Monday, October 12, 2015

Terrence Trent D'Arby/Sananda Maitreya Talks About Dying at 27

Great interview at the New Statesman. Here are some good bits:
“Oh my God, I can’t believe you thought I was a socialist,” he says now. “I was nothing more than an opportunist. Any socialist tendencies I may have had were cured when I got my first tax bill. All artists are socialists until they see another artist with a bigger house than theirs.”
He talks about how at the time he thought the failure of his second record was to lack of support but now he says
“The good news is, most record company people are motivated by the same reason most of us are: greed,” he says. “So, no, when you look back at it, it didn’t make much sense for management not to want my second record to succeed.”
Thought he does add that Michael Jackson saw him as a threat and held "more power than the Pope." He says that Lenny Kravitz was a sort of replacement for him and says of the video of Kravitz's penis (with cock ring) coming out in a concert:
“Choreographed for sure. The only thing I could think to do with a cock ring now is keep my house keys on it.”
I recommend reading the whole thing. I'm not going to say that he is Advanced, but it's really interesting how he goes from being very realistic and pragmatic to neither (e.g., he says "angels named him Sananda" but that he needed a second name because he didn't want to "piss off" Madonna"). His new project is a concept album (double, of course), with songs like "Giraffe" (sample lyric: "Giraffe/can I have your autograph?/Please sign it to Sananda"), which was inspired by songs from Sesame Street and other children's music. Like I said, read the whole thing. Also please note what he is wearing in the photograph below.
Long hair, black leather jacket, sunglasses

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