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Kate Jackson is sick of Americans claiming all the great road movies and travelling soundtracks, so she’s made a whole album (and this video) about UK motorways.

The end of The Long Blondes in 2008 was a sad affair even for non-fans of the Sheffield group. It wasn’t the usual in-fighting and disillusionment that split them up – founding guitarist Dorian Cox suffered a stroke and his health naturally became their only concern.

Singer Kate Jackson disappeared to Rome for 4 years, where she became a painter (her first love). Then she moved home, got inspired by Nick Cave’s movie 20,000 Days on Earth and got back to music, this time with Bernard Butler.

‘British Road Movies’ – released May 20th – is, as the title suggests, an album centred around the highways of the UK. After all, why should America have all the good songs and films about the open road?

Jackson originally wanted to make a road movie of her own to go with the album but settled for this video to accompany lead single ‘End of Reason’ – a husky, Madonna-ish track for the next time you’re stuck on the M1.

Kate says this about the video:

The idea behind the video for The End of Reason came from thinking about how a British road movie might look if it was shot cinematically and stylistically by Wim Wenders. That was the starting point. I got in touch with photographer and film maker Phil Miller who I knew would have a great eye for the job. His photography celebrates the more mundane side of British life from his home in Whitstable, Kent.

We used the Chris Petit film “Radio On”, which was produced by Wenders, as a visual reference point and built a storyboard around the North Kent landscape where Phil knew the best spots for filming. It stars my car Mimi the BMW who is 25 years old. I wanted something to remember her by after being told last year she would never make it through another MOT! She just passed!

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Live dates:
Tuesday 17th May – The Portland Arms, Cambridge (tickets)
Thursday 19th May – The Great Escape, Brighton (tickets)
Friday 20th May – Rough Trade East, London – 7pm (info)
Friday 3rd June – Courtyard Theatre, London (tickets)
Saturday 4th June – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow (tickets)
Sunday 5th June – Picture House Social, Sheffield (tickets)
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