[Nagnagnag] The Conversation/Rumours (ONLY Kirk? - or WAS Mal
mike at angryjester.com
Mon Feb 27 11:01:42 PST 2006
I remember reading somewhere in an interview with Mal that the split was very amicable. He wanted to move to Australia to be with his family.
Any news of what's happened with him since? I have the Ku-Ling Bros album and I think it's excellent. But that was many years ago.
From: "Richard Smith - TW News" <r.smith at bbc.co.uk>
Sent: Monday, February 27, 2006 3:40 AM
To: nagnagnag at hollyfeld.org
Subject: RE: [Nagnagnag] The Conversation/Rumours (ONLY Kirk? - or WAS Mal involved too?)
Re: Mal and the final three...
This is a familiar topic to people on the cabs yahoo group.
What we know for sure is: Mal was fully involved on Plasticity...I know because i interviewed them on the day they finished at and they played me some of it at Western Works (sorry to those who think "oh no, not that bloody story again"!). In the tour which followed a couple of months later they played a lot of material - with vocals - which would later appear on Internation Language...the backing tapes used for the IL material live are also the same as those which appeared on the IL album - therefore i think it's safe to assume a lot of the IL stuff was recorded at the same time or very soon after Plasticity.
The true mystery is The Conversation. It's true that the writing credit contradicts the statement that RHK played everything. I don't believe there has ever been any information on this either way. Given that RHK was by this time regularly producing his own material it's strange to think he'd put out a solo album under the Cabs name. Also this was the one and only album on Apollo so it's unlikely to have been put out as a contractual obligation under the Cabs name - you'd think if RHK and Mal had split before they began work on it together then Apollo would have accepted a name change to an RHK-alias.
My best guess is that they both worked on demo-ing the material but something happened - a degree of falling out or agreement to differ - which led to Mal dropping out at that stage and RHK delivering it.
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