ADAM: I’ve finished my album, my new album,
ADAM: No, I’ve done the album, and then I’m putting a band together to play it. And I’m going to start thinking about doing some live work. And I think the best way to do it after fifteen years is to do it in one-offs. I’ve been doing gigs under
ADAM: Just that it’s time to do the next record.
ADAM: Magnificent stuff.
ADAM: Yeah. I’ve got a good band and we haven’t really rehearsed together so we’re doing it off-the-cuff.
ADAM: A bunch of stories. I’m a diarist. More like Samuel Pepys.
ADAM: I keep a journal. I don’t keep a diary because I don’t think things happen every day that merit a constant theme. I just get told that I try to record and report the important events in my life. And it’s a good idea, it’s a discipline.
LORRAINE: Obviously, with the death of Malcolm McLaren yesterday, we’re going back to the old days. How did the early Punk thing affect you? Did it have a lasting affect throughout your life?
ADAM: Yes, I find that I’ve still got a very low boredom threshold. I don’t like people copping out and doing it for the cash, so I try to change it a bit, make it look good, make the set pieces look stylish, that’s what Malcolm always said. It’s a devastating loss to culture. Culture will take two years to realize it. They never appreciated Malcolm when he was alive, and hopefully they will now he’s dead.
LORRAINE: I did read a piece that was more or less blaming Sid and Nancy’s heroin addiction on Malcolm, that’s not how you see it?
ADAM: No. That’s fantasy. I was there, I know the truth. That wasn’t the case. Sid and Nancy were a disaster waiting to happen. Sid was an extremely talented guy. Malcolm had the education, Malcolm had the knowledge, Malcolm had the history behind him. The fact is, he played it down really.
ADAM: Other than unannounced ones, we’ll see how it goes, put the band together, one night at a time.
ADAM: By announcing them, they become gigs. They become commercial entities.
ADAM: I think she’s a very underrated force in the Glam movement. She’s responsible for David Bowie’s costumes on Ziggy (Stardust). She made them out of curtains. She’s lovely. She just doesn’t get credit for it. She should be credited, and she isn’t. She’s still an incredible person. She’s fantastic, she’s got a good heart, and she’s brave. She’s still doing the work and she’s out there.
ADAM: No. I got no beef with Coldplay. Making records these days is no easy thing. You get lucky, you work very hard, and you must believe in yourself. Most people believe in a dream, and they get to see the work, and they see it’s a lot of work, and a lot of them aren’t up to the work. Simple as that. 10% is inspiration, 90% is perspiration with me. So the idea that it’s glamorous is shit, that you come up with the content for great songs without work is ridiculous. It’s like a muscle. If you don’t work at it, it becomes small. You’ve got to get on with it. And now, there are even fewer channels to make money. You’ve got to make money live.
Finally I had to ask Adam if he had any regrets over the period in his career where the media took over…..
ADAM: No, no. Three years of shit, three years of no and “fuck off” and no money, and you’re a loser: you must have the opportunity to turn it around, which I fucking do. And I did. And I’d do it all again, probably with knobs on. Look at Nick Kent now, and look at me! There you have it, in a fucking nutshell!
Interview by Lorraine & Tara 09/04/10