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SOCIAL STUDIES: Jane Eugene

John Richards @jrichards202 | 3/21/2013, 12:55 p.m.

The Washington Informer: [Laughs].

Jane Eugene: Like oh I do this, oh I do that. He says 'you should come and I'll write a song for you' and I said, 'I'll come, I want to write a song' [Laughs]. And we actually got together just like that. We actually found Carl MacIntosh when we were looking for a bass player. At the time, we were gonna go live and believe it or not, there was eleven people auditioning for Loose Ends.

We used to practice in this little place in Brixton. I can't remember the man's name. He was such a lovely man, right? I can't remember his name and I don't wanna give the wrong name, you know how that is. You quote somebody's name wrong, and they're like, 'oh, you didn't love me that much.'

The Washington Informer: [Laughs].

Jane Eugene: You know? At the time, a lot of people would come in with flashy basses, and looking all like this, but couldn't play. Carl came in and he just played. We were like, 'that's the guy.'

Washington Informer: What were those first Loose Ends recording sessions

like?

Jane Eugene: Being in the studio, for me as a singer, when you have done something wrong you will hear that tape go [makes rewind sound]. So it was winding back and you have to do it again [Laughs]. But, what it did is it gave you a standard. I think that, how can I put it? I think it's harder for younger musicians today because people wouldn't let you get away with nothing so it made you better. When we actually decided to go live, we were with Joe Busby over MCA. We track dated everything for eight years before we went live, so we really honed our skills. Before we went live for Freddie Jackson, we had done three albums. Who has that amount of material when you're opening for someone?!?

The Washington Informer: These days, record companies are not trying to pay for you to do all that...

Jane Eugene: Nope.

The Washington Informer: They throw you out there.

Jane Eugene: They throw you out there. When we went out we had like a plethora of material. You know, it was so fantastic, it was great. It was great.

By the time we got to the record deal, all the other people had kind of dropped off, they thought it was gonna happen sooner, or be greater, or something like that. How we got the record deal, Steve Nichol used to go to this record store called City Sounds, I think it's called, where he met Mick Clark. Mick Clark said he was leaving to do A&R at Virgin Records. He told Steve, 'when you've got a demo together, bring it in to me.'

Mick Clark is responsible, in a very big way, for starting Loose Ends' career. If you think about that kind of stuff now, these days. You'd think that would never happen, you know?