We talked for nearly three hours on a chilly December night, covering a whole range of topics in the guise of discussing the English Beat's greatest hits. We went places I never expected to go, and I gave him a somewhat distasteful photograph of Wham! around Christmas time. see more on Dave Wakeling
I lasted 24 minutes with him and he was absolutely not an ass. He did take on his brother.
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A great discussion about his unusual career path and his troubled homeland of Somalia.
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He went off on L. Paul Bremer, who had just announced "We got him" in reference to Saddam Hussein, sounding like he'd just finished the Final Jeopardy round in the black. Later on when I met John in person I decided he was the nicest celebrity I've ever met, which remained that way until I met Dave Wakeling. Now they're tied.
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In a quiet, cool, darkened Texas restaurant with a bunch of label suits surrounding us. The atmosphere was very restrained, which meant they were very thoughtful and even a bit dramatic-looking with the lighting. It turns out they, too, love Hall & Oates.
We talked about his record label, his garage aesthetic, and very briefly about his Boss. Did not bring up The Sopranos once, and felt proud about that.
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I can't discuss this one too much in detail, because it involved teenage girls and depraved things to do with them. A heavily redacted version of this interview appeared in my hometown newspaper. My friend Ryan thinks it was the best article ever to appear in The Olympian.
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We talked a long time. We had some friends in common.