In a previous thread Larry asked you all if you’d one question to ask Neil what’d it be. Now courtesy of some telepathy with the GREAT man he answers YOUR questions!!!
Way to go NEIL!! It was nice mind melding with you!!
Q. Which is your favorite song to sing and why?
A. YDBMF cos I get to shove my tongue down Linda’s throat. Poor Reinie!!
GYBAWS is also fun cos I get to kiss loads women and not get into trouble with Rae. Sometimes though the old Grannies (who I NEVER point to!!) teeth fall out…not good!
Q. Why he drifted aimlessly in MOR for donkey's years, why he spent too long collaborating and what he hoped he could achieve. Oh and why he only plays guitar on around 17% of his songs in concert yet insists that record covers and tour promos give us a false promise of a guitar playing, songwriting hero or if that is just Neil harking back to the good old days?
A. Well David, that’s an interesting question. I guess I wanted to try and maintain my position in the pop world. Music was changing lot at the time and I suppose I wasn’t sure if I’d survive the transitions. So I brought in these guys who were good once upon a time. I must’ve been on drugs or something…I mean Burt Bacharach…what was I thinking!! AS for not playing guitar so much…well David…it’s the shirts – they’re so damn heavy and the guitar adds to the weight and my poor old back isn’t the best. Also when cordless mics came in it gave me a bit more freedom to roam the stage and make more of a connection with the audience. Yes some of my album covers and tourbooks have me playing guitar…hey man what do you want??…it’s a f*cking picture and I look cool with my guitar!!
Q. so mine would be... Neil what comes first for you mostly, the music or the lyrics and then how do you fit the words to the music or music to the words (depending on which is first) so easily and then (just because I not already know this one) you play piano and guitar which would you prefer to write the most songs with (is the piano more for the love songs to write and the guitar is for the faster rockin stuff...how close am I?
and one final question you are writing now... in what category would you fit the songs you are writing (ok bad choice of words on category but til I think of right word this one stays)slow/love songs, fast/little bit rock or all in between a royal mixture!?
ok now this aint a gonna count I just know it but there it is!!
A. Well Cheryl the music comes first…the melody and then the words..but sometime a phrase of lyric will pop into my head first. I love to write songs on guitar as that was the first instrument I ever played. Most of my music is written on guitar. I like writing songs on the piano but I’m not as good as Tom Hensley. The songs I’m writing now are the usual mixture of everything…fast, slow, dramatic, romantic. Why change now? It’s bought me money, fame , women and property yahhoo!!!
Q. WILL YOU MARRY ME??
A. Will you divorce me? I tried meeting someone over the Net once and it didn’t work. Anyway Rae might be upset. Plus I have to protect my money.
Q. But ... I am more than happy to share 'conjugal rights' with you!!! We can just take turns asking Neil ... "Sleep With Me Tonight" ... and then hope and pray that he is 'up' for both of us. Oops... my naughtiness just exposed itself!!!
A. You are a sick woman and I’m giving your name to my security people!!
ToniB(aka Hey Louise)
Q. "The Ballad of the Super Stud" unless, of course, Neil was taking a bit of poetic license in those lyrics.
Now Neil would not exaggerate would he? LOL!
A. Yes I would darlin’ it’s called poetic licence!! Thanks to viagra I’m now a superstud again. That Rachel is insatiable… Australian women …I tell you!
Q. Neil are you still searching and for what?
A. That slice of Pizza I left in my dressingroom during the Lenny Bruce screentest. Jeez that was a really nice Pizza…my original lyric for IAIS was and no one heard at all not even the Pizza box….Tommy Catalano didn’t like it so we revised it slightly. He suggested the chair (personally I still think it was a bad idea…chairs can’t f*cking hear goddamnnit!!). SO, IAIS is a lament about missing Pizza, which I couldn’t find in NY or LA…sigh.
Q. what is it about him and his music that holds such power over so many people?
A. Except all these new DJs!! I dunno the music.. it’s a mystery to me as well…but it pays the bills and lets me live like a king hahah frog/king geddit?? I’m just glad that you all love it so much. As for me, It’s because I’m one sexy MOFO!!
Honestly though hahaha, I guess it’s because the music comes form my heart and you’re hearts are willing to receive it. As Bobby Dylan once said people who don’t understand me haven’t felt what I’ve felt. And you good floks have.
if I could go on one of his motorcycle trips with him. Separate tents would be fine. I'd like to get to know him as a regular person.
Yes, I’m a regular person with irregular bowel movements…what can you do eh?? Separate tents>? If you want to know me as a regular person you’d have to slep with me. But since NO WOMEN are allowed on these trips you’re screwed!!!HAHAHA!!!
