Denise Dufort Interview
23rd July 2020
Q: Keeping busy?
DD: No! This bloody virus! I can’t go out, can’t meet anybody, can’t see anyone…all I can do is Skype and now my camera keeps messing up! So I just sit at home and binge watch American TV shows and movies. (laughs)
Q: So, Japan last year, was that the first time your bags have been lost?
DD: In Japan, yes. (laughs) It would be me and Tracey as well wouldn’t it? It’s never Kim and Jax that get lost. (laughs) The whole scenario was hilarious really.
Q: Well in hindsight; I don’t remember it being very funny at the time.
DD: (laughs) Yeah! Oh dear…
Q: Was that one of the first shows with Tracey back in the band?
DD: No. We had played in Spain I think and France; we did quite a few before Japan. Tracey absolutely loved Japan even though she didn’t get to see any of it and I knew she would.
Q: We’ll make sure that it’s a lot more pleasant for everybody next time.
DD: That’d be great. We were supposed to be there in July but obviously that’s been put back now. You never know though, we may be there before the end of the year. I have a plan to stay for two more weeks if I can but I don’t know if the others will be able to.
Q: What difference does it make to your playing having Tracey in the band?
DD: I absolutely love having Tracey back in the band! She’s a fantastic bass player and we were always tight. Even when she used to be in the band before, I always knew what she was going to play and she always seems to know what I’m going to do next. We do play really well together and always have. We’re a lot happier as well. (laughs)
Q: It’s the first time I’ve seen you play Bomber…
DD: I played it on the EP originally (St Valentine’s Day Massacre) and it was really Kim’s idea because she always wanted us to play Bomber again so we tried it – actually I really wanted to know if I could still play it! (laughs) Anyway, I can and people love it!
Q: It’s a nice tribute. What do you recall of that recording session back in 1981?
DD: What I recall was being really really really nervous because Phil had broken his neck and I had to play all three songs on the EP.
Q: Phil was there though wasn’t he?
DD: Yeah he was there doing backing vocals; we were all partying and getting drunk – the usual. (laughs). I played all three songs but I was so scared because I had to play with Eddie and Lemmy. I was freaking out, shaking, wondering how I was going to do it but I did – probably because Lemmy gave me something to help me play faster. (laughs) I really miss those days.
Q: Me too. I’ve been enjoying writing these articles for the UPP-tone website about the old days and I’ve just done one about the Ritz…
DD: Oh I used to love it there – it was such a great place. I remember once and I can’t remember why I did this but for some reason, I put one of my drumstick or something into the electric fire and blew the electricity in whole place. (laughs)
Q: A Denise special – love it! That EP was recorded at Jackson’s Studios with Vic Maile – I must write about that place as well.
DD: Yeah we were there a lot. You know Vic used to get me to help him splice the tape on the reels?
Q: I don’t remember that…
DD: Yeah I don’t know why but he always used to ask me. Maybe it was because he thought I was into all the mixing and technical stuff.
Q: The first time I ever saw someone splice a 2” tape was Vic; I was gob-smacked.
DD: Can you imagine someone doing that now? Really weird how things have changed.
Q: Let’s get back to Japan. You’ve been here a few more times than the other girls, on holiday. Anything you want to do next time?
DD: As you know, I absolutely love Japan ever since we came there in 1982. I love Japanese food, Japanese culture, everything Japanese, then and now. I wish I could live there and the last time I was there by brother and Atsuko took us everywhere for two so whatever else there is to do. I’d love to see the Budokan.
Q: Oh well that’s easy.
DD: Is that actually in Tokyo?
Q: Yes it’s in the Kitanomaru Park.
DD: I’d love to go there and anywhere else. The main thing is the food though – I can’t get enough of it! (laughs)
Q: Denise, thanks for this and we’ll see you soon.
DD: I hope so and please tell everyone I loved the gig and also The Babes – I love them! Moni is really funny and a bloody good drummer and she’s great!
Q: Consider it done. See ya!
DD: Cheers Glenn and look after yourself. I’ll speak to you again soon