For­bid­den Plea­sures

It’s juicy, it’s healthy, it’ll add zest to your bank-hol­i­day week­end. Tony Clay­ton-Lea peels open For­bid­den Fruit with a Q&A with Serge Piz­zorno from Kasabian, and of­fers around seg­ments of this year’s most de­li­cious pro­duce

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY - SERGE PIZ­ZORNO – KASABIAN

Kasabian seem the type of band that would be into pass­ing on the ba­ton – true? I can’t wait to hear what comes to kids that right now are lis­ten­ing to our al­bums back to back. We were too young for The Stone Roses and Happy Mon­days – we were only about eight or nine in the late 1980s – so it was Oasis that was the spark for us, as well as open­ing us up to The Bea­tles, Led Zep­pelin and so on. Self-be­lief is cru­cial, isn’t it? Oh, God, yes. At the very be­gin­ning you’re mak­ing one al­bum, and you’re not sure what’s go­ing to hap­pen af­ter it’s re­leased. You’re in your early 20s, so you don’t care about any­thing or any­one, but at the same time I al­ways like to hear peo­ple say they’re into what they work at. To me, there is noth­ing more ex­cit­ing than see­ing some­one who is pas­sion­ate about their work, be it an artist, a plumber, a writer, what­ever. I don’t be­lieve suc­cess­ful peo­ple who say they don’t like what they do. That an­noys me, be­cause they had to be, at some point, quite ruth­less and so into it that they would put them­selves through agony to get to where they are. We’re not say­ing we’re bet­ter than any­one, it’s just we’ve made al­bums that we think are great. It’s re­ally that sim­ple. Kasabian are a cartoon rock act – dis­cuss! That’s an in­ter­est­ing one, be­cause in a lot of ways it gives you scope to con­tin­u­ally baf­fle peo­ple. It’s a bit like Andy Kauf­man – he was best known for the Amer­i­can com­edy show Taxi. There’s a lot of fun in mak­ing peo­ple think we’re like some­thing we’re ac­tu­ally not. The loutish thing that has been thrown at us from the very start? Some peo­ple can’t bal­ance that im­age with some of the mu­sic we make. It puzzles them. In a way it gives you the abil­ity to do what­ever you want. Rock’n’roll mu­sic is more im­por­tant than rock’n’roll at­ti­tude, isn’t it? I’m not re­ally a be­liever in what peo­ple re­gard as the rock’n’roll life­style – the usual sex, drugs and rock’n’roll thing. That’s all very, very nice, but for me it’s the work that counts. Here’s an ex­am­ple: Hunter S Thomp­son is ar­guably the worst dressed man you’ve ever seen in your life, but there was no one cooler. If you put the clothes he wore – Con­verse run­ners, gym socks, golf­ing shorts, beanie hat, glasses, cig­a­rette holder – on hang­ers in Topshop no one would buy it. Peo­ple buy into the way rock stars look, but you can’t buy the out­fit be­cause true style comes from within. And it’s the peo­ple who don’t care what you think that are the best ex­am­ples of cool.








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