So today brought a new Katy Kafe in the 2017 Year End series. I was thrilled to listen, because that meant I didn’t have to be creative and come up with a topic for today!
Like me, Roger is stressed as the countdown to Christmas looms on. We have a few of those “XX Days Til Christmas” calendars around here. They were so cute back when I bought them. Apparently I started a bit of a collection without even thinking. My youngest LOVES to change the number of days on every single one of them. In fact, this year is the first that I can remember her being quite so into it. Me? I’d like to gather them all up, go outside, toss them into a pile, generously pour lighter fluid over the top, light a match, and then do a victory dance.
Yeah, it’s been one of those Decembers. I need a break from resumes, jobs, cats and dogs, orthodontists…and vehicles.
Roger has been looking for an Action Man toy (think GI Joe if you’re in the US) for his son. I’ve been looking for a specific Pokemon game for the Nintendo Switch. His toy is no longer being made….and mine is just out of stock everywhere. Santa is so screwed this year. Good times.
This brought Katy to discussing the Year End categories with Roger.
As Roger said, in the US – we talk about Trump. In the UK, they discuss Brexit. It would seem that Roger is as tired of Brexit not being settled as I might be about my country’s politics. I get it…except that I think in both cases, we’ve got quite a while before anything is really and truly “settled”. Good luck, Roger.
Dunkirk. This is a movie I haven’t seen, but I was intrigued by what Roger had to say about it. Katy asked if there was violence, and he said there wasn’t much, and that the enemy – in this case the Germans – were not even shown. I may have to relent the next time my husband suggests this as a movie choice, darn it!
Roger said that he read Steve Jones’ biography Lonely Boy while on part of the tour this year, and he said it was excellent, and he couldn’t put it down. I usually enjoy reading autobiographies, but this is one I haven’t read yet. Anyone?
Roger isn’t much of a television watcher, but said The Crown was suggested to him and he really enjoys it. Anyone who has seen my Twitter knows that I’m a big fan of The Crown. It is easily my favorite “television” program…so much so that after I binged on the second season (Hey, I was sick with the flu for an entire weekend!), I went back to rewatch it all from the first episode!
I don’t know about other fans, but I’m always curious about what the band is listening to…because I’m usually listening to them. I’m not saying I never find new bands I enjoy, but somehow I think that maybe by getting insight into what inspires them, maybe I’ll have a hint as to what they’re going to stumble into recording next. (My theory hasn’t worked to enlighten me one bit as of yet, but onward and upward, I say!)
In any case, Roger has loved London Grammar, and Stevie Wonder this past year. He did mention one other band – but I didn’t catch the name. Epic failure on my part.
I truly thought he was going to say Argentina, but instead he said Electric Picnic in Ireland. He commented that they hadn’t played there in a while, it was a Sunday night, and there were still many people there, which excited him.
Roger had a DNA test done this year! (me too, although I’m still waiting for my results) I think we should all sit down, because it turns out that he is 50% English. I’m sure he must have been shocked when he got word of the results.
Ok, I’m kidding. He’s also 26% Scandinavian, 12% NW European, along with Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Jewish and even Eastern European. I don’t know how different that is from what he originally thought, but the idea of being able to send in for these DNA tests is very cool.
Roger says that he is looking forward to getting back into the studio, saying that they’re ready. Katy mentioned the date in Dubai, and Roger said that they probably were not going to do a lot more dates beyond that, which seemed a little different from what we had been hearing previously, given that next year marks the beginning of #DD40. If you’ve been observing this band for very long, you know that things change constantly – at least by the time the fans get wind of the official “word”. Nothing should surprise fans now, and if the band decides to dedicate next year purely to studio-time, so be it. Roger commented that he didn’t think there was anywhere left to tour, followed up quickly by lamenting that he was sure there would be people saying “Wait, you didn’t come to Iceland!” Or Australia, or most of Europe, as the case seems to be.
Roger closed with wishing everyone happy holidays, and thanking everyone for the ongoing support. We’ll hear from him again in April, as he joins Katy in the Kafe for his birthday!