I love RuPaul. I still remember the first time I saw her in some magazine on the back of the school bus - I was taken aback. The blonde hair. Those legs. Those dresses??! All sickening, darling! So, as with anyone I love, when it comes to interview them, I want it to be a piece I can be proud of. Plus, like anyone who has been in the game over 20 years - there’s a lot to ask! On top of that, we all know Ru has pretty much left her days of being a shady bitch behind her but that always makes for a good read so girl, I was nervous. But I needn’t have been. What Ru had to offer was so much more insightful, intelligent and inspiring than what I originally wanted. Ru even had some great for advice me, right when I needed it. Sure there are things I would have asked in hindsight - due to publishing rights this interview was actually done in February so this season hadn’t started and I couldn’t ask about the current girls. But anyway enough from me, SILENCE and enjoy.
Hello hello hello, how are you, Ru? I’m good, thank you. And you?
I’m a bit nervous. I’ve been looking forward to talking to you. I understand the nervous thing. I’ve been there and stuff but as an older gentleman it’s so funny for me to focus on that. It takes so much more to get that kind of thrill. The body, the ego, actually loves the feeling of that adrenaline. But obviously there’s nothing to get nervous about. Is the fear that I am going to hate you?
No, it’s just I have so many questions for you, I want to make sure this is the best interview EVER! Well listen I am going to answer all those questions with this answer: 36, 24, 36 and yes they’re real.
Mary J Blige. Does she need an introduction? One of RnB’s biggest survivors. She has been through a drug addiction, an abusive relationship, been written off by her label - and yet here she is back with the best selling RnB album of 2012 and a starring role in the Rock of Ages movie. Just don’t mention KFC…
Is it painful listening to your old albums? It’s hard listening to the My Life album. It always make me want to cry. I could not believe I was being treated so badly, that I was treating myself so badly and that I was allowing myself to be treated so badly. I did a lot of drugs. I did a lot of things - not just weed - but beyond that. At that point I was hooked. Was it easier to write back then? I would say it was equal really, because wherever you are, if you’re just honest, it will come out easily. So it’s easy in heaven, easy in hell. But I remember Aaliyah died on 25th August, then right after the World Trade Centre blew up. I was like ‘OK, am I next?’ That’s where I was at. I had an ulcer from drinking and I knew spiritually I couldn’t go on like that. I blame it all on not being ready for the Music Industry. If you get all this fame before you’re ready, you can start getting ‘high on your own supply’ and begun to believe the hype. Artist Development should be a major part of every label. Too many people are ending up like Amy Winehouse, no one is preparing them for this.
This interview was back in 2009, in a world where Gaga had just appeared on stage with Neil, Chris and Brandon Flowers at the BRITS, U2 were releasing yet ANOTHER boring album and Madonna was still shagging Jesus Luz.
I felt like I was being made privy to so many private industry secrets, from Cher’s ‘Believe’ originally being an indie song to what it feels like to have your song rejected by Kylie and Madonna.
I’ve tried for hours to cut the interview down but I love both Neil and Chris, their chemistry and everything they had to share. So here it is in all its glory…
So, how are you both? Neil Tennant: Very well, thank you. Chris Lowe: Busy. Although we’ve just had a really nice lunch with wine. N: It was your idea! C: It was my idea and I don’t normally suggest a glass of wine but I thought, ‘You know what? Galvin is just around the corner and they do really good food. It’s the credit crunch after all, so it’s ok to drink at lunchtime, isn’t it?’ N: The Credit Crunch…The new U2 album…