Big Star Reference had the opportunity to interview Big Star
bassist Andy Hummel in May of 2002.
BSR: Do you remember what bass guitar(s) and
amps you used on #1 Record and Radio City?
ANDY: I had a blonde-neck Fender Precision Bass. I also occasionally
used the studio's house bass which was a Hofner. I owned a Kustom
bass amp but never used it in the studio. We nearly always recorded the
bass direct through the console.
BSR: What was your inspiration in writing "The
ANDY: I was really into Joni Mitchell's "Blue" at the time and kind
of trying to imitate her. Also I was upset about a girlfriend
who had dumped me and feeling very depressed and escapist.
BSR: In "Way Out West" the lyrics change
from a 3rd person perspective (verses) to a 1st person perspective (chorus).
Was this intentional? As I recall, Jody sings the track. What led to that
ANDY: I never thought about person before. I guess it just came out
that way; sort of describing the situation then appealing directly to Linda
to come home. I didn't sing very well I'm afraid, although I probably
could have done a bit if I hadn't been so self conscious and had tried
a little harder. Anyway, Jody had never sung one and was interested,
so why not?
BSR: Do you have or know of any live recordings
of Big Star with yourself on bass?
ANDY: Not live, no. I have oodles of interesting studio out-takes
however, some of which are essentially live, in the sense that we played
in the studio set up as a band and did not overdub to speak of.
BSR: You suggested in an interview with Jason
Gross (July 2001) that you had a very troubled relationship with
Jim Dickinson. Could you expand on the origins of this relationship
and what transpired regarding it?
ANDY: I hardly know the guy actually. I made that remark about
him in the Perfect Sound interview because he had previously said something
rather ugly about me in print, which I found particularly offensive since
I don't really know him and cannot recall ever having played with him.
BSR: Have you talked with Jody over the past
year regarding any possible reunion show/recording?
ANDY: I don't believe so. I can't recall speaking with Jody
since my mother's funeral in June 2000.