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We get to know indie pop duo Tracyanne & Danny a little better ahead of a show at Newcastle’s Star & Shadow Cinema on Wednesday 31st October. First up, it’s Tracyanne…

So, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I’m Tracyanne Campbell. I formed Camera Obscura in the mid 90’s. That means I’m a bit of a relic. I now have another band Tracyanne & Danny and we currently have an album out – it’s imaginatively called Tracyanne & Danny. It was produced by Edwyn Collins in the highlands of Scotland and I’d like you all to buy it.

What’s the first record you ever bought?
The first single I ever bought was Why do fools fall in love by Diana Ross. 

What’s your guilty pleasure musically?
No such thing in my book. I’m never mortified to tell people what I like or don’t like. I’ve never been one of those folk who pretend to just have cool and hip records. I still like to indulge in lots of pop music and still get turned on musically by the stuff I liked when I was 15 like Belinda Carlisle and Guns and Roses.

Favourite film of all time?
It’s a hard one but I guess The Misfits by John Huston is a favourite. I once presented it at a film club in Glasgow run by The Pastels. I had to stand up and talk about it which I found really hard to do. I don’t really like explaining why I like things.
My most watched film though is Swimming Pool by Franćois Ozon – my husband and I watch it once a year on holiday in France.

Your guilty pleasure film?
Bridesmaids by Paul Feig – it makes me laugh.

If you could recommend one TV series to binge watch, what would it be?
It would have to be The Sopranos. I’ve watched it maybe three times from start to finish. It has brilliantly conceived characters and the soundtrack is mostly brilliant.

Your favourite book?
Hard to pin it down but I very much like The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark. I’m currently enjoying Conversations with friends by Sally Rooney.

Who or what makes you laugh the most?
At the moment my five year old can say some very funny stuff. The funniest thing on telly I’ve seen lately is Motherland and most Mike Leigh films make me laugh out loud, but also cry.

Who or what makes you sad?
Who makes me sad is my business but what makes me sad to be simplistic are people are unkind or abusive to others, especially kids. 

If you had super power, what would it be?
To write some hits. 

And finally, you get to play a board game with any three famous people from history, who do you choose and what’s the board game?
I’ll take a thrashing at Scrabble from Nina Simone, Carson McCullers and Marilyn Monroe.

Tracyanne & Danny play Star & Shadow, Newcastle Cinema on Wednesday 31st October.

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