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Released in 1994, Jollification from The Lightning Seeds sold over 900,000 copies, receiving critical acclaim and going on to be certified Platinum. With the release of the 25-year anniversary reissue of the album in September, the band have announced they will be performing the seminal album across a six date UK tour, stopping off at Sage One, Gateshead on Thursday 12th March. 

We speak to frontman/songwriter Ian Broudie about the album and the upcoming show.

When you wrote and recorded Jollification, did it feel like a special album? Could you have imagined it being talked about in such high regard 25 years later? 
Of course, you never know, but I always hoped it would and when we were halfway through it did feel like it could be the best album I’d made to date. 

What are some of your standout memories about making that album?
We had a lot of fun recording Hammond organ and guitar parts on the album. I remember being really excited to finish the mixing of the album in a penthouse studio off Goodge Street where the Clash had mixed a couple of their records.

Do you have any favourite tracks on that album? If so which ones and why?
Actually having delved back into the album with these gigs, I have rediscovered some of the tracks and on reflection, I do actually enjoy playing all of them. I’ve loved playing Punch and Judy live, which I haven’t really ever done before. 

How did Mark Farrow creating the album artwork come about?
I knew Mark and I was a big fan of his work. I came up with the idea of the strawberry, but Mark really brought it to life and I couldn’t have ever imagined it looking as brilliant as it did and still does.

How does it feel revisiting the album and taking the songs out on the road?
It’s been exciting rediscovering some of the tracks and playing them for the first time a long time. The band sound great at the moment so although there is obviously a nostalgia in playing a 25-year-old album, it feels like there’s a new vitality and energy in the way we play them live. 

Could you tell us more about the anniversary reissues of the album?
The album has been reissued on red vinyl with a strawberry-scented cover and a high-quality black vinyl remaster. 

Had you not been as successful as you have been as a musician and producer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
It’s hard to imagine at this point, but maybe something in film. 

What do the next 25 years have in store for you and The Lightning Seeds?
The future is an open book and a mystery, just the way I like it. 

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