CD Reviews: The 'Frapp Trap; Alison Goldfrapp Is Captivating Audiences with Her Glam New Show
Byline: GAVIN MARTIN
She sailed to No 1 earlier this year with her third album Supernature. And the record's blend of glam decadence, dominatrix beats and sensual eruptions are taken even further in the art pop theatrical extravaganza of Goldfrapp's live show.
With Alison dressed in an array of gold lame, fishnet stockings, blonde curls and swishing horse tails, her dancers cavort with pantomime horses' heads and twirl their tit tassels like old school go-go dancers. The day after she has reduced London's Brixton Academy to a fevered, panting, but perfectly pleasured, throng, Alison is still recovering in her London hotel room.
"Unfortunately I got drunk afterwards," she admits. "I had to have a few glasses of champagne with my mates because I found it quite overwhelming. Not every gig is like that. Sometimes everyone is stroking their chins and listening, and you don't know if they are into it or not. But last night the audience was amazing.
"I found it hard to leave the stage but I couldn't actually say anything. 'F***' was the only thing I could get out of my mouth, and then I walked off stage. I meant to say, 'You're all wonderful, blah, blah', but I couldn't. I almost cried."
Bristol-born Alison formed Goldfrapp with musical partner Will Gregory in 1999. Previously she had been a backing singer for her West Country neighbour, trip hop pioneer Tricky.
"After doing that tour I thought, 'I can handle anything now'," she says. "It was a nightmare in many ways. Afterwards, I took quite a long break, rethinking what I was doing and what I was about."
After a misspent youth, getting into trouble at convent school, Alison had a period of druggy excess living in London. For her art school exam, she milked a cow, putting the sound through an amplifier. With Goldfrapp, her interest in animals has continued.
"I've been kicked by cows too many times, so I went off them," she laughs. "But horses are very spiritual to me. I'm interested in the way humans have used them for metaphors about themselves and their own emotions since the beginning of time. To me they are an endless magical inspiration.
"The whole idea of young girls getting into horseriding is quite interesting. I haven't quite worked out what that's about yet. I still ride a horse. I used to fall so much I stopped, but I got back into it. It's lovely to go through the countryside on this animal that you sometimes get really scared of. …