Theres no doubt that the Bee Gees are set in stone as true music legends.
Theyve sold 110 million records in some 30 years and they are still going strong.
Theres some new stuff from the group on the way later this year I think but if you
cant wait that long, next month you need to rush and buy a copy of
"Magnet", the new solo album from Robin Gibb
Im delighted to welcome Robin to Wave 105. Good morning Robin.
Good morning. How are you?
Im very well thank you. Were highly honoured to have you at this time of day
because I understand you dont normally get up before about midday?
Well this is it. Im not used to seeing the sun on that side of the sky, its a
M: So youre a night time person?
Yeah I am actually. I think thats because of the business Im in and recording,
you know, you record more at night and usually come home in the early hours of the morning
and you see everyone going to work.
Is that when you do your best work then, after dark?
Yeah I think so, I think a lot of people do. They get up in the afternoon and you tend to
do all your work at night and it seems to be the quietest time. Because when youre
in the studio theres no clocks or anything you dont really go by time, so you
just go until you get it right.
Well there you were in the Sunday papers luxuriating on a sofa in your 11th century
manor. One of the oldest houses in Britain I think?
It is, yeah.
Does it have any ghosts?
Well people have seen ghosts in it. Its got a nice feeling in it. I think if there
are ghosts theyre not that miserable, theyre quite happy, so its got a
nice presence. It used to be a place of prayer for the monks. For hundreds of years it was
prayed in, so if there are ghosts there maybe they are nice ghosts. I havent seen
any myself but other people have.
And you ripped out the tennis court apparently and put a stone circle there because
your wife is patroness of the druids isnt she.
Yes, but I mean the Archbishop of Canterbury is one. Its a positive thing, its
a way of thinking and its got nothing to do with rituals or anything like that.
Does that mean you have to be a druid too?
No it doesnt actually. Its not something that actually comes up in
conversation very often, even at home, the druid thing. Its just, you know, Walt
Disney was one and Churchill was one, so its a way of thinking, just positive
So were not likely to see you on June 21st at Stonehenge then?
Not as such though. You might.
Ooo, well have a look this year then! I must say in those pictures in the article I
was reading youre looking a little bit like John Lennon in those little round specs
Oh, my little blue glasses.
Thats right, and I know hes a hero of yours. Have you ever wondered what
John Lennon might be doing if he was alive today, musically?
Probably gardening. I dont know, what would he be doing musically today? He was a
bit of a rebel all his life so I dont think he would have gone with any particular
flow. I still think he would have stayed with his roots and I personally dont think
hed be making much music today, if hed been around today. I think hed be
a bit like George Harrison was. I think hed be much more sort of quieter.
You dont think he would have been tempted with a Beatles reunion somewhere along the
Not at all, no. I dont think that would have been in his nature.
Now Im getting a modern R&B feel from this new album "Magnet" of yours
and youve used I know songs from some up-and-coming young writers. Where did you
Well there was the producer Deacon who worked with Mary J Blige in Los Angeles and Michael
Grieves in this country with two young black producers, two great songwriters as well and
they played the tracks. They love to give attention to new young songwriters coming up and
I thought it was a good opportunity to do it and I liked the songs and I thought to myself
"well, why dont I do it". You know, if I like them I should be doing them.
And thats what I did.
The first single to be lifted from the album is called "Please". Anything you
can tell us about this song?
Well again, it was one of the tracks that Michael Grieves played and it was a torch song
which I like, and a good one at that, and it had the soul R&B value which I go for,
which is in my roots anyway. It appealed to me right away, it appealed instantly.
The new album will be in your shops about 3rd February yes Robin, something like
Thats for the album, yeah, and the single 20th January.
Do you keep strong tabs on whats going on with regard to release dates and that kind
of thing, or is that not important to you?
Well its only important when people go to the shops and its not there.
(laughing) Can be a little bit tricky. But no, not really I havent really got
a head for all that.
I mentioned that the Bee Gees are going to be doing some stuff this year. Can you confirm
that for us?
Oh definitely yeah. Its just a question of when during the year. Were talking
about it now, so its definitely going to take place.
So therell be an album?
Therell be an album and probably some live shows as well.
Oh fantastic. Can you give us an insight into what kind of music that might be? Have you
started writing anything together yet?
Well its going to have R&B Soul roots again which is still our favourite and
were progressing in that area.
I was going to ask you which part of being in the music business you enjoy the most, but
again, having read this article I think you just enjoy being in the studio dont you?
Love being in the studio. Its like a canvas, you know, to a painter. You go into the
studio and its just that excited feeling you get. You dont know what
youre going to come out with. And being a writer as well, the studio is where you do
most work, the most lasting work. I mean, live performance is fine but its like,
thats for the moment. You know, when you produce a piece of work in the studio
its forever and thats a very exciting feeling.
Well good luck with the album "Magnet" and to round off Ive got
together a silly little quiz, a Bee Gees quiz for you, because youve been in the
business over 30 years now. Your first ever performance, you were very young when you did
that werent you?
Which one was that?
Oh, on a Saturday morning picture show in Manchester or something.
Oh gosh, about 7 years old, yeah. Very young.
We wont say how many years ago that was. That would be a giveaway.
Yes that would be a giveaway.
But a little Bee Gees quiz to finish off with, Robin, if you dont mind that.
All right then, yes.
Youre first no. 1 in Britain was a Massachusetts in 1967. Can you spell
No I cant actually. I think its m-a-s-s-a-c-h-u-s-e-t-t-e-s. I think
thats it isnt it.
Oh, if you just hadnt put that "e" in at the end there youd have got
it spot on.
Isnt there an "e" at the end then?
No there is no "e" after the "t"s and before the
"s"s, but Im highly impressed. Now I dont know if you recall
this far back but that same year 1967 you switched on the Carnaby Street Christmas lights,
which only goes to show how big stars you were even then. And played at the Saville
Theatre in London on the same bill as the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band. Now someone else was on
the bill can you remember who it was?
Fats Domino wasnt it. Fats Domino and .. I cant remember who else.
Ooh Ill tell you ..
No, Ill give you a clue. Flobalob, you weed.
Oh, not Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men.
Not Bill and Ben the Flowerpot Men, but the San Francisco Flowerpot Men. Dont you
Yes it was, I wonder what happened to them.
Now the biggest selling soundtrack album of all time I think is still "Saturday Night
Fever". Huge in your career. How many did you sell or have you sold to date?
I dont know, I know its a huge amount but I havent followed it. I know
its still the biggest selling soundtrack.
Shall I tell you?
You can if you want, yeah.
30 million copies and counting.
Amazing isnt it. Now Ive got a lyric quiz for you now. Can you complete the
following lyric from a Bee Gees song Robin
"oh my child youll never know
just what you mean to me".
I cant. I know the song but I cant remember the next line.
Oh, whats the song, tell us what the song is.
Yes. "oh my child you got so much youre gonna take away my energy". One
more question to come Robin if you dont mind. What did you appear on Christmas Day
Christmas Day 1991... English TV programme...
Oh yes yes of course, the Christmas edition of Only Fools And Horses where they were in
You were waving from your mansion in Florida. (It wasn't Robin, but Barry Gibb.)
Yes, thats the one, yeah.
Do you still have that place in Florida?
Yes, its still the same place.
Well I dont know how many you scored there but it was fun playing and it was fun
talking to you too. Robin, thank you very much.
Thank you. Thanks a lot.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Robin and his family for their sad loss.
Maurices contribution to Popular Music - together with yourself and
Barrys - has simply been immense. He will be greatly missed. Ed.