The format of the interview is a morning talk-show, casual interview. I believe this works in favour of the interviewer as it is very organic. The interview flows through insightful conversation revealing information and insights on The Smiths and Morrissey’s thoughts on music videos without agenda. The questions, therefore, follow a logical sequence reflecting Morrissey’s thoughts on the matter and enabling Paul Gambaccini to create new questions with the information he has just received.
Morrissey is a notoriously hard interview, often regarded as a narcissistic rambler, and the Morning show gives him just enough space to prevent ranting while allowing for meaningful insight. The interviewers give him time when he touches on points about his distaste for the music video, however, interject with relevant questions, e.g. asking if the music video is just a contemporary expectation akin to colourful record sleeves. I believe this helped give Morrissey’s answers depth.
I did gain a new perspective on The Smiths from this interview. Morrissey was the leader of the band so it’s easy to see why his disdain for music videos meant an aloof attitude towards music videos from the band. He states he would like to see “the complete collapse of the video” and calls it “pantomime and trivial”. This plays into The Smiths reputation as an anti-establishment band, however, their music is certainly not akin to those in the Sex Pistols and punk scene.
The interview also broaches on the subject of the name “The Smiths”. Fans gained knowledge on the reasoning behind the name, and essentially it was because of the ubiquitous and bland nature of the name. Being commoners from Thatcher-era Manchester this notion of the commoner becoming a global force such as a notorious rock band is quite powerful and a great tidbit from the interview.
I believe the point of the interview was to rationalise The Smiths resentment for music videos while providing a meaningful discussion of their anti-establishmentarianism, and it succeeds on both fronts. In accordance with my research on both how to, and how not to interview someone, I believe this is a good interview.
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Paul Gambaccini, Paul. “Morrissey Interview (Good Morning Britain) (1984)”. YouTube. N.p., 1984. Web. 14 Mar. 2017.