Nardwuar the Human Serviette vs. Flying Lotus
Nardwuar: Who are you?
Flying Lotus: I am Flying Lotus. Hey, what’s up, hey [laughs].
Nardwuar: Flying Lotus, welcome to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Flying Lotus: Why, thank you sir.
Nardwuar: And I got a poster for you here [Nardwuar hands Flying Lotus a Bobby Taylor and the Vancouvers poster].
Flying Lotus: [Laughs] Nice, man. [Laughs] [Looks at poster] Motown, dude, there’s… yeah.
Nardwuar: Motown. Now, Motown is big with Flying Lotus, isn’t it?
Flying Lotus: It is, actually, it is, yeah. My family… it goes back to my grandma and so on, yeah.
Nardwuar:: Please, Flying Lotus, what can you tell me right here [laughs] about Freda Payne, “I Get High” ? [Nardwuar hands Flying Lotus a Freda Payne record]
Flying Lotus: Oh, yeah! Wow, this is awesome, yeah. My grandmother wrote the song for Freda Payne, “I Get High”. Wow.
Nardwuar: Marilyn McLeod.
Flying Lotus: Yeah, Marilyn McLeod, yeah. That’s awesome That’s good, dude, that’s good.
Nardwuar: And it’s a favourite of Wiz Khalifa and rappers too.
Flying Lotus: Yeah, it is. A lot of people sampled this joint, yeah.
Nardwuar: So your grandmother wrote a song called “I Get High”.
FL [Laughs] Well, she did too, so… [laughs]
Nardwuar: So she did that?
Flying Lotus: Yeah, definitely.
Nardwuar: What did she tell you about Freda Payne? What can you tell the people about Freda Payne and getting high?
Flying Lotus: Actually, she told me that this… this actual song that she did, she didn’t know if they had someone else sing it. It was kind of controversial, like it could have been somebody else, actually, and not her, so… I don’t know.
Nardwuar: [Laughs] So we’re not sure if Freda Payne got high or not?
Flying Lotus: Yeah, right, we don’t know. But my grandma did, and she wrote the words, so…
Nardwuar: Did you ever do anything at the Sketchbook?
Flying Lotus: Yeah, dude! I did! That’s great, oh yeah. That was like the first… I think that was the first party that I ever played was at Sketchbook back in the day.
Nardwuar: Now, to prepare you for Seattle, Flying Lotus, I have something I’d like to ask you about. This particular record, John Coltrane… [Nardwuar hands Flying Lotus a John Coltrane record]
Flying Lotus: Right, John Coltrane Live in Seattle. Nice.
Nardwuar: What can you tell the people about your uncle, John Coltrane, Live in Seattle, on this record?
Flying Lotus: Ah… I don’t know. What can you tell me that I don’t know? [Laughs]
Nardwuar: I’d like to know more, a bit about it, it’s recorded at the Penthouse Club.
Flying Lotus: Right, cool.
Nardwuar: And it made me think, “Hmm, the Penthouse Club in Seattle. Maybe Flying Lotus could play there and recreate this record.”
Flying Lotus: Oh what, am I playing there tomorrow?
Nardwuar: No, you’re not.
Flying Lotus: [Laughs] OK!
Nardwuar: Unfortunately you can’t because the Penthouse now is a…
Flying Lotus: Er, I don’t know.
Nardwuar: A parking garage.
Flying Lotus: Oh, is it?
Flying Lotus: Oh, wow.
Nardwuar: So it’s gone, a bit of history gone.
Flying Lotus: You expect me to know that it’s [laughs] a parking garage?
Nardwuar: I thought you were up on the Coltrane.
Flying Lotus: Yeah, I have to know that he’s playing, he played at a place that is now a parking garage.
Nardwuar: I was thinking it would be good for a gig, though. The reason I mention that is parking lot, you’ve probably played a parking garage, haven’t you?
Flying Lotus: Oh yeah, I have. Hearn Street car park, plenty of times, in London. And yeah, it was… Oh dude! I did in Seattle, didn’t I?!Oh, man, you’re good, bro. You’re good. This guy’s good.
Nardwuar: We also have for you another thing I’d like to ask about, another gift. What is your connection to Monica? [Nardwuar hands Flying Lotus a Monica record]
Flying Lotus: [Laughs] “The First Night”. My grandma also wrote the… the original song to this, “Love Hangover”.
Nardwuar: Diana Ross.
Flying Lotus: Wow, man. That’s amazing, Diana Ross, yeah.
