The Two Sides of Julian Lennon

RockLine! Gets the Facts!
RockLine! October 1985

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Just For The Record - Learn What You Didn't Know About The Public And Private Sides Of This Talented Performer.
Julian Lennon
Side One: Julian, The Musician
  •  Julian's been selected to sing the title song in the upcoming film White Nights, starring dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. (This never happened.. - CJ)
  • When they were in Texas rehearsing for the opening show of their first tour, Julian convinced his band members to wear two different colored socks for good luck.
  • Julian's first guitar was a Les Paul copy his father gave him for Christmas when he was eleven years old.
  • Julian's list of musical influences is fairly diverse, including Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers, Keith Jarrett, Prince, the Police and the Tubes.
  • "Space," one of the songs on Valotte, was indirectly inspired by Julian's girlfriend. He'd recorded the music and wasn't sure what to write, and when she heard it she told him it reminded her of icebergs -or space. Julian liked the idea of space and worked around that.
  • Julian was "shocked" that "Too Late For Goodbyes" reached Number Six on the British charts, because he doesn't think he's outrageous enough for the English audience. "I kind of appeal to the mothers of the normal kids," he's said.
  • Julian has such a close relationship with his manager, Dean Gordon, that sometimes they each carry a walkie talkie so they can't lose each other.
  • The songs Julian says he feels closest to on Valotte are "Lonely," "Let Me Be," and 'Well I Don't Know."
  • On the night of the very first show of their U.S. tour Julian and the band did push-ups and jumping jacks just prior to taking the stage.
  • Julian, along with U2, Donna Summer, the Romantics and others, was commended by the National Committee on TV Violence (NCTV) for having non-violent, pro-social music videos.
  • Julian and guitarist Justin Clayton - a boyhood friend - played their first gig at a school function.
  • A self-taught piano player, Julian used a Steinway acoustic piano while recording Valotte.
  • On this last tour Julian used a magician as his opening act.
  • Julian didn't know he was being recorded when he played drums on "Ya Ya," a song from his father's Walls And Bridges album. Had he known, he says, he would have played better.
  • Julian's said, 'I think people approach my music out of curiosity and then stay interested once the music takes over.
Side Two: Getting Personal
  • Julian's mother, Cynthia, has been hosting a TV show in the north of London.
  • Julian's earliest ambition was to become an actor. Later he thought he might like to be a recording engineer.
  • Motorcycle riding is one of Julian's favorite hobbies.
  • Julian has called himself a "homey" sort of person, and says an ideal evening for him would be spent sitting in front of the TV with a girl, a cup of tea and a dog by his side.
  • Julian's been living with his girlfriend, Debbie Boyland, for the past two years.
  • The wide silver ring he wears on his right hand was a gift from Yoko Ono. The vintage Rolex watch he wears on his left wrist was a gift from his mother.
  • Julian often wears an earring that spells out the word "om" in Sanskrit letters. He bought it because he liked its shape.
  • The night John Lennon was killed the chimney in Julian's bedroom collapsed.
  • Before his musical success, Julian did a stint as a waiter and dishwasher and did a bit of modeling for the British magazine Ritz.
  • Though he's spent a lot of time on airplanes lately, Julian says he sometimes worries about flying and finds it impossible to sleep on a plane.
  • When he wants to leave a party or a bar Julian signals his road manager by touching his right hand to his left earring.
  • Julian, who has a reputation for being a prankster, thinks he most resembles his father when he's clowning around and "putting on a silly face."
  • Julian's favorite actors are Dudley Moore and Steve Martin, though he also likes Vincent Price.
  • Julian's said he gets so nervous when engulfed by a huge crowd of autograph seekers that he sometimes misspells his own name!
  • When he first entered Kingsmead School in Hoylake (where he met Justin Clayton) Julian was introduced to his classmates by a headmistress who said, "We will be joined by the son of a pop star. Be nice to hirn.

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