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Tuesday afternoon with the Sundays.

Ot's nearing Thanksgiving and The Sundays have left their hometown, Bristol, England, and landed in New York City. They're tying up loose ends on Blind-the follow-up to their smash debut album, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. Vocalist Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin, happy to be back in the U.S., share their lunch and their thoughts with Currents reporter Francelia Sevin.

David: Recently, I read this book by John Updike. In it, there are these long scenes of traveling across America. It's fascinating. There's no such thing as long scenes of travel across Britain. You're there in about three hours - you've gone across the country.

Harriet: And last tour, we did actually drive across America.

David: Our idea of America is that you can drive off and lose yourself. That's not possible in Britain - that kind of space.

Currents: And in terms of music, do you find a difference between the U.S. and Britain?

David: Here you can be on the radio even though you're not Top 40. Alternative stations play to a lot of people. They give us a chance to be heard.

Currents: And what about MTV?

Harriet: We have no equivalent in Britain. The nearest thing would be an archaic-looking show called Top of the Pops. It looks like the early '70s, like there should be balloons and bubbles. And a few people are dancing sort of lamely like they're having a great time. But it is nationwide.

David: MTV can be good. It gives bands exposure they didn't have before. Our album did well last time partly because MTV played "Here's Where the Story Ends." People heard it and requested it.

Harriet: But it is odd that bands are being related to in terms of how they look - maybe not instead of how they sound, but certainly as well as how they sound. MTV is a powerful format. It deals not just with a band's music but also with how attractive they are.

David: This friend was talking to a kid one day. She said to him, "Why don't you put on some records, and listen to music?" And this kid said, "What? Listen to music?" And she said, "Yeah, don't you listen to music?" He said, "No. I watch it sometimes on MTV."

Harriet: A whole generation is growing up where music is visual.

David: We're not saying it's terrible. Videos can be very creative. But when you keep seeing the same kind of video with gorgeous girls and underwear you start thinking, "What's the point?" But that's not so much MTV's fault as it is the band's.

Harriet: Well, it's a self-perpetuating thing, isn't it? What gets on are these videos, so that's what they make.

Current: Your video for "Love" doesn't have lots of girls in underwear?

Harriet: No. All of the underwear is under our clothes!
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Title Annotation:music group
Author:Sevin, Francelia
Publication:Science World
Article Type:Interview
Date:Nov 20, 1992
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