Q. Why some of his early songs seemed to have more of a country feel to them than most of the songs on Tennessee Moon. (Sorry I don't have my song list in front of me and unlike a lot of you, I cannot remember them all...but that one about "Long gone baby is what I'm gonna be" and those like it is what I'm thinking of).
Now, what I really want to ask but am to shy, is "would you please take me for a ride on your Harley wearing leather (pants AND jacket)!
A. I didn’t want the country album to be too country what do you think I’m some sorta red neck hick???
No!! And the leather pants make my manhood sweat too much. That might be a nice though for you ladies out there but it’s crotch pot cooking for old Neil!
Angela another Diamondgirl
Q. Your place or mine! but thats DG's influence on me.
A. Neither. I’m a one woman man these days…untill a nice 18 year old comes along YUM!!
Angela another Diamondgirl
Q. Is there a particular period in your life, with regard to your music and songs that you were happier with than any other before or since?
A. I guess my sabbatical period was one of the happier times in my life. Since then the last six years have been very rewarding on a personal and professional level. I’m also getting IT REGULARLY from a woman half my age…who wouldn’t be happy!!!!
Q if he appreciates how gifted he really is by himself; can we expect to see and hear more of "solo Neil...?"
A. Yes I’m starting to appreciate myself more these days. And yes there’ll be lots more solo Neil ( I assume you mean musically and not er…ahem!!)
Q. In your professional career, what is the one piece of work or single accomplishment that you are you the most proud of?"
But I have to say, it would be hard not to ask him if those leather pants he wore in Australia for the TV show are sitting in a warehouse somewhere and if so can I have them?
A. I am I said was my greatest accomplishment because In wrote it about pizza and convinced the world it was existential angst!! Hahahahahahh
Lather pants? No, Rachel likes me to wear them occasionally when we’re IT. Why? I don’t know. Aussies…I tell ya!!
Q. means to him today. as well as when he was writing the song from start to finish in 71. im talking about the 20 page essay of what was written about it. the compleate story behind it . and his compleate thoughts into writing such a awsome and fantabolous national hit! and what was thown out of the song that dident fit into i am...i said when he was writing it. his concernes bringing it to the public the first time . and if he was to put in those extra lyrics what would they be ? if there were any at all , and what would he change if he was to to change it in to a brand new version of that song ? thats what i would ask him! sincerly andy passaretti
A. Dude, it was about Pizza. All that stuff I told the press was baloney. You don’t seriously think I was gonna tell Rolling Stone I wrote it about Pizza and how LA pizza sucks and NY pizza is the best (Chicago Pizza is quite nice as well actually!!). The essay was a rumour Tommy Catalano put out…heheh Tommy was a stinker.
Q. what is the one thing in your life that you regret if there anything
A. Not spending enough time with my Father before he died. Not spending enough time with my kids when they were younger.
Not dying young so I’d sell, like, a bazillion records!
Q. Would be who is Midnigth Dream ?
A. Midnight Dream is a dream woman that came into my life and left again. She’s an aspiration of a woman I can’t and will never have.
Though my inflatable dolly usually suffices.
Q. My question would be this:"When you look back on your career would there be one thing you would want to change and why"
A. Singing that awful f*cking Flowers song with Babs. She threatened top sleep with me if I didn’t do it. What choice did I have?
Q. Since he writes the most beautiful words of any contemporary artist, has he ever considered writing a book of poetry? No music -- just words.
A. I’m no poet and I know it….oh that was good maybe I am I said (groan).
Q. My question would be- When you played at Woburn you said you were going to come back next time with a Symphony orchestra, when will this be?(those who have a copy of the tape- go + have a listen).My Substitute question would be When are you going to bring out a live video.
A. Dude, that was, like, 25 years ago man. I’ve been back in The UK several times since then. I said a lot of bulls*it back in the 70s. And that was another example hahaha.
Live video? Soon my friends. Please go out and buy it folks!! Remember I have TWO ex-wives!!!!
Q. After the Jazz Singer album why did your music change so drastically?
A. Ok smartarse…I’ll try and answer . I guess I made some bad choices and listened to too many people about how my career should proceed in the 80s. Also Columbia screwed me over. See my answer to UK David’s question.
Q. Neil, can you PLEASE come back to Texas this fall?
A. I wouldn’t be caught dead in the place!!
What one song would you like to redo, writing and re-cording? Which one are you the most dissatisfied with?
Q. could i get access to your bank account please ??
A. Sorry but my two Ex-WIVES have already got access to it. There’s never a dime in it. That’s why I keep my money under the mattress.