THE BEE GEES INTERVIEWED ON TARATATA (1993)

(Transcript by Alli Leleux)

Q: A 30 year career. Maurice, aren't you boring (sic) sometimes doing this job?
Maurice Gibb: Yeah, I'm a very boring person... (laughs). No, it's a lot of fun. We really have a good time.
Q: You were born in Manchester, but your career started in Australia. Have you ever been back to Australia?
Robin Gibb: Not often. It's a long way to go.
Barry Gibb: We went back in 1989 and we went to see the places where we used to live.
Q: Did you cry?
Barry Gibb: A lot, yeah. We sat on the beach and cried there, haha.
Q: You've sold 100 million albums all over the world....
Barry Gibb: No, we don't know. Somebody said that, but we don't know.
Maurice Gibb: It may be 99 million and five. (laughs)
Q: What time in your career do you like best, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s?
Barry Gibb: Truthfully we prefer now because we are a little more experienced, a little wiser. We think we are in our prime vocally, and we have a lot of music to draw on. We have our families, that we didn't have before, we have children. Now is our happiest time.

Size isn't everything
Q: This is the Bee Gees new album, Size isn't everything (smiles)...
Maurice Gibb: It's not personal...
Q: Not personal? You have a big size then... Why that title?
Barry Gibb: We're just referring to hype. We are a group that's never been hype.
Q: Weren't you hype in the 70s?
Barry Gibb: No, we weren't hype. Saturday Night Fever was hype but we weren't hype. I mean, you know, we've always had to prove ourselves, no matter what. We've always, over and over again. We still have to prove.
Q: And that's why you made this joke with the album title...
Robin Gibb: But it's a sexual statement as well.
Barry Gibb: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That's what it really means.

Maurice and alcohol
Q: Maurice, in an interview with Lynn Redgrave in the States you said 'Without my wife I'd be dead,' is that true?
Maurice Gibb: Well, I think it's true to say yes. Yeah, I mean, to have someone close to support you through the problems that I've had. That's important.
Q: What do you mean by problems?
Maurice Gibb: I had a lot of alcohol problems. She was very supportive and she helped me through very rough times, yeah. She was there for me.
Q: Is the story with the gun true?
Maurice Gibb: Oh, I don't know about that, no.
Q: Are your problems with alcohol over?
Maurice Gibb: Oh yes. I've had very supportive people, friends.
Q: Are you helping others to get away from alcohol?
Maurice Gibb: Well, you can only pass the message, then if people want to do something about their problem is up to them. You can't play God.

Robin and ghosts
Q: Robin, your turn. I've been told that you live in an 11th century house near London and that there are two ghosts in this house...
Robin Gibb: Well, there's a ghost, but other people have seen it, not me. We have a cow, a ghost cow at the house.
Q: Do you believe in ghosts?
Robin Gibb: Yeah, ghosts are really just what we are now, only later, you know.
Q: What do you do to prevent the ghost from disturbing your life?
Robin Gibb: I go to sleep. It works. (laughs)

Barry and reincarnation
Q: Barry...
Barry Gibb: Yes, oh dear.
Q: Do you really think that you have been a child that emigrated to Australia a few centuries ago? Do you believe in reincarnation?
Barry Gibb: Yes, I do.
Q: Then you believe you were a child....
Barry Gibb: Not necessarily. I was regressed. I was hypnotized, and I was regressed past beyond my birth. And the story that came from me was I was a child in Victorian times that emigrated to Australia and died aboard the ship on the way. And in this life I've completed the trip. Well, That's not necessarily true, but I do believe in reincarnation. (Robin jokes about Barry not having paid for the ticket).
Q: Have you thought what kind of person you would like to be in a next reincarnation?
Barry Gibb: I hope I am a songwriter.

Blue Island
Q: Why did you decide to record a song dedicated to the children in Bosnia?
Barry Gibb: I'll try to keep it short. About a year ago we started getting angry about the situation that was going on in Bosnia and that part of the world. And what made us angry was the fact that such intelligent people they couldn't remove the children and their mothers from such a horrible situation.
Q: And that's why you made that song...
Barry Gibb: We feel that everybody should be angry.
Robin Gibb: We think the United Nations should do something about that and get the children out.
Q: Are you preparing a big gig at the end of this year?
Barry Gibb: We've been trying to put together a concert so that the benefits can go for the children that have been removed from Bosnia -because you can't help them while they are in there.
Q: Where will it be?
Barry Gibb: We think it'll be in London. Numerous artists have committed with us for a long form video and an album, a VCD, and all the benefits will go for the children.

Robin's book
Q: Robin... Yeah, Robin Gibb... I've been told you're writing a book. Is that true?
Robin Gibb: (astonished) No, it's not true.

Tour
Q: Will you be touring in 1994?
Maurice Gibb: Yes, after April we are doing a 5 month tour all over the world.
Q: Why so much time between tours?
Maurice Gibb: We did a tour in 1991 actually
Q: But you didn't play in France.
Maurice Gibb: No, it was in 1989 when we played in France.
Barry Gibb: We were supposed to do a world tour two years ago but for the past twelve years I've had a severe lower back problem. We had to cut that tour short and I had back surgery at the end of the European leg, so the US leg wasn't done. But we are back, and we are badder than ever (laughs).

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