Mojo - 'All Back To My Place'

Mojo // August 2010 nr. 201

Christopher Eccleston
Lots of Planets Have A North

What music are you currently grooving to?
The Meters - I heard them in a bar in New Orleans, it really gets me going in the morning. Terry Callier because of the beauty and precision of his voice, and a great James Brown compilation In The Jungle Groove. Also Van Morrison's a perennial for me.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite album?
Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. I had identical twin bothers, eight years older than me, and I thought they were very cool. They brought this home - politics you can dance to. It reminds me of sunny afternoons in the back garden with my brothers, but, it's such a heavy record.

What was the first record you bought? And where did you buy it?
It was, I'm afraid, a Manchester United single, I think it was in '76, I bought it on a stall on Salford market.

What do you sing in the shower?
Listen To The King by Van Morrison.

Which musician have you ever wanted to be?
I wanted to be Rod Stewart when he was in the Faces, but he led me to the singers I'd really like to be - Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Al Green. To be able to sing like that... masculinity in its true form!

What is your favourite Saturday night record?
Family Affair by Mary J Blige, Got To Give It Up Parts One and Two by Marvin Gaye, The Payback by James Brown. My ideal night would be a pub with a very good jukebox and no mobile phones, TVs or Space Invaders machines.

And your Sunday morning record?
Aretha Franklin's I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, Van Morrison's Veedon Fleece and the Ronnie Lane track The Poacher.

Christopher Eccleston stars in Lennon Naked on BBC4 this month

© Mojo

NB In the same edition of the questionnaire is Andre Williams, who appeared with Eccleston in Almereyda's film 'New Orleans Mon Amour' (hence full page).


joanr16 said...

A couple times last week I heard Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" on the car radio as I was driving home from work. Got home, parked, and sat in the very hot car with the radio on, until the song was over. It deserves respect.

Thanks so much for posting this.

P.S. Security word is "donny." 1970s pop music fail!

¡Oye Cristóbal! said...


Thanks also go to Jen for heads-up.