Sounds (UK) April 5, 1986
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was, for a phase, a heavy metal freak, riding his motorbike over Welsh
mountains in between drinking himself senseless at Rush gigs. Now the
drinking is mostly done with the members of this band, "streetwise
Brooklyners". He does meet the stars, and this he enjoys.
He tells me at length of Michael Caine's charisma, of a dodgy paralytic
evening with Prince ("He's changed, he's become nearly normal...").
One would assume you'd get very blasť about about "fame'...
Are you making a conscious effort to get away from the word Lennon?
Julian wants to "avoid becoming a political singer at all costs... as yet", but is irked by "the general bulls--- governments throw at humans like us instead of the secrets we want to know". His summary of the new album's cover and title resembling 'Imagine' is "Sod it. I just do me best and have a good time while I'm doing it." He says he tries to be comfortable without extravagance, is very superstitious, and reckons his success is deserved because he's worked hard for it.
On his debut American tour Julian Lennon say 'Day Tripper', highlighting the lines: "Got a good reason/For taking the easy way out."
So does it amaze you to see couples who've been happily married for 30 years? Do you wonder how the hell they've managed that?
For an era your father and Yoko were symbolic of that exclusionary all-consuming general love bliss state.
So you're a romantic?
Maybe the fifth Julian Lennon LP really will be quite weird and interesting?
Lennon (OH the aura, the aura) admits he generally lets more experienced people guide his career but is adamant that if he thinks something is totally wrong he won't do it. Five years ago he would've laughed in the face of anyone predicting the nature and public (if not aesthetic) success of his career.
Do you believe in magic?
Oh boy, it's my turn to say something. Er... it's endless, isn't it?
Can I have a light?
Not a genius but not pretending to be. Julian Lennon, whose life has been, is, and will be, about as normal as a roof on a hot tin cat, makes vapid anachronistic music which is neither subtle nor intelligently eclectic. It's uncool, uninspired, unacceptable.
The moralist sees fit to mention that while I do not underestimate John Lennon's contribution to the development of pop culture, most of his music also moves me like a plankton.
The rattling of jewellery on the balcony goes on.
"Shall we just sit and eat bickies for a while?" says Julian.
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