- Neil Cooper
- 5 March 2009
Last time über-bobbed female quartet Ipso Facto were in Glasgow, two of their number were aloft the shoulders of their companions in the auditorium of the O2 Academy, going nuts to reformed post-punk fabulists Magazine’s encore of Captain Beefheart’s ‘I Love You, You Big Dummy.’ The fact that over the course of the evening Ipso Facto had not only played a set of Siouxsie and the Banshees meets Sophie Ellis Bextor inspired indie as support, but had also helped out Howard Devoto and co on backing vocals, demonstrates just how keen they were to let their hair down.
‘Magazine are our favourite band of all time,’ says vocalist and guitarist Rosalie Cunningham, ‘so when they asked us to play with them, it was an honour, but we didn’t want to go the whole tour without seeing them play.’
With a name derived from latin legalese, a bass drum logo reconstituted from Lindsay Anderson’s film, ‘If’ and a cover of Lesley Gore’s 1964 proto-feminist classic, ‘You Don’t Own Me,’ recorded for a Raybans ad, Ipso Facto are clearly keep good company. With a trio of limited edition 7-inchers under their vintage belts, a forthcoming collaboration with Mark Ronson sounds even more glamorous.
‘He came to our Christmas party,’ says Cunningham, ‘and approached us saying he wanted to do something different. We’ve got our ideas about what would make a good single and he’s got his. In this instance, though, I suspect he’ll have the final word.’
The Captain’s Rest, Glasgow, Sat 14 Mar