Richard Ashcroft can be a difficult (or at least weird) interview. For proof, let’s go to the video.

I interviewed Richard Ashcroft exactly once back in 1993 when The Verve (they still had the “The” in their name back then; that’s how far back this was) and he was fine. A tiny bit loopy, but that could be chalked up to the fact that he’d recently recovered from a serious case of dehydration that required urgent medical attention.

Not long after, though, he acquired the nickname “Mad Richard” for reasons that are well-illustrated in this TV interview last week.

Hey, at least it was entertaining, right? Gotta love live TV…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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