"It was about a hypersensitive high school kid being pretentious and annoying, and it was made a by a hypersensitive high school kid being pretentious and annoying. I watched a lot of Fellini in my bedroom. And there was also that weird wave of super-mannered 80s movies, like The Chocolate War, where one person would be standing really close to the camera looking off in the distance and the other person would be 12 feet behind them looking in a different direction. There would be a big blue light cast across the whole thing, and they’d say things like, ‘Next year’s not going to be the same, man,’ and the other guy would be like, ‘I know. But are we going to be the same?’ All that kind of crap. That was a real thing."
— James Murphy on the VHS movie he made as a teenager. He’ll get a chance to better that effort when he directs a short film early next year— read our interview with him about the upcoming project here.
"You know how you think you’re going to meet André and he’s going to be totally cool? He’s actually way cooler. I was pretty awestruck. And I was really stunned at how good Damon and André are as technical musicians. Far better than me. They could both sit down and play the piano really well, and I was just like, ‘Um, I can hit stuff.’"
— James Murphy talks to us about collaborating with Damon Albarn and André 3000.