19 April 2001
T-Rex Under Bono's Bed
Gavin Friday has told Hot Press in Ireland that Bono's still got all his T-Rex records under his bed.
The comments were made in the latest edition of the Irish rock magazine Hot Press (http://www.hotpress.ie
) in which Friday discusses a version of T-Rex's 'Children of the Revolution' which he, Bono and Maurice Seezer have recorded for Baz Luhrman's new movie, Moulin Rouge.
'There's all sorts of mad stuff on there, like Pride (In the Name of Love) being done by Nicole Kidman and a cha-cha band, and Ewan McGregor singing Like a Virgin,' Gavin Friday laughs. 'The soundtrack's coming out during the summer, on Interscope, and will also include covers by Beck, David Bowie, and Madonna. We're in very, very good company!'
Who's the bigger Marc Bolan fan, him or Bono?
'The way it worked in the '70s is that I bought all the records and he nicked 'em off me! I'm sure if you checked under his bed there's a big pile of scratched T-Rex 45s belonging to yours truly.
'There are two mixes - a 'Bohemian' one and a 'Hermaphrodite' one which is a gay handbag done by a heavy metal band. There are some hysterically high vocals that are going to upset the neighbourhood dogs and a few other surprises that I'll let you discover for yourself.'
The film opens in Cannes this summer and stars Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Kylie Minogue. The trio recorded their track before Bono set off on U2's Elevation 2001 tour.
'It was a lot of fun,' Friday continues. 'T-Rex was always Eddie Cochran hanging out with Phil Spector, so we gatecrashed the party. We recorded it on our own studio, got Biff from Windmill Lane to mix it and that was pretty much that.'