Nardwuar: So you’re connected to Monica.
Flying Lotus: Yeah, Monica, Bone Thugs, Will Smith and Styles P and all these random people.
Nardwuar: So does that mean maybe one day you’ll inherit [laughs] those royalties?
Flying Lotus: Ah, you know, maybe. I think I am, actually. I think I’m on the list to get a piece of it, so…
Nardwuar: Flying Lotus, it’s pretty amazing, “Love Hangover”, Diana Ross…
Flying Lotus: Yeah, yeah.
Nardwuar: Your grandmother helped write that.
Flying Lotus: Yeah, she did.
Nardwuar: Diana Ross plays pretty big in your life, doesn’t it?
Flying Lotus: [Laughs] Where’s this gonna lead now, man? What are you gonna say now?
Nardwuar: The Thundercat.
Flying Lotus: [Laughs] Oh, yeah.
Nardwuar: Thundercat’s dad played drums for Diana Ross.
Flying Lotus: Oh, yeah, he probably did, yeah. Ronald Bruner, Senior. Yeah.
Nardwuar: What did Thundercat say about his dad? That’s pretty cool. He did Diana Ross, The Temptations…
Flying Lotus: Yeah, I mean, he’s… he’s a legend, you know, and he’s really a kind of soft-spoken guy. You would never know if you met him, but he’s a really cool guy, Ron Bruner.
Nardwuar: I’d like to give you another gift right here, and it actually relates right here to Thundercat: a Suicidal Tendencies record. [Nardwuar hands Flying Lotus a Suicidal Tendencies CD]
Flying Lotus: Yeah, this is awesome, yeah. Suicidal Tendencies, he plays in this band sometimes.
Nardwuar: What has he told you about it, because if you turn over the record, is that Thundercat right there, rocking out with…?
Flying Lotus: Oh! Yeah, dude! [points to the CD] That’s Thundercat on the back right there. Zoom in on that right there. There it is, right there. That’s my boy, yeah.
Nardwuar: Thundercat. What has he told you… What has Thundercat told Flying Lotus all about? What has he told you about the suicidal punk rock?
Flying Lotus: Dude, he told me that I need to go to one of these shows as soon as humanly possible, because I hear it gets pretty turned up over there, man, people like losing limbs and stuff, pretty insane. I’m ready for that. I need to see that.
Nardwuar: Do you still live near that donut shop from Boogie Nights?
Flying Lotus: Oh, no, not anymore [laughs], not anymore. That’s funny though, yeah. I used to…
Nardwuar: It was like a porn set you basically lived on, and the Boogie Nights thing.
Flying Lotus: [Laughs] Yeah, dude. I used to… Wow! How did you know that? [Laughs]
Nardwuar: You’re Flying Lotus. We gotta know that!
Flying Lotus: [Laughs] You’re pretty good. This guy is crazy. This guy is crazy. Oh my God, yeah, I used to live by… like two locations from Boogie Nights, back in the Valley, San Fernando Valley. Thankfully I don’t live there anymore.
Nardwuar: And you also went to school [laughs] with a famous porn star.
Flying Lotus: My God! You know about Lacey Duvalle. That’s awesome!
Nardwuar: [Laughs] Oh! That’s her name.
Flying Lotus: Yeah, that’s Lacey Duvalle, dude. Yeah, I used to go to school with her, like near the end of high school, yeah. She blew up.
Nardwuar: And has she been on the guest list for any Flying Lotus gigs?
Flying Lotus: No, she hasn’t.
Nardwuar: When did you discover she was a porn star, and how did you?
Flying Lotus: Um, I think I discovered she was a porn star like shortly after… after… a winter break. Because I think she disappeared and it was kind of no one really knew why she left school, and you know, I think… we just… as young men do, we found porn on the internet, and like, “Oh my God! That’s her!” and she’s probably not of age either [laughs]. Which was pretty crazy.
Nardwuar: Your great uncle…
Flying Lotus: John Coltrane.
Nardwuar: What about Ernie Farrow?
Flying Lotus: Oh wow, you know about Uncle Ernie, dude? Wow, you’re good.
Nardwuar: Uncle Ernie. I have a gift for you, Flying Lotus. He played on this particular record by Yusef…
Flying Lotus: Lateef, man.
Nardwuar: [Nardwuar hands Flying Lotus a Yusef Lateef record] If you open it up, what do we see in there?
