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Subject: Bee Gees Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Part 4/4

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Bee Gees Frequently Asked Questions Part Four of Four August 25, 1998 4-01. What is a FAQ? A. Well, THIS is a FAQ. In a broader sense, a FAQ is a list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (and thus the acronym). It is a fairly common thing to find on USENET newsgroups, and it serves the purpose of providing answers to the questions most likely to be asked by those who are new to the group. This way, they can quickly get up to speed and deal with the more esoteric questions, etc. On USENET, FAQs are posted to news.answers and the newsgroup to which the FAQ relates. This FAQ is posted to news.answers and alt.music.bee-gees on the 25th of each month. The most recent version of the FAQ is always available by ftp at: ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/alt.music.bee-gees/ and on the world wide web at: http://www.faqs.org/faqs/music/beegees-faq/ If you wish to reprint all or part of this FAQ on your web site or fan club newsletter, please write to the FAQ maintainer, David Garcia, at garc@compuserve.com 4-02. Whatever happened to...? A. Here are some followups on several people who have been asked about from time to time... ANDY GIBB - Younger brother Andy Gibb passed away on March 10th, 1988. The Andy Gibb Memorial Foundation was started by his brothers to carry on his memory. At some point, I would like to see an Andy Gibb FAQ posted here too. I don't know as much about Andy as some of our mailing list subscribers do, and I'm sure that there are those who could do better at it than me. It seems inappropriate to let him be merely a footnote to this FAQ, and I look forward to seeing the Andy Gibb FAQ someday soon. In the meantime, be sure to visit the official Andy Gibb web page, http://www.andygibb.org/ ROBERT STIGWOOD - As Joe Brennan once said, it would seem that the relationship between Robert and the Bee Gees is a complex one. While they had their share of legal battles in 1981, the brothers still look upon Robert as their mentor, and said as much at the Brit Awards this year. Barry also asked Robert Stigwood to accept the award on stage with them. Among Robert's recent acheviements are the movie "Evita" and the new stage musical "Saturday Night Fever". A Bee Gees connection in each of these: Back in the seventies, Barry was being considered for the role of Che Guevara in the film "Evita", but lost out due to the misfortune of two decades of delays. And, the Bee Gees have written a new song, "Immortality", for the "Fever" musical, which is opened in London in May of 1998. BILL SHEPHERD - When recently asked about him on the "Words" mailing list, Renee mentioned that Bill passed away some years ago. Bill, as you recall, did the orchestrations for the early Bee Gees albums, and it could be said that he had a lot to do with the lush sound of those albums as well. He was also one of their producers in the Australian days. ALBHY GALUTEN AND KARL RICHARDSON - In much the same way that Bill Shepherd helped to sculpt the sound of the early Bee Gees albums,Albhy and Karl had a lot to do with the sound of the "helium years". I had a press release from MCA about one of these two a few months back, talking about work with CD-ROMs. According to an article Joey Spain recently forwarded, it appears to be Albhy, who is now VP of interactive programming for MCA Music Entertainment. Thanks, Joey! ARIF MARDIN - Arif produced three albums with the Bee Gees: "Mr. Natural", "Main Course", and "E.S.P.". He also produced two songs on the new "Still Waters" CD: "I Will" and "Obsessions". On December 17th 1996, the New York Post reported that, after 33 years with Atlantic Records, Arif has signed a "long-term deal" to stay with the company. It also notes that in 1990 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He won his sixth Grammy award earlier this year for his work on "Smokey Joe's Cafe -- The Songs of Leiber and Stoller" from the hit Broadway play. His previous Grammy awards include Producer of the Year in 1975 and for co-producing the soundtrack for "Saturday Night Fever" in 1978, according to the Post. GUMMO GIBB - Joe Brennan writes... Apparently Hugh and Barbara were big Marx brothers fans, and started off naming their boys after them in order. Luckily for the others, by the time the second boy came along, Gummo was old enough to be attending school and taking quite a bit of teasing about his name, and they decided to name the second boy Barry. The parallels would have been uncanny. It was the middle three brothers who performed together and achieved the greatest fame, and consider even the personalities involved: Chico, the one who gets the girls; Harpo, the best musician and whose voice you rarely hear; and Groucho, the one known for his wordplay. And then even little Zeppo would have been