Relevant Quote #90

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An interview with The Walker Brothers signals potential differences.

Gary Walker: "Pop backwards spells MONEY."

John Walker: "Pop backwards spells POP."

Scott Walker: "I'm in it [the pop music business] for different things. I'm really not in it for the money, I don't care about money, which sounds ridiculous but actually I don't.
I'm in it from a strictly creative point of view. If I can do records and...erm...produce records, write music...".

8 comments:

SomeNYGuy said...

How could any Brit resist an American brother act who were neither American nor brothers? The fact that they made some gorgeous records doesn't hurt, either.

swac said...

How could any Brit resist an American brother act who were neither American nor brothers?
They liked the Ramones too!

Richard Gibson said...

Walker Brothers were huge here, very true. Did the Scott Walker solo records sell well in the US?

Stephen is right, we liked the Ramones too!

swac said...

I'd say the Scott Walker solo records were pretty much nonexistent over here. Every original copy I've ever come across was an import (much like the early Paul Jones solo records, which are also extremely good).

Richard Gibson said...

Interesting, from what I remember Scott 1 & Scott 2 sold well, I think actually they may have even made it to the #1 position on the album charts. Scott 3 & Scott 4, famously fared less well with the general public, with Scott 4 being, as you probably know a very hard LP to find.
Scott 3 is one of my favourite LP covers of all time.

swac said...

A friend of mine found a cache of late '60s British pop magazines, and Scott Walker was quite the sex symbol, if the barrage of photos of him in these things was anything to go by, even when he was doing Jacques Brel tunes. But I imagine his further ventures into obscure music territory and his obtuse manner with the media and the public probably alienated record buyers, who were already notoriously fickle.

I've always thought that Peter Cook's turn as a pop star in Bedazzled was inspired by Walker...

Tom Sutpen said...

I've always thought that Peter Cook's turn as a pop star in Bedazzled was inspired by Walker...

You know . . . I never thought of that until now, but I'm damned if I can find a flaw in that observation.

Spot on, monsieur!

Richard Gibson said...

Ha! I haven't seen Beddazled in ages, will have to try and re-watch that, I have it somewhere.

Yes, it's funny. I have a few more images to post. Walker was seen as a recluse, as I recall in his words he said he did interviews when he had something to say...