2009-03- 8, 11:33 PM
Dean Wareham（Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta）訪談（下）
你們前陣子在The Cure致敬專輯翻唱了Friday I'm In Love，恰好那也是我最喜歡的The Cure曲子，怎麼會挑那首？
我愛那首歌，不過開錄後我才發現那是一首很難唱的歌 -- 至少我無法像Robert Smith（註：The Cure主唱）那樣唱。他把好多力氣帶進歌裡，如果我用一樣的唱法，聽來一定很笨。
你們最近想必為13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol Screen Tests這計畫忙翻了，我好奇你們是從多少館藏中選出了最後十三卷Screen Tests？
Andy Warhol這些Screen Tests都是黑白默片，而另一方面，你們也曾譜寫電影配樂的The Squid and The Whale（親情難捨）既是彩色又有許多對話，替這兩種截然不同的影像譜曲，過程是否非常不同？
「製作人」這個稱謂對不同人代表不同意義。有的製作人希望把鼓手炒魷魚，替你把每一首歌微調到最好。我想Andy Warhol的角色是將氣氛搞對，讓Velvet Underground可以做他們最想做的事。Andy Warhol當然沒有親自調整音控台上的旋鈕，或給予樂團混音建議。不過間隔那麼久，現在很難確切得知當初是誰在錄音室做了哪些事。可以確定的是Tom Wilson替專輯錄了好幾首歌，他是很棒的製作人（也曾替Bob Dylan、Simon & Garfunkel錄音）。
這是Galaxie 500解散後，我頭一次在一場表演裡演出超過兩首Galaxie 500的曲子。再度演奏那麼久沒表演的歌，情感泉湧而至 -- 這些歌又跟新的一樣了。只是要唱到以前的音高，對現在的我來說有點困難，但我可以的，我只是缺乏練習。
昨晚看了布烈松的Au Hasard Balthazar（驢子巴達薩），很棒，不過當然了，這不是近期的電影。最近喜歡的新片是The Diving Bell & The Butterfly（潛水鐘與蝴蝶）。
You do a cover version for Friday I'm In Love for The Cure tribute album, and that's also my favorite The Cure song. Why do you choose that song?
I love that song, but I discovered that it was very difficult to sing - or at least, I couldn't sing it the way that Robert Smith sings it. He brings so much energy to it, but I sound silly if I try to sing that way.
I know you have been super busy for the Warhol screen tests project. I'm curious from how many screen tests you narrowed down to just 13?
I looked at about a hundred of them at the Warhol Museum, and brought about 40 home with me. It took many months to narrow it down to thirteen, but I am very happy with the people we picked.
Is it the first time for you to do such large-scale multimedia performance?
Yes it is. It's a new thing for us. We have played live on big stages, and we have scored film, but we've never had to perform the score live to picture, it's very tricky.
Since the screen tests are black/white and silent, does it make the whole composing experience very different from doing the soundtrack for films such as The Squid and The Whale? (Colorful and lots of dialogues.)
No dialogue to get in the way, so we are free to put vocals on these. Of the 13, 8 have vocals, 5 are instrumental. These films are all 4 minutes long, the perfect length for songs.
I read from many places that Andy Warhol isn't the real producer in the studio for Velvet Underground. His role is more like the manager. You toured with them back to the 90's, as you know is it true?
Well the word "producer" means different things to different people. Some producers want to fire the drummer and fix all your songs for you. I think Andy Warhol produced in that he created an atmosphere where they could do exactly what they wanted. But of course he didn't twiddle the knobs or make mixing comments. But it's hard to get real information as to who did what. Tom Wilson recorded at least some of those tracks, and he was a great record producer (Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel).
Last August you performed a whole set of Galaxie 500 songs (Yes, I've already downloaded them...). Is it the first time you do this after the band broke up? I think your voice isn't changed too much. Did you feel déjà vu on the stage?
That was the only time we've ever done more than 2 Galaxie 500 songs. I do get a surge of emotion playing songs that I haven't played for so many years - they are new again. It was hard to sing that high, but I can get there - I'm just out of practice.
You put out a Christmas single in 2007. Why didn't we have the same treat last year?
Same Christmas single (because last year it arrived too late to send to people).
What's your recent favorite film?
Last night we saw Bresson's Au Hasard Balthazar and that was great. Of course it's not a recent film... the last new film I loved was The Diving Bell & the Butterfly
What are your favorite albums of 2008?
The new Jonathan Richman - Because her Beauty is Raw and Wild
I like some songs on the new Glen Campbell album (this was a surprise) - he does a cool version of "Jesus" by the Velvet Underground
Fleet Foxes album
Crystal Stilts album
That Pumpkin Hell film is just so creepy and weird. When the credits are rolling I'm so glad they choose to play Fourth Of July, it's such a relief.
It is creepy and weird. I know - I was running around a corn field at 5 a.m., in my underpants, with a pumpkin on my head, asking "how did this happen?"
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由 EE 發表於 March 12, 2009 11:38 PM
感人的是，Velvet Underground於1996年被引薦進搖滾名人堂，仍在世的三名成員Lou Reed、John Cale與Moe Tucker在晚會上，一同表演了Last Night I Said Goodbye To My Friend獻給他，此處可聽:
由 pulp 發表於 March 13, 2009 12:22 AM
由 EE 發表於 May 8, 2009 3:56 PM
由 cyh 發表於 May 28, 2009 3:05 AM
Dean Wareham透過這篇文章回顧Warhol’s Screen Tests的配樂過程，必讀:
由 pulp 發表於 July 26, 2009 12:37 AM