Interview for Wings Fun Club • Circa June 1974

Interview for Wings Fun Club newsletter

Press interview • Interview of Denny Laine • Recorded May 02, 1974
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Wings Fun Club
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This interview of Denny Laine, focused on his first album “Ah… Laine!”, was published in the Wings Fun Club newsletter. Only a couple of questions are related to Wings.

Denny Laine, the great man himself. He’s been in the music business since I first raved about ‘Love Me Do’ by ‘The Fabs’. At twelve he was in a band called Barry Hall and the Hepcats, at fifteen formed Denny and The Diplomats, and in 1965 had his first No 1 singing ‘Go Now’ as vocalist with The Moody Blues. He got bored with The Moodies and formed the Electric String Band and later Balls. In the early ’70’s he spent a short time with Ginger Baker’s Airforce. In 1971 he received a phone call from Paul McCartney.

Well tell us about your solo album Denny?

“Ah… Laine! Most of the songs are two years old-recorded in England and LA. I wanted to go to LA as I’d never been there before.”

Is there a great difference between the British and U.S. studios?

“I really liked it over there, it’s very casual. I went with Ian Horne, one of the Wings roadies, who helped me produce the album. When I was over there I met one of my old mates, Dave Mason, formerly of Traffic. You know those exercise programmes they have on TV in the morning. Well Ian and I were getting fit and jumping around banging on the floor. The lady in the flat below rang up to complain about the noise. It was Dave’s wife. Dave is featured on one of the tracks, and apart from John Moorshead, Steve Thompson and Colin Allen, I play all the instruments on the LP.”

Denny, why did you change your name from Brian Hinds?

“That was my nickname at school in the gang I used to hang around with. At fifteen we had this band called Denny and The Diplomats. We all dyed our hair blonde and wore black crocodile skin suits. That hand didn’t last too long; everybody thought we were queers. Also I wanted to move to London, but all the other members had jobs and ties. Bev Bevan was a bank clerk and things like that. With The Moodies we had this house in Roehampton. The Beatles broke just before we did, and they used to come round to the house to drink and listen to records. After The Moodies, I spent a time in the Canary Islands, here I met this bloke who played a flute, called Charles Butler Jackson, he was dodging the draft. Then before joining Wings I was in Andalucia, southern Spain, living with gypsies and leaming flamenco guitar. Actually, I’ve just found out that my great grand-mother was a gypsy.”

What are your favourite tracks off the album?

“The first one I did was ‘Talk To The Head’, but it turned out a bit messy. I also love ‘Destiny Unknown’.”

And Baby CaroIine?

“That’s a sort of Marilyn Monroe type story.”

‘Sons of Elton Haven Brown’, what happens at the end of that one?

“Oh, that’s about three brothers, they see their Indian mother murdered by three men and become very bitter towards society. They go around robbing and killing. Beniamin, the eldest, tries to rob a bank and gets shot. So Elton Haven Brown and his two sons ride to Blenheim Town on the dey of the last delivery.”

A showdown?

“yes, they all get shot in the end.”

Mike McGear, Paul’s brother, comes over. He’s eying the last copy but one, of Denny’s album. He’s not too hopeful when he hears we’ve only just managed to get our copies after five months.

Denny, what were your musical influences?

“I’ve always loved South American Country Music. People like Django Rheinhard and Diz Disley. My elder brother who’s about sixteen years older than me was an electronics wizard, so I was encouraged to be musical. I’ve also got three older sisters.”

What albums do you listen to at home?

“I usually borrow records and then put them on tape, but the last album I bought was the theme music to ‘Felix The Cat’, but I’m a great Blues fan. I love Billy Holiday, Woody Guthrie and Scott Joplin. And apart from music I love cars. I’m having one built at the moment. I’ve partly designed it. It’s a group six, a rally car with a Porsche engine.”

How do you feel about all the Beatles reforming rumours, does it make you feel at all insecure?

“No, not really. Paul’s not getting Wings together just to leave and reform the Beatles.”

What are the future plans for Wings’?

“As soon a the band’s finalised, we’ll fly to Nashville to rehearse for a tour of probably Australia and then the States. The time to go to Australia is when it’s summer over here. And as for the States, well if our records keep going to No 1 over there, then that’s the place to go!”

Sue and I look a bit disappointed, it’s been nearly a year since the last British tour.

”The time most bands tour the U.K. is ’round about February to May. But it’s possible that we might do some of the big festivals in England. We don’t know yet. Paul’s already written some songs for the next album, and I expect I’ll have some for it.”

McCartney-Laine compositions, are there any more to come like ‘No Words’?

“What usually happens is that I get so far, then get stuck. I wrote the first few verses to “No Words” and couldn’t get any further. I took them to Paul and he added his little bit of magic. I sometimes help Paul with his songs too.”

What about ‘Red Rose Speedway’. Originally this was to be a double LP. What’s happened to all the songs that were not used?

“It’s possible that we might release them later on an albums.”

At this point in the interview, Paul came over and:

When did you write ‘Go Now’, then Denny?

“I didn’t write that one.”

Oh you didn’t?

“No, but I wrote the one before that. Better, but not a hit: ‘The Fall of The Roman Empire’.”

Linda: “By Caesar P.” […]

An Exclusive Interview with Denny.

Thursday 2nd May, 4.30pm – Denny Laine still hasn’t turned up for an interview set for 3.30. He’s sorry but he’s having a lovely time at a party thrown for Scaffold by Warner Brothers. Trevor, one of the Wings roadies offers to go and drag him out, and half an hour later Denny breezes into McCartney Productions. We all go into a spare office: Denny’s drinking some strong black coffee and saying he’s perfectly willing to do the interview but Sue and I will have to come over to the party ‘cos it’s really great over there. After about ten minutes of humming and hawing and us apologising for dragging him away from his party and suggesting the interview be set up for another time, he suddenly gets up, “Come on girls”.

Down in ‘The Den’ of Warner Brothers everyone is very friendly. Linda is very sweet and greets us warmly. “Hi, how are things going?” We talk briefly about hotdogs and whether the Macs are still vegetarian; they are on and off, but aren’t so strict about things nowadays. Meanwhile Denny’s fixing us a Bacardi and… Oh, there’s no coke, ”Will lemon do?” Yes, lemon’s just great. There’s some incredible music blasting out of the Hi Fi: something about James Dean. And….. we’re all sitting very comfortably.

It’s getting late. We’ve been chatting for nearly two hours. Outside on the street we wait for Denny to come up, so that we can take a few photos. Paul, Linda and Mike drive past and Paul gives us a toot on the horn. We smile and wave, and think how nice he is, not at all ‘Big Time’ despite all the adoration and glory he had in the Beatles.

Denny comes up and we take the photos, then all walk round to Soho Square, it’s been a lovely interview. We must do it again sometime. We thank him and wave goodbye as he drives off in his Bentley.

Denny Laine: one of the best, you can’t help but be fond of him. We leave slightly worried – if it hadn’t been for his manager, ‘Ahh.. Laine’ would never have been finished. Above all this album proves Denny to be a great songwriter. The vocals from the first groove to the last are superb. ‘Ahh.. Laine’ is a showcase for Denny’s undeniable talent. A great album…………………….

What’s that? You haven’t got your copy yet? Well, for goodness sake drop everything right now. You can finish this newsletter later. Get to your record shop quick! You never know, Mike McGear might be at your local store right now buying the last copy.

Record no. of ‘Ahh.. Laine’ SWZ 2001A. The Wizard label

Last updated on August 4, 2022


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