For whatever reason, David Bowie and Trent
Reznor decided to subject
themselves to the questioning of the dreaded Kennedy recently. The
taped interview (everything is taped that you see on MTV) aired last
night and it had it's moments. Actually, a better way to put it would
be that Bowie and Reznor managed to say almost nothing for at least 30
minutes. This is taking the principles of Warhol to the max. They got
the major exposure, but revealed little of themselves. Mostly it was
Bowie looking over at Reznor and the two of them laughing, Bowie
kissing up to Reznor. Reznor looking a tad embarrassed at Bowie's
praise. And Kennedy saying stupid things. For instance, she told them
that when she was in high school the Grateful Dead and Dylan had
toured and that on the tickets it said, "alone and together."She
wanted to know if the Bowie/NIN tour would be like that. "I don't
think we should tell you, really," Bowie told her. (ATN has known for
weeks that the two would perform together; later in the interview
Bowie explained that they will perform together, and that they have
conceived the evening as one very intense show that will awake "new
feelings" in those that see it, rather than two distinct sets by two
different bands). "Cause then you'll say, it'll be like Dylan and the
Grateful Dead. And most people aren't around who went to that show.
[Laughs] Most of the Grateful Dead aren't still around."
Kennedy then responded with TV personality fake sympathy for Garcia,
and asked Bowie if he was upset about Garcia's death. Bowie could
clearly care less. "I never saw him," he said.
Kennedy: "Jerry Garcia died."
Bowie: "I don't know much about the man."
Kennedy then asked Reznor about being influenced by Bowie's
Low. "I was with Flood," said Reznor. "We were going through a
phase of over analyzing everything. Really thinking cerebrelly
about what we were going to do. That record, we both realized we'd
been listening to a lot. Sometimes we'll sit and think about
everyting from moods on different records to structures of songs to
instrumentation. One thing we both found on Low, a lot of the
songs had odd structures. When you'd think it'd do something
predictably that a pop song would do, it would do something else But
it seemed natural. That was something we used as a blueprint. And the
layout of that album. One side primarly songs and the 2nd side turning
into more of an instrumental mood thing. That was somthing we
blatantly ripped off. There's one point when we were doing the record
and I came up with a melody and I thought, this is really good but I
couldn't have written it myself. I played it for Flood. He said,
that's really good. I played it for other people. Does this sound
familiar? And one day Scary Monsters had come out and I put it
on and this song came on and to my horror, it's the same: "Crystal
Kenndy: "Oh man, you're like Vanila Ice stealing from Queen."
Bowie: Hasn't that been the battle since the '60s about appropraiation
in art? I mean I do it all the time."