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Russell Brand's Guide to Threesomes, Pissing Off Christians and Breaking Up Oasis

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Did Britney take that joke seriously?

No, she's a very friendly and sort of sweet girl. Very professional. But I don't feel like I fully penetrated the hymen of her public persona.

I read that Liam Gallagher is blaming you for the latest Oasis blow-up?

Yeah, that was a bit odd. I spoke to Noel about that. Look it's not like you're in a band for years and then you start hanging out with Russell Brand and it's over – as if the two things are mutually exclusive. The only people responsible for the breakup of Oasis are in Oasis. I don't want to be the Oasis Yoko Ono without even getting to have sex with John Lennon!

At the 2009 MTV VMAs, would you have stopped Kanye from grabbing the mike from Taylor Swift if you could?

Kanye is a sufficiently talented human being to come back from that. He'll be all right and Taylor Swift looked quite good. But it was like watching a wildlife documentary, when the leopard goes to kill the little antelope and you're like, "Why wouldn't the cameraman stop it?" That's not their duty, theirs is to observe.

Are rock stars too afraid of that kind of controversy these days? Why apologize? Aldous Snow wouldn't apologize if he had jumped onstage with Taylor Swift, right?

Aldous probably would've eaten Taylor Swift up there. Taylor Swift is obviously a very sweet person, but I can see Kanye's point. I mean, I'm in no position to judge Kanye West because that's the stuff I've done when you jump around, have a few drinks and express yourself!

Afterward do you hang your head in shame or just move on?

I have, necessarily due to my career trajectory, had to master fake apologies. So you know I can administer fake apologies when necessary. What's the technique? While you're saying the apology you think of something else. Imagine your mouth is in another country and your brain is just doing what it wants, perhaps committing a far worse crime.

Your fiancée Katy Perry said you look like Charles Manson, Jesus, Jim Morrison plus a little bit of Elvis. Is that the look you've been going for?

I certainly wasn't trying to cultivate a Charles Manson persona, given some of his atrocious behavior in the late '60s. But I do acknowledge I have long hair and a beard. The problem with Manson wasn't the long hair and the beard. That's fine. A lot of people have long hair and a beard. It's when he induced people to go out and commit murders in his name. That's where the problem came. So I don't mind looking like him, and actually, that acoustic album of his is not that bad.

Then there's the whole carving the swastika into your head...

Yeah, when you put a swastika on your forehead, you burn a lot of bridges. You know what I mean? You can put the Star of David and the Crucifix on either cheek afterwards, but really, the damage is done.

Was there a moment in your career where you just said, "Fuck it, I'm going to go with this over-the-top persona''?

To be honest, we have to return to the Morrissey point of earlier. There's a message I'd like to convey to misfit kids everywhere: There comes a point where not fitting in and being odd and peculiar suddenly turns to your advantage. The whole burden of it is almost mythological, when you are saying, "Oh, I just want to be like everyone else, I just want everyone to like me, I just want to be normal." But then, in time, your curse becomes your blessing. To quote a movie: It's a matter of releasing the kraken! Don't conceal the kraken! It's your greatest weapon.

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