GW - I have read, many times, that you were supposed to have modelled your drumming on Ringo Starr’s
RB – That’s one of those self perpetuating stories. I don’t know where it started but someone reads it, writes another piece, includes it again, and so on. It’s not true, I couldn’t sound like Ringo if I tried
GW - Nor could Ringo
RB – laughter
GW - Mind you, he couldn’t play like you if his life depended on it.
RB - Ah well, different styles that’s all, lets leave it at that.
GW - What was the start of Tonight at Noon all about, I have always wanted to know that.
RB – Well, it was a production thing. In between song’s on an album there is usually just silence, we wanted to make it seem we were recording them straight through in one take, just for fun really, so there were often silly bits between them, imitating studio sounds really.
GW - Yeah but the eggs eggs eggs bit?
RB - There was a party at my Mums and Paul & Steve ( Brooks ) came round for a few beers, I ended up cooking breakfast and I can only do eggs, so that was the menu, Monty Python style, did you have to ask me that?
GW - Did you ever practice at your Mum & Dads
RB - No, no you must be joking, I wasn’t allowed a drum kit the house, I wasn’t allowed in all that often myself either.
GW - I’m not surprised - so you never had a Drum kit at home?
RB - Oh yeah, I had one set up in the loft in my house in Lightwater, in 1980.
GW - By then you were famous, so the neighbours didn’t ever complain, right?
RB - I think she would have done, but she suffered from Agoraphobia, so she couldn’t get out to complain anyway.
GW - maybe she was tone deaf as well
RB - She was in the end
GW - Very funny, but wasn’t there a Police Station opposite.
RB - Yeah, but they were all Jam fans, they never complained about the noise, only if I played out of time.
GW - Who was that guy who used to hang around with all the musicians?
RB – Is this a joke? oh, that old chestnut again, go on then. The drummer ( falls around laughing ) Yeah very funny…. Knock Knock
( who’s there )
RB - Rick
( Rick who )
RB - That’s show business for you. It’s your round!