is an excerpt from an interview that Erik Brady [EB] had with a few members
of The Beautiful South, including Dave Rotheray [DR], Sean Welch [SW],
and Rich Adams [RA]. The interview took place on December 13, 1994.
Briana had already left the band and had completed her solo album at the
time. This particular part of the interview is when EB asks how things
are coming with Jaqui, and of course Briana's name comes up. Upon
reading the interview myself, I found it somewhat humorous, yet at
Briana's expense, so I questioned whether or not I should even make this
page, but I decided to put it up anyway, because it is interesting to read
and it sort of tells the story from the band's point of view.
RA: So how's it been with Jackie coming along?
EB: You're in hell.
RA: We've all heard about how you knew her and
stuff, about this singing in a party. But we don't really know why Brianna
left the other band.
DR: Well, it's a combination of things, really.
She was pissed off with the... at two things, really. Number one was the
words. She didn't like the way the words
were going. She felt they were a bit offensive.
RA: That's a bit strange, in a way...because
36D was showing how these things _______ [I can't make out this word].
DR: Yeah, that was what I thought. I mean, I
saw them as like being third person stories that they were characters in.
Rather than celebrations of only particular
SW: But she felt it wasn't what she wanted to
do, to sing about the negative aspects of women, you know. So, fair enough...
DR: And the other thing she was pissed of about
was, I think, that she felt maybe her contribution was a bit limited. She
didn't quite like the idea of being in the band
where she the only singer...
SW: And the endless tit jokes! <laughter>
DR: Yeah, the endless tit jokes grounded her
down after a while.
EB: I can't imagine why...
DR: The gingermint references...
EB: Well has anybody kept in touch with her since?
SW: I've found her a few times, yeah.
EB: I've heard that she's doing a solo album.
Is that true?
SW: I believe so, yeah [DR agrees]. I haven't
spoken to her since she's been...recorded.... she's got a deal, and I haven't
spoken to her since then.
EB: With Go! Discs as well?
SW: No....with...East/West Records, I think.
RA: I was looking down inside the album yesterday...and
her name was at the bottom...which...I don't know how the order is...
SW: Well, the order was worked out..
DR: By lengths of names <laughter> What it
was is that we tried to get it so it made a diamond, with a short name
at the top and the bottom. Was that it? And the
longest name in the middle. It looked neat.
RA: Well I know Jackie's like secondmost long.
SW: Well, you know, singers are singers anyway.
RA: Yeah, and Brianna hardly ever had any songs
where she was like the main person.
SW/DR: No, not many. She had a couple on each
RA: I mean, I remember listening to Welcome...
and the best bit was when she sang on the end of "Have You Ever Been Away?"
DR: She wasn't really in the band then, that's
why she didn't sing much on that one. She was sort of a guest.
"Sort of a guest"???!!! She is what made
The Beautiful South truly unique. When she comes in on "Have You
Ever Been Away", is the best! I mean that part is just so defining.
It totally chages the whole feel of the song. Also her voice backed
up Paul's and Dave's just perfectly. I thought she got plenty of
lead vocals spots on both "Choke" and especially "0898". But it's
the songs like "A Little Time" and "Something That You Said" where she
sang a duo with Dave that she sounded so awesome. The Beautiful South
just hasn't been the same without Briana Corrigan backing up the band.
The entire interview can be found at http://www.math.washington.edu/~garfield/TBS/Press/brady_interview.html