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Dodgy still Good Enough for Knebworth’s Cool Britannia Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:11 27 August 2018 | UPDATED: 18:11 27 August 2018

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The new Cool Britannia Festival takes place at Knebworth House later this week with Dodgy one of the bands due to appear at the Hertfordshire stately home.

Dodgy will play the Cool Britannia festival at Knebworth HouseDodgy will play the Cool Britannia festival at Knebworth House

Most famously known and loved for their unforgettable and infectious hits like Good Enough, indie band Dodgy were the fun-loving face of the 90s Britpop scene.

The band had a string of hits in the mid 90s, with their best-performing single Good Enough reaching number four in the UK Singles Chart in 1996.

Other well-loved hits included Staying Out for The Summer and If You’re Thinking of Me.

They also enjoyed a gold-selling album with Homegrown, whilst Free Peace Sweet went platinum, reaching number seven in the UK album charts.

Cool Britannia Festival line-up poster for Knebworth ParkCool Britannia Festival line-up poster for Knebworth Park

Now, more than 20 years on from their assault on the charts, the band are ready to perform at new Knebworth festival Cool Britannia, alongside bands including the Happy Mondays, Toploader and Ocean Colour Scene.

Featuring Nigel Clark, Mathew Priest and Andy Miller, plus new member Stuart Thoy, Dodgy are looking forward to bringing their “unique and eclectic fusion of music genres” to the festival.

We spoke to lead singer and bassist Nigel Clark ahead of Cool Britannia about his memories and the band’s upcoming plans.

• Are you looking forward to performing at the Cool Britannia Festival?

I can’t wait, it’s going to be fun. I know Ian Broudie and The Lightning Seeds really well because we went on tour with them in the 90s and also he produced a couple of our albums, The Dodgy Album and half of Homegrown.

We’re good mates. I Most of the bands I know – Ocean Colour Scene and I know Joe and the boys from Toploader.

In the 90s the media tried to create those rivalries, you know Damon Albarn and Liam Gallagher – the battle of the bands, that sort of thing – it was all a load of rubbish really.

I think everyone was trying to do that in the 90s but now we’re all a bit older and wiser and we’ve all been around the block a couple of times, so it doesn’t matter any more. It’ll be really nice.

• Dodgy enjoyed phenomenal success with three albums, one of which went gold and one platinum, as well as nine top 40 singles. When did you realise you’d hit the big time?

It was so gradual that I didn’t realise for a while. We had one of those careers; our first single came out and was number 75 and then we made it to number four with Good Enough – so we kind of achieved success but that was never what we really set out to do as a band.

You get caught up in the machinery of a record company saying, “We need another hit”, which they said this after Staying out for the Summer. “What’s your next hit?” and I thought, “Isn’t this one good enough?” It is a lot of pressure and my two children were born around 1996/1997, during our most successful period. I’d got a new family and it was hard to juggle I must admit.

• How did you first get together?

I met Mathew in a band when I was about 18. I was working at Rover in the Longbridge factory and I decided, “You only get one life, you only get one chance”.

A couple of years later when I was 21, I thought, “let’s go for it”, so we went down to London.

• You originally called your new band Purple – why was this?

Yes, it was probably Prince’s influence – I like Prince.

We were only called Purple for a very short space of time. We did about two gigs as Purple. Then we just came up with Dodgy and we started The Dodgy Club and it felt like we were going our own way.

• Any more plans in the pipeline?

We’re doing another album next year so we’ve just started to write that now. We’re also doing a Homegrown 25th anniversary tour next year and that’s going to be a big nostalgic thing.

I’ve got all my mum’s press cuttings she kept of the band and we’re going to ask fans to get some stuff together, so its going to be a big. We’re going to Wales where we did the original Homegrown album sleeve.

I’ve got a caravan there, so we’re going to be going there and we’re going to put my new van there and do the sleeve again – but 25 years later. It’s going to be a really exciting year!

• Dodgy play Cool Britannia Festival on Saturday, September 1.

For tickets, visit http://www.coolbritanniafest.com

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