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Interviewer: Gary Ryan | Date: November 4th 2005
WHEN Charlie Simpson announced that he was set to concentrate on his band Fightstar at the start of the year, he signalled the expiration date on Busted.
Well, now James Bourne, Busted's fiendish song-writing brains and the third fittest member of the group, is back with an all-new pop-punk proposition.
Welcome to Son Of Dork. Not for James retiring to a place marked "obscurity". Instead, he scoured the country, auditioning thousands of potential Dorks, before picking co-frontman and bassist Steve Rushton, alongside guitarists Chris Leonard and David Williams and drummer Danny Hall to join the Bourne Supremacy.
James, is this Busted 2: same peroxide, different members?
"Son of Dork are harder, faster, heavier," explains the 22-year-old. "I think the songs are better as well. It's definitely a better sound. It's like someone gave Busted a kick up the arse.
"Look, If I thought I was going to make an album and it wouldn't be as good as Busted, I wouldn't have bothered doing it. But this is the strongest thing I've ever written."
When did you first hear that Busted were heading for the boy band scrapheap, James?
He sighs: "Properly? Officially? The day before the press conference. I was probably the most na´ve out of the band, really. I never thought Charlie would leave. He was doing Fightstar for the whole year."
Surely that's tantamount to pinning a post-it note on his head reading, "I'm out of here"?
"Loads of bands have side projects, don't they?" insists James. "Boxcar Racer happened with Blink-182, and Blink still toured after that."
"Everyone knew that Charlie's heart lay in harder rock music," adds Manchester-born Dork member Steve, who was a session musician for Busted's arena dates. "I think he was getting a lot of stick from certain people around him and that maybe made him crave credibility even more."
"With the credibility thing, for the whole year, there was only a certain amount Busted could do because Charlie was in two bands" defends James. "So now, it's just nice to be in this situation where every day can be about this band."
SoD release their more-infectious-than-bird-flu debut single, Ticket Outta Loserville, on Monday, which will see James, the king of faux US accents, up against Madge, indisputable peddler of Queen's counterfeit English. But let's push such trivialities aside and cut to the issues that matter. What was the last thing you stroked, James?
"Last thing I stroked?" he exclaims. "That's funny. It was probably my guitar after I finished practising. When I put it away."
Was it a pleasing sensation?
Who's the most unflattering person you've been compared to?
"I don't think I've been compared to anybody. Not that I know of. Do you know anyone I've been compared to?"
"Well, from a song-writing perspective, I suppose that's flattering. But I don't think I look anything like him."
A more US-heavy sound and an album track co-penned with Brendan Brown from Wheatus aren't the only tricks he has up his sleeve.
"There's a member of the band that no-one knows about yet," he reveals. "But he's going to be making special guest appearances at surprise gigs. He's called Percussion Boy, and he makes appearances only when he wants to."
Is he your Bez? "Bez?"
From the Happy Mondays. He used to play maracas and dance.
"Percussion Boy is a lot more spontaneous than that. He could appear randomly and then he disappears and you won't see him and then he'll come out again. He's four foot five of pure percussion. It's important the fans know to look out for him."
Any other messages for "the fans" of a non-percussion variety?
"I'd like to say to the fans, "How's everyone doing?" How's it going, fans? If they're still there. Who knows man? Maybe there aren't any fans left. Maybe they've all moved on. Maybe they're all listening to hip-hop now..."
"Actually, I think that's good that McFly have kept all our fans in the same place. They've put them in a box for us while we've been working on the album."