December 10, 2020, 1 p.m.
Sometimes the interviewer / interviewee’s chemistry is just not there. And when it doesn’t, things can get VERY awkward. Have a look.
Raygun: Worst music interview ever
RayGun – has this band never seen Spinal Tap?
Do you remember the Guildford 00s rocker Raygun? No? There is a good reason. You have committed what is perhaps the most arrogant, presumptuous, and pathetically misguided television interview in history. Singer Ray Gun (chortle) claims, “If you put Iggy Pop, James Brown, David Bowie and Shirley Bassey in an elevator, you would probably have our band.”
A Guardian journalist recorded the clip and uploaded it to YouTube with the snappy title “Lack of Self-Awareness”. Everyone looked at him. But the record label took it from YouTube. Too late. It can still be found on Vimeo. Hooray!
Ray later said in a post on MySpace.com, “When future generations look back on the events of the past few days, I ask them not to think of the singer in a band who no one has heard said something ridiculous about his music said, but how these shameful events brought people together. “
No We still think it’s ridiculous.
Ian Brown and John Squire say NOTHING, 1989
The place: Music Box satellite TV channel. The time: 1989. Stone roses are close to the star. The album is out. Everyone loves them. Are you excited about it? In fact, they are reluctant to say anything at all. Interviewer: “So what do you fear most then?” Ian Brown: “The police.” [CUE 20 SECONDS OF UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE]
Mark E. Smith on Newsnight, 2004
John Peel had just died, and being such a big fan of The Fall, Newsnight got Mark E. Smith to share his thoughts. The results are absolutely bizarre. We’re not sure if Smith is having hearing problems, had a drop too much, or is just on another planet, but this makes for a very uncomfortable viewing. When Smith himself died in 2018, Newsnight got the downright sane Tim Burgess to pay tribute.
Jet-Lagged “River” Cuomo Of Weezer, 1996
The legendary Australian music show Recovery hosted many awkward interviews. In 1996, a very jetlag weezer frontman could barely speak when the host, Dylan Lewis, cunningly digs over his lackluster demeanor while continuing to misunderstand his name. The term “passive-aggressive” must still have been coined today. Who wins? Nobody.
Rhona Cameron, a puppet and Richey Edwards, 1993
Comedian Rhona Cameron interviewed Manic Street Preachers for the Wire TV show in 1993 … and it’s a difficult watch. Cameron may not be the best person to deal with a devastatingly introverted Richey Edwards, and her “cheer” attitude just seems terrible right now. If anything, she seems to be making things worse … Cameron (after pushing a doll in his face to “cheer him up”): “So what do you really hate most about your life?” Edwards: Myself. Probably.
Blurring doesn’t play a role, 2003
Before Dennis Pennis, before Ali G … there was Nardwuar The Human Napkin. Canada’s number 1 prominent journalist has been doing his thing since the mid-1980s, but his combination of craziness, happy banter, and impeccable research hasn’t made him popular with everyone. In particular, the fuzziness of the think tank era. Drummer Dave Rowntree is not impressed, steals Nardwuar’s hat and glasses and generally intimidates him. Rowntree later apologized for his substance-related bad behavior, claiming, “This is definitely one of the things I’m ashamed of.”
David Bowie versus Russell Harty, 1975
Bowie wasn’t the most assembled act in showbiz in ’75: full of stimulants, paranoid, played an alien in The Man Who Fell To Earth, and was generally a madman. He appeared on the other end of a transatlantic video link to speak to the UK Most Urban Chat Show Host Russell Harty discussed teenage fans, “glitz and glamor,” and compared his fame to that of the Bay City Rollers. It’s not the most convenient watch.
Prince decides not to conduct another interview in 1979
Prince: young, talented, beautiful and crippled shy. At 19 he was a musical prodigy, but for him it was all about performing, recording, dancing, and riffing. Chatting to the startlingly old-fashioned Dick Clark on the Super-Square American Bandstand television show wasn’t planned. After seeing the taping of this embarrassing debacle, Prince swore he would never get caught like this again.
Morrissey on the One Show, 2009
BBC1’s The One Show ripples at the best of times. So throw the world’s most embarrassing man, Morrissey, into the mix. The Mozfather has pocketed his new album Years Of Refusal and to see him comment on all of the bizarre features of Adrian Chiles and Alex Jones he has to give us some satisfaction after all the weird things he said himself.