the young handsome brother. But it was not to be. The real reason for the family's move to Australia was not the alleged arson incidents, but for the sake of poor Gummo, who needed to start a new life where his name was less known. Living out an eerie parallel, Gummo left show business early in the family's career and was never captured on film performing with them. He is said to be a travelling sheepshearer in Queensland, keeping to himself and never revealing his first name, going only by "Gibb... just call me Gibb". At his request, only his feet are shown in the drawing in the "Legend" book, and not even an animal parody of his face is provided. He is not mentioned in the autobiography of the group, and if you ask any of the family about him today, they will deny his existence, mainly because I have made all of this up. SUNNY JIM - In their authorized biography, the Bee Gees mention that they often did little comedy skits about Sunny Jim as a way of warming up before recording in the studio -- "Sunny Jim in the Arctic", etc. Sunny Jim is also among those given thanks in the liner notes of the "Children of the World" CD. Of course, all this you hear about Sunny Jim action figures, and Rankin/Bass yuletide productions of "The Adventures of Sunny Jim" with the composition "What's That on the Floor, Sunny Jim, Sunny Jim", is nothing more than groundless rumor. Ignore it. Please. 4-03. Will the Bee Gees ever perform live again? A. They already have. In October of 1996, a surprise appearance of the Bee Gees introduced the VH-1 Fashion Awards special. The warm reception they received showed that, while "Stayin' Alive" may be derided by anti-disco critics, it still enjoys huge popularity with the listening public. Another recent performance, although a brief one (and troubled with a water-logged mixing board -- outdoors on a rainy morning), took place at Rockefeller Center in June 1997, as part of the Today show's Friday summer concert series. But of course, the highlight of recent performances has to be the "one night only" event in Las Vegas in November 1997. This has since been shown in the US on pay-per-view and HBO, and is now starting to appear on television broadcasts worldwide -- most recently, on BBC Television. Plans are in the works presently for more "one-night-only" performances in Ireland, London's Wembley Stadium, and other venues in South America, Africa, and Australia. For the lastest news and ticket info, be sure to check http://www.beegees.net (and your local travel agent...) 4-04. Will "Still Waters" be their last album? A. They have stated previously that, as long as their fans want to hear them, they will be happy to keep making albums. Does this mean they will keep going on forever? Well, in recent interviews Barry has suggested some reluctance at touring past the age of 55, but hopefully that doesn't rule out doing more albums. Of course, this is a man who was talking about retirement back in 1979.... No matter what the future holds, chances are the Bee Gees will never leave the music business entirely. An interview on "Oprah" revealed that they intend to work with Barbra Streisand again. Also, a recent USA Today article mentioned that the Bee Gees may at some point start their own record label, and give new artists a chance to launch their careers. Great news! Now, where did I put my box of demo tapes? ;-) 4-05. What is the Bee Gees' e-mail address? A. The address given on the Official Bee Gees Web Experience is... beegees@beegees.net Of course, this doesn't answer the question of who actually clicks on the "Get New Mail" icon to read the mail sent to this address, or to what extent the Bee Gees read e-mail sent there. But this is the e-mail address given to fans on the Official Bee Gees Web Experience. Speaking of the internet, are there Bee Gees in cyberspace? Well, word has it that Maurice, a Macintosh enthisiast, has surfed the net on occasion, but as far as I know Barry and Robin have not yet ventured onto the information superhighway. And as an aside to Maurice, if you're reading this, please... what does "I.O.I.O." mean? ;-) 4-06. Who is Renee Schreiber? A. Renee is the Bee Gees' designated liasion with various recognized Bee Gees fan clubs worldwide (as it happens, there is no "official" Bee Gees fan club at the present time, and some locales may have more than one "recognized but unofficial" fan club, as well as some which may or may not be in various stages of Gibb acknowledgement. Complicated stuff, these fan clubs!). Renee is also administrator of the official Bee Gees and Andy Gibb web sites. Additionally, Renee assists Beverly Burke with the editing of the BGQ fan club newsletter, and often gives up-to-date media info and other helpful guidance to fans in cyberspace. Renee can be reached by e-mail at bgmelody@gate.net and by snail-mail at the address below. The liner notes of the "Still Waters" album, by the way, suggest that fans seeking fan club info write to: Bee Gees Fan Club Info 20505 US 19 N. Suite #12-290 Clearwater, FL 34624 U.S.A. For information and a list of clubs, send a self-addressed stamped envelope. Outside the U.S., along with your self-addressed envelope, please include post office-marked IRCs with your self-addressed envelope. 