Flying Lotus: Wow. Oh, there he is, Ernie Farrow. Yeah. My Uncle Ernie. That’s crazy. My grandmother’s… Wow, dude, you’re tripping me out right now, bro. Good job, man [laughs]. This is so weird, because like, I didn’t even really know much about Uncle Ernie because he was just… he was… you know, he was in the background of, you know, a lot of my family, and it was like Alice Coltrane, John Coltrane, and you know, Ernie was… Ernie, you know, I didn’t know much about him. I still don’t, so… I’m gonna, I’m getting hip, really. That’s awesome, dude.
Nardwuar: And he told Alice a lot about jazz and stuff, like he really got down with jazz?
Flying Lotus: Ah, I’m sure he did, yeah.
Nardwuar: Because he played a lot of albums with Yusef Lateef.
Flying Lotus: Yeah, and he’s a dude.
Nardwuar: Have you heard this record at all?
Flying Lotus: No, I haven’t no. Am I missing out?
Nardwuar: Well, it’s your gift, for you!
Flying Lotus: Oh, why thank you sir, yeah. I’m gonna check it out. This is dope.
Nardwuar: Because I was thinking, you’re into the ‘90s era Death Row, what about the ‘80s era Death Row? ‘80s era, I have to give you the World Class… [Nardwuar hands Flying Lotus a World Class Wreckin’ Cru record]
Flying Lotus: Wreckin’ Cru, awesome [laughs].
Nardwuar: Dr Dre’s first crew.
Flying Lotus: Yeah, dude, Dr Dre. Do you have the record where he’s like doing that [laughs – Flying Lotus poses]?
Nardwuar: This is the single from it, Juice.
Flying Lotus: Juice. Nice.
Nardwuar: But I want to ask you a bit about this, was Dr Dre was watching you side-stage at Coachella?
Flying Lotus: No, he wasn’t.
Nardwuar: I thought he was watching you at Coachella.
Flying Lotus: Says who?
Nardwuar: Says the LA Weekly.
Flying Lotus: Shut the fuck up!
Nardwuar: Yeah, that’s what they said in the review.
Flying Lotus: Dude, don’t say that!
Nardwuar: He was watching you.
Flying Lotus: Don’t say that, that’s… that’s too crazy. I can’t handle that.
Nardwuar: Oh, I thought you would know that.
Flying Lotus: I didn’t know that. I did not know it.
Nardwuar: I’m breaking to you that Dr Dre knows of your existence.
Flying Lotus: Don’t tell me that right now! [Laughs] Don’t tell me! I can’t handle that, I can’t handle that. That’s too much. What? No! What?
Nardwuar: Yeah, he really was!
Flying Lotus: I don’t know. I don’t know about this. Really? That’s crazy. Well, OK. Cool.
Nardwuar: Dallas! [Nardwuar hands Flying Lotus a Dallas record] Yes, you have a connection to Dallas.
Flying Lotus: Dallas.
Flying Lotus: Leigh?
Nardwuar: Leigh McClo…
Flying Lotus: Leigh McCloskey?
Nardwuar: Yeah, Leigh McCloskey.
Flying Lotus: He was on the show, huh.
Nardwuar: Yes. What can you tell the people about your connection to Dallas?
Flying Lotus: Gosh!
Nardwuar: He dated Charlene Tilton.
Flying Lotus: No way! Dude…
Nardwuar: He played Mitch on Dallas.
Flying Lotus: You’re fucking [laughs] tripping me out, right.
Nardwuar: So what can you tell the people about Leigh?
Flying Lotus: [Laughs]
Nardwuar: Speaking of album covers.
Flying Lotus: Yeah, Leigh McCloskey, man, he’s… he made the last album cover of mine for the Cosmogramma album, and there was… he’s one of the most inspiring artists that I’ve ever met. And I didn’t know him as an actor, he doesn’t really talk about it, you know. He’s just this crazy, eccentric painter, philosopher guy who lives out in Malibu, and he’s really, really inspired me. And you know, I was really honoured to have him do my artwork last time, so… That’s crazy, though. This is awesome. What a day. [Laughs] What a day, dude.
Nardwuar: Well, thanks very much, Flying Lotus. Anything else you want to add to the people out there at all?
Flying Lotus: This guy’s crazy, and thank you guys for tuning in. Oh man, so weird. This is so weird. [Laughs]
Nardwuar: Well, thanks very much, Flying Lotus, keep on rocking in the free world, and doot doola doot doo …
Flying Lotus: Huh… huuuuuhhh.