The first thing I see is a drunk Willem Dafoe careering down the pavement with a big grin on his face.”
“YOUR FORTUNE is mine for the telling and yours for the hearing.” Outside the East Village’s Gem Spa – favoured corner store of Allen Ginsberg, immortalised on the back cover of the New York Dolls’ 1973 debut and, briefly, in the video of Elbow’s New York Morning – animatronic fortune teller Zoltar implores the Mancunians being photographed in front of him to feed two $1 bills into his machine. The five members of Elbow, however, are momentarily oblivious to his exhortations. Frontman Guy Garvey has just been informed by the band’s manager that Alison Moyet has selected one of their songs for her imminent appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.
“I always had a thing about her as a kid, so that’s slightly blown my mind,” he confides to anyone within earshot. “And do you know what’s really lovely? She hasn’t gone for anything obvious. She’s chosen my favourite song by the band.”
Guitarist Mark Potter gazes across quizzically at his singer. “Do you not know what my favourite Elbow…