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'lance
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posted 12 July 2003 02:02 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From the CBC Archives; Iggy on 90 Minutes Live, 1977.

I could only get the audio to work, but still: gold.


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posted 12 July 2003 02:28 AM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Who would have thought Iggy would outlive Gzowski?
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posted 12 July 2003 02:33 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I couldn't get audio nor video to work.

I saw that interview when it first aired though. Didn't Iggy take umbrage at being called a "punk."


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'lance
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posted 12 July 2003 02:42 AM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
He did, yes. Considering what a media buzzword it was at the time, he had a point.

You might get the audio to work if you right-click on the image or frame, choose "Options," then move the volume bar up. For some reason it always seems to default to minimum. Click on OK, then hit Play. Worked for me, anyway.


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posted 12 July 2003 02:53 AM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw an excerpt from this on TV a while ago (I think on one of Rick Mercer's History Channel shows). It's hilariously awful. They were so mismatched as interviewer and subject...it's funny, but it's also painful to watch.
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Michelle
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posted 12 July 2003 08:55 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Strange. I have no problem with the audio or video. It loaded in about 5 seconds and I'm listening to it now. Oh, and watching it too.

Sorry, 'lance.

Wow, never seen this guy interviewed before. He's pretty rude and annoying if you ask me. I mean, I know that's the act and everything. But it doesn't impress me that much. He assumes through the whole interview that Gzowski doesn't like his music because he's a square (hey, maybe a Middle-Aged Square Trying To Be Hip). He's an "I'm too cool for you" schoolyard bully. I'm disappointed.

[ 12 July 2003: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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'lance
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posted 12 July 2003 12:58 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
They were so mismatched as interviewer and subject...it's funny, but it's also painful to watch.

Agreed (or to listen to, in my case). I approached this with decidedly mixed feelings -- I like both Iggy and Gzowski, in their very different ways, but I figured up-front there wouldn't be a good mix. Still funny, though.

(In a somewhat similar vein, has anyone seen that Donald Britten documentary, "Ladies and Gentlemen: Mr Leonard Cohen," which includes footage of Cohen being interviewed by Pierre Berton. Funny, and cringe-worthy).

Then again -- though I was barely aware of 90 Minutes Live when it was on, or indeed Gzowksi back then[1] -- by reliable accounts Gzowski and television were radically mismatched too, and therefore Gzowski and most of his subjects, at least in that venue.

[1]And I never heard of Iggy until 1982. It wasn't altogether my fault. Small-town eastern Ontario in the 1970s ... ah, screw it. The less said, the better.


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posted 12 July 2003 03:27 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'd have been disappointed if he was polite.
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posted 12 July 2003 04:18 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Me too. I didn't want to see "politeness". It would have been nice, though, if he wasn't so mean. Sorry, I know the whole "rebellion" thing is part of his image, but I don't think you have to be nasty to people without provocation in order to be make yourself seem interesting.
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posted 12 July 2003 05:49 PM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
On the other hand, Gzowski did get a couple of good digs in, in his middle-aged square way.

I really liked the show he did a few years ago, where he would sit down in the comfy chairs with people like Donald Sutherland and Natalie McMaster. That was always nice to watch.


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posted 16 July 2003 05:38 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Iggy seemed downright obsequious to Peter Gzowski, compared to his treatment of Daniel Richler I saw in the early-to-mid '80s, where he cut the interview short with a contemptuous sneer at DR, who he seemed to consider a brainless poseur.
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'lance
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posted 16 July 2003 06:25 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
He wasn't altogether wrong there, I'd say -- at least about the "poseur" part.

[ 16 July 2003: Message edited by: 'lance ]


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posted 17 July 2003 12:24 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw the interview with Gordon Lightfoot, and one with Farley Mowat. Admitedlyl, Lightfoot is a man of few words and perhaps needs a bit of prodding, but Gzowski seemed to do too much talking.

Mowat was a better subject, supplying even longer answers to Gzowski's long questions.

Daniel Richler? Perhaps the only guy in Canada who has hair even I can make fun of.


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For me, one thing that's always been a drawback about rock is that you're considered hip if you act boorish.
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posted 20 July 2003 04:50 PM      Profile for natas   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here's what I think was going on here, put a little too theoretically:

As a media phenomenon - which, idealism aside, is one aspect of punk and one that Iggy bought into - the tactic was turning opposition into performance. Punk rockers weren't supposed to talk to interviewers about Western European art movements. It was a spectacle of uncontrollable young things shitting on the Establishment, and hence the establishment media. This impulse seems to have been just articulating itself when this interview happened - check out how he goes for shock value just by saying the NAME of "God Save the Queen."

What I see happening here is Pop pulled this routine on Gzowski (and with Pete's Gene Shalit getup going on I might have made the same judgment!) Gzowski then outflanks Pop by being as nice as he possibly can, and letting Iggy do as much (incoherent) talking as possible. So Pop ends up the one looking like an asshole. Which I'm sure he is anyway (check him out re Reagan!) but the issue is one of competing performance artists.

It's also a bit like DuPont serving Greenpeace tea when they come to occupy the office. You know? Very smart, and maybe a little alien to us now that the big guns are out...


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