Dodgy singer NIGEL CLARK has cancelled what was to be the band’s farewell gig, a headlining festival performance at Guildford ’98 on August 8.
Since the cancellation, a bitter slanging match has blown up between the trio with drummer Matt Priest and guitarist Andy Miller accusing the singer of a betrayal of trust and of ignoring the equality which the band was founded upon.
Last week, Clark told NME he was leaving Dodgy because he was bored with their traditional guitar, bass, drums format and wanted to work with samplers. He told NME, “Everyone got defensive when I said I was leaving, It was a bit of a shock.”
This week, a furious Priest and Miller contacted NME with their side of the story. “As a group we had all discussed the direction of the new album and both Andy and Nigel were experimenting with samplers in their home set-ups,” Priest told NME.
“The reason it surprised us was because we discovered Nigel was having discussions about a possible solo album when we had just spent the whole of last year re-negotiating our contract with A&M and had just signed a new deal committing us all to deliver a new Dodgy album. A&M were certainly surprised and defensive!”
Miller also pointed out that the band’s final single, ‘All The Hours’ released on July 17 was not written solely by singer Nigel as he had earlier told NMEk, but was in fact a joint effort.
“This was the last song we all wrote together, so it’s apt that it should be our final release. As far as Nigel is concerned we wish him all the best and hopefully this will be the last word. Our only advice to him and to any musicians for that matter is: when your only friends seem to be your lawyers and accountants then perhaps it’s time for a re-think.”
Priest and Miller are currently writing and recording and deciding whether to continue under the name Dodgy. (See earlier story.)
Shed Seven will now take Dodgy’s place at Guildford. Tickets for Guildford ’98, held over three days (August 7, 8, 9) at Stoke Park, are available from NME‘s 24-hour ticketline on 0870-1212-500. Calls are charged at national (UK) standard rate.