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Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell looks over his amazing career, as a remix of his 'Rhinestone Cowboy' enters at no.12 in the charts...

Taking you back to the very beginning of your career, you started out as a session guitarist. What prompted you to start performing and singing on stage?
 Well, I had always done that, but the session work had been so lucrative that I'd put all my energies into that. I'd still play at weekends, playing the clubs on Saturday nights, that sort of thing.

Were you aware of the great archive of music that you were working on at the time or did it all pass you by?
  No, I wasn't aware of it at the time. Now when I hear it all, I think that was quite an era in music. Nobody knew then that it would have the impact that it has now. The Beach Boys stuff for example, was just great. We got to play on everyone's sessions in those days.

In fact, if someone was to have a copy of everything you've ever played on, it would be the best record collection in the world...
That would be a big one all right! You know, we played on The Monkees' session, we did Sinatra and Dean Martin, I was a Beach Boy for a while too. It was just crazy. I even played and did the chord sheet on the Irish Rovers' 'The Unicorn'.

What was it like working with Brian Wilson? Did you think some of his techniques were mad?
I remember on 'Good Vibrations', he was sitting around doing the electronic slide board effect. He must have spent at least an hour just playing around with it, asking everybody what they thought of it. We totally went with it though, it sounded cool.

A lot of people associate you with the work you did with Jimmy Webb as well. How did that liaison come about?
We were doing a Janet Dean session in the studio and I saw this album on the wall with 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix' on it. I was homesick at the time, I hadn't been home for about three years. I thought it was a great title too, but I didn't know whether it was referring to a bird flying out of the ashes or what. I played it on the way back to Arkansas, where I'm from, and I was so damn homesick it just floored me. I didn't particularly like the guy's arrangement of it though. I then made a beeline to find Jimmy Webb and get every song he'd ever done. I thought 'MacArthur Park' was just a genius record. You know we're all born with talents, but people like Jimmy Webb and Brian Wilson have a double dose of it.


  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live."  

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