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ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/17/04 11:16 PM
Monty Python new  

"I though the first draft [of Labyrinth] I wrote was pretty good, really. I though it was fun and everyone was excited about it. Then it disappeared for a month, and Jim came back and said ‘We’ve got some problems.’ The main problem was this labyrinth – the original idea was to do this thing about the labyrinth. They wrote this magical character, Jareth, who is all-powerful and does magic. I though there was no contest. This girl goes into the labyrinth, and you’ve got this magic character, so she can’t win. So, in my version, she goes into the labyrinth, and eventually finds out there is no solution. She keeps thinking she’s solved it, and then it keeps cheating on her. The idea in the end is that she finds out there is no solution, you’ve got to enjoy it. When she gets to the center, she finds out that the character who seemed all-powerful to begin with isn’t all-powerful. In fact, he’s someone who uses the labyrinth - which is basically the world – to keep people from getting to his heart. She gets there and annihilates him in the end. So, it’s about the world, and about people who are more interested in manipulating the world than actually baring themselves at all, having any kind of emotional honesty. Jim couldn’t understand the story at all. The other thing I though was, you mustn’t get to the center before the girl does, because what’s your hook for the audience – what is in the center of the labyrinth? Jim had two problems. One was that Jim wanted Michael Jackson or David Bowie to play Jareth, so he wanted him to appear all the way through, and he wanted him to sing. That was a real shock. Then he also wanted to go to the center of the labyrinth before the girl does. Both were things I felt were wrong. But I wrote a second version which had Jareth singing. He went for David Bowie, and it all went away for about a year. When the script came back, I didn’t recognise any of it. Jim said ‘Can you do a bit more to it? David Bowie doesn’t want to do it anymore because it wasn’t funny anymore.’ It was more or less mine until the part where Sarah goes down the Pit of Hands, which was mine. It’s sort of mine up to the point where she east this apple, which is something Jim wanted to put in and I didn’t like it at all – that’s when I though it was no longer mine, it was nothing I had much to do with."

Terry Jones, excerpt from Life Before and After Monty Python – The Solo Flights of the Flying Circus (ed: Kim “Howard” Johnson, 1993)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/17/04 11:26 PM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

“Eric Idle just wrote to me, and told me he's going to be filming Rutles 2, which is going to be called “All You Need is Lunch” and has asked me if I'll participate and be interviewed about the Rutles' influence about my music. I obviously have said "yes!" This should be an absolute laugh.”

David Bowie, Yahoo! Chat (31 October 2000)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/17/04 11:32 PM
Re: Monty Python [re: ziggfried]  

“[Rutles 2 is] a documentary with my same narrator character, only it’s 30 years later, and he goes around talking to Salman Rushdie, Tom Hanks, James Taylor, David Bowie and Bonnie Raitt about how the world has been influenced, and how their lives have been changed by the Rutles.”

Eric Idle, February 2003

ziggfried
(acolyte)
09/20/04 11:36 AM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

“Jim [Henson] gave me the [Labyrinth] script, which I found very amusing…It’s by Terry Jones, of Monty Python, and it has that kind of slightly inane insanity running through it. When I read the script and saw that Jim wanted to put music to it, it just felt as though it could be a really nice, funny thing to do.”

David Bowie, 1986 (cited in The Complete David Bowie, 2004 edition)

ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/15/05 04:26 AM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

“After the first draft [of Labyrinth] everybody said they loved the story and they thought it was great. Then, about a month later, Jim came up and met with Brian and myself and said that he wanted David Bowie to play the Goblin King. Of course as soon as he said that it blew the whole story because it meant he [David Bowie] would have to appear all the way through the film and he would have to sing.”

Terry Jones, Starburst Winter Special, 1987/88



ziggfried
(acolyte)
07/15/05 04:29 AM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

“I wrote [the Fireys] in because I’d written a song which they sang and as they sang it they performed the actions in the lyrics. It just built up as they got out of hand. They lifted off their heads and one’s tail got up and danced. Then David wrote a song instead. I was a bit intimidated. His song was much better musically than mine and much more interesting but the fact that their heads came off was irrelevant. It wasn’t about the same thing…It was a shame because it would have been a really good number.”

Terry Jones, Starburst Winter Special, 1987/88



ziggfried
(acolyte)
04/27/06 11:21 PM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

"I've known David many years; he's very funny. That's his little-known secret. When I first met him, we used to impersonate dressers, English dressers, and talk like that to each other all the time -- you know, that sort of fey way. [Laughs] He's a hoot -- a very funny guy."

