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Melody Maker -

Roger Daltrey Interview

 FAST CARS

"Fantastic. Great. I like them better than anything else in the world. Better than women -at least a car doesn't answer back. I love driving fast. I go as fast as I can. I think speed limits – all of them – should be abolished."

 

BUNNY GIRLS

"No different from any other girls. I think they're very unattractive. I love ugly girls. No, not ugly- I mean attractive, but basically ugly, put it that way."

 

MICK JAGGER

"Ummm. Someone I admire very much. Mick's a very down-to- earth geezer underneath it all. He's got a scene of his own. Mick Jagger, visually, is The Rolling Stones. He's what I mean by attractive. Hey, that sounds a bit bent doesn't it. Y'know what I mean. He's the most revolting geezer under the sun but he's still attractive. He's got loads of character. When we went to Sweden all the girts looked great, but they didn't have character, just impersonal types of faces."

 

SHEPHERDS BUSH

"It's home, I suppose. It's rough -that sums it up."

 

WINDSOR FESTIVAL

"A drag."

 

ELVIS PRESLEY

"Just the occasional photograph, film or record. That's all."

 

THE BEACH BOYS

"Fantastic, yeah. I had no idea that they'd ever turn out like this when I first heard them. They've helped pop music to progress so much it's not true."

 

CARNABY STREET

"Ain't been down there for about nine months now. And I haven't missed it at all. Used to be great, but the novelty wore off. You can buy better clothes in the Portobello Road nowadays."

 

FEEDBACK

"Great. Very stimulating. Dreams."

 

PILLS

"Alright for headaches. A very bad scene. There are better things in life."

 

PARENTS

"Something I suppose you've just gotta have. I think the world of mine, they're great."

 

PUNCH-UPS

"Again, something there will always be. Stupid. Maybe I'm just a coward. I haven't had a fight since I left school -thank God. They don't get you anywhere, do they?"

 

RECORDING

"Great fun. I always feel fantastic when I come out of the studio. Even if we've had a bad day there's always something that comes out good, something new."

 

JOHN

"John Entwistle? I like John a lot. He used to be deep and keep himself to himself, and just mutter. But lately he's come out of himself. He's

amazing."

 

WESTERNS

"Alright until the bird comes along and the hard cowboys suddenly start falling over themselves. The whole thing gets utterly sickly and sloppy. They are alright without females. All films with birds in are boring -except comedies."

 

AMERICA

"A country we'd like to crack. A big place. Big money."

 

MONEY

"Something I have no respect for. I seem to spend far too much. Something I haven't got much of."

 

PETE TOWNSHEND

"Very intelligent bloke. I like him a lot, he's so creative all the time. When he first started writing, he'd just destroy everything. He'd create to destroy -but now he's got off all that. He's got a lot of character - never monotonous or mechanical."

 

THE BEATLES

"Amazing. They are always one jump ahead on everything. They really amaze me. Smooth."

 

Transcribed by

Brian Cady