Aug 1, 2002
the radio.wazee spotlight this week is "Silent
Sigh" by Mercury Music Prize-winner Damon Gough
Drawn Boy). Itís from his latest album, the soundtrack
to the film "About A Boy," starring Hugh
Among the people who have fallen
in love with Badly Drawn Boy is writer Nick Hornby,
who thought that Gough would be the perfect songwriter
to score the soundtrack for the movie of his third
novel, "About A Boy." "What I like
about Damonís music is that it is recognizably English
without all the irritations that implies," says
Hornby. "Itís got soul, itís literate without
being pretentious, the quiet bits arenít wimpy. Itís
not boorish... Who else is there?"
After reading Hornbyís novel, Gough
wrote four songs, including the desperately beautiful
"Silent Sigh" and the poppy "Something
To Talk About." He then took the songs to L.A.,
where he hooked up with the Manchester-born, West
Coast-based producer Tom Rothrock, whose credits include
Beck, Elliott Smith and R.L. Burnside. During the
course of two six-week sessions, Gough recorded more
than 70 pieces of music, including the 10 songs and
seven instrumentals which appear on the finished soundtrack.
"Doing 'About A Boy' has definitely affected
what Iím going to put on the next album," he
says. "Every record you make is a reaction to
the last thing that you did and so my second album
will inevitably be different to what it would have
been if I hadnít made the soundtrack."
The name Badly Drawn Boy comes from
a drawing which was, badly drawn, and yes, was a picture
of aÖwell, you can figure out the rest. The man behind
BDB, Gough, moved from Bolton to Manchester in 1996,
and shortly thereafter, met like-minded designer and
DJ Andy Votel at a nightclub. December 1997 saw his
car being mistaken by the Fall's Mark E. Smith for
a cab and he demanded to be taken home. This chance
meeting led to the Fall recording the Badly Drawn
Boy song "Tumbleweed." Following that, he
contributed his track "Nursery Rhyme" to
the James Lavelle and DJ Shadow album "U.N.K.L.E."
on Lavelle's MoWax label.
By the time the "U.N.K.L.E."
album was finally released, Badly Drawn Boy had been
signed to the Prodigy's XL label, and began the process
of sifting from 200 tracks the ones which would make
the final cut of the debut album "The Hour Of
Bewilderbeast" (2000). Just before its American
release, the album earned Britain's prestigious Mercury
Prize for Best Album.