It’s generally acknowledged that Ray Manzarek is the most annoying interview for music fans to have to sit through in all of rock history. Even the 36-second clip of an upbeat Ray talking about the continued popularity of The Doors is a little annoying. Beyond Manzarek, however, there’s probably some strong competition for the #2 slot. This came up recently while I told my close personal friend, Townsman andyr, about a the Lynyrd Skynyrd portion of a surprisingly good Al Kooper interview that I read in TapeOp.
“Oh man,” he said at the mere mention of Kooper’s name, “he’s a close second to Ray Manzarek for most-annoying interview in rock!”
I agreed, although his recent TapeOp interview is surprisingly free of all the things that typically bug me about listening to an Al Kooper interview: the “Like a Rolling Stone” story; the inflated notion that “This Diamond Ring” is a good song; the notion that Blood, Sweat & Tears was in any way a worthwhile contribution to humanity. Beyond content, though, maybe what annoys us about some interview subjects is their delivery. Following is Kooper telling his most tired tale:
Here you can find a whole 20 minutes of Kooper on NPR’s Fresh Air, wheeling out all the self-aggrandizing tales in that faux low-key hipster way that is meant to suggest his shit doesn’t smell. Ugh.
Until proven otherwise, Al Kooper gets my vote for second-most annoying rocker to have to listen to interviewed. Agree or disagree?