4-07. What is this rumor about missing lyrics to the song "Rings Around the Moon"? A. Well, while the song "Rings Around the Moon" has been relegated to "b-side rarity" status elsewhere in the world, in Japan it is a bonus track on the "Still Waters" CD. And the lyric sheet has the words to the song there, but it includes an extra verse that doesn't appear in the recording! Here is the missing verse, provided by Joseph Yellin... If you let me hide In the corner of your soul I will cherish you forever I will keep you from the cold And you know from the start I will never break your heart 4-08. When will the Bee Gees make a Christmas album (and/or country album, "unplugged" album, etc.)? A. Not for a very long time, from the sound of things. However, if you're looking for an "unplugged" album in particular, the mini-CD of the "Storytellers" performance may be of interest to you. It was, at one point, available as an add-on to the "Still Waters" CD at Target stores in the US. Perhaps these songs may appear in other forms elsewhere in the future; then again, maybe not. So far, the closest they've come to a Christmas album has been a rare performance of "Silent Night" on an old fan club release some years back. The requests by fans for a Christmas album have been many, but the brothers have maintained that they just aren't into Christmas albums. On the other hand, we now have the track "Miracles Happen" on the "Still Waters" CD. This song was originally written for the movie remake of "Miracle on 34th Street". Not exactly "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas with the Bee Gees", but it's a start, right? ;-) 4-09. Who decides whether rarities are released? Any chance that some unreleased tracks will be made available? A. It's an interesting situation. All music recorded by the brothers Gibb since 1967 remains under their own control, and nothing can be released without their approval. Not too many artists are blessed with such circumstances. Witness the contractual stuggles that o+> (the artist formerly known as Prince) and George Michael have gone through. Some performers -- Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, and the late Frank Zappa, to name two -- have made a point of getting as many rarities out there as possible, both to appease die-hard fans and to beat bootleggers at their own game. The Bee Gees, by contrast, have chosen to keep their unreleased tracks unreleased. There's certainly enough material in the archives to work with, if they so chose. In 1973, Atlantic records shelved Bee Gees album "A Kick in the Head is Worth Eight in the Pants" shortly before its scheduled release. All three brothers have abandoned at least one solo album each. And more than one Bee Gees studio LP has left behind extra songs on the storage reels. Also, let's not forget several albums worth of songs written for other artists. Virtually all of these tracks began as demos with one or more brothers singing. In addition, if they wanted to go the route the remaining Beatles have gone, they could mine the vaults of the BBC and countless other radio and television performances. Finally, there's at least a few demos and unreleased songs by Andy that remain withheld. Some of these items have been made available on bootleg CDs, put out by underground outfits such as Ladybird and Brothers Gibb Records. Among these have been the "Kick in the Head" album, both early and recent live performances, solo works and leftover songs from the "Hawks" soundtrack. Unfortunately, recent crackdowns in the US by Customs and FBI officials have made these even harder to find than ever. Ironically, sixty songs from the brothers' Australian years have been sold -- legally -- with maniacal enthusiasm around the world. One song, "I Was a Lover, a Leader of Men", has been released on ten seperate albums! Festival Records has been licensing these songs worldwide successfully simply because the Bee Gees have no creative control over their Australian recordings of 1963-1966. (Now, if only the brothers would turn over the Middle Ear Studio vaults to the troops at Festival, they could give bootleggers a good run for their money...) 4-10. What kind of tuning does Barry use on his guitar? A. The tuning is what he calls a "Hawaiian" tuning, consisting of guitar strings tuned as follows (from lowest note to highest note...) D A D F# A D Thanks to Greg Luther for tracking this down on "a web site that has a few selected Bee Gees songs for guitar." The address of that web site: http://www.scranton.com:2222/archive/b/bee_gees/ Maurice, incidentally, uses standard guitar tuning. I like it that way -- the contrast between the two guitars came out very nicely on songs such as "Come Home Johnny Bride" and on their medleys on the "Midnight Special" TV appearances. 