Phil Spector, the loony with the blonde bob who is on trial for shooting actress Lana Clarkson in the face in his his Hollywood mansion, has a biography coming out in which he bags on several famous recording artists.
* Michael Jackson is “the most depressing, heinous thing,” Spector said. “Starting out life as a black man and ending up as a white woman. What’s that all about? But the King [of Pop]? He’s no King . . ”
* On Brian Wilson, the Beach Boys leader and songwriting legend who battled mental illness for years, Spector declared, “I don’t feel sorry for Brian Wilson. I never thought he was that talented to begin with . . . I’d be more impressed if somebody with a brain idolized me.”
* On Tina Turner: “I made her famous, and she resents that . . . But give it up, for God’s sake . . . Why say, ‘[Bleep] you.’ Just leave me alone.”
I’ll give him this much – the Michael Jackson line is funny. Keep reading for when he accuses Bruce Springsteen of plagiarism.
* Bruce Springsteen, who borrowed the “Wall of Sound” technique for his breakthrough hit “Born to Run” in the 1970s, “should have paid me royalties . . . Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery until it becomes plagiarism.” Spector also said the Boss’ career is stale: “He’s protected himself with three new songs and 25 old ones.”
When Brown asked Spector who his closest friends were, he presciently replied, “My attorneys.”
Hell, he’d better hope that they’re the bestest friends in the world! Brown, by the way, is Nick Brown. He’s the author of this tome, “Tearing Down The Wall of Sound” which is coming out in June. The interviews for the book took place only a couple of weeks before Lana Clarkson was found dead in Spector’s home. Yeah. Michael Jackson IS a white woman, isn’t he?