Outtakes with Harlan T. Bobo

Posted by Chris Herrington on Fri, Apr 9, 2010 at 1:33 PM

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Harlan T. Bobo celebrates the release of his third — and potentially best — album, Sucker, with a concert Saturday night at the Hi-Tone Café. Bobo will also play a free in-store at Goner Records Tuesday at 6 p.m.


Sample the lead track from Sucker, "Sweet Life," here:

We've got a feature on Bobo in this week's Flyer. But there was plenty of interesting interview material that we didn't have space for in the paper, so here are a few outtakes from our interview with Bobo:

On his wife's beachfront ice cream shop in the south of France:

My wife has an ice cream shop on the beach in Argilles. So we make ice cream. Eight tons for three months worth of ice cream. It's hell. It sounds like heaven but it is absolute hell.

I've gone there the past three years now for six months in the summertime. This year I'm just taking care of the baby while she works, which will be blissful given the option of actually working in that place.

It's horrible. I work construction and I've had some really horrible jobs. I've never had a more physically demanding job than this ice-cream store. We work like 18 hours a day in the summer time. It's a tourist beach where like 2,000 people walk by the store every hour. People quit left and right. Last year she was pregnant and people were dropping like flies, so she worked up until the day she had the baby and went back five days later with the baby. We had him in the laboratory. That's where we make the ice cream.

On not quite fitting into the Goner scene:

I had rented a car that had satellite radio and I'm flipping through all these stations thinking, where do we fit in? I really like the bands I play in. My own, I can't tell you. But the Limes and Deathray and Jack [Oblivian]. I like these bands. Why can't they fit in there.?

I really like a lot of the people I know from Goner. They're a pretty hard audience because they listen to so much music. It's really the place I'm comfortable in. That's where I'd like to play. But so far I have not made the music that these people are interested in hearing.

On the temptation to quit making records:

Most of it is I'm still trying to get it right. Do you quit and give up or do you keep going until you do it right? That's a tough decision to make. I should jump ship as a protest. Hey, all the weeds, c'mon, let's get out of the garden. Let's just give it up and leave it to the people who know how to do it.

On wishing he could leave himself out of it:

That's really why I dodged the $5 Cover thing. The whole backstory of a musician is starting to outweigh the music. When I grew up, I didn't know what Harry Nilsson did. It was just a dude in a studio. You saw pictures of a dude and his friends having fun in the studio and you thought, yeah, it's fun to make music. I want to do that. You didn't hear that he was an alcoholic and he was avoiding his son, and all that.

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