ArtView January 2016 - Page 32

Then we all went back to Robert Holmes à Court's party... Michael fainted, but it was a pretend faint so he could get out of the party. These are behind the scenes highlights – the people who I think were there might have been Barry Crocker and Normie Rowe, Marcia Hines – all these people carrying on like kids, and I was one of them. We were trying to get to Michael's floor, all of us trying to get to the 14th floor, and we just kept going, there were about 20 of us in the lift – and silly things like that... Someone who's done a lot and lived a lot... John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten recently bagged shows like The Voice and Australia's Got Talent because he said people are in training to become cruise singers rather than playing real music. So I guess that's part of it, and then in terms of work... my fifth album is a pretty pinnacle kind of thing for me, I have to say. I'm very proud, and I feel really at the beginning, I feel like I'm at the beginning of my career doing this. I say that in a really humble kind of way because I'm not doing it as a retrospective, even though the flavour of the music has elements of that. I'm not rehashing myself, like songs from the gift shop, or going down that line. I feel like I'm still creating and doing it from now, from this perspective. And it's not easy, it probably would have been easier if I had done my favourite love songs and dined out on that kind of thing. But that's not me. Oh, I agree with him wholeheartedly... Dave Grohl said the same thing, and I'm totally in line with him. I think there is something special from having lived a life and not come up in a manufactured way, so kudos for that... when you look back at your illustrious career, what have been some of the special moments? On television, the heady days of the 80s were pretty remarkable. That was a time and place – I don't know if I will ever go back to that kind of excess! I think I remember them... It was quite daunting too, I was a kid, in my teens and early 20s... There were all sorts of moments that you go wow, I was there for that... I was a telethon singer for one year when Robert Holmes à Court owned Channel 7, and he also owned the rights to the Beatles catalogue. He was doing a deal with Michael Jackson, who was buying them from him. That was just bizarre. Michael and I were backstage together, I was in one corner, being really shy, and he was in the other – he said hi! I thought there's Michael Jackson! that was really weird... part of that deal for him to buy the music was he had to appear on his telethon show.