Way back in April, 1986 I had the great pleasure of interviewing Ian Astbury of The Cult. The tape was never produced, never broadcast anywhere and went missing. I always thought I had digitized it but over the years no matter where I looked, I just couldn't find the files. I know on the same cassette I had Ian do station ID's and I KNOW I played them at WLIR, NY and WXXP in Pittsburgh. That said, I couldn't locate the cassette, a reel to reel copy I dubbed at the WLIR studios in beautiful downtown Hempstead, NY 175 Fulton ave or any other version. This is something that ate at me for years.
|WLIR air studios Maxx, Bird, Malibu Sue, Alain Jorgensen & Denis|
I popped it in and was blown away. After 30 years I found a copy!
Sadly, much of the interview isn't on this copy. But there was at least 25 minutes of audio and plenty to produce the thing. I found an old "Barbie" boom box purchased for the girls in 2003. I remember we used the CD function to play Mozart in the girls room while they slept. It's beat up but a few years ago I was able to listen to some old aircheck tapes that have since been sent to Paul Cramer for him to take and reproduce old XX shows for his station (outstanding job!) and some WLIR airchecks went to the producers of the upcoming documentary, Dare To Be Different. A film about how a little NY radio station changed the world!
This was a huge mistake. In my attempt to digitize the audio, Barbie began to eat the audio. Not the tape, just the data. I freaked out! It still played in the car so I cast aside Barbie and hung my head in shame. I was losing what remained of this lost treasure. I am a determined person so I dispatched to the local Walmart thinking they must have something no one else would buy......a cassette player with an AUX out so I could get the data into my computer. BINGO! I was able to save just over 13 minutes of this piece of history and began to work out what I could put together that would be fun to listen to and preserve what was once lost.
To give you some background, allow me to set this up.
The interview began and we just kind of eased our way through the bands history, Ian's views on The Cult, music in general and a lot about life. Much of what we discussed has been lost but the following is what I was able to salvage and its more than enough to give you a feel for that time period and who Ian is. The running time is just over 57 minutes and our discussion is surrounded by the great music from Love and opens with Resurrection Joe from the Dreamtime LP. I'm posting it in several different formats. Small files, large files, what ever suits you. Please remember that not only is the audio a little rough, we had sound check background noise, people coming in and out and of course, loss of data over the 30 years this tape sat around.
Here are the files for your listening pleasure in various formats:
Regular MP3 format: 26.3 MB
High Quality MP3 format: 131 MB
AC3 format: 79.1 MB
FLAC format: 172 MB
NOTE: The Cult remain active and you can purchase music and other stuff here
DISCLAIMER: Hockeybird.com 1997-2016 all rights reserved. All images and music belong to their respective owners and are borrowed for this interview. We stopped being a commercial site back in 2007. No funds are generated any longer. If you own something borrowed here, send me email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk. I hereby give you the right to play, download or otherwise use this recording as long as it's not SOLD. If you wish to do that, contact me, I'm sure we can make a deal :-) Share it with your fiends and enjoy it with the same love and passion I have for it and that Ian & Billy has for their music.
Special Thanks: I wish to thank the following for their support and the rights to publish.
(all my co-workers at both stations)
Paul Cramer at wxxp.com
Elton Spitzer (may he rest in peace)
Seymour Stein and all at Sire Records
Nassau Community College
The Cult and all it's fans worldwide
Dare to be Different, The Movie!
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS:
All you listeners of WLIR & WXXP, the reason why we do this. Thanks for still Daring To Be Different!
Hockeybird.com 2016 all rights reserved