Windy City Media Group Frontpage News Home
CELEBRATING 28+ YEARS OF Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender NEWS

Search Gay News Articles
Advanced Search
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2014-11-26
Download Issue
  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime

Sponsor
WINDY CITY TIMES' 2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Week one of two WINDY CITY TIMES' 2014 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Week one of two
I'll just have one glass Tell the world (or just visitors ...

Browse Gay News Index   Browse Gay News Archives
  Windy City Times

Chris Connelly: Bowie and Sons of the Silent Age
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Jerry Nunn, Windy City Times
2013-01-08

facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email


Scottish musician Chris Connelly has rocked the industrial music world for decades with such memorable groups as the Revolting Cocks and Ministry.

His vocal style has been compared to David Bowie, so it is only fitting that he would bring his latest project—Bowie songs—to the Metro. Connelly has teamed with Matt Walker from Morrissey's band and Shirley Manson of Garbage to form Sons of the Silent Age to benefit the Pablove Foundation, which is for cancer victims and their families.

Windy City Times talked to the local musician while on break from his job at Reckless Records in Chicago.

Windy City Times: Hi, Chris. I've been listening to groups you've been with since college, from Pigface to Revolting Cocks.

Chris Connelly: Well, I'm pleased to hear that.

WCT: Did you grow up in Chicago?

Chris Connelly: No, I grew up in Scotland. I moved here in 1988. I didn't intend to stay but I did. It was a lot easier to live here than in the United Kingdom in the late '80s. I can't speak for them now but back then I just decided to stay and see what happens.

WCT: Now you have a wife and two children, and work at Reckless Records?

Chris Connelly: I do. I've been here for almost 18 years.

WCT: Do fans come in Reckless Records looking for you?

Chris Connelly: It has happened. It doesn't happen that much but when people hear that I work here then they want something signed and they will come by the store. I am pretty much left alone, though. I like that but I am very flattered that anyone would want an autograph. I am usually unclogging a toilet or something like that!

WCT: It sounds so glamorous.

Chris Connelly: Exactly.

WCT: Who are you listening to these days?

Chris Connelly: One of my favorite artists with an album from 2012 was Bat for Lashes. It is called The Haunted Man. It's just gorgeous. There is also a new Scott Walker record, but he is not an emerging artist by any stretch of the imagination.

WCT: How did this special night at Metro come about?

Chris Connelly: It was myself and Matt Walker, who plays drums in the band. I have known Matt for, like, 20 years. His brother was a bass player in my band. We have always stayed in touch. I was doing vocals for one of Matt's songs, and it had a hint of David Bowie in it, but it was nothing I could put my finger on. I just thought that it would be so much fun if we played some Bowie songs so I mentioned it to him. He had a connection at a charity and we decided to make an event out of it. We put a band together and started rehearsing.

WCT: How did Shirley Manson get involved?

Chris Connelly: We are both friends of hers. I have been a friend of hers for about 28 years. We go way back. We met at Edinburgh and became very close friends. She met Matt because he has played with Garbage a few times when Butch Vig has been doing other stuff. We both had mentioned it to her and she wanted to do it, too. She is very familiar with this charity and done some very good work for them. We were delighted to have her with us, obviously. She had some songs that she wanted to sing and then there are some songs that she and I will sing together.

WCT: The Waco Brothers will be there as well.

Chris Connelly: Yes. Jon Langford is an old friend of mine. We have done several things together over the years. I saw that his band was playing T. Rex songs. I thought it would be perfect and create a vibe for the evening. This will be firmly imbedded in '70s culture in a way. It will be a glam sound that people associate with these artists. In a superficial way, glam rock with David Bowie, T. Rex and Roxy Music jump to mind, first of all. Those artists transcended that genre very quickly. It makes the night fun and that is what we want.

WCT: What made you decide on the name Sons of the Silent Age?

Chris Connelly: Matt and I batted around a few names, but that song is one of my favorites by Bowie. It was a collective noun with a very obvious band name. We came up with a few others that are slightly more obscure than that. We are all real Bowie fans and know all kinds of obscure things. We wanted something people could connect to without calling ourselves "Space Oddity" or The "Heroes."

WCT: Would you ever want to do a recording together of it?

Chris Connelly: Not really, because there is nothing we can do to make our versions better than David Bowie's versions. I think it is a live experience. That is coming from someone who has been listening to him almost on a daily basis for 36 years, since I first bought Station to Station when it came out. I think playing his work in a live situation is the best thing to do and I would like to keep doing it.

WCT: Could you get a message to Bowie about this event?

Chris Connelly: I actually tweeted his son Duncan regarding it, hoping that he might be able to get the word out. We also got support from Gail Ann Dorsey, who was his last bass player and his guitar and keyboard player, as well as putting things on the website.

David is very reclusive and I absolutely respect that.

WCT: Did you ever meet him?

Chris Connelly: I met him twice, once when he played with Nine Inch Nails. I have been friends with Trent [Reznor] for a while and he made sure I met him at that show. The other time was when he played at the Aragon here in Chicago. He was very funny and charming.

