P483 Teletext 483 Apr13 21:10:11  N .   N  ——————————————————————————  MARK RANKIN OF G.U.N.  N  N Remember the rocktastic cover version of Cameo's Word Up that stormed the singles chart a few years ago? 'fll its perpetrators, Gun, are back, with a new name (G.U.N.), an anthemic new single Crazy You, and a funky new LP, intriguingly titled 0141 632 6326. On top of all this, bleach-bonced singer Mark Rankin has just become a father. The day after the happy event, we spoke to a rather tired Mark to find out whether G.U.N. still, like, "rock". ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— By Stephen Eastwood LATEST POP & ROCK HEADLINES p481 Reviews Charts News Full guide
P483 Teletext 483 Apr13 21:15:11  . .   N  ——————————————————————————  MARK RANKIN OF G.U.N.  .  N Tell us about the new single Crazy You. "It's a real feelgood tune. Originally it had a very glammy T.Rex feel to it. "Our producer said we should put the chorus at the beginning as it's the strongest part, which is quite unusual. "The record's very positive, but too many bands are writing negative songs." And what's the craziest thing you've ever done? "Just the usual excesses of touring. Everyone goes mad on the road" ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— More from G.U.N. singer Mark Rankin >>> MUSIC NEWS - COMIN' ATCHA! p481 Reviews Charts News Full guide
P483 Teletext 483 Apr13 21:10:01  N .   N  ——————————————————————————  MARK RANKIN OF G.U.N.  .  . I hear congratulations are in order... "ghat, is the single in the charts already? Oh, you mean the baby! "I was worried that I'd be on tour when my daughter was born, but luckily I was able to be there at the birth. Not that we planned the tour dates around it. "I know everyone says this, but it was the most amazing experience of my life. "'f've named her Ella. My father was always into old Ella Fitzgerald songs." ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— More from G.U.N. singer Mark Rankin >>> METAL: ROCKIN' OR RUBBISH? p482 Reviews Charts News Full guide
P483 Teletext 483 Apr13 21:01:10  N .    ——————————————————————————  MARK RANKIN OF G.U.N.  .  N ghy did you change the name of the band from "Gun" to the acronym "G.U.N."? " d just thought Gun sounded too '80s. "'f had fun deciding what G.U.N. stood for. First it was Great Up North, then we came up with Granny's Used Nickers! "'f got tired of all the gun puns, like 'in with a bullet'. As for the Dqnblane issue, I'm saying nothing. It's only a few miles from where I was brought up in Glasgow. It's sick that people try to link a band's name to a tragedy." ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— More from G.U.N. singer Mark Rankin >>> THE 'FEK'S ALBUMS REVIEGDD p484 Reviews Charts News Full guide
P483 Teletext 483 Apr13 21:00:00  N .   N  ——————————————————————————  MARK RANKIN OF G.U.N.  .  . The new LP was produced by Andrew Farris of INXS. Are you worried that people will make comparisons? "It's inevitable, but you can only say that about a couple of the tracksN "Although we had producers on board, we pretty much produced the first few LPs ourself, so this was a new expdrience. "Andrew was really into it too. After working with INXS for so many years he knows what to expdct from Michael Hutchence, so we were a challenge." ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— More from G.U.N. singer Mark Rankin >>> TOTAL ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE p400 Reviews Charts News Full guide
P483 Teletext 483 Apr13 21:00:11  N .    ——————————————————————————  MARK RANKIN OF G.U.N.  .  N This album is much dancier than its predecessorsN 'jre you worried about alienating some of the fans? "We've always been evolving, and the hardcore fans are growing with us. "Although we've been bracketed as a heavy rock or metal band at times, we've always been into funk and so on. "With this album we were thinking about bands like Prodigy. 'f'd love to do a Chemical Brothers remix, but the record company won't pay for it. They cost!" ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— More from G.U.N. singer Mark Rankin >>> HEAVY METAL R.I.P? p482 Reviews Charts News Full guide
P483 Teletext 483 Apr13 21:01:10  N .   .  ——————————————————————————  MARK RANKIN OF G.U.NN  .  N ghy did you use a telephone number as the title for the new LP? "'f knew it would make pdople curious. The idea came from a modelling agency card: a photo with a number underneath. "'f're using that idea for the cover of the LP. It's a good marketing concept. "It's a Glasgow telephone number. If you call up now you hear the single, but we're using it as an interractive service for fans. 'b'll have messages, information, and internet link-up." ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— The single Crazy You is out on Monday ALBUMS. REVIE DD. AND STUFFN p484 Reviews Charts News Full guide