Music Matters - Bernard Butler





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Published on May 3, 2011

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Written by: Lee Gingold and Bernard Butler
Directed by: Lee Gingold, Daren Turner, Giles Dill.
Character Designs by: Darren Turner
Original Score: Bernard Butler

This is Bernard Butler he played lead guitar for Suede McAlmot and Butler. Now he produces and plays on albums for people like Burt Janich, Black Kids, Duffa, The Libertines, and Kate Nash.

When I was a kid I saw a picture of my dad with a big quiff and shades just like Roy Orbison. I have to admit that I got a bit confused and for a while I actually wondered if my Dad was Roy Orbison. On the record sleeve he had a big red guitar and I loved the way it looked. The way he looked playing it.

And when I was a teenager I saw Johnny Marr playing a cherry red Gibson 355 for the Smiths. I feel in love with the sound it made. I guess that's why I've always had such a big thing for cherry red Gibsons and the people who play them...

Chuck Berry, Keith Richards...

All I wanted to do if I could be a guitar player was play my own cherry red Gibson and make records like the people I loved. I'm lucky that I get to do that everyday now. Sometimes I'm playing guitar...and sometimes I'm recording other people. I can even let people play my 355 when I record them.j One of the strangest things that happened to me was playing on a Roy Orbinson song for a film soundtrack...it was Roy's voice recorded before he died and I played the guitar bit over the top.

I suppose that's what's special for me. It doesn't matter whether you're playing lead guitar, producing a record or banning away on a triangle at the back of the room. It's all about being involved in this incredible thing...

That's what is really important...and that's why music matters.

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