Saturday, November 6, 2010

Interview with Owen Paul Mcgee EX-Simple Minds

In Owen’s words: “Music has always meant something more to me than pleasant melodies and clever entertaining lyrics. To be musically entertaining is no mean feat in itself, but for me it's not what it's about!!! As a music fan I have always been much more attracted to artists who create a sound that leaves you in absolutely no doubt of its importance to them, regardless of what any particular song may be about! For me a song with that kind of conviction can connect with the listener in an almost unexplainable emotional level and on many occasions I have become uplifted, saddened, invigorated, angered and even joyful just by being exposed to music of that nature, regardless of genre.

When I first heard '' Anarchy in the UK '' by the Sex Pistols and ''Tommy Gun'' by The Clash as a teenager in 1976, the emotional impact it had on me, a kind of ''anything is possible'' and '' we are unstoppable '' feeling is one I have never lost more than twenty years later! Given that fact, you will never convince me that music is not important, for I apply that kind of thinking into everything I do! It is now part of who I am and has compelled me to try to return the favour, however small and regardless of how long it would take…”

Owen Paul the Scottish singer, producer and co-writer of the 1986 smash summer hit ( My Favourite Waste of Time) has done many things in the twenty or so years since he first came to musical prominence .
He has played a leading role in a major musical theatre production.
Toured the UK and Europe with Phil Collins as one of 'Mike and the Mechanics' as well as being vocal arranger on their last album 'Rewired'.
Been harassed by Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne in the infamous “noisy neighbours" episode on MTV's record breaking show The Osbournes.
Became a comedy script writer for a leading FM radio station in the U.K.
For ten years, he ran a west end theatre in London's Leicester Square as well as a successful Ballroom and Latin Dancing Club.
Produced a treble platinum selling album for the Japanese band 'Buck Tick' which became number one in their native country.
Co-Produced the winning entry for UK's Eurovision 2001 held in Copenhagen, for the young Sheffield singer Lindsay Dracass having a UK top 20 hit at the same time.
Consulted for the 'James Grant Media Group' who manage Ant & Dec, Simon Cowell and Philip Schofield to name but a few.
Currently he consults to Charles B Lewis on his numerous business interests including The Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood brands as well as his movie projects.
In 2001 he finally went back to the recording Studio with new material, releasing the album ' About Time ' in the same year.
More recently in 2009, Owen Paul McGee has returned to live performance in his own right with Four Good Men, and will continue to do so in various projects including XSM (ex Simple Minds) and ' The 80's Rocked ' Theatre show throughout 2010.

Without further ado I give you OWEN PAUL McGEE~

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell the fans how you and John Taylor & Andy Taylor ( of Duran Duran ) crossed paths and became friends in the glorious 80’s.

Owen Paul McGee: I first heard of Duran Duran when I was a researcher on Peter Powell's Radio One Drive Time Show. Peter Powell was always a champion of new acts and unsigned acts and we received an early version of Planet Earth. Peter Powell was instrumental in Duran Duran’s early success as he played their stuff regularly. I first met Andy and John at BBC's Broadcasting House, and then met them on several occasions either at peters house for dinner or out socially.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What is your favorite Duran Duran song and video?

Owen Paul McGee: My favourite song is 'Ordinary World' and video is 'Girls on Film'. Ground breaking and directed by Godley and Crème

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What was it like to record and tour with Mike and the Mechanics? What would you say is your fondest memory of working with them?

Owen Paul McGee: Working with Mike and Paul was better than 'working'. Two multi talented blokes who have been there, sang, it done it. Singing fantastic songs like the Living years and 'Over My Shoulder' to name but two was truly an honour.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What contributions do you feel Duran Duran has made to the world of music and fashion in the past 30 yrs?

Owen Paul McGee: After the dressing down of the punk era Duran as well as the whole Romantic Movement made it ok for guys as well as girls to experiment with their look. Musically they crossed over rock with funk incorporating 'Chic style' rhythm tracks, an affect still present in today’s music scene.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What Duran Duran song would you like to remake if you could and why?

Owen Paul McGee: Wild Boys and Save a prayer because I think I could sing them better

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us about your involvement singing with the Scottish 'super group' Four Good Men
( Derek Forbes - Simple Minds, Graham Duffin- Wet Wet Wet, Smiley - The Mescalero’s, Phil Kane - The Silencers), what was the genesis behind this band ?

Owen Paul McGee: Four good men existed before me and were conceived by former Simple Minds bass player Derek Forbes. After a chance meeting with Derek he asked me would I like to be involved and in 2009 I played two arena shows.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Tell us about the hit single My Favorite Waste of Time a ( Marshall Crenshaw cover)? Would you say this song was a blessing or a curse?

Owen Paul McGee: It was most definitely both a blessing and a curse. A fantastic record that I am very proud of but one which made it virtually impossible for me to be taken seriously as a rock act, which is what I am.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: If you could have a sit down with any member of Duran Duran today who would it be and what would be topic of discussion? ( I think maybe you have done this already ha-ha)

Owen Paul McGee: It would definitely be with Andy Taylor and we would talk boring music talk about guitars, amps and production technique. One for the nerds.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: What made you want to be part of the Ex-Simple Minds project? Which Simple Minds song brings out the most emotion in you and the band when playing live?

Owen Paul McGee: As I had already worked with Derek Forbes, I knew what a talent he was as well as the fact that my brother Brian ( the original Simple Minds drummer) would also be involved it was a very easy decision to me. For me personally New Gold Dream far and away brings out the most emotion in me, if not the band.

LadyaslanDDTTRH: For ten years you ran a west end theatre in London’s Leicester Square; what was your favourite show? Is this the same west end theatre that debuted Tony Award nominee Mark Davies musical Taboo w/ lyrics by Boy George?

Owen Paul McGee: It was indeed the setting for the Boy George / Mark Davies Musical 'Taboo' and yes it was my favourite show. The show ran for almost two years and put our theatre on the map

LadyaslanDDTTRH: Any words of wisdom or information you would like to share with the fans?

Owen Paul McGee: Check out and

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