The Luxury of Hysteria is your first solo named album since 1999’s What Rhymes with Girls and Cars, tell us more about it?
A work of no small genius? I worked with most of the folks I’ve been making a racket with over the past 3 records, yet some losses and my outrageous ego necessitated me naming it under my own god-fearing moniker. It’s less of a stray dog and more like a pampered bull terrier. And for once I don’t use booze as the consistent metaphor and/or excuse.
What were the biggest challenges in producing a solo album?
As with everything I’ve done outside You Am I, money. We’ve prided ourselves on the ability to do things thriftily, and hastily, yet this record needed a little more attention, and the clock was ticking. To stop myself writing half a dozen bar-room belters with cheeky lyrics was a test, also.
At some juncture in the recording I felt like I was writing as myself, not as a better looking version of the person I wanted to be, that’s exciting, and kind of unsettling, because I like that guy more…but if I’m going to contribute anything to anyone, I have to do it as myself for better or worse. It’s absolutely helped for the You Am I record we’re finishing now. It’s a cracker.
Where is your favourite place in London to perform?
I’ve had good runs and shockers at most joints I’ve played. The big ones were exciting I guess, and I’ve had a few good nights at the Borderline apparently. The last You Am I one were we played with The Buff Medways and Graham Coxon was wonderful, possibly the company was the highlight, or the dressing.
What can we expect from your Borderline show?
I believe a chap on stage with an acoustic guitar can be….just the dullest thing ever or possibly wonderful. I would like to deliver something more than it would appear on paper, or papyrus. Depends if I’m feeling like a dilettante, a dandy or a dirtbag. I’ll be happy to be there.
What was your most memorable gig?
Well I have played some big ones that will be great to tell the nieces in years to come, but I prefer to remember the toilet tours of the US, or the UK or Europe or home, where out of the blueness you all end up delirious within it. No matter how big the show is or if you’ve just had a laugh with Mick n Keef, if you don’t get inside the show and become something more than when you walked in, you ain’t earned your keep. To have a blast in front of a tough crowd in Philadelphia is…well reason enough to giggle yourself to slumber.
Are there any particular gigs that you just can’t stand doing?
Sure. I don’t like playing so people can solely allay homesickness, but there’s always the possibility of something good even in shows that appear depressing as hell. A great drink. A mislaid pair of pantaloons. I’ve done worse jobs, and will again, so let’s not complain shall we?
How were you exposed to music growing up?
My parents records, then my older brother, who turned me on to, consecutively, hard rock, glam metal, American hardcore, English punk, early house, guitar pop……all the truly punchy stuff I got into because I was curious and just socially absent enough to have opportunities for pilfering.
Were you the kind of kid who got into trouble at school-the class clown?
Alternated each year between being very attentive and a dribbling malcontent. Never consistent. I wasn’t a clown though. More like a bearded lady. Learning, and being something more than I was surely destined to be was so romantic, however causing trouble like some kind of Dickensian urchin…well I liked their clobber more. Good hats.
Who is your most memorable/unlikely fan?
Pete Townshend said his son dug us. I was too entranced by how handsome and charming he was to really take it in at the time, however, that was unexpected. David Cross was a thrill. Having a few bottles o Beaujolais with some very attractive French fans in Nimes was unexpected and delightful, as an example. Ooh, and Italy and oh yes Hamburg and…Ain’t life grand!
Tim will be performing at The Borderline on the 2nd of August and at the Luminare on the 3rd of August. For more information visit www.myspace.com/timrogersband and for tickets www.ticketweb.co.uk