|Imagine being the son of John Lennon and also wanting to be a singer/songwriter.
It would have to be tough. Yet he launched his own recording career
in 1984 with the international hit 'Too Late For Goodbyes' released
four albums selling more than 5 million copies then disappeared from
the media for the next seven years. Now we'll find out what he's been
up to in just a moment. But, gee we're thrilled to have him performing
live on midday, this is a terrific new single its called 'I Don't
Wanna Know' . Here's the album up there , the album's called 'Photograph
Smile'. Welcome to midday JULIAN LENNON!
Julian sings 'I Don't Wanna Know'
Welcome back to Midday. Now we've just been listening to Julian Lennon
performing his new single it's called 'I Don't Wanna Know'
it's from the new album - there it is on your screen- called 'Photograph
Smile'. How catchy is that song!? Please welcome Julian Lennon.
*Jules peaks his head around the corner, then proceeds
to walk to the interview chair, shakes hands with Kerri-Anne kissing
her either cheek (heehee) then bow's to the audience (which is screaming)*
*Cut to close up of three of Jules' supporters - Sandy,
Karlie & Virginia. They wave, cameras then cut to Jules who is
Kerri-Anne: They LURVE you!
Jules: I like it here. *smiles*
Kerri: That's pretty easy to take.
Jules: That's great! Thank you..thank
you very much. (in the sincerest possible way)
*Someone calls out from the back 'You're welcome'. Julian
turns and giggles.*
Kerri: *pointing to the audience* And didn't you
love the song.
*Audience claps and screams*
Jules: Thank You
Kerri: And Julian, I really do mean it, it's a great
song- it's a catchy song. I was interested. on the single here this
is what you have written "This is probably the song that a lot
of Beatles fans have been waiting for me to do." Did you feel
as though you had finally relented?
Jules: Well after I . it was a
last minute decision to put this on the album. And it was only after
I had felt I proved my own worth to myself, that I decided to delve
into that. And, there had been so many occasions when I've been
asked to cover Beatles songs and I said I'm not going to do that.
coz how can I forge a path forward if you want me to replace someone
else- which is not gonna happen. And so I decided just to. more
sort of tongue in cheek mid-sixties-Beatle-esque version similar
to what they would do, and just wait for the reaction basically.bit
Kerri: So it's really come out of your own self
confidence and self esteem.
Kerri: . and self worth
Jules: Very Much So
Kerri: But even the production values like y'know
Kerri: the background, the whole feel.
Jules: Yeah, I mean with the whole
album the whole idea was to do it as naturally as possible, as raw
as possible, as honest as possible. and as truthful as possible
so in fact with a lot of the production. was micing techniques and
using the natural spaces we were in rather than digital effects
as such, so y'know it's all natural.. all natural sounds which is
what they did way back when.. which is what sounded great y'know.
Kerri: Of course. and the video. *parts of the video
is shown on the screen* And you've used look-a-likes all the way through.
Jules: Yes the 'Butlers'.Well they're
not exactly 'look-a-like'. I wouldn't quite say that.
Kerri: But I mean, you're sending yourself up.
Jules: Well Yeah, absolutely..
Kerri: Fabby Road.
Jules: No, I thought it was necessary
just to get the point across. You know I just. (the audience is
laughing at the video footage) one of the great things is that the
Beatles in the early days was all about having fun. taking the mickey
out of everyone and y'know although they took the work seriously
all the rest was all fun to them.. I think people sometimes hold
icons a little too preciously and this was to say, as much as George
or any one of the others would say, y'know it's all fun. y'know
it was all about having a good time and enjoying the whole process.
and y'know they're just human after all.
Kerri: You said you were waiting, you felt confident
enough now to do it, and you're waiting for the reaction.
Kerri: What did Paul or George think about it.
Jules: I don't know yet. I don't
know. I haven't been in touch since I've released. Y'know I've been
running around doing the promo tour all over the world basically..
so yeah I haven't touched base with them yet. but I'm sure I will
do at Christmas.
