On Minimation, we comb through the archives of legendary New York radio station WNEW-FM and animate interviews with legendary rock artists. This installment is taken from a 1987 interview with George Harrison, where he recalled meeting his fellow Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This minimation was created for Radio.com by MB X McClain.
“I think anything impressed me… in those days!”
By 1987, George Harrison wasn’t impressed with much: after the Beatles called it a day. George made a bunch of solo albums, but by the late ’80s, had slowed down his output considerably, although he’d just returned with Cloud Nine, his first album in five years — a long time between albums back then. That was a top ten album, and yielded the No. 1 hit single, “Got My Mind Set On You.” Another song on the album, “When We Was Fab,” saw him looking back on his days as a member of the Fab Four.
In the interview, Harrison takes umbrage with the way the Beatles’ history was being told. “I think a lot has been written about how John was the big hero. Paul certainly said [Lennon] was our own Elvis. Well, we certainly liked him and loved him like that, but we were all hot to trot.”
The year after this interview, Harrison formed a new band, the Traveling Wilburys, with Bob Dylan (one of his biggest influences) and Roy Orbison, as well as two Beatlemaniacs, Tom Petty and former Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne. Their debut, Vol. 1, was also a top ten album, and was certified triple platinum, proving the George was still “hot to trot,” all those years later.
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