4-11. How tall are the Bee Gees? A. I was surprised to discover how hard it's been to get an answer to this one! Even the "official" reports have changed over the years, and differ substantially from guesses hazarded by fans who have met them and posed for photos with them. I was hopeful that the Official Bee Gees Web Experience would settle the matter once and for all, but now I see that they use the very same estimates that I've always been using. Good heavens, doesn't SOMEBODY have a tape measure over there? Anyway, fans estimates have been as follows: Barry: between 5' 10" and 6' 1" Robin: between 5' 8" and 5' 11" Maurice: between 5' 6" and 5' 9" Further, it is interesting to note that the Official Bee Gees Web Experience lists Andy as having been between 5' 7" and 5' 9" in height. 4-12. Are any of the Gibb brothers left-handed? A. Barry is. Andy was too. 4-13. When are their families' birthdays and anniversaries? A. Thanks to Lynn Lyda and Bette Hanson for their help with the following... Barry Alan Crompton Gibb and his family Barry and Linda Gibb married Sept 1, 1970 (his 2nd marriage) Barry's Birthday: Sept 1, 1946 Linda's Birthday: May 11, 1950 children's birthdays... Stephen Gibb: Dec 1, 1973 Ashley Gibb: Sept 8, 1977 Travis Gibb: Jan 10, 1981 Michael Gibb: Dec 1, 1984 Alexandra Gibb: Dec 29, 1991 Robin Hugh Gibb and his family Robin and Dwina Gibb married Jul 31, 1985 (his 2nd marriage) Robin's Birthday: Dec 22, 1949 Dwina's Birthday: Dec 22, 1952 children's birthdays... Spencer Gibb: Sept 21,1972 Melissa Gibb: Jun 17, 1974 Robin John Gibb: Jan 21, 1983 Maurice Ernest Gibb and his family Maurice and Yvonne Gibb married Oct 17, 1975 (his 2nd marriage) renewed wedding vows Feb 23, 1992 Maurice's Birthday Dec 22, 1949 Yvonne's Birthday: Sept 24,1950 children's birthdays... Adam Gibb: Feb 23, 1976 Samantha Gibb: Jul 2, 1980 Additional days and anniversaries: January 12, 1945 Leslie Gibb (sister) January 25, 1978 Peta Gibb (Andy's daughter) September 29,19-- Berry Gibb-Rhodes (Leslie's daughter) November 17, 19-- Barbara Gibb (mother) Andy Gibb was born March 5, 1958 and died March 10, 1988 Hugh Gibb was born January 15, 1916 and died March 6, 1992 4-14. Who is older, Robin or Maurice? A. Although they are twins (and thus born on the same day, December 22nd), Robin was born first. 4-15. What's on the list of forthcoming events? A. For the latest info, be sure to check the Official Bee Gees Web Experience, at: http://www.beegees.net Also, for televised events, a good source of up-to-date information is RockonTV, a free e-mail subscriber service that let's you know who will be appearing and/or performing on US television in the week to come. "BG Pixie" CBolitiski describes it as follows: "RockonTV is great cuz they post appearances on all sorts of variety/talk shows, VH1, MTV, and other. They generally post two notices during the week, one in time for week-end events and then one for the entire week to come. To get the e-mail delivery of RockonTV send an e-mail message with the words "subscribe" in the subject area to RockonTV@satchmo.com. Now we can all watch for the Brothers at the same time. Happy Screening!" Joey Spain adds the following... "You need not actually 'subscribe' to the notice list to receive the information they offer. They have a WWW site with the same content, and more at: http://www.satchmo.com/rockontv/rocknext.html 4-16. Where can I find the lyrics to...? A. This question has both a short answer and a long answer. First the long answer, which is... nowhere. Now, you might take issue with this, and say that lyrics are easily obtained in sheet music, in songbooks, even on lyric sheets that come with the CDs. But, quite simply, these sources are by no means guaranteed to be accurate. Take, for example, the song "Alone Again" from the "Two Years On" album. The sheet music anthology "Bee Gees Complete, Vol. 2", cites the phrase "I'm an abandoned train," However, another songbook lists the same phrase as "I'm on a bound down train." Which is correct? As for the lyric sheets on the CDs, let's look at the "High Civilization" CD. For the song "Secret Love", we see the phrase "I'd follow anywhere to make you happy." But listen to the CD, and it's OBVIOUS that Barry is singing "I'd follow anywhere to make it happen." So, why not ask the Bee Gees themselves? It's a thought, of course. But what about the song "Jive Talkin'?" On the "Main Course" CD Barry clearly sings "You'll never know / just what you mean to me." But in concert -- for example, the Melbourne concert on the "All For One" video -- he sings "You'll never know / just what you've done to me." For a while I thought this just might be the NEW official lyric, but then on VH-1's "Storytellers" Barry reverted back to "what you mean to me". Such is songwriting. Now for the short answer. An exhaustive anthology of Bee Gