October 25, 2017

"The elephant in the room is that we’re sort of talking about the double-headed dragon of the Rolling Stone interview and the Playboy interview."

A man and his metaphors:
At 32 and obsessed with outsmarting the idea of a “clichéd rock star,” he explained, “I started to invent my own grenade.” (His big mouth.) He was “a Mack Truck without brakes.” Tabloid fame was “a human-growth hormone” and “extracurricular stuff” anyway, Mr. Mayer said. “I basically realized I’m no good at that, so I’m going to drop that major.” Also: “What I did was probably semiconsciously just reboot it — control, alt, delete.” “It was an induced coma.” His career had “flatlined.” “It was cat and mouse,” he said, “and the mouse lost.”

Now approaching 40, “I’m old enough to look back on my life and go: ‘That’s probably the photonegative shot in ‘Behind the Music,’” Mr. Mayer said. “Coming up after the break — boom — the downfall.”
From "John Mayer Knows He Messed Up. He Wants Another Chance" (NYT).

18 comments:

Ralph L said...

This is the guy who released photos of then girlfriend Katy Perry without makeup. Cruel bastard!

Curious George said...

He was banging Katy Perry? He's had chances enough. Fuck 'im.

Ralph L said...

George, only if she wears her makeup to bed, and assuming the big boobs are a permanent feature. It was a most unflattering picture (she'd just woke).

AReasonableMan said...

He is not a very good guitar player.

Laslo Spatula said...

I'll always give the guy credit for this:

John Mayer with Dave Chapelle.

"In the introduction to this sketch from Season 2 of the Chappelle show, aired in 2004, Dave Chappelle recounts some of the negative feedback that he had received for presenting what he refers to as “racially charged sketches.” He concedes that stereotypical jokes can often lack subtly, and for this sketch, decides to reassess the idea that “white people can’t dance” – a stereotype often perpetuated by whites and blacks alike. Chappelle puts forth his hypothesis: white people can indeed dance as long as they’re listening to the right music. With help from guitarist John Mayer, Chappelle tests his hypothesis in a variety of settings, including a “control group” of Latino and African Americans. The final scene includes an “impromptu” encounter with a pair of police officers - one black and one white - and concludes with the maxim, “people of earth, no matter what your instrument, keep dancing.”

I am Laslo.

EDH said...

Wast it Russell Brand who released those photos of Perry waking up in bed without makeup?

richlb said...

He's actually a pretty nice dude in real life. Our company has worked with him and he's funny, self-aware and just an all around good guy.

richlb said...

And it was Russell Brand who tweeted out the Katy No Makeup photo. She still looked hot. I didn't see the big deal.

gratefulgee said...

AReasonableMan said...
He is not a very good guitar player

Check him out at a Dead & Co. show.

rehajm said...

I think he watched Riann Wilson in Juno way too many times.

Patrick said...

ARM, I'm gonna start questioning your judgment! You may not like his music, but he is undoubtedly a very skilled and talented guitarist

Birches said...

The thing is, Meyer is more talented than most of the hacks at the top of the charts. But his face was made for TeenBeat, not Shredder. So he went for the money grab of TeenBeat and it got boring quickly. None of this seems very surprising.

Ralph L said...

Apologies to Mayer. Perrry is such a slut, it's hard to keep track of her bedmates.

AZ Bob said...

I covered his cover of Every Day I Have the Blues:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mUlbMWIfCg

Patrick said...

Nice job AZ Bob.

William said...

I'm not familiar with his work, but he used the n word in a Playboy interview and lived another day. Does anyone know what he said wrong in the Rolling Stone interview?

Joanne Jacobs said...

That double-headed elephant dragon sounds scary.

Fabi said...

Eric Clapton says John Mayer is a "master guitarist". He may be a little better judge of guitar talent than most others.