Sean Lennon talks about new album.

You know, I want to have a sit-down interview with Sean Lennon.  Like those journalists from Time Out New York.  Darn it.   I guess I can’t, so I’ll post it here instead.  This is what Mr. Lennon had to say in an interview, with Time Out NewYork, about his hotly anticipated new album.

MUSIC: Q&A: Sean Lennon

The death of his best friend inspired the Beatle offspring to finally write a second album.

Imagine for a moment the burden of being Sean Ono Lennon, son of one of the great figures of the 20th century—not to mention John Lennon. Yet the musical scion, now 30, has built his career humbly, releasing a simple indie-pop debut in 1998. Nearly a decade later, Lennon is set for his follow-up, Friendly Fire. The disc is gentle, pretty—and hot, seething mad.

Friendly Fire features ten songs and ten accompanying films. Why?

I wrote this record about my best friend sleeping with my girlfriend. He was my best friend since I was a kid—we were like twins. We grew up across the hall and slept in the same room until we were 14. And then, before I got to make up with him, he died in a motorcycle crash. I just flipped out. I thought I had learned to let go of things after my dad passed away, but this definitely tested that—I knew my friend for 30 years as opposed to five. Instead of spiraling into depression, I just became obsessed with working, and made these films to document the relationship. That’s the way I’ve been processing this thing.

Why was there such a gap between your albums?

I was making music in a more anonymous way. There was a period after my first record when I wanted to figure out a different way to present things. Because there’s a vast discrepancy between what some people think I am—“John Lennon’s son”—and who I really am.

Were you disappointed at what you accomplished with your debut?

Oh, no. At the time, I could have signed with a major label, hired a famous producer and tried to be a pop star. Like people expect me to do—like my brother did. But that would have been completely dishonest. So I did something opposite of that bullshit expectation of me to carry some torch. I didn’t want to spend a million dollars on some cheesy pop record. And people wanted me to do that—lots of people.

I imagine record labels see you and get dollar signs in their eyes.

Of course! That’s my whole life. I could have been groomed to be this—dork.

If you’d been a veterinarian rather than a musician, people wouldn’t have these weird expectations.

I guess. But if I’d become a veterinarian, it would seem like I was trying too hard to be an individual: I swear, I’m a botanist! I just go where my inclinations take me. And I’ve always been good at music. As a kid, I definitely had access to a piano.—Jay Ruttenberg

Friendly Fire is out September 26.

Source: Time Out New York

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9 Responses

  1. He, of course, is talking about then ex-girlfriend Bijou Phillips sleeping with his best friend Max LeRoy, who died in a motorcycle crash.

    Damn, I didn’t know that was the whole inspiration for making FF. Great interview.

  2. I really, really wish Sean would do a tribute of some sort to his dad and the beatles and some kind of an anti-war rally.

  3. I AM A RESPECTED COMPOSER, MUSICIAN, PIANIST AND I THINK THE ALBUM IS BOLD. THE LYRICS ARE HONEST AND REAL AND AT TIMES THE MUSIC HAUNTING, YET BEAUTIFUL. THE SONGS HAVE DEPTH AND DRAMA WITH AN INFUSION OF INNOCENCE THAT MAKES THE MUSIC ENTICING AND ABOVE ALL BELIEVABLE.
    SEAN REALLY IS A TRUE ARTIST, NOT AFRAID TO PUT IT ALL OUT THERE AND EXPRESS HIMSELF. THE GREATEST ART IS CREATED DURING A PERIOD OF INTENSE HIGHS AND LOWS IN ONE’S LIFE AND THE ALBUM HAS A NICE BALANCE OF EMOTIONS. AS A MUSICIAN MYSELF, I RESPECT THE HONESTY AND THE GUTS TO EXPRESS FROM THE DEEPEST PART OF ONE’S EMOTIONAL CORE… AND SEAN DID THAT ON THIS ALBUM.

  4. well im glad that he wants to be his own person and doesnt want to try and be like his dad. I hope the comparison of him to John will stop soon, and he will be seen as the true artist that he is.

  5. please erase that review it is silly

  6. can someone with strong internet savvy please remove that review or at least all the caps.

  7. he will never get credit cause he is Lennon’s son!! Her review is good, but he will not be taken seriously cause he is Lennon’s son.

    Lynne

  8. i’ve heard Lyn Cala live and she is an amazing pianist and accomplished musician. She is totally cool and awesome!!!

    John Paul

  9. Sean Lennon is so full of himself, it’s crazy….”Unlike my brother, i didn’t take the easy way, bla bla bla”…Oh, Sean, is there a hard way when you’re John Lennon’s son? C’mon, stop that crap. “I’ve always been goodat music”. Yeah, me too.

    But i don’t have a famous dad, so yeah, too bad. He would NEVER EVER have made it if it wasn’t for his dad’s name. So of course, he’s a musician, and of course, everyone finds him brilliant (because come on, it’s John Lennon’s dad!!!!!), which i find very lame, cause i find his music very “average”, and it wouldn’t have been noticed, once again, without his famous name.

    You bet he says he wants to be himself and not do what his dad did, how could he? Talent is not in the genes, sorry. He’s a disgrace, his music is awkward, and he’s a douche. There, feels good.

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