Transcript by Anne Marie
Any reservations the Bee Gees may have felt about the slow and uneventful
progress of “Lonely Days” in Britain have been more than made good by
the soaring success of both the single and the album over there across the
pond. US sales of “Lonely Days” have just about topped the million –
taking it to no. 1 – and the LP is fast moving up the charts.
Quite why British buyers are tending to resist a single which us no
worse and probably a lot better than a lot of stuff in the present top
thirty, then, I‘m not quite sure. And neither are the brothers Gibb.
One theory – its Barry’s – is that the group’s past troubles
were probably too close to home for the British public to have fully put
them behind them, whereas in the United States most of the difficulties
have been forgotten. He may be right.
“That’s not to say” he added “that I think ‘Lonely Days’
has had its day here. I’m still waiting for it to do better, and I’m
not convinced it’s going to drop away without trace. Maybe the American
success will revive some of the interest”
Maurice points out that the d-j’s have certainly been with them on
radio 1 and on Luxembourg, and he also wonders if this new American
success will be of some help in having a rebound effect although, he says
“I think the flip side may have”
Robin says one of the troubles was that ‘Lonely Days’ wasn’t a
Christmassy record, and as a result it rather tended to get swamped in the
seasonal stuff. He told me “We didn’t want to do a Clive Dunn anyway.
And the funny thing is that although ‘Lonely Days’ hasn’t done so
well in the British charts, it’s now sold close to 75,000 in this
country. It’s certainly a mystery”
The Bee Gees return to America in a few weeks, and when they do the
eight tour dates lined up for them will be for the first time in two
Said Barry, “We don’t feel rusty, because we’ve been playing all
our lives. But it is a little bit apprehensive to be getting back to live
dates, and I have a feeling that in the next week or two we’ll probably
be rehearsing harder than we’ve done before, and probably working a lot
harder at it than actually being on tour.
“The audiences? I don’t know? I’m very confused about this
because none of us know if they’ll be the people who’ve bought our
records in the past, or if they’ll be deeper, more progressive, or what.”
Maurice: “We’re certainly not underground, even though we often get
letters. You might say we were overground or maybe down at ground level.”
Individually the three Bee Gees are continuing their policy of doing
their own things as well as contributing to the group as an entity.
Barry for instance is in a good songwriting mood at the moment and
probably about now he would have also been seen in the Jason King Tv
series, in a sizeable role as a murderer. Trouble was – after he’d
agreed and gone along to the studios – it was found that he didn’t
hold an Equity card and so his involvement in the programme had to be
Maurice has just finished recording actor Richard Harris singing ‘The
Loner’ a song that he and his brother in law Billy Lawrie wrote for
Harris’s film “Bloomfield”; and this week he’s going to produce
some sessions with Kenny Rodgers and the First Edition.
Robin prefers to concentrate solely on songwriting for the moment and
he also remains the chattiest of the group; the Bee Gees’ patriotic and
built-in self PR man.
Going to America says Robin, is going to be thrilling but chilling
because of the changes in the scene there since they last had a hit in the
charts. He adds “We’ll just have to go and see what happens. We haven’t
changed ourselves, at least not in a way we can notice.
“It’s very hard for any group to see itself. It’s easy to get too
involved – and not to see the faults any more.”