You've heard about that Clive Anderson show on BBC One called Clive Anderson All Talk, the UK chat show where Barry Gibb took exception to some of Clive's comments and walked off the show, with first Robin and then Maurice following close on his heels. Until Bernie Quayle, of Manx Radio on the Isle of Man, managed to get some information about what happened, all of the Bee Gees were silent about that incident.
The following is a partial transcript of an interview CD called Come Home To Ellan Vannin: The Follow-Up, where Maurice Gibb discusses what happened. It is reproduced here by permission from Bernie Quayle. Enjoy!
Incidentally, Clive Anderson asked if I could toss a few questions in. Do you recognize this voice? [imitates Clive] "I think you're a bunch of tossers, too. Yes, it's Clive. This is your life."
[pause, after a bit of laughter]
You were the only one that sat there for a while.
It's funny how it turned out 'cause we didn't think they'd show it, because I thought Clive would be too embarrassed to show it. But it's - 'cause he thought it was - they're setting me up. That's what he thought. He thought we would go back and he'd say, "Got ya!" But we didn't. You know, "I've got ya" would have planted it. We don't mind being ripped apart, but don't rip the songs apart. That's something - 'cause they're like our kids. You know, you don't do that. And we [sic] told us he was gonna be really lovely.
You know, we called ourselves Les Tosseurs, you know, 'cause we put it on the Brit Awards - when we were doing the Brit Awards in London at the Earl's Court. We had dressing room things, and Elton [John] wanted a garden with his so we said, "What's going on?" They were building all afternoon with it while we were rehearsing. And then they built a whole garden with a fountain and everything for Elton and he said, "I was only joking."
Anyway, we put on our door "Les Tosseurs As Seen On Father Ted." Just as a joke, you know, on our dressing room door. So everyone was going around saying, "Who could do that to the Bee Gees dressing room? Who put that on our door?" And everyone was getting real mad because they thought someone was taking the piss on this. And Barry said, "No, we did it." And they went, "Oh! It's very funny, isn't it?" You know? But everyone was looking around for the [bleep] who put that on our door. But that's what it's all about. It's fun. And we thought Clive was gonna be like that.
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