Cynthia Scott





WHEN IT comes to sleeping my habits vary in strict accordance with the prevailing climate. In the height of summer I can rise comfortably at 7am and spend a full day absorbing the sun's strength-giving rays, almost to the point where I turn green and photo-synthesis begins.

As winter draws near it's a different story. Unappealing icy streets and frost upon my window can keep me in slumbers until the mid-afternoon. Not laying in apathetic idleness but actually in a prolonged deep sleep, as if my metabolism is in practice for a later-in-life routine of annual hibernation.

On a dismal October morning I awoke at 11am and, becoming increasingly aware of the damp and overcast nature of the days weather, I pondered on my task for the day: The Interviewing of Cynthia Scott.


Born and raised in the northern part of the United States, her musical perceptions were ignited by West Side Story which left the young thing "profoundly affected". Later, much time was spent singing and dancing to Beatle records (this being the era of the British Beat Invasion) in the private confines of her parents' basement.

After enrolling in college her non-academic life was divided between skiing and vocalising with an assortment of "very hard rock bands".

She graduated in sculpture through Rhode Island School Of Design, on the way spending a short spell in a country rock group alongside fellow-student and soon-to-be Talking Head, Chris Frantz.

"As part of my college course I had to spend a year living abroad. That's why I first came to England. I found it so much better on a day-to-day political level than the States.

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