Today on The
Music Show well be talking about the
biggest band of the 70s, 80s and 90s, The
Self-Indulgents. With me in the studio is
their legendary lead guitarist, Fret Capo.
Welcome Fret. Thanks for joining us.
Hi. Its great
to be here.
were unusual, both in line-up and song writing.
The band was composed of two couples, like Abba,
but all four of us wrote the songs.
There was you and
Melody, and then Clef and Harmony.
The four of you had
more number one hits than any other band in
history. Why do you think that was?
We all went through
tough times, and our lyrics distilled the
emotions of those real human experiences. I think
people were able to relate to that.
Your first hit was Were
Having a Great Time.
That was just after
the band formed.
But problems soon
When did you first
notice that something was wrong?
It was when
Melodys song reached number one in the
You mean Im
It may sound strange,
but while we were recording it, I never really
focused on the significance of Melodys
Other classic hits
Thats right. My
song, You Bitch, Im Shagging Harmony
Now, reached the top of both the UK and US
charts. It was only ousted to number two by
Harmonys rock anthem, Lesbian Sex with
Melody is Better Than with Either of You Two
In fact, the band was
soon to have three singles at the top of both
charts with the release of Clefs great
Thats true. Ill
Be Buggering Fret, Tonight gave us those top
Then drugs became an
issue for the band, didnt they?
We started using pot
and cocaine. Then we couldnt find a dealer
to sell us any.
Im not sure.
Some say it was a verse in my next hit.
The one that went:
Im gonna score some great cocaine
From Leroy Jones, that man
Who lives at 19, Gasworks Lane,
Or I might get some top class weed.
Its great, I sure can tell ya.
He grows it in a secret room
Down there in his own cellar.
Just after that song
hit the top of the charts on both sides of the
Atlantic, Leroy got arrested for manufacturing
and dealing class A drugs. After that, we
couldnt get another supplier, and Leroy was
going to be in prison for twenty-five years.
Things got tougher
for Melody when Harmony broke up with her and
went back to Clef.
It was hard, but I
admire the way she channelled her negative
emotions into creative energy.
You mean the duet she
wrote that once again put you both at the top of
We got a platinum
disc for Ive Butchered Harmony and Clef
and Buried Them Under Frets Patio,
before Mel had to leave the band.
But that wasnt
the end of The Self-Indulgents was it,
as youve now launched your own solo career?
Its nearly the
end of the show, but weve just time for
Fret to perform his latest single.
Many thanks. This
song is called Im Just an Aging Rock
Star Cashing-in on Past Success