First/Last-‘The Essentials’ World Party

August 16, 2013

“World Party is a British pop/alternative rock band which is the vehicle for the songwriter Karl Wallinger. After a stint as musical director of a West End performance of The Rocky Horror Show, Wallinger joined a funk band called Out, before joining Mike Scott’s Waterboys in 1984 to record the album A Pagan Place. After 1985’s This Is the Sea, Wallinger departed to form World Party.”

Check out the band’YouTubes official Website, Facebook, MySpace, , and Twitter. It would be impossible for me to try to convey the importance World Party has had on me. I can say they are my favorite band of all-time and seeing them play a few times over the years has been a defining highlight of going to shows for me (and I see A LOT of shows). Karl Wallinger has been gradually returning to performing recently and I am humbled and honored that he would take the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • “Harvest” by Neil Young.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • “White Album” or “Abbey Road” (don’t make me decide).
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • I just don’t remember that kind of thing!!
  • First concert attended?
  • Greenslade in Guildford. They used a lot of keyboards… I liked keyboards… it was in the year A.D.1253.
  • Last concert?
  • Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! Guns and Roses at the Wembley Arena… No, please, no!!!!
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Probably Prince’s ‘Sign Of The Times’ tour at Bercy in Paris.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • G N’ R at Wembley Arena.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • For a start it is a CLASSIC U.S. city name. Really enjoyed going to the ball game there last time we toured. Really enjoyed being in a place with a CLASSIC U.S. name!! Love the river thing. Maybe they went a bit insane with the traffic control… quite difficult to get around. Or was that Nottingham in the UK……..???

Thanks so much, Karl. Really, this is such a highpoint for me. Hopefully, I will be seeing you again very soon.