Original Member – 1994-2001
Nigel Pulsford was born on April 11, 1963. He has two older sisters, Jan(who has worked with Cyndi Lauper and helped with the release of Nigel’s solo album) and Angela.
He started taking violin lessons when he was 10, due to parental pressure. The lessons payed off, not only did he lend that talent to some Bush song he also had a chance to play on one of Cindy Lauper‘s album.
Nigel had been a student at Bradford University but it just wasn’t cutting it for him. So he dropped out and decided to sort things out. Being in a band seemed the the right road for him. But what band? Michael Byrd and the Commercials, Taming the Outback, F1 Electric, The Charms, no none of these bands worked out for him. Being in The Charms was alot of work and too much trouble for Nigel to organize. It was his first chance at writing music, but the band only played one gig and then split.
A year later he formed the band King Blank (they eventually got signed to the Beggar’s Banquet/Situation Two label). The band also featured Ian Lowery (who later joined The Screaming Blue Messahs). Their first album was strong, but the follow up just didn’t have the same force (or the same band name for that matter). They then became known as the King Blank To:Ian Lowery Group. Pulsford didn’t see the band taking off so once again he called it quits.
Enter the Bush factor and we all know that story. Nigel was the first recruit of course. Or maybe Gavin was the first recuit, depending on your point of view. Their first record was printed under the name Future Primitive. Shortly after it became Bush. While still with Bush, Nigel released his own side project, a solo album. Entitled ‘Heavenly Toasted on Paradise Road‘, named after a street he used to live on. This album was completely his own, he wrote and sang everything (with the exception of the last track, which Judith sings). Nigel carries a jazz feel through not only throughout this album, but also in his previous work with King Blank. Not like Bush at all.
Down the road, Nigel married his girlfriend Judith on July 20, 1996 at a registry office in England (real romantic, huh). He said they were both missing each other so they decided to get married. In 2000, they had their first child, Olivia. Then in March 2002, their second child Oscar was born. Which was basically the beginning of the end, for the fans anyhow.
Nigel has since departed from the band to spend more time with his family. In 2004, he got together with Dave Parsons to do a car commercial and he also made an appearance on ‘The Project’s latest album. He is currently producing other UK artists (no specifics are yet known). Nigel has also made mention of possibly doing a solo album.
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1. This is probably the most obvious question… what have you been up to? Are you working on any new music?
I’ve been hanging out at home, spending time with my wife and children, re-acquainting myself with a life that doesn’t involve having a countdown to the next date of departure. Life has become more open ended again which is refreshing after years of knowing that I only had a few days at home and then I’d be off again. An enviable position until you have children and then it becomes (for me) more of a heartbreaking position. Being stuck in a hotel room in Des Moines or the middle of Germany at two in the morning unable to sleep wishing that you were at home with your family is something I remind
myself of when I miss being on the road.
I’ve recorded an album with a friend – we’re fishing around for a deal right now – I’ve done all the music and he’s done all the singing. It’s a new direction in some ways so if we can get a deal you might get to hear it. We’re calling it ‘Book Club’. I’ve been working on a few commissions also and tried some more solo stuff but I’ve enjoyed collaboration more recently so that’s the way I see myself going in the future. I’ve done some mixing for a band or two also which I’ve enjoyed. I’ve become a lot more competent as an engineer in the studio in the last year or so so maybe I’ll end up working in that arena. It’s great because the studio is in my basement so I don’t have to go too far to go to work in the mornings. I miss playing live so maybe a new band is possible. Not sure really. I expect I’ll do something with Gavin again one day but probably not for a while.
2.Any plans for starting a new band or working with other bands, or do you plan on working a more behind the scenes roll?
3.What’s the best album you’ve bought in the past year?
The new Jane’s Addiction album.
4.You come from a very musical family, are you going to encourage your children to learn and play music or are you just going to sit back and see what interests they develop on their own?
I’ll encourage it and let what follows happen naturally.
5.Last news we heard was of the birth of your second child Oscar.. is there another baby in the works or is two enough?
Two is enough but never say never!
6.Do you think your life has finally gotten back to a status of normalcy? Do you still get approached by fans while doing everyday life things?
Sometimes I get approached and I really enjoy it. It’s quite a thrill. My life at home was never that abnormal. I always had time for our fans and still do.
7.Favorite Bush song?
Probably Machine Head! My favourites tend to be from the first two albums which were the fun ones to make. From then on things become trickier and more externally influenced.
8.What Bush song do you think you had the most influence on?
I would answer that by saying the song I had the least influence on was ‘Out of this world.’ I think I had an influence on everything we recorded.
9.Have you seen any good concerts lately? Is there anybody you haven’t seen in concert but would love to?
I’ve seen John Cale and Neil Young recently. Both were pretty amazing.
10.Recommend a good book.
Yellow Dog by Martin Amis
11.Tell us one of your quirks.
Trying to read about 20 books at once.
12.Have you ever met someone famous and they just weren’t what you expected?
They were all pretty much as I expected. Warren Beatty was friendlier than I would have expected (name dropping or what!!)
13.What are some other things you enjoy doing that don’t involve music?
All the usual things- books, movies, art, food, wine….