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Quincy - Oh dear!

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I've got a lot of respect for the man as an artist, producer,  arranger etc. But, IMO, this article does him no favours! Seems it's in our DNA that the older we get, the grumpier we get... at least, some of us! :(

Quincy Jones interview

There's a link to the original Vulture interview.

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I don't think he's grumpy, I think he's probably quite seriously ill.

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Ringo comes back and says, “George, can you play it back for me one more time?” So George did, and Ringo says, “That didn’t sound so bad.” And I said, “Yeah, motherf****r because it ain’t you.” Great guy, though.

 

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I think it's  possible his judgement is  impaired by illness but I also think it's possible he just doesn't  care , he's done it all , nothing to prove and slightly unaware of how stuff circulates in this digital age and I found it quite refreshing hearing someone talking that openly not  to mention some of the best anecdotes I've ever heard . I say fairplay Quincy

 

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14 hours ago, spencer.b said:

I think it's  possible his judgement is  impaired by illness but I also think it's possible he just doesn't  care , he's done it all , nothing to prove and slightly unaware of how stuff circulates in this digital age and I found it quite refreshing hearing someone talking that openly not  to mention some of the best anecdotes I've ever heard . I say fairplay Quincy

 

I must say, I agree, very funny interview (The full Vulture version). The Ringo story is a corker. :D

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I don't know, he sounds like someone I would pay attention to. He may be somewhat harsh at times, but I can't say I disagree much. 

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Looking at the subject heading I was expecting a discussion about Jack Klugman!  Anyone for a subdural haematoma?

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4 hours ago, Cato said:

I don't think he's grumpy, I think he's probably quite seriously ill.

 

3 hours ago, spencer.b said:

I think it's  possible his judgement is  impaired by illness...

 

That could possibly explain it. 

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9 minutes ago, SteveK said:

 

That could possibly explain it. 

It's not so much the stories of his experience with various artists that makes me think he may be losing it, but his story about dating Ivanka Trump  and his claims about the Kennedy assassination seem a bit far fetched.

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Well if he ever retells those stories about us I'm tearing his page out of my address book.

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I know that his comments on the Beatles and Michael Jackson are going to upset some fans, but he has his point of view. You have to admit that both this and the GQ interviews were pretty badass and that he is possibley the most indiscreet man on the planet. 

I found the 'Ghetto Gump' (his words) stuff fascinating and some of the more outlandish claims might seem unbelievable, but are have already been collaborated (by Richard Pryor's widow etc). 

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Interesting and totally understandable. He spent his life working with top tier pros who could read a chart in a second and who could play anything. Would hate to have been Ringo when he realised. Refreshing in this era of PC strangulation.

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Late 70s wasn’t Ringo at the height of his drinking? Nobody’s form is completely consistent even if the industry is a lot more sanitised these days. 

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What is there to ..tear it up.. in Ringo's Love is a many splendoured thing. There's practically nothing there.  Nice bass though.

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He needs to get out more if he thinks Paul McCartney is the worst bass player in the world. Come round mine for starters!

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1 hour ago, scalpy said:

Late 70s wasn’t Ringo at the height of his drinking? Nobody’s form is completely consistent even if the industry is a lot more sanitised these days. 

Perhaps so, but I think the track referred to by QJ was recorded and released in 1970.

Regarding references made about Richard Pryor , Marlon Brando etc in the interview, there was a great quote from Richard Pryor's

ex-wife Jennifer Lee Pryor about the time -

"It was the seventies. Drugs were still good, especially Quaaludes. If you did enough cocaine, you'd f*ck a radiator

and send it flowers in the morning"

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22 minutes ago, wombatboter said:

And does anyone really hear anything of "State of Independance" in "Billy Jean" ? 

The opening bars are the Bass line notes., although slower in 'Billie Jean'

Then there are these elements (below) from a post elsewhere. But certainly, I wouldn't call it a Rip-Off, maybe influenced ?

"The plucky synth riff (panned to the left) is exactly the same as the Billie Jean riff, expect the first note in Billie Jean is up the octave. The riff in Billie Jean is slower too. There's enough difference in the songs that it's definitely not worthy of calling the whole song a rip though".

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He moans that modern music is all loops and then says he rates Ed Sheeran?!? Has he listened to Sheeran? 

Jones comes across as an insufferable and arrogant snob.

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1 hour ago, Dan Dare said:

Afraid he's a has-been trying desperately to stay in the limelight.

Is he though ? I have not seen him advertised doing gigs at Butlins Soul Weekends. :D

He seems to always be popping up on US television shows, gala appearances, well just about anything. So still a regarded personality, plus the internet/social media is littered with this story.

 Over at 'Discogs', he has fifteen pages of credits with albums and film scores/cues still being released and re released. Also, It was only eighteen months ago that there was a BBC Proms concert of his material and achievements at a sold out Albert Hall.

Depending on what review you read, his net worth over the last two/three years is quite substantial. (although it seems to vary from between $300 and $450 million).

 

Oh Well, Quincy. To you Just another day in the business of show...:biggrin:

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He's hardly a has been - at nearly 85 he is still as busy and successful as ever. 

Its hard to believe everything he says, but then again some of his rather outlandish claims seem to check out and it is difficult to argue about musical worth with someone of his pedigree. 

I think he has a big mouth and just doesn't care what people think! Not always an admirable quality but entertaining nether the less. 

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Michael Jackson said the inspiration for Billie Jean was hearing the Hall and Oates song I Can't Go For That.

 

That Ed Sheeran thing again!! Don't confuse what you like with what is good.

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