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03 March 2021


Name: Nick Southall
Embrace Messageboard Name: Garrincha

Date of Birth: 15 May 1979 (Aged 41 years)
Location: By the sea.
Occupation: Broadsheet cultural commentator, librarian, wizard, elephant tamer.

Sick Mouthy Some stuff. Stylus I am "senior writer" here. The Guardian I've written for here now. Impressive, eh?

Nick has a lush rating of 9.1 from 80 votes.

What is your favourite Embrace song?

There is no outright "favourite". Even Smaller Stones, All You Good Good People, Blind, Feels Like Glue, Over, Out Of Nothing, New Adam New Eve and Brothers & Sisters are all favourites though.

What was your favourite Embrace gig?

The Astoria, January 2000. Tangible euphoria at a comeback. Fantastic. They're good at comebacks.

Shepherd's Bush Empire, September 3rd 2004 comes in a very close second though (another comeback), and the Hanover Grand gig (March 31st 2000) was a particularly intense experience, and SG#3 was very, very sweet.

What is your favourite Embrace Album?

In descending order...

Drawn From Memory
Dry Kids
This New day
If You've Never Been
Out Of Nothing
The Good Will Out

This may and probably will change. Ideally I'd just sequence together my ten favourites and be done with it.

What is your favourite Embrace B-Side?

B-sides are the best thing about Embrace. Get On Board, Brothers & Sisters, Too Many Times, Blind, Flaming Red Hair, Feels Like Glue, Red Eye Shot, Dry Kids, Love Order and Come On & Smile are all big favourites.

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

Greatest first.

Near Life
Out Of Nothing
Spell It Out
Glorious day
Looking As You Are
Wish 'Em All Away

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

Greatest first.

Even Smaller Stones
The End Is Near
Exploding Machines
This New Day
No Use Crying
I Can't Come Down
Nature's Law

What and when was your first messageboard post?

I first posted in September 1998. There were about 8 of us back then. I introduced myself as the guy who used to do the fanzine. I've posted a few times since.

Who was the first messageboarder you met?

Karim. He came up to me at The Astoria and said "are you Nick?". Poor lad didn't know what he'd let himself in for. He'd let himself in for RUIN, by the way. He's nearly a doctor now. Which isn't good because he twitches a lot and his balance is poor.

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

I left before the band played once. A week later I saw them again, and drank fifteen pints of Guinness before I got to the venue, so that Gav had to carry me there from the pub.

What other music do you like?

Talk Talk, Guillemots, Patrick Wolf, Orbital, Can, Courtney Pine, The Stone Roses, Bark Psychosis, Sly & The Family Stone, Outkast, Aphex Twin, Lambchop, Funkadelic, Wilco, Jimi Hendrix, Electrelane, Battles, Acoustic Ladyland, Disco Inferno, Brian Eno, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, !!!, LCD Soundsystem, Love, Augie March, Boredoms, Os Mutantes, Califone, TV On The Radio, Talking Heads, Fugazi, Jim O'Rourke, Do Make Say Think, Cornelius, Miles Davis, Polar Bear, Panda Bear, Grizzly Bear, Midlake, The Rapture, Boards Of Canada, etcetera, etcetera...

What are your favourite albums?

Last time someone asked, I said these;

01. Talk Talk – Spirit Of Eden
02. Orbital – In Sides
03. The Stone Roses – The Very Best of The Stone Roses
04. Michael Head & The Strands - The Magical World of the Strands
05. Primal Scream – XTRMNTR
06. Love – Forever Changes
07. Curtis Mayfield – Curtis
08. Kate Bush – Hounds Of Love
09. Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
10. Embrace – Dry Kids (B-sides 1997-2005)

What are you currently listening to?


What is your favourite Jelly Baby?

I don't really like them. Can anyone source me some fizzy Vimto bottle sweets? Or just some actual straberry jelly. God I love strawberry jelly.

Who is your favourite Neighbours character?

Billy Kennedy, because I can't remember anyone else's name. And he was a simpering prick anyway.

Most likely to say…

Something anal about record production.

Least likely to say…

"I'm wrong and I'm very sorry."

Cricket - good or evil?

Pleasant. It's nice that in this day and age of high-speed living, work-related stress, hyper-tension, fastfood, superficiality and false meaning, twenty-two men can spend four days chucking a piece of leather at some willow. My dad played for Yorkshire schoolboys, you know.

What was the last thing you ate?

Some Chocolate Orange.

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


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

Mickey Dale. Because I know he's into seafood.

Cats or dogs?

Dogs are like mates, cats are like girlfriends. Therefore both are necessary.

Heaven is…

Ontologically provable to not exist. And also cosmologically and teleologically provable to not exist.

Hell is…

A tool to scare people into orthodoxy.

Madness Rating (1 to 10)

Everybody else is completely batshit - I'm a beacon of sanity.

An interesting fact about myself…

I have a reputation. I'm not sure what for. Embrace need to mix and master their records better. Batgirl is the love of my life. I have a thing about expensive German and American headphones.

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FDPoints: 166
Lush rating: 9.1 (80 votes)
Profile visits: 5,797
Favourites: 5
Attended Gigs: 22

Created: 03 May 2001
Last updated: 18 April 2007

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