“Oooh, my first interview with a living legend,” thinks yours truly as Bryan Ferry walks into his Parisian hotel lobby with a shopping bag from one of the neighbouring haute couture stores.
Minutes later, we lounge like lizards in the courtyard under the sun and talk about, well, everything.
musicOMH:Do you have plans to do another Roxy tour?
Bryan:You can never tell what happens. I’d be open to it some day. Itwas exciting, and this tour is exciting too. It’s nice to keep varyingthings.
musicOMH:Your new album is varied too. You even said, “It was great for me, as asinger, not to have to compete with a hundred other instruments.”
Bryan:Yes, the idea was to try and do something more direct and straightforward.
musicOMH:You cover a lot of Bob Dylan songs. What is it about his songs?
Bryan:The quality of the writing, really. Simple as that. Beautiful words.
musicOMH:What if you did a duet with him?
Bryan:Wouldn’t that be nice?
musicOMH:You once said, “Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix, but I couldnever quite pull it off.” You obviously love the guitar, so was it hisexpertise on that instrument that attracted you?
Bryan:Well, he was the best guitar player and had a great look and a greatattitude. I saw him play when I was a student. I was very impressed. Veryinfluenced.
musicOMH:Did you want to create an atmosphere or tell a story like on the track ‘SanSimeon’?
Bryan:I thought it was good if somebody would go back to a place, a house that hasa lot of memories as far as that goes.
musicOMH:Is there anyone you’d like to work with?
Bryan:Yes, Dr Dre! I think he’s very good.
musicOMH:So what do you listen to nowadays?
Bryan:Nothing. I hate music. At the moment, probably MTV. At leastyou see some amusing videos, either girl rappers and all the guys doing(imitates rap attitude). It’s really funny. I like it. There was one on thismorning – Puff Diddy, Daddy, Duddy….
Bryan:Atomic Kitten – I like them. They’re kind of kitsch.
musicOMH:You worked with Brian Eno again…
Bryan:We did this song together which I really like. We’re doing it on the tour. Imight get him up on stage to do it with me one day. That would be good,wouldn’t it?
musicOMH:Bryan and Brian.
Bryan:Yeah, the two Brians.
musicOMH:What’s the difference between the two Brians?
Bryan:The difference? I’m much more serious than him (laughs). He loves to talk!He has to talk the talk. And I tend to rather sit and watch more. That’swhere the main difference is. But we’re both self-centered. I think we boththink the world revolves around us.
musicOMH:All artists do.
Bryan:I think they do, don’t they?
musicOMH:What do you think of Brian’s work with U2?
Bryan:Very good. Great guitarist again. I’ll tell you who’s really good – The RedHot Chili Peppers. I think they’re really great. I went to see them – and Inever go to see anybody – and my children are big fans. Then I met Anthony[Kiedis] here and he gave me four autographs!
“Atomic Kitten – I like them. They’re kinda kitsch.” – Bryan Ferry
musicOMH:Do your children listen to your music?
musicOMH:You often include icons of pop culture in your songs: James Bond, Jackie O.,Johnnie Ray and Garbo…
musicOMH:And they’ll call and ask you to do commercials and advertise your music atthe same time!
musicOMH:Do you have any professional regrets?
musicOMH:Roxy Music is to glam what The Sex Pistols are to punk. Who do you think isglam today?
musicOMH:What’s the best moment in your career? This interview?
musicOMH:Did you really want to be a Tour de France champion?
musicOMH:Did you train?
musicOMH:Are you still into it?
musicOMH:You often refer to the fact that you were born on the same day as TSEliot. Did you take it as some sort of cosmic sign?
musicOMH:Is it difficult for you to write lyrics?
musicOMH:More difficult than writing music?
musicOMH:But when you do write, what breaks through that difficulty?
musicOMH:You were shy?!
musicOMH:Do you do anything, like meditate, before a show?
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