People from the era tell their stories.
» Dick O'Dell
1. What's your role and past history in the music industry
Manager & former label owner. Past artists include The Pop Group, The Slits, Gang of Four, William Orbit & Ed Harcourt.
Current artists: Bat for Lashes, Mechanical Bride & Genuflex.
2.How did you get interested in Bristol bands in 1977/78?
Thru The Pop Group. They were part of a scene that included Massive Attack, Maximum Joy & many others. Mostly they hung out at the legendary Dug Out club
3.Which band did you first sign for either management or records?
The Pop Group.
4.Why were The Pop Group so fab?
A supremely talented collection of individuals who, for a short time, made an extraordinary team! Mark & Gareth especially had vision, passion, commitment, ideas & arrogance. All essential.
5. Did you ever live in Bristol and if so which part?
Never did but was on that train from Paddington a whole load!
6. How many Bristol bands / musicians did you work with and who were they?
The Pop Group, Maximum Joy, Pigbag, Mouth, were there more?!
7.What band / musician was your biggest disappointment and why?
The Pop Group could have done more records but it was always destined to implode. Headstrong characters!
8.Which band / musician was your favourite?
Uh-uh. Not telling
9.Tell me about how you set Y Records up and what was your biggest success?
The Pop Group & The Slits were both dropped by their labels. It was the beginning of the indie explosion & I just met Geoff Travis & the Rough Trade people. Papa's got a brand new Pigbag was the biggest success.
10.Any regrets from a Bristol perspective?
11.What does the future hold for Dick O'Dell?
Natasha Khan a great film soundtrack composer. A couple of Grammys & Oscars wouldn't go amiss!