Karl Bartos, Photos by Marion von der Mehden, Hamburg, 2003
SIDEWALK MAGAZINE /UKTHERE CAN'T BE TOO MUCH MUSIC IN THIS WORLD
By Neil McDonald
Do you listen to your own music?
No, I can't. You need distance. I can't listen to my new record because I'm close to burn out now.
Is that because it's a solo record? Would it be different if it was a record you'd made with other people?
Even when I worked with Johnny (Marr) and Bernard (Sumner), you put all your life into the record, and then it's finished. I'll tell you another secret. When you start a record, whether it's a solo record or it's a group attempt, the first thing you want to do is to change the world. But when you're finishing it, you just hope you're getting away with it. (...)
What do you think of Ralf touring as Kraftwerk?
My lips are sealed. If Sir Paul McCartney plays, it's a Sir Paul McCartney concert. It's really great how he does that.
Yeah. He doesn't call himself 'The Beatles'. Anything else before we finish up?
I wish I had learned to jump on this little machine, the skateboard. I wish I could, but I am just not able to. I would break a leg. I'm not good at balancing!