WCT: How do you keep in touch with all these people and make different bands with them?

Chris Connelly: I've found that the Internet has been very key in this kind of thing. They are people that I collaborate with that I really respect their work. Sometimes I just like them as people. I tend to be quite loyal with my friends. I like working with them. I have kept in touch with many people over the years. I basically cherish friendships above everything else. It's like when Shirley and I met. I was 19 and she was 18; we got to be friends and there was no question.

WCT: There is such a gay following for her group Garbage, and for Bowie, also. I want to get the word out.

Chris Connelly: I really appreciate that. That's fantastic.

WCT: I will never forget your Revolting Cocks song "Beer, Steers, and Queers." So we have it all at the show! [Both laugh.]

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime show at Metro Chicago, 3730 N. Clark St., on Friday, Jan. 11. Donations can be made at www.pablove.org .


facebook twitter pin it del.icio.us stumble upon digg google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily
agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here.
Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you
stay on this page, the more you help us.

OFF-BROADWAY 'Sylvester' musical: Serving realness 2014-11-26
OPERA REVIEW Porgy and Bess 2014-11-26
Musical event examines the Black experience 2014-11-26
Theater, dance, music news and events 2014-11-25
NUNN ON ONE: MUSIC Tove Lo gets into the 'Habit' 2014-11-24
Billy Masters 2014-11-24
Cher cancels; Michael Sam's honor; Andy Cohen outs Spacey 2014-11-24
Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth 2014-11-24
The Voice's Michelle Chamuel to play Lincoln Hall 2014-11-24
Country star Ty Herndon comes out of the closet, Billy Gilman follows 2014-11-20
Rockin' around the Christmas tree with Dee Snider 2014-11-19
Entertainment: Auditorium marks 125th; concert fundraiser; Barlesque 2014-11-19
BENT NIGHTS Reagan Youth 2014-11-19
Chicago Artists Chorale inaugural concert Dec. 16 2014-11-17
Lakeside Pride, Lea DeLaria and Artemis celebrate Women In Music 2014-11-17
Artemis Singers to present "Loves Lost, Loves Found" in 2015 2014-11-15
DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE: THRILLED ABOUT THE DAME 2014-11-12
BENT NIGHTS Stephin Merritt; Boneshaker; Alice Cooper 2014-11-12
NUNN ON ONE Ryan Seacrest talks 'Idol,' clothes, Kardashians 2014-11-12
Marriage now allowed in Kansas; Elton's foundation's grants 2014-11-12
Culture Club comeback; Ariana Grande's change; Mark Wahlberg 2014-11-12
Artemis Singers: Celebrating 35 years of shows 2014-11-12
Music coming up: Carmen Carrera; Harris, Osborne at Staples event 2014-11-12
Boy George draws avant-garde to MCA 2014-11-11
Rev. James Cleveland is explained with a queer perspective 2014-11-11
MUSIC 'Unplugged' performance amplifies awareness of rape, suicide 2014-11-11
Mary J. Blige brings 'London' to Chicago 2014-11-11
Queer musicians Alber and Henderson in Chicago Nov. 14 2014-11-09
Bill Pollack Music: Making memories through melodies 2014-11-05
SHOW REVIEW Britney-the woman and the brand-puts on Vegas show 2014-11-05
Whitney-Manilow duet; LGBT Starbucks ad; GLAAD vs. Wendy Williams 2014-11-04
Armatrading on final tour, at City Winery April 23-24 2014-11-04
BETTY returns for holiday show 2014-10-29
Music, radio are David Polk's passion, profession 2014-10-29
SCOTTISH PLAY SCOTT Carpenter does Caligari 2014-10-29
Melissa Etheridge: On marriage, performing 2014-10-29
Events coming up in film, arts, music, performance 2014-10-29
NUNN ON ONE: TELEVISION Macy Gray shows us 'The Way' 2014-10-22
EXHIBITS 'David Bowie Is' wows patrons at the MCA 2014-10-22
Laramie Project; Boy George; Library exhibit on marriage 2014-10-22





Copyright © 2014 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 

LGBT activist Ouma on work, Tanzania and future hopes
 
Theater, dance, music news and events
 
Having HIV/AIDS: Fighting stigma
 
Afraid of Dark to premiere at Chicago Cultural Center
 
In the Life: Nicole Bashor
 
Windy City Times Current DownloadNightspots Current DownloadQueercast Current Download
Windy City Media Group BlogsJoin Our Email List!Donate Now
Sponsor


Sponsor

  News Index   About WCMG    Publications    Bars & Clubs     Calendar   Videos   Advertisers    OUT! Guide    Classifieds     AIDS @ 32       Marriage
 Local | National | World | Politics | Obits | Profiles | Views | Entertainment | Theater | Dance | Music | Film | Art | Books | TV/Gossip
 Travel | History | Marriage | Youth | Trans | Lesbian | Celebrations | Food | Nightlife | Sports | Health | Real Estate | Autos | Pets | Crime



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video      News Videos      Nightspots Videos      Entertainment Videos      Queercast Videos      Comedy Videos     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.