Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"My record company wanted me to do a Motown and a Christmas record. I just said f*** off" - Elton


ELTON John says the stars of today should learn from his mistake and get their drug use out of the way when they're young.

The 63-year-old singer, who has been knighted, won several Grammys and sold more than 250 million albums, considers his greatest achievement is getting sober and clean at the age of 43 - but he wishes he'd done it when he was 20 years younger.

"If you can do it, and everyone's going to do it I think because they want to try it, then try and get it over with as quickly as possible, because it's a f***ing waste of time," Sir Elton said yesterday.

"Jared Leto is a great actor and he's also in a band called 30 Seconds To Mars, and I think ... he'd been a crack addict since he was 14 and he'd been sober since 17.

"Jack Osbourne, a friend of mine, he's been sober since he was 18.



"I spent time with (Lady) GaGa last week, and she said, 'You know I got my cocaine over with by the time I was 20'.

"Thank God. I didn't get mine over with until I was 43."

Sir Elton was speaking at the launch of his new album The Union, a collaboration with legendary singer and songwriter Leon Russell.

The Rocket Man said the album was a change of direction for him, away from pop music to a more mature type of album.

"I can't make pop records anymore. I'm 63, I'm never going to be on Top of the Pops - I hate videos, I f***ing hate them," he said.

"I don't think I'm going to be doing Crocodile Rock anymore or anything like that.

"I just want to make records like this one, like Bob Dylan does. Bob Dylan makes great records, Neil Young makes great records, I'm that age group and I just need to go back and make those kinds of records that fit the piano-playing style I have."

Sir Elton hasn't totally abandoned popular music altogether though - he plans to save it for special side projects.

"I love doing things like writing for the Scissor Sisters, being on the Tupac record," he said.

"Those sorts of side projects are fantastic - you know the Ironik (version of) Tiny Dancer - they're the little icing on the cake.

"I love things like Hot Chip and Royksopp and electronic music like Robyn and people like that, but if I made a record like that I wouldn't be true to myself, and I wouldn't know how to make it."

One thing Sir Elton did rule out was making a Christmas album.

"There was a time when my record company wanted me to do a Motown record and a Christmas record. I just said f*** off," he said.

"I am never going to do a f***ing Christmas record. Ever."

The Union is due for release in October.



- News.com.au

1 comment:

davidinIowa said...

If Elton never played "Croc Rock" again, it would not hurt a thing.
Fun little tune, but time to let it be.