Culture: Looking at the Bigger Picture; Alison Goldfrapp Explains to Samantha Lyster Why Success Must Be on Her Own Terms
Byline: Samantha Lyster
It is only a matter of time before Goldfrapp's debut album Felt Mountain reaches beyond cult status into wider commercial success.
But fame and fortune has not been at the top of singer Alison Goldfrapp's priorities.
In fact, she has practically shunned the limelight and insisted on continually kicking away the fame that has been snapping at her ankles like an annoying Jack Russell.
Even before Tricky asked her to sing on his debut album Maxinquaye in 1995, Alison was being offered the opportunity to be groomed into a top ten, tabloid-feted celebrity.
With her starlet features it's a safe bet she would have been a favourite with the paparazzi.
However, she politely declined and instead carried on pursuing her own artistic vision which didn't include exclusives on the contents of her wardrobe. Now as one half of the sublime Goldfrapp, the former fine art student can no longer avoid the inevitable public exposure - only this time it is on her terms.
'There have always been major labels sniffing round,' she said.
'But the deals never interested me, they wanted to turn me into the next Kylie Minogue and I wasn't having that.
'I wanted to do my own thing, not to be packaged and put out like a product.'
During the late 90s a mutual friend played a tape of Alison's compositions to Will Gregory. Gregory, a film composer was impressed with her distinctive voice, music and lyrics.
Finding they had a common purpose, Goldfrapp became a partnership that signed to Mute Records and released the enigmatic album Felt Mountain in September last year.
Tours with Moby, Doves and Tarwater followed. Although Alison had toured with Tricky, this was her first experience of performing at the front of the stage.
'I was so nervous, I would literally sit on the toilet all day before the gig it was that bad.
'The songs are so much a part of me, I've put everything into them and to have to get up and share them with a live audience was hard. …