The Rebel Magazine: John Bentley is best known for being a member of Squeeze. John played bass on all the classic Squeeze albums (ArgyBargy, East Side Story, and Sweets From A Stranger) then left the band for a bit and then came back in 2007 to play sell out shows around the world. He has just released a splendid new record. The Rebel: Based on a True Story is your 3rd solo album. Are you proud of it, do you think it's your best record yet? John Bentley: 'As you can imagine - it's a quite a challenge to put out an album of songs that has to stand alongside people like Difford & Tilbrook.(not Difford & Tilbrook but people like them)Now I know how Bill Wyman and Ringo must have felt! ...Based on a True Story is a labor of love, and I am very proud of it.' The Rebel: A lot of the lyrics seem dark - you talk about sinking into quicksand, hangmen wanting to be free, nurses telling you it's going to get worse etc. Are these dark times for John Bentley - or is it that when you're feeling happy you tend not to want to write a song about it? 'Yes - some of the lyrics are bitter-sweet. The track 'Things could only get worse' attempts to expose the fragility of the human condition (pretentious moi?) - but it's all tongue in cheek. But I must admit - I always look at the darker side for inspiration. I recently went on holiday with my daughter, and our chosen destination was Transylvania! It was a lot of fun in a creepy kinda way!' The Rebel: What are your hopes for 'True Story'? What next? 'Putting out my record ...based on a true story on Vinyl is a dream come true. Having a record deal with Plane Groovy is just ... plane groovy. Anything else that happens with this record will be a bonus. We'd like to hear it played on the radio wouldn't we? And we'd like to play some of the songs from the album live with our beat combo - Officer Bentley. What's Next? I would love to get Bentleys Blog published... as a semi-autobiographical surreal coffee table graphic novel.
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