Because of Jim’s legal troubles, the band was having a hard time playing in the States. Were you looking to tour more in Europe until things cooled down?
“Actually, the Isle Of Wight show was the only European thing we did at that point; we’d done some things over there earlier. I think Jim couldn’t even leave the country – he had to get special permission to do that one gig.”
In the documentary, you talk about the fact that Europe was a little slow to embrace the band.
“Yeah, that was funny: They were almost a year behind America, so we were somewhat unknown pretty much when we first went over there. It was nice, actually, because they didn’t have so many preconceived ideas about us. England was always up on everything, but in France and the Netherlands, Sweden, things took a little longer to happen.”
Did anything surprise you in any of the clips for R-Evolution?
“One thing I wished was that we had some even earlier stuff, before Jim got those horrible haircuts. [Laughs] Somebody made him go to Jay Sebring for a haircut, and he came back with the sideburns and stuff. I thought it made him look stupid.
“My favorite video is Wild Child, the one that’s just us playing in the studio. It was pretty cool to see how a record is recorded, with the false stops and starts. I like that kind of stuff.”
You mentioned that Jim and Ray didn’t think about videos too much initially, but because they had gone to film school, were they tougher on directors than, say, you and John?
“Not really. Making the films and videos back then, you couldn’t tell those people anything. It was all unions and stuff – they’d say, ‘Do this, do that,’ and you either did it or you’re gone. But one other thing in the film I did like was LA Woman, which Ray directed. That was pretty cool, I think. Maybe there’s a little too much cutting, but overall it’s pretty hip. You know, if things had turned out differently, if Jim came back from Paris, I’m sure that we would’ve gotten way into video. But things just happened the way they did.”