This is Page Two of a Five Page interview
taken from the German June 1998 Issue of Rolling Stone.
Special thanks to Nina for translating this....and for the pictures.
raises the question about the burden of always being the offspring of
.... Some of them - for example the Fonda or the Bridges - kids - did
brilliant but lots of them didn't succeed and went to the "Betty
Ford Clinic" or to the cemetery. Wouldn't it have helped to have
some words about having no talent or advise on other professional alternatives?
"No, because you can't escape from
the influence that your father has as an artist on you. Look at me.
I hardly saw my Dad but from time to time he sent me a guitar when
he traveled around. And when we met he often showed me some finger-board
- tricks. No, already as a child, long before I was confronted with
the question what I would be doing in future, music was a formed part
of my life. And from this point of view you have to look at tragical
figures like the son of Robert Mitchum. Of course, he saw his father
on the set, and naturally he wanted to show everyone in Hollywood.
For you as a child such a father whom everybody talks about, whose
pictures you see everywhere, becomes a kind of hero. And of course
you don't want anything more than to be like your hero."
However, there are people out there in England who don't
respectfully look up to the old heroes of pop music instead they threaten
them with thrash/fights or - if they are totally mad - wish them to
"I know who you are talking about.
But besides that I think this behavior is absolutely childish, this
behavior is a sad evidence of a great lack of respect. Oasis, for
example, should be thankful that they are allowed to use so much from
the store of the old heroes. No, I rather like Radiohead. They do
their own stuff, so they don't have to say stupid things in the press
or act like THE superstars.
"It isn't just this "F--- this"
and "F--- that" - attitude of some musicians, no, the complete
English music business seems to me like a bad joke. This is one of
the reasons why I took control myself this time. I am too old to find
myself - like it happened with the last album - on promo tour at six
in the morning in front of the cameras of a stupid Children-TV-station."
© 1998 Rolling Stone Magazine
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