Haha, a couple weeks ago, The San Francisco Chronicle had a rough time
sparring with interviewing Bloc Party‘s frontman, Kele Okereke. Okereke is known for being outspoken, but rarely have I seen an interview of him collapse into such bitter contentiousness. He truly makes Van Morrison look cheery. Found via No Rock And Roll Fun:
Q: In just two years you went from being a university student to this indie-rock icon. Did writing these songs help you process all that?
A: Um, um, no, not really. Quantify just what you said there. Give me an example. I don’t understand what you’re asking.
Q: Did writing these songs …
A: Yeah, don’t repeat what you just said.
Q: I can hear you trying to work a lot of things out.
A: I don’t know what you’re getting at, but I think it’s time for the next question.
Q: Why are you such a hard interview?
A: No, I’m not. You clearly haven’t really listened to the music because you’re not asking anything about the record. I don’t mind. I don’t know. Perhaps we should call it a night (Okereke’s publicist jumps in: “Yeah, if you don’t have any questions about the record, perhaps we should revisit this at another time?”). Perhaps not.
I don’t blame Kele for being pissy, though: these questions suck. They are so vague that they are unanswerable.