2009-03- 7, 11:23 PM
Dean Wareham（Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta）訪談（上）
Dean & Britta近期除了在自家廠牌Double Feature（瞧，這兩人多愛看電影）推出澳洲樂團Sand Pebbles的專輯A Thousand Wild Flowers，手邊最忙的計畫當屬13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol Screen Tests。簡單說，這是一次聲音與光影的美麗結合。Andy Warhol於1964 - 1966年之間，以The Factory為場景，用十六釐米攝影機拍攝了約五百齣黑白默片。統一採用一百英呎膠卷，每齣默片的長度約四分鐘，他把這些片子統稱為Screen Tests。
那麼主角是誰呢？主角除了Andy Warhol自己的班底，還有當時造訪The Factory的來客；換言之，六○年代知名的藝術家、演員、搖滾樂手、作家與詩人，幾乎全數入鏡。譬如一手由Andy Warhol提拔的Velvet Underground，每名成員都有自己專屬的Screen Test，某些表演時，這些影片就在他們身後的屏幕上播放。
時隔四十餘年，當初的五百卷Screen Tests，如今有的損毀，有的遺失，所幸還有兩百多卷被妥善保存於匹茲堡的Andy Warhol博物館。館方去年邀請Dean & Britta從館藏內挑選十三卷Screen Tests，替每一卷都配上一首歌，有些是全新創作，有些是Bob Dylan、Velvet Underground翻唱曲。現場表演時，Dean & Britta與樂團站在台前，背後就是Dennis Hopper、Billy Name、Nico、Lou Reed與Edie Sedgwick等人的巨型投影，光用想的就非常夢幻。演出三月將巡迴至芝加哥與波士頓，人在當地的朋友別錯過了。
前陣子以e-mail與Dean做了一個簡單訪談，聊聊L'Avventura、Andy Warhol Screen Tests與當前的經濟困境。新球季開打在即，眾所皆知，Dean是非常死忠的紐約洋基隊球迷（表演時甚至穿過Boston SucksT恤）（有趣的是，他就讀的正是位在波士頓的哈佛大學，顯然那些年的波士頓生活並未改變他對原先支持球隊的忠心），訪談便以棒球開場。分上下兩篇刊出，原始的英文內容置於文末。
Sabathia的交易在我看來非常瘋狂，我猜洋基隊三年後可能就會後悔了 -- Sabathia是一個大塊頭，投球時身體必須承受很大的壓力（註：此處指Sabathia比一般投手更容易受傷）。不過我可以理解洋基隊為何願意砸下那麼多錢，他們去年沒打入季後賽，陣中一些年輕投手的進展也不如預期。不過我喜歡A.J. Burnett那筆交易，他也喜歡在紐約投球。
Obama家庭現在都是名人了，一舉一動都被談論 -- 他們買什麼傢具，他們的小孩上哪一間學校，他們養哪一種小狗。不過當前的經濟狀況還是很慘。
我們一直希望專輯能用紙殼發行。其實，也是想讓它看起來跟原版不一樣，所以樂迷能意識到我們加了三首歌進去（封底那張Britta獨照是從Sonic Boom主理的混音專輯Sonic Souvenirs而來）。
Do you think it's a good move for Yankees to spend huge amount of money (not surprising though) to get both CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett on board?
The Sabathia deal seems pretty insane. I imagine they may regret it three years from now - he is a big guy, and pitching puts a lot of stress on your body. But they missed the playoffs last year, and their younger pitchers didn't develop as quickly as they thought, so we can understand why they went out and spent the money. A.J. Burnett I like, he loves pitching in New York too.
Since baseball season won't start until April (if the Spring training doesn't count), do you follow Knicks occasionally? (Even they suck that much...)
The Knicks are fun to watch again, after years of being truly awful. The new coach is great. The players are not the best but they are enjoying themselves.
Britta was in Philadelphia on the Election Day, and came back to NYC after the poll was closed. How did you guys celebrate the night of November 4th?
It was crazy outside our apartment in the East Village. Traffic was blocked, people honking horns and dancing in the streets. It was like a scene you see on TV -- after a revolution in some South American country.
It has been over for a couple months. Is the frenzy still in the air? Or people start to realize the whole situation needs several years to heal.
Well, the Obamas are celebrities, every move is studied - what kind of furniture will they buy? Where will their kids go to school? What kind of dog will they get? But the financial news continues to be very bad.
Is the current economic condition the worst you've ever faced in your lifetime?
I think it's only beginning. Things are going to get much worse. For so long people seem to judge "the economy" based on the value of stocks and real estate. It turns out that both of these things were grossly overvalued, that nothing was worth what they said it was. But now people are losing jobs, I know several people who are out of work now.
Does it (the lousy economy) change the way the music industry function a lot?
Well, our A&R guy at Zoe/Rounder lost his job. But the music industry was already in trouble, with all the big companies shrinking. I had a friend high up at Sony Music (who has now lost his job), he said they got drunk in the 1990s on the superprofits they made from selling CDs. But the party is over. He compared it to fortunes made in whaling in the 19th century. You can see the mansions on the coast of Massachusetts, built on whaling fortunes. But the world changes.
Most people stop buying CDs for a long time. As their pocket goes shallower and shallower, it's almost inevitable for them to cut the cost for entertainment. What's the motivation for you to release other artists' records on your own label, even the market is in such bad shape?
In addition to our own L'Avventura album, we are releasing two other discs, simply because I love their music - the Sand Pebbles, from Australia. And Cheval Sombre - from NY. So long as I don't lose money, I am happy just to help them get their music out there. And I am hoping that at this moment, even as the big chains like WalMart and Circuit City (and Tower, which is gone) are in trouble, that maybe it will be a better time for small indie stores.
Why does it take five years to finally reissue L'Avventura?
Well, it was only out of print for a couple of years. Negotiations were slow. We had to take a risk buying our own album back, but we are very glad we did it.
I have an original copy in hand, and I notice you've changed both the package (from jewel case to digipack) and the back cover (from the couple shot to just Britta alone), is there any reason for those changes?
We always wanted a digipak. . . anyway we wanted to make it look different, so that people might be aware there are three extra songs (so we took the back photo from Sonic Souvenirs)
Where did you shoot the cover photo? It looks like a Café.
A café in Boerum Hill (Brooklyn).
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Magnet雜誌前陣子也與Dean & Britta做了訪談，內容提到不少Andy Warhol Screen Tests，必讀:
由 pulp 發表於 March 13, 2009 12:37 AM