Kerri: What do you think Paul or George would say
about the video?
Jules: I definitely know that George
would get a kick out of it. He was well into all of that. he was
well into Monty Python and, set up a film company to do a lot of
stuff like that.
Kerri: There is no escaping your heritage
Kerri: You are your fathers son.
Kerri: You look like your father. you sound like
your father. But, how difficult a process has it been for Julian Lennon
to get there - you're 35 now-
Kerri: to actually arrive at yourself.
Jules: It's been a tough road.
it's I think one of the biggest problems I had is being so shy in
the past. and the only way I could express myself was through my
music. so in the past I couldn't say no I did or didn't want to
do.. in relationship to talking about dad, talking about the Beatles
etc etc .and it's only over the last couple of years really that
I feel I've sort of resolved all the demons I had. not only on a
personal level but a professional level as well. to find some sense
of contentment and peace and happiness.. and it's.. it's basically
living to the fullest and working as best as I can work.. and writing
as good as I can write.
Kerri: Why do you think you were so shy. Y'know
some people are just born shy. Do you think other issues were involved
with the shyness?
Jules: Well part of it I think,
was. my mom Cynthia used to travel. and we'd move a lot while I
was growing up. and I'd be at new schools every other year. introduced
at every new school at assembly as 'John Lennon's son from the Beatles'
and the whole school turning around. and that was the first day
at school. It was a nightmare y'know and then trying to break out
of that and trying to find friends after that who you could trust..
it was very very difficult.
Kerri: Where there any advantages to that? Did you
live the life of a Beatle's son?
Jules: No, how could I ? How could
mum and I when he walked out the door when I was four years old?
Y'know he went his separate way with all his material belongings
and mum and I were left. it's simple as that- it was not a happy
pretty story at all. y'know
Kerri: Very hurt by that obviously.
Jules: Yeah of course. of course.yeah.
(Thinks Julian deserves a hug right now!)
Kerri: Is that something with your brother Sean
now that you can share with. Can you help him deal with being a 'Lennon'.
Jules: Yeah. I have a good relationship
with Sean. It's a bit distant. he lives in America, I live in Europe.
I occasionally get to see him. it's always very emotional when I
do. coz I love him to death. I used to baby-sit him. um... and.
Kerri: Where you ever tempted as a babysitter. with
another step brother getting more attention than you..
Jules: Nah. well obviously it was
Kerri: Did you blame him?
Jules: Who Sean? No, not at all!
Sean is in the middle.y'know he's a sort of pawn in the middle of
the whole situation. I have this great love and respect for him.
I've advised him as best as I can with what he's going to have to
face- and what he has been facing with the release of his new album-
and what he's got to deal with over the next couple of years.. if
he wants to finally be respected as an artist.as a musician. as
a singer/songwriter. and whatever other endeavors. as much as anybody
else.. but a little more, obviously. not only does he have the comparison
with dad. but with me also now. y'know but I'm trying to make it
as easy as possible for him. show him the ropes a little bit.
Kerri: That's a very kindly. and brotherly attitude
Jules: Y'know after being looked
at. pointed at. for so many years. I know what that feels like and
I wouldn't wish it upon anybody so I have the greatest amount of
respect for people. that's just the way I live life.. I don't wish
harm or hurt or judgement upon anybody. it's not a pleasant thing..
it's not a nice thing to live with.
Kerri: Terrific attitude. Um, we're just going to
take a break now, if you don't mind. but you've kindly agreed to stay
with us. for a longer chat.
Jules: Sure. Absolutely.
Kerri: So I guess a lot of those feelings maybe
we can talk about.. that you've pursued in your new album.
Jules: Yeah, Sure.
Kerri: Well, as I mentioned, Julian is staying with
us.. we'll be back in just a moment with a lot more from Julian Lennon.