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by Martin Popoff

"Totally! Jack Bruce... well, Jack Bruce mainly (laughs). I was just like, there is me, Jack Bruce and Ian Paice in the studio, or with Simon Phillips, and I'm just looking thinking, 'Wow, this is Jack Bruce' and how may times I queued up in the wind and rain to see him, as a kid. And always admired him as a musician. Suddenly, playing my music on my record. I was totally intimidated for like the first hour, to the point where Jack-and I love him forever for it-put his hand on my shoulder and said, 'Look, I'm here because I want to be here, because I like what you're doing. I like the way you play.' But I kept making mistakes, because I was kind of freaked-out because Jack Bruce was playing on it. And then you've got these other guys involved. I always used to say that I was the least famous guy on the album, and people laugh about it now, but it's true. But the Japanese label had the good foresight to make it happen (laughs)."

Concurrently, Whitesnake's Lovehunter was being made. Fortunately, there was no tug of war for songs going this way and that... "No, there was never any conflict. That was the great thing about the Whitesnake set-up. Because you bear in mind, by Lovehunter, we still hadn't become the world-famous group that it did become. So there was never any problem. But what I was conscious of was that I wanted to do something different from Whitesnake. I thought, what's the point of doing a solo album with me singing, when I've got one of the best singers in the world, you know, in my real job? Plus I was writing kind of melodic songs-I was kind of into American music a bit, and it shows on both of those albums."

Pan forward a couple years, and Bernie's onto his second album...

"Well, Look At Me Now was strange. The other one was kind of worked out in advance. Suddenly, I was #1 in the import charts in the UK, and it was selling for, you know, a lot of money in those days, probably the best part of $20, which was a hell of a lot of money in those days. And it had been #1 for, I don't know, five or six weeks in the import charts. So EMI in England, they picked up the option to release it for the rest of the world. But by that time, I was ready to do another one. And it just happened that I had to do it very quickly, after the first one came out. I think we had five weeks off, so I went to Britannia Row, which was the Pink Floyd studio, and did Look At Me Now, but that was a pretty rushed job, really. That was all written and recorded in three weeks."

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