OT: There’s a great interview with producer Kim Fowley in this month’s edition of Mix, looking at the production of punk girl group The Runaways and the recording of Cherry Bomb.
The entire interview is full of great quotes, but this one from Fowley is classic:
I don’t care about the egghead aspect of your readership.
Eggheads, I am a moron, and I sold 102 million records not knowing anything about equipment, but I knew the song, I knew the tone of the voice and what tone and tempo and timbre was, and I understood there had to be some tuning, and I understood somebody had to buy it, and I always left holes in the arrangement so people could smoke dope, get drunk, fall in love, have fights, have sex, go for a ride, or if they’re lonely, keep from killing themselves.
You’re making records for the listener, not for yourselves, so get off of that, ‘Oh, we must have an Aphex Aural Exciter,’ or the modern equivalent of that demand.
Go get your own studio. Get your mom to buy you a Fostex and a manual, and you can start your own Failure Sound Studios upstairs in your baby brother’s nursery.
Fowley comes across as spectacularly douchebaggy, if you’re one of those eggheads he’s trashing.
But Kim Fowley’s sold 102 million records – so don’t get too hung up on needing that Aphex Aural Exciter.