Summarized by 'Marc A. Schindler'
Tal not quite a chip off the Bachman block
Edmonton Alberta Canada Journal 04Feb00 A2
By Sandra Sperounes: Journal Music Writer
EDMONTON ALBERTA CANADA -- Tal Bachman appears at Red's, a nightclub at
the West Edmonton Mall (the world's largest shopping centre), this
evening and was interviewed by the Edmonton Journal's music editor. The
interview covers much of the same ground as an earlier interview in the
Toronto-based National Post but plays up some of the artistic
differences between Tal and his famous father, Randy Bachman. His active
LDS status is played up, with the following points being made:
1. He has "more than four" children but any discussion of his immediate
family and his private life is strictly off-limits; one of his keys to
success is segregating his life as an entertainer from his private life
(something he credits his father with teaching him)
2. In mock shock, the interviewer reveals that all of his children have
the same mother -- "How will Tal ever live that one down in the raunchy
world of rock 'n' roll?" she asks, tongue-in-cheek.
3. Both father and son are referred to as devout Mormons, but "not Bible
4. Tal won't play on Sundays and even turned down a West Coast Music
Award because it was on a Sunday. Neither will he accept any alcohol or
tobacco sponsorship (although he admits he did once play a gig funded by
[Canadian tobacco brand] duMaurier, but he didn't know about the
sponsorship until he actually arrived at the venue); he doesn't allow
drinking or smoking in his dressing room.
The interview covers his opinions on other musicians, and not even his
father is spared from a bit of gentle criticism, "imitating Randy's
excited rant-like style of speaking: 'There's too many chords in this
song! All you need is two chords, bass and drums!' bellows Tal in full
Randy mode. 'That was all that "Taking Care of Business" had. I don't
now why you don't write songs like that!'" He wonders where Britney
Spears' father is and why he allows her to prance around on stage
dressed the way she is.
He comes across as so normal and well-adjusted that it's "weird." "There
he goes again, bucking the trend," the interviewer concludes.