- James -- who has written a true crime book which will come out soon -- says that the O.J. Simpson verdict is 1% the fault of investigators, 5% the fault of the jury, 30% the fault of the prosecutors and 64% the fault of Judge Ito. Personally, I'd filp the prosecutors' and Ito's numbers there. I hope Marcia Clark and Chris Darden send those jurors Christmas cards each year thanking them for taking so much of the heat;
- Asked about his favorite and least favorite Dylan songs, he he lists "Neighborhood Bully,"and "Man of Peace" from Infidels as tops. He defends "Wiggle Wiggle" from Under the Red Sky -- normally cited as Bob's worst -- and instead goes with "Positively 4th Street" and "Like a Rolling Stone" due to what he feels are their adolescent posing. While I could go about 5000 words on this subject, I'll leave it with this: Infidels is not a good album. Two songs left off it -- "Blind Willie McTell" and
"Angelina"* "Foot of Pride" are ten times better than anything on it. I agree that "Wiggle Wiggle" is unfairly maligned. No one knew it until a couple of years ago, but Bob had a really young daughter he was raising when Under the Red Sky came out, so we should cut him some slack on the juvenile simplicity of those songs. Worst Dylan song: In my mind, "Ballad in Plain D" is a failure on just about every level you can name.
Anyway, he talks about baseball too, so definitely check out the interview.
*OK, Angelina was originally intended for Shot of Love. I sort of knew that once, but forgot it. Still, "Foot of Pride" is better than the songs James names too, so there.