Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Anything but Criminal - We Still Have Fun; MUSIC Fun Lovin' Criminals Celebrate 20 Years since the Release of Debut Album Come Find Yourself with a Gig at the O2 Academy Newcastle. Gordon Barr Meets Up with Frontman Huey Morgan Ahead of the Concert

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Anything but Criminal - We Still Have Fun; MUSIC Fun Lovin' Criminals Celebrate 20 Years since the Release of Debut Album Come Find Yourself with a Gig at the O2 Academy Newcastle. Gordon Barr Meets Up with Frontman Huey Morgan Ahead of the Concert

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Fun Lovin' Criminals frontman Huey Morgan says he is under no illusion why the band has stood the test of time.

Twenty years on from the release of debut album Come Find Yourself, which the group will play in its entirety at the O2 Academy Newcastle on February 5, the trio are still doing it their way.

"We knew what we wanted to sound like, look like and how to be represented to the media," he tells me.

"It should be something that bands think about now before they get into the business.

"A lot of the time the musicians are so damned young as there is this weird, sick obsession with youth that we are not letting people develop as people before they start creating stuff we are supposed to consume.

"I'm really not too interested in what a 14-year-old or 15-year-old has to say about the world because they don't know as much as I do, I've been here longer.

"There was no pretence involved with us and there isn't to this day.

"We produced our own debut record on a major label.

"We had an eight-record deal, it was the first of many and we subsequently got more record sales off it.

"But when we were making this record we weren't thinking about record sales. We were thinking about paying our rent and releasing it before the record company could change its mind.

"With the box set there are going to be instrumentals, demos, sessions we've done. Pretty everything we could come up with which we thought represented the first record.

"It really shifted the way people listen to music now.

"When we first came out we were in the charts for over a year with this album and that's pretty impressive considering the turnover now is very, very quick.

"When we put out our record for the first time, there was Brit Pop in the UK and then there was us. There wasn't anything else in the charts.

"That was pretty good for us as we were definitely the odd man out and it gave a lot of people the freedom to express themselves later on in the music that they would subsequently make."

The FLC tour will celebrate and resurrect in all its glory one of the most important albums of 1996, Come Find Yourself. …

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