If you haven’t read the incredible Quincy Jones profile in GQ, do it as soon as you can. It’s filled with loads of great anecdotes and Quincy was completely unfiltered, using the word ‘motherfucker’ 89 times over the course of their interview.
Which lends an awful lot of credence to our favourite Quincy Jones story.
Lord Delawdy writes:
“A friend of mine was in Los Angeles 79 thru 87. Michael Jackson had had a huge hit with Off The Wall, and was recording the follow up. My mate popped around to the studio to see the producer.
“He got into the control room to find that everyone’s attention was fixed on the glass window. On the other side, Quincy Jones was kicking a pile of rags on the floor while shouting “Silent, you motherfucker! I said NO SQUEAKS!”
“It turned out the pile of rags was a gibbering Michael Jackson. They were recording a new song called Billie Jean, and Michael had decided to fill every gap with his trademark whoops, clicks and squeaks. Quincy, however, had decided that the track would be a pared down.”
[Read the GQ profile]