NBC United States 24 October 1984
Part 1 of a 2 part interview done by Bryant Gumbel of NBC's Today Show
(very beginning of was cut off)... Atlantic Records label that is going to attract an awful lot of attention for it has a familiar name and an hauntingly familiar voice and face that looks quite a bit like someone else. But the work will get a lot more attention than that because the artist is truly talented. The music is quality stuff, all of it his own. The artist is Julian Lennon. He is the oldest son of the late John Lennon and the album is entitled Valotte and good morning.
Thanks for being with us. I noted right off the top all the similarities. Does that bother you?
Does it make you a little bit uneasy?
How much do you think you've been influenced by your dad's work?
Is it something that you hear in it or is it something that independent observers want to hear and so they do?
Is it something you cultivate? Do you want to sound like your dad?
The sound on this first effort is a soft focus, melodious kind of sound. It is a sound that is not unfashionable but not terribly fashionable now in London. Why did you choose such a soft approach?
Let's take a look at it. We've talked about the similarities. We have a clip of your band appearing on a recent British rock review program singing one of the songs.
It is so very familiar and I'm wondering why now? I mean, you've been working at music for some time now. Why didn't we see this earlier or why didn't you wait a few more years or why particularly now? What prompted it to happen?
You of course want to grow, but I feel compelled to wonder how big do you want to get?
OK but in terms of popularity, how big do you want to get. I mean, having seen the kind of fan reaction your dad invoked. Is that something you want?
You knew your dad's taste in music. What would he say of your work?
Julian Lennon. Thank you for joining us. I appreciate it. We're going to do a little bit more tomorrow, alright? Thank you.
Transcription & Captures by CJ Burianek
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