We’ve been keeping an eye on Man Like Me since recording a Dirty Live video with them last year, and earlier this year the pair returned to our studio to shoot their video for new single ‘Sleaze’. Watch the video exclusively here before finding out what exactly the deal is with the ‘face pillows’.
WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT FROM THE ALBUM?
It’s what you might talk about in bed, a bit sleazy and a little bit sinister at times. The fear of getting old runs through a lot of the tracks. There’s a bit of fun in there as well though.
YOU SHOT THE VIDEO IN RANKIN’S STUDIO – WHAT WAS THE CONCEPT BEHIND IT?
We wanted to do something ever so slightly more serious and classy than what we usually do with videos. The song isn’t our usual pace and has a bit of Robert Palmer-esque feel to it. So we were midway through giving a nod to ‘Addicted to Love’ before we realised that Sheryl Crow had done it already and we panicked.
HOW DID YOU FIND WORKING WITH MIKE SKINNER ON THE ALBUM?
It was a dream come true. He’s always been a big influence to us and to be able to work with him and call him a friend was a pleasure. It’s hard to hold back sometimes in the studio and not ask him how he got the the sound for ‘Blinded By The Lights’ or ask who ‘Lee Satchell’ is.
WHAT ADVICE, IF ANY, DID HE GIVE YOU TO SURVIVE THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
He’s not the patronising type really so he hasn’t been dishing out advice as such, but he’s given us this pearl: When you write a song it has to be about either love or death for it to be hit.
WHAT INSPIRED THE ARTWORK?
The fear of the CD being pressed without any artwork being finished. We were about to embark on the Madness tour before Christmas with everything to do with the album finished except for artwork. So we packed a polaroid camera and your very own photographer Eva Pentel and hastily took some photos. We had been very organised with getting our faces printed on cushions though, which obviously ties in nicely with the title.
EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR COVER OF ‘KITCHEN AT PARTIES’ THAT WAS ON THE IKEA AD, IS IT A HINDERANCE OR A BLESSING TO BE RECOGNISED FROM THAT?
Now the advert is off television we don’t really get recognised for it anymore. Most people who’ve mentioned it have been really kind about it, and if it was a hinderance then maybe we wouldn’t hear much about that as people tend to do that behind peoples backs!
WHAT ARE YOU HUNGRY FOR?
A music recording sales certification. To certify we’ve sold a shitload of records.
Sleaze is released 18th March