And it was very successful. When it became focused on the more commercial elements, we started writing songs. Anyone can write songs. The thing about Purple was that it was always about finding something exciting to do. I want to get back to where you were in — bold, not pandering to radio. Suddenly we had somebody who took the reins. Last year was the fiftieth anniversary of you joining Deep Purple. Did you have a party to celebrate?
To be honest, nobody in the band was even aware of it. I hate to disappoint you, but no. There have been so many anniversaries: joining the band, making In Rock, making Machine Head. We all have full and active lives away from the band. Retire from what? The only member who has appeared on all their albums, he joined the band as a freshfaced year-old back in The problem is so will everyone else.
For a band who were talking about making their last album two albums ago, Whoosh! Now What?! For the first time in a long time we actually enjoyed being in the studio. It was a breath of fresh air having Bob there, getting us to create a record efficiently and quickly.
I spent ten days in Nashville and then got the hell out of there. InFinite took seven days. This one I was there for eight days. If you make records quickly they generally come out okay.
It can happen… Deep Purple is like a bunch of privates in an army with no generals. Everybody wanders around doing what they want to do, and nothing gets done. I used to. Hanging around in the studio and doing nothing is soul destroying. That title, Whoosh! That the past fifty-plus years have gone by in a flash. Domestically, yes. But in terms of the band, no. I can remember all the times, good and bad.
We could be here and gone that quickly. There are some great lyrics on the album. Does Ian Gillan get the credit he deserves as a lyricist?
As long as it was called hard rock. It had so many strings to its bows. Maybe it was detrimental to our success. Purple have never been the cool kids. Does that irritate you? No, not at all. Two summers ago, you said you were ready to retire at the end of that Deep Purple tour. Have your bandmates refused to accept your resignation? Well, there's lots of things. One thing is, at the time that, the 'Long Goodbye Tour' was supposed to be the end. I have since discovered that the other band members of Deep Purple are actually from an alien civilization and they took human form.
They have a lifespan of year or so, so they're not even middle-aged yet. That's a problem for me because I'm not from that. So I don't know if I can live long enough to keep up with these guys. We'll see. I'm working hard on my physical limitations and practicing everyday and working on different ways of playing, you know, where the bad bones in my wrist are not stopping me.
But I have had to change technique over the last several years. That's bought me some more time, for sure. I eat differently too. I'm on a non-inflammatory diet. I'm eating healthier than I ever thought I would. Interesting My wife and I just got into turmeric tea, and we're feeling pretty good. Yeah, that's pretty neat. I've always thought that I'd be eating stuff that came from Dow Chemicals, where it would never age and you could eat it 30 years later and it would be exactly the same Laughs.
Your bandmates in Deep Purple really never want to stop touring. What about your bandmates in Flying Colors? Did you ever tell them that you were done. They're the same way, but they're younger, generally. Dave [LaRue] isn't, but the rest of the guys are. The key to future greatness lies in the pulsating malevolence of Mandrake Root , a track every bit as good as anything on Machine Head.
Purple were on a hiding to nothing with Come Taste The Band. Despite those comments, we reckon Come Taste… is a brilliant record. Super-slick, hyper-glossy and imbued with a soaraway 70s vibe, it makes one crave for the follow-up that never was. Purple are at the height of their powers, straddling an indelicate line between intense and indulgent, monstrous-sounding and meandering. It helped that the concept of a rock band playing gigs in the far-flung Far East was impossibly exotic in the early 70s, giving the album a real cachet.
To many people, only carat Purple will do. I know we carried on with David [Coverdale] and Glenn [Hughes] and then Tommy [Bolin], but it was never quite the same.
The inspirational arrival of the singing salesman from Redcar and the Cannock funkster gave Purple a new sense of purpose, however briefly. If Machine Head has become over-familiar, then Fireball is ripe for rediscovery. This album was a turning point. The band had hit on a unique, loose-limbed formula and were determinedly carving their own niche.
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