British band STARSAILOR sacked eccentric pop producer PHIL SPECTOR because
he was too strange.
The rockers tempted former BEATLES producer Spector out of retirement to
work on their new album SILENCE IS EASY, just weeks before he was arrested for
the murder of actress LANA CLARKSON at his Los Angeles home in February (03) -
found the experience an odd one.
Spector insisted on carrying a talking clock everywhere he went and was so
distant at times, bassist JAMES STELFOX resorted to playing his guitar with
his penis during recording sessions - in a bit to attract the legend's
Stelfox says of his studio stunt, "It was hardly worth it. Phil was off in
his own world. He never saw a thing."
Frontman JAMES WALSH adds, "For a while we went along with his ideas
mostly because of who he was.
"We really wanted to believe that what we were going to experience with
him would be incredible - life-changing, even."
But his strange behaviour left them with no choice but to fire him.
Walsh continues, "We never found out what was wrong with him. He was never
angry, just absent. He would go off in a trance and we couldn't get him back."