Jeff Buckley

The Sony IRC chat with Jeff Buckley
Fall 1995

Moderator: Stand by... this ain't no MTV Yack..
marsupial: oh. damn.
shyiang: are we talking about the upper right corner?
tanya: hahaha!
Flutter: yes
suzanne: left corner
marsupial: yeah, shyiang
MarieH: Yes shyiang, in blue...You see the guy
shyiang: no...
Moderator: How is everyone?
Flutter: i see him alright
marsupial: he's got an ugly necklace
shyiang: excited
gayle: tanya, jill is here..and highly amused..;)
Flutter: i am using my wild imagination..
shyiang: is he the ocean or the putrid green land?
suzanne: what's with his lip?
tanya: fine, and glad this isn't an MTV yack
Flutter: looks pierced
marsupial: hi moderator:) we're kind of excited
MarieH: He's the water
Flutter: <---excited
Moderator: Jeff is right next to me... one sec!
marsupial: :o
CaRoLEM: : )
jaygee: >B^)
CaRoLEM: 8 )
CaRoLEM: LOL
shyiang: shivering
marsupial: K:P (beanie hat!)
suzanne: hi jeff
CaRoLEM: HiYa Jeffy
MarieH: hey jeff
shyiang: hi Jeff!
Moderator: All questions must be directed to me.. thanks!
JeffBuckl: hello there everybody
Moderator: Let the questions begin!
JeffBuckl: what free watch? oh wait yes i remember
JeffBuckl: last time i had a watch i almost sank to the bottom of my toliet
JeffBuckl: watchs and i dont agree
JeffBuckl: but thanks anyway
Moderator: Shyiang asks "Are you ever coming back to the Starfish Room in Vancouver?"
JeffBuckl: yes, but probably not till 97
Moderator: Bryce asks will you ever play "All Tommorows Parties" live? I have heard you tune
JeffBuckl: i hav'nt planned on it , but as always the impluse may strike me at some time
Moderator: Flutter asks "what are you listening to these days.?
JeffBuckl: grifters
JeffBuckl: jesus lizzard
JeffBuckl: lizard
JeffBuckl: a band from germany called blumfeld
JeffBuckl: shudder to think
Moderator: CaroleM asks "What inspried you to put Smith songs in the middle of Hallelyjah?
JeffBuckl: sebadoh and upside down cross
Moderator: gayle asks "jeff, have you had any formal voice training?
JeffBuckl: i don't know they just sort of fit together in their mood and key as well
JeffBuckl: no
Moderator: Suzanne asks "will you be playing new material on new year's eve? will it be a
JeffBuckl: yes
Moderator: solo show?
JeffBuckl: yes
Moderator: C'mon... sock it to 'ol Jeff..
JeffBuckl: take a moment to think everyone and really sock it to me.
Moderator: Flutter asks "jeff, any poetry to share?
JeffBuckl: nightmares by the sea
JeffBuckl: nightmares by the sea, my lovers lay in coral graves, you know where I will be...
Moderator: Gayle asks "how many new songs have you or the band written since being off tour
Moderator: Suzanne asks "how come you don't like taping at shows
JeffBuckl: one or two, those i've completed on my own. ther are tons of improvisations that we've gotten together andthere will be way more new stuff done by feb. unless i become a fucking genius tonight.
Moderator: Marsupial asks "do you still enjoy touring? or is it getting to be too much?
JeffBuckl: suze. It has to do with embarrassment, my dear. that and the fact that it's distracting to know that people are in the audience taping a private moment one that might suck, actually.
Moderator: Gayle asks "if you could wish for one thing as a christmas present, what would it be?"
JeffBuckl: a brand new ozone layer and the head of Newt Gingrich. Please, Santa, please.
Moderator: Marieh wants to know "Do you think you'll sing Hymne a l'Amour completely in french one day?"
JeffBuckl: Ah! Yes. Someday i will. The french translation is so much more beautiful.
Moderator: Teel wants to know "what's your favorite thing about playing in London?"
JeffBuckl: I don't know , really, but it is always a complete thrill and intimidating in a real healthy way.
JeffBuckl: it's the people if the truth be known. They are terrific and very honest ..they don't like any bullshit on their stage.
JeffBuckl: and yes , i still love touring. it's just that i need to rest and remember who the fuck i am right now.
JeffBuckl: and write a pile of new music.
Mod: Please now direct all questions to me...
Mod: Moderator is dead!
JeffBuckl: hey, by the way Merry Christmas you little beauties, it's good to hear from you. where the hell is el moderatori, i'm treading water out here! fucking hacks, help me!
Mod: Server asks "i wonder what directiobn his new album will take musically and emotionally?"
Mod: In addition, Suzanne asks "are you going in a different direction music-wise from the material on Grace? any new influences?"
