sea
records and your stuff with Don and Charlie.
PERKINS: It's just something that's appropriate to the things I'm doing at the moment.
ROGERS: To these weather crushed ears, Don's voice on Sad But True is a dead ringer for
Dylan's Nashville Skyline.
PERKINS: Someone likened him to Willie Nelson the other day?
ROGERS: That's maybe going a bit too far?
PERKINS: Definitely too far. (Laughs)
© 1994 Juice Magazine (Issue 14)
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