Why did Elastica walk off after one song? We got Justine to explain...
You did one song, walked off, then walked back on again. Explain...
"Well, we did the Fuji rock festival in Japan with Primal Scream and the Super Furries, and I just stood there thinking, 'There really is
something happening in British music again.' And on the way back from Japan we watched the Sex Pistols film 'The Filth And The Fury' three
times on the TVs. And all week we've been arguing about what to do, because I really wanted to go on to 'Roadrunner' [1977 hit for
Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers, covered by the Pistols in 'The Great Rock'N'Roll Swindle']. John Lydon goes, 'Do we know how to
play any other f***ing people's songs?' And I just wanted to go on and do a 10-minute Wire set and walk off. The rest of the band were
like, 'Look, our songs are really good, we should play our songs.' And this week we wrote a couple of new ones, and 'Bitch Don't Work' was
one of them, so I was like, 'Let's go on to 'Roadrunner' and then do 'Bitch Don't Work' and just walk off.' And then the compromise was
that we'd go off for a bit and then come back on. We actually wanted the crowd to start pelting mud at us! The stage manager just went
nuts, he was just like, 'No f***ing way are you doing that!' And as soon as we walked off he was saying, 'You've got to go back on.'And
it's amazing, you try and break a little rule, you try and do something a bit different, and there's immediately a million people saying
you can't do that. I just feel like at the moment there are no rules."