First off... The Live at the Hammersmith CD / DVD is amazing. I am thrilled that an early show has become available! I'd like to ask the band a couple of questions in regard to "Come Up and See Me (Make Me Smile)".... And I apologize if these questions have been asked before. What made you decide to perform a song from Steve Harley? From what I understand, it was written after the original line up of Cockney Rebel walked out on Steve Harley. What ultimately attracted you to the song?
And lastly, has there EVER been a consideration to record this song in the studio for a future release... perhaps as a B-side again? Thanks! And I look forward to hearing your new material soon! Steve
"Growing up in the UK, in the 1970s, we were lucky to experience extraordinarily diverse music. We were very much influenced by "glam rock," and Steve Harley's Cockney Rebel were at the center of this scene. What attracted us most to "(Come Up and See Me) Make Me Smile" was that it is a bittersweet song with a hugely uplifting chorus. It is quite hard for all of us to agree on any song when we decide to do a cover version, but this one was a unanimous choice and we felt that the original still sounds as good today as when we first heard it.
We were considering a studio version long ago, but it was so popular as a song in the live set that we simply ended up releasing the version from HAMMERSMITH at the B-Side of "The Reflex." We doubt we'd re-visit it at this point, although we did play it a few times during the reunion tour. S, N, J & R"