saw The Limey, and here's Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda,
who were very much in their prime in the '60s, only now they're
both pushing 60 and Fonda, especially, has this Haight-Ashbury,
Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test mentality about him, like if you
weren't there, you don't know. It's an interesting take on
things that happened 30 years ago, an interesting look at
the whole '60s generation.
now, I think youth sucks," said Hynde. "I ask
myself, 'Wasn't I more excited about things than they are?'
It's like, 'Tell me something I didn't already know.' What
I say to someone under 30 is, until they produce a few more
extraordinarily wonderful guitar-based bands, give me the
'50s any day."
she approaches 50, Hynde is reminded of the mortal storm,
of the deaths of former Pretenders James Honeyman Scott
and bassist Pete Farndon, who died of drug overdoses within
months of each other almost 20 years ago; of the death of
Tim Buckley, whose music influenced Hynde right up to Samurai
on the latest album, and of Linda McCartney, who took the
cover photo for !Viva El Amor! shortly before she
died of cancer.
these people sort of dropping around us, beaming up or,
being more literal, leaving their bodies," said Hynde.
"You might not think you know what the other side is
like, but one thing you know for sure is that Linda McCartney
and Tim Buckley are over there, and that can't be all bad.
the time you're 48, you know you don't have long, and .
. . if you can't cast off your problems and just say, 'Oh,
fuck it,' if you can't enjoy yourself now, well, it's just
not going to happen, my friend."