JeffBuckl: OOOOOOOOH, god. um. all I can tell you is that I feel like I'm really going to lose my mind making this one.Very different thing. We ,the band and I have really grown over the last two years....the music has a deeper heart to it now. You'll probably think it sounds wierd. Maybe it will repulse you to actually here what I sound like.
Mod: Teel wants to know "why did you play acoustic guitar on idiots last night"?
JeffBuckl: no amp
Mod: Suzanne asks "who else would you like to meet/interview?"
JeffBuckl: i just misspelled "weird"
JeffBuckl: what else?
JeffBuckl: we have time
Mod: Teels asks "What is Dream Brother all about ??"
JeffBuckl: my best friend Chris Dowd. I love him and have known him for years.
JeffBuckl: that's my dream brather
Mod: Flutter --- "jeff, are you currently reading anything?"
JeffBuckl: brother 'i mean
Mod: Gayle --- "what was it like working on patti smith's new album?"
JeffBuckl: Noam Chomsky "Secrets, Lies and Democracy".
Mod: Teel is dying to know if Hallelujah was played and sung at the same time while you were recording it?"
JeffBuckl: the best
JeffBuckl: hallelujah is live to tape
JeffBuckl: Patti was the best to work with.
Mod: Server -- "how much will the three m's contribute to the new album? tunes, lyrics, "orchestration"?
JeffBuckl: a great deal actually. they all come up with really attractive song ideas and i just to Have to make them into songs.
JeffBuckl: but most of the songs will be mine.
JeffBuckl: ther's to many ideas
Mod: Gayle --- "can you expand on meeting/interviewing nusrat?"
JeffBuckl: give me some time , please
JeffBuckl: I was so alive with awe and amazement the day I met him
JeffBuckl: that i WAS TOTALLY SWEPT AWAY . I TALKED WITH HIM AND I FELT HIS VOICE IN MY FACE. I WAS COMMPLETELY STARSTRUCK.
Mod: Shyiang shoots ... "what r you thinking about when up on stage?"
JeffBuckl: SOMETIMES HE WOULD SIT AND STARE INTO THE WALL , SINGING A LOW DARK RAGA NOT NOTICING IWAS ALIVE ONE MOMENT, THEN LOOK AT ME TO INTERJECT SOMETHING TOTALLY UNINTELLIGABLE, HIS ENGLISH NEEDS WORK , BUT STILL I LISTENED LIKE HE WAS TELLING ME " Exactly THE most important thing to know, ever, AND
Mod: And from WWW, "do you rely a lot on uncounscious to write music?"
JeffBuckl: I WAS A TOTAL BLUSHING GEEK. THANK YOU ALISON POWELL
Mod: Teel ponders "Where are some of your favorite places to hang in NYC?"
JeffBuckl: FORGET IT
Mod: Suzanne really really wants to know "do you wear boxers or briefs?What is your drug of choice? girlfriend???"
Mod: Thanks for the "interesting" questions everyone!
JeffBuckl: SOMETHING THAT IS NOT WHAT YOU SUGGESTED
JeffBuckl: DRUG OF CHOICE:
JeffBuckl: THE VAPORS OF MELTING COMPUTERS
JeffBuckl: GIRLFRIEND;
JeffBuckl: SORRY, ALREADY GOT ONE
Mod: Gayle --- "jeff, are you comfortable with people and fans admiring *you* yet?"
JeffBuckl: LOOK AT WHAT I JUST POSTED.IT'S DEMENTED. EMBARRASSING.I GET TO SAY WHAT IMEAN.
Mod: Carolem - "who all is still in the band...and how is the new album coming along?"
JeffBuckl: HELL ,IN A WORD.
JeffBuckl: WE'RE STILL TOGETHER. SOLID . IN LOVE WITH THIS BAND THING.NO ALBUM YET.
Mod: Suzanne -- "what's your favorite guitar?"
JeffBuckl: GOT A BLACK LES PAUL. IT RULES.
Mod: Teel inquires "Is Andy Wallace producing the new album?"
JeffBuckl: NO. I'M NOT THINKING ABOUT THAT RIGHT NOW.
Mod: Three last ones...
Mod: QJPeabody -- "jeff, on what john zorn album did you participate??"
JeffBuckl: NONE.
Mod: MDB... "I'd like to know what songs you might be interested in covering in the future."
JeffBuckl: NONE.JUST LOST ITS TASTE OVER A LONG TIME.
Mod: Last lucky question... "any new artists out there that you like??"
JeffBuckl: YES. THE GRIFTERS SHUDDER TO THINK GAVIN BRYARS "JESUS BLOOD NEVER FAILED ME YET" BEEKEEPER
JeffBuckl: MIND SCIENCE OF THE MIND JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION
JeffBuckl: HOT MONKEY
JeffBuckl: HELIUM
JeffBuckl: SATYAJIT RAY SOUNDTRACK MUSIC
JeffBuckl: (NEW RELEASE)
JeffBuckl: TOO MUCH MORE . I DON'T HAVE ANY MORE TIME , PEOPLE. SORRY
Mod: Thanks Jeff, merry christmas!, thanks Moderator! We love you Jeff!
JeffBuckl: WE'LL DO THIS AGAIN SOMETIME . SEE YOU AT MY FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY AND WE'LL HAVE A SPIT-RACE OLYMPICS AFTER HOURS THEME. C'IAO AMERICCA.

Notes: This was a chat that members of the original Jeff Buckley mailing list (Carol's @ Mordor) participated in, in the Fall of 1995. I do not have record of the specific date and time, nor do I know who every participant was. My friend, Kevin, and myself were using the moniker Teel (his name), in case you're curious.

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