Alice Temple, the first female BMX champion and 80’s club kid is also well known for her friendship with Boy George. She was in the music video for Culture Club's 1986 single, "Move Away” and is believed to be the subject of George's 1988 song, “A Boy Called Alice.” Alice is also notable as a top fashion model as well as her relationship with model Rachel Williams, and, of course, her music.
Nearly thirty years after the release of her 24 Years of Hunger album (an album AllMusic described as "one of the finest, most refined and fully realized recordings of the era”), Alice is making her triumphant return to music with The End. It’s gritty, alternative, ruminating, and will introduce her music and legacy to a whole legion of new ears. The album release is August 31.
Gone Bazaar: As a former BMX champion and fashion model, how and when did you come to the realization that you would become a music artist?
Alice Temple: I always knew from day one. I had 'The Jungle Book' record when I was about 3. I discovered that music took me to the only place I felt happy/comfortable/complete. It was my drug and my obsession and nothing else really mattered. That has never stopped.
Gone Bazaar: Are you self taught or did you pursue a formal education in music?
Alice Temple: Self taught. I wasted a lot of time before I had the courage to pick up a guitar. I was quite old. Maybe 22. I’ve never learnt scales or tried to be technically good. I just look for chords that when put together make me feel something inside. Turns out I’m naturally a good rhythm guitarist. I did write and record a few songs with my best friend at school on a 4 track. I was about 14.
Gone Bazaar: Was the success of 24 Years of Hunger a happy surprise or was it validation that you knew what you were doing?
Alice Temple: Neither. I’ve never thought of it as a success. I quit the band as the album came out which kind of brought the whole thing to a halt. At that time I felt so inferior to Eg that any success or praise the record received I put down to Eg’s talent. Over the years I’ve come to accept that we both made that record together. I just can’t listen to it, but I’m always happy when people tell me they love it. I can’t deal with my singing.
Gone Bazaar: What are some of the major things that inspire or inform your work?
Alice Temple: Aside from listening to other artists, I’ve never been able to write songs from any other place than what I was feeling in that moment. When I’ve tried not to, it just comes across as fake and I have to please myself first and foremost. I am my worst critic.
Gone Bazaar: Who are the artists that you admire and why?
Alice Temple: Nina Simone. Not only is her music phenomenal, but she sacrificed her career for her beliefs. She suffered mentally and emotionally and you can hear it all over her music. She touches me like no other artist can.
Kate Bush. Quietly gets on with being the most talented singer/songwriter/producer the UK has ever known, in my opinion.
PJ Harvey. Her music is just getting better and better and she did the best gig I’ve ever been to. And I’ve seen a lot and a lot of the greats. I also love artists that stay completely out of the media - which she has consistently done.
Joni Mitchell. Cos I just love her music.
Gone Bazaar: If you could jump into a time machine to any era, which would you choose and why?
Alice Temple: The future. Way into the future. I suppose It’s got something to do with feeling like I don’t fit in anywhere.
Gone Bazaar: If you could throw a dinner party with any Three artists (past, present, fictional or real) who would you invite and what would you serve for dinner?
Alice Temple: I’ve never been too keen to meet my heroes. I’ve met quite a few and they are never as exciting as their art. And I also get very shy and intimidated, so it just is never a great experience. I never know what to say.