Eric Idle, Entertainment Weekly, 18 March 2005



ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/29/08 09:13 AM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

"Went to bed. Could not get to sleep owing to presence of David Bowie and his acolytes in the hotel. Bowie is currently the hottest touring property in Britain, having recently played to 18,000 in Earl's Court. Tonight Bowie was in Edinburgh - and staying about a couple of doors down on the same floor as myself. They weren't exactly noisy, there was just so many of them. From 2.00 to 3.00 and beyond it was like trying to sleep through the invasion of Poland."

Michael Palin (19 May 1973), Michael Palin: Diaries 1969-1979 - The Python Years (2006), p.117

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/29/08 09:19 AM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

"At 12:00 sauntered down to the lobby - which was filled with the Bowie party's gear, and Bowie attendants. What a relief from roomfuls of grey suits - this morning it was almost as though squatters had moved in. Tall, gangling men dressed in denim moved through the throng like a dozen Jesuses, sharply dressed chicks sat around smoking - everyone wore a relaxed air of confidence - they were, after all, part of the hottest road show in Britain. With our Sunday papers and our conspicuous lack of hangers-on we looked very dull and anonymous.

Outside the hotel was Bowie's splendid personal conveyance, a chunky black and white Dodge Van, which looked like nothing I had ever seen - it was an armoured car, in effect - with thick steel sides and black windows. A stylish version of a Black Maria."

Michael Palin (20 May 1973), Michael Palin: Diaries 1969-1979 - The Python Years (2006), pp.117-118

ziggfried
(acolyte)
05/29/08 09:22 AM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

"The [Monty Python] live show has been a must for pop personalities. Mick Jagger and Bowie have shared a box - rather off-putting, actually, they were right beside the stage - and Ringo has been twice to see it."

Michael Palin (4 March 1974), Michael Palin: Diaries 1969-1979 - The Python Years (2006), p.158

ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/02/08 01:34 AM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

"It may seem that I am merely dropping names here and in fact I am. I've never met John Lennon in my life. But who needs him when you have been raised in the same street as people like Nilsson, H.; Starr, R.; Harrison, G.; John, E.; Floyd, Pink; Zeppelin, Led; Moon, K.; Johns, Capt. WE (Retd.); Bowie, D.; Clarke, Pet; Arabia, Lawrence of; Shankar, Ravi; Menuhin, Yehudi; West, Mae; Distel, S; Ali, M.; Mother, H.R.H. The Queen; Durrells, L. and G.; Fields, Gracie; Coward, N. and seventeen Nobel prizewinners? But see D. Niven's, The Moon is a Babbon, where he tries to avoid the charge of name-dropping by a rather clumsy pretence at humility: 'I just happened to know them...' Cut it out, Dave. When it's time for grovelling leave it to the expert."

Graham Chapman, A Liar's Autobiography Volume VI (1980), p.29



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/02/08 01:43 AM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

"A Carmen Mirandatal host-person with eerily nude legs assisted me to my seat on the Star-Minder-Sit-'Em-Easy-Limo-Loader. As I was glidden hydraulically to my seat in the presidential limo, through the darkened glass I caught a glimpse of Peter [Seller]'s cutout being loaded with intensive care into a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Phantambulance. I pressed the audio 'off' switch on the colour TV and settled back to listen to D. Bowie's 'Kooks' on the car's septemphonic sound system, took a can of diet loganberry Shasta from the bar, and sipped at it in between puffs on a j. of Antarctic Beige, nibbling sporadically from a plastic bag full of mushrooms."

Graham Chapman, A Liar's Autobiography Volume VI (1980), pp.233, 235



ziggfried
(acolyte)
08/02/08 01:50 AM
Re: Monty Python new [re: ziggfried]  

"I stepped out nimbly through the airlock and deftly percolated past Elton John's piano-shaped moon-buggy. He was obviously entertaining David Bowie and Ken Liberace, so I passed on. I knew the next space-vehicle was occupied for an 'at home' evening by David Hockney and Alan Bennett comparing the size of their accents, so I didn't bother with them. I then molested my way past J.B. Priestley, HRH The Queen Mother, David Niven (please note), Peter Sellers, Britt Ekland, Carlo Ponti, Peter Cook and Bo Dudley, 'a' but not 'the' Dr Jonathan Miller, HRH The Very Dead Governor of New Zealand, Noel Coward, George Melly, and Larry and Gerry Durrell. Unfortunately, they all had 'slight chills' that evening."

Graham Chapman, A Liar's Autobiography Volume VI (1980), p.239




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