Fork: Roxy Music was famous for making his image as important as his music. These days, it seems like the image is perhaps a more important part of pop than ever before. Do you feel like you’re ahead of your time in this regard?
BF: I guess so. Today, a million magazines show what a band does, which was not the case when I started out. There was Melody maker and New Musical Express in England, which were really pretty dull. Everything has changed a lot. However, I feel very lucky to have started when I did. It must be really hard to start in music now.
Fork: i read this Olympia It was originally intended to be a Roxy Music album.
BF: Not originally. I started working on most of these songs as a solo project and then I toyed with the idea of ââmaking it into a Roxy album. But it wasn’t right at all, so it went back to being a solo album. In the meantime, most of the guys in the Roxy world have performed on a few tracks. It’s nice to have them in little cameo roles.
I always do concerts with Roxy, but if I had to do another Roxy album it would be a lot more abstract and experimental than this album, which is more song-based.
Fork: Do you always want to do something more abstract?
BF: Oh yeah. I have the impression that this part of my work has not been developed enough or that I have not allowed myself to do enough, which is a shame. It would be nice to make film music someday. This could be a useful Roxy project as they are very good soloists and good at texturing.
Fork: When you first started out, a lot of people thought your vocal style was somehow ironic or distanced. But listening Olympia, it really looks like you’re just trying to get to the heart of these songs. Do you feel like some of the irony has dissipated?
BF: I find it hard to generalize, but in general you are probably right; as you get older you get a little more serious. But there is also a lot of fun on this new album. It’s all about the emotions, isn’t it? In the previous albums there might have been a detachment, but at the same time it was serious emotional music as far as I was concerned. But maybe not quite obviously. With the music of Cole Porter or people of that generation, there was a sense of intelligence at work. But, underneath all of these puns and intelligence, you will always find these emotional statements.
Fork: The video for the new single “You Can Dance” looks like an advertisement for a high-end fashion company. Are you laughing at that or are you just elevating that kind of superior style?
BF: I don’t know. There were 20 different ways to illustrate this song and I just felt like I would have fun with it and have a lot of beautiful girls dancing around. It’s been done a few times before, but I think it’s just as effective a way as any to deal with a song like this.