Link Wray died a few days ago, but I just came across this excellent interview from 1993, where Link meets Mark E. Smith and they get along like a house on fire. Too bad there was never a Fall-Wray jam session!
MES: “The trouble with the rock business is that it’s too easy to make music. That’s why they use the machines. If you want to hear something that’s perfect you should go away and listen to classical music, but that’s not what rock’n’roll’s about, is it!”
LW: “No it ain’t. It’s about feeling and hurting and pain. That is rock’n’roll, and that’s soul music. Soul music is pain – you can hear the slaves, the beatin’ and the hurtin’. Who cares if we’re playing the right notes or not! Who gives a shit if it’s in tune!”