Transcript by Anne Marie
Looking out of the penthouse
window I was confronted by a grey mass of bustling businessmen in their
prestige open-plan office block. In
contrast, Barry Gibb, self employed Bee Gee, splendid in marmalade velvet
jacket was romping on the leather sofa with Barnaby, his sheepdog.
Barry had recovered with the help of a cup of tea I asked him how he felt
about Vince Melouney leaving the group.
has been a big blues fan since we started” he said.
“He felt stifled because the rest of us are only interested in
playing commercial numbers and it’s no good having somebody in the group
who’s not really with you. Obviously
he’ll be a great loss to us but Vince will be a great gain to another
group, because he’s a brilliant guitarist, although I don’t think
he’s even realised it himself yet.
I honestly hope he’ll be very successful”.
are the future plans of the new Bee Gees quartet?
“We’re going to bring out a double LP in January”.
Immediately on the defensive Barry added “WE thought of a double
LP at the same time as the Cream but everybody will say we’re jumping on
the Beatles’ bandwagon again. Did
you know we took the Golden Otter, a German magazine award, off the
Beatles? The kids over there
don’t stick to one group, if they like you they vote for you
want to do a double album because we’ll be able to develop our ideas and
its more value for money. It
won’t have any over all format, songs should be left separate with a
beginning and an end and they should have heart.
There won’t be any sound effects just ballads with an emotional
whether he thought the proposed title “Masterpiece” was pretentious.
“Ha, that is what everyone thought! Who do those Bee Gees think
they are?” he mimicked “In fact, love, it’s Master Peace, p-e-a-c-e,
master as in recording the disc others are pressed from, and Peace.
It’s going to be a very unusual cover – red velvet with gold
did he think of the Beatles LP? Barry made a negative face. “I’m not going to knock anybody.
When you’re at the top it just makes you feel good to have people
knocking you, I know. I have
only listened to four tracks of that LP.
With the Beatles you always think ‘diabolical’ at first then in
a few weeks you think ‘great’ so its pointless knocking them until
they do something that’s really no good”.
Gibb as we all know wants to be a film star.
His first oft-postponed film “Lord Kitchener’s Little Drummer
Boys” is to be made with the rest of the group.
Warner Brothers, Cinemascope and two and a half hours long. I think it is very funny, it’s about the Boer War and how
we all get roped in as soldiers. There
are going to be six songs although we are not going to be singing them as
a group. We’ll be sitting
round the camp fire of something and the strings will come up
want to get out of the pop business because its too petty.
There’s too many little people trying to talk big! A film star is
more solid. Pop singers get
no respect. Their lives are
filled with drugs, bawdiness, and no religious beliefs.
They don’t know anything about the rest of the world, just their
own narrow little lives. The
men behind the desks in the film business are more realistic.”
Gibb’s disenchantment with the pop scene has been accentuated by what he
feels to be the rough treatment handed out to him by the Marbles.
got them started in the same way Robert Stigwood opened the doors for us.
We were friends at school, but as soon as they get a hit they turn
round and criticise me in the papers.
It’s very sad what you learn about human nature in this business.
could have been a great relationship.
I’m going to do another record with them all the same “The
Walls Fell Down” then they’ll have two hits to carry in the bag.
Getting to No.5 with your first song is pretty exceptional ‘New
York Mining Disaster’ only got to No 9
made me laugh when I read somewhere that the Marbles were at the top.
They’re not at the top. Being at the top means going to Japan or
Russia and people pointing and saying there’s Barry Gibb
I’m not going to knock anybody any more.
When I criticised Scott Walker for not doing any more tours because
the fans screamed, I just got abuse back, I love my fans, but kids don’t
appreciate being cared about. They
queue up, stand in the cold, love you, how can you tell them not to
has plans to write Lulu’s new single, “Don’t take my man away”
like female singers but not girl groups.
Let’s just say that the Paper Dolls are not my favourite act
not going to let any more of my songs be used on albums and flip sides.
I want more status. When
Burt Bacharach writes a song it’s immediately used as a single.
I would like the same treatment”.
stopped to draw breath and have another cup of tea. He seems to be
conducting a one man campaign at the moment for more recognition and
respect. For all his success
he still gives the impression of being remarkably insecure but then most
talented people are.