Thursday, June 22, 2006

Paul Morley Says Lou Reed Was a Difficult Interview

I came across this interview with Paul Morley (among other things, he designed the "Frankie says..." t-shirts), who says that Lou Reed was his most difficult interview. Listen to what the man says:

Q: Who has been most difficult to interview?
A: Lou Reed. I had to go through a series of auditions before he approved me to interview him. This was in 1979. He hated the music press and gave me 30min and he timed it. Halfway through a question, he picked up his watch and walked off. It's tough to meet one of your heroes and to have them be surly and horrible to you. I understood in the end. I was just there to do an interview but people such as Reed are aware that if they say something that might be interpreted in the wrong way, it will last forever.

Isn't it interesting that Morley was mad because Lou Reed gave him the amount of time he had agreed to give him? What a jerk musician! Sometimes I think rock journalists don't really understand how unimportant most musicians find them. Of course, they only think that after they become successful, but still. Anyway, it sounds like Morley has come around to Lou Reed's way of thinking, which is what we all will do eventually.


Cool Noise said...

In 1979 Paul Morley was probably more important to music than Lou Reed - that would be around the time he introduced the world to Joy Division. I think he was also a little vain, hence his taking offence.

But he had it easy. Back in the early 70's Charles Shaar Murray interviewed Lou who insisted that his leather clad Albino 'lover' was by his side the whole time.

Advanced Genius Theory said...

Love it!

Cool Noise said...

Did I forget to mention it was a 6 foot tall male Albino lover? Without that bit of info it doesn't sound so unsettling. Hey, it was Glam days and everyone had to display their bisexuality.

Advanced Genius Theory said...

Do you have a link for that article? I would love to post it.

Cool Noise said...

Sadly, it is in my memory and has never reached the Internet. Funny how I have almost no memory of anything after the 1970s.