Sunday, May 8, 2011

MOVING PICTURES - Daily Telegraph 2011 article

A return to Innocence for iconic Eighties band Moving Pictures

More than a quarter of a century since they last saw one another, members of Sydney's Moving Pictures are reforming the band to mark the 30th anniversary of their debut album Days Of Innocence.

Speaking to Insider from his London home, frontman Alex Smith says he's looking forward to hitting the road again with original bandmates Andrew Thompson, Charlie Cole, Garry Frost and Ian Lees plus Mark Meyer, although he jokingly admits he's not sure how the initial reunion will go.

"This group, this line-up and this band hasn't been in the same room together since 1984 ... I'm just going to play it by ear - same as I used to do every day in the past," he said. "It will be like, 'What are we here for? We're here to play and have a great time'.

"The major thing I want to do is laugh. Ninety-five per cent of our time was spent laughing and I think that's going to be one of the things that hopefully will still be there.

"We're just going to have boxes of Kleenexes everywhere and somewhere to park the Zimmer frames."

Best known for their hit What About Me, which topped the ARIA singles chart for six consecutive weeks in 1982, and reached No.1 again in 2004 when covered by Australian Idol runner-up Shannon Noll, Moving Pictures gained further international notoriety when their track, Never, featured as the musical backdrop for Kevin Bacon's dance solo in the 1984 movie Footloose.

Smith says this, ironically, ended up marking the band's downfall.

"That was kind of like a sore point," he said. "We got asked to do it, but we've never seen a dime from it.

"It kind of soured our relationship (in the US), which was the thing that eventually led to the downfall of the band. Footloose was like a poison chalice for us. You can imagine how much money the bloody thing made."

Moving Pictures will play the State Theatre on Saturday July 30.

Tickets are available through ticketmaster.com.au.

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