King Crimson frontman and also the guitarist of the band, Robert Fripp, was the latest interview guest of Uncut Magazine’s Michael Bonner and talked about his earlier works with David Bowie and Brian Eno.
While he talked about his past with King Crimson, David also revealed how did it feel to work with David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ and ‘Scary Monsters’ in 1977 and 1980. As King Crimson guitarist unveils the biggest advice he got from Bowie, he mentioned Deep Purple’s founding member Ritchie Blackmore.
Uncut Magazine asked:
“What’s the best piece of advice Bowie ever gave you?”
Robert Fripp responded:
“It was on the ‘Scary Monsters’ session. The sessions began around midnight and I think it was ‘Up the Hill Backwards.’ I said to David, ‘Any suggestions?’ David said, ‘Think Ritchie Blackmore.’
I knew exactly what David meant. So my playing was nothing like Ritchie Blackmore, but I knew what David meant – that was a direct piece of advice.”
“Now, here’s another one, a wonderful piece of advice in the Bowie/Eno context. Overnight flight from New York to Frankfurt – first-class – then on to Berlin. Turning up at Hansa Studios at about quarter to six in the evening, with board and guitar.
I said to David and to Brian, ‘Is there anything you’d like to play me?’ Brian’s advice was, ‘Plug in.’ So, having heard nothing, no words, plugged in, the tape ran, one, two, three, four, and that was ‘Joe the Lion.’
I’ve worked with other people who’ve said ‘plug in’ and rolled the tape and expected me to work on the same level with them as I’d been fortunate enough to do with Bowie and Eno – and the result is not the same.
Robert is, shall we say, the same, so what is different? Brian and David and Tony Visconti bring something to the party that not everyone does.”
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