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16 October 2021


Name: Mark Andrews
Embrace Messageboard Name: Mark

Date of Birth: 25 August 1979 (Aged 42 years)
Location: Wymondham, Norfolk (that's 'Windum' to you)
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Mark has a lush rating of 8.6 from 126 votes.

What is your favourite Embrace song?

Near Life or Brothers & Sisters.

BUT, Save Me is the best live song ever.

What was your favourite Embrace gig?

The Astoria in 2000 was pure magic. They hadn't played anywhere for ages and then they hit us all with Drawn From Memory (the album). I remember hearing Save Me and thinking it was possibly the best live song ever. The atmosphere was brilliant, everything was brilliant.

The best Secret Gig was #4 in Cornwall and the best Secret Swig was #1.

What is your favourite Embrace Album?

Drawn From Memory. The memories, the organic sound, the songs and the b-sides... everything about that era was superb.

What is your favourite Embrace B-Side?

It has to be Brothers & Sisters, but I could probably pick from 10 or 15 of them. The Drawn From Memory b-sides were particularly wonderful.

In what order of greatness (1-10) would you place tracks from Out of Nothing?

1. Out of Nothing / Near Life
3. Someday
4. Keeping
5. Spell It Out
6. Glorious Day
7. Ashes
8. Gravity
9. Looking As You Are
10. Wish Em All Away

In what order of greatness (1-10) would you place tracks from This New Day?

1. Sainted
2. Target
3. Even Smaller Stones
4. No Use Crying

The rest are a bit tedious, really. Not bad songs, as such, but very forgettable. It's a shame, because Sainted is super fab. It's all very safe, I suppose.

What and when was your first messageboard post?

August 1999. I wanted to say how great Hooligan was. What an exciting chap. :o)

I don't post much these days because I can't be bothered. Quality, not quantity, is what it's all about!

Who was the first messageboarder you met?

Having become another hapless victim of the Embrace community, a pre-gig drink (a whole afternoon of drinking) was arranged. My first messageboarder confrontation was with designated Noob-Collector Clur outside the Hanover Grand on 27th March 2000. I had come along with my friends Dave and Evil Jon, and, thank God, because, upon entering The Shakespeare's Head, we were presented with a bunch of rowdy half-alcoholics, lead, of course, by Nick.

After introducing ourselves, the three of us huddled around a table in the middle of the pub and proceded to do not much for the rest of the afternoon. Socialising is over-rated.

Still, the gig was excellent. Every time I hear I Had A Time, I think of the Hanover Grand Fan Show. :o)

What is the most stupid thing you've done at a gig?

Yellow shirt with sunflower tied to the front. That shirt got signed by pretty much everyone and is now sitting in my wardrobe increasing in value as every day passes.

I guess many of the new 'uns on the board won't have a clue what I'm on about! Source the photos yourselves... the ones of Cherries dressed as an elephant are priceless. :o)

What other music do you like?

The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Belle and Sebastian, motown, soul, slightly weird and lush stuff... anything that's good. :o)

What are your favourite albums?

OK Computer, The Soft Bulletin and Abbey Road would make my top three. Then Neutral Milk Hotel's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, followed by The Ideal Crash by dEUS, Spring by Cyann & Ben and The Holy Bible by the Manics.

Beyond that, who knows?

What are you currently listening to?

I sit in silence as I type, but, generally-speaking, I have been listening to:

Sweet Beliefs - Cyann and Ben, Let Me Introduce My Friends - I'm From Barcelona, Takk - Sigur Ros, Innervisions - Stevie Wonder, Ships - Danielson, Espers II - Espers, Through The Windowpane - Guillemots and At War With The Mystics - The Flaming Lips, together with other various bits and bobs.

What is your favourite Jelly Baby?

Orange, but black is a nice alternative.

Who is your favourite Neighbours character?

Mrs Mangle or Facility. Obviously for different reasons. ;o)

Most likely to say…

"never mind", or
"I can't be bothered"

Least likely to say…

"I'd love to come shopping", or
"Sven did a great job for England"

Cricket - good or evil?

Very good, especially on those long summer evenings. Very especially when we win The Ashes. :D Now, if only we can retain them in Australia this winter.

Also great when Sussex win the C&G Trophy. :o)

What was the last thing you ate?

I had some toast with butter a little while ago. Think I'll have some cereal in a minute. It will be Jordan's Almond and Raisin crunchy muesli thing.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

In my extreme youth, I wanted to drive either a bus or a combine harvester. Given the fact I now live in Norfolk, driving a combine harvester would have a been useful thing to put on my CV.

When I was a little bit older, I fancied being a pilot (didn't everyone?). In the end, I decided to make websites. How did that happen?!

If you were having a dinner party, which member of Embrace would you want to help in the kitchen?

I can't imagine any of them helping! Rock stars are far too cool for kitchen stuff, or so they would have us believe. Sell a few records and suddenly you're too big to chop vegetables or wash up or set the table.

I reckon Mickey might peel a few spuds or something.

Cats or dogs?

Cats, although our two try to convince me otherwise with their RAMPANT BAD BEHAVIOUR. They are lovely though. Meow.

Heaven is…

Peace and tranquility, far away from other humans.

Hell is…

Society, the general public, politicians and greed.

Madness Rating (1 to 10)

Meh, depends what is meant by mad. Am I mad angry? Not at the moment. Am I mad loopy? Probably a little, but I wouldn't want to put a number on it.

An interesting fact about myself…

I don't drink alcohol, I'm STILL Le Tournoi de ISS 2001 Champion and this is my website.

I can throw things faaaaar into the distance.

I am married to Pollyanna, whom I met on the way to Secret Gig #4. :D

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Lush rating: 8.6 (126 votes)
Profile visits: 17,341
Favourites: 6
Attended Gigs: 28

Created: 01 May 2001
Last updated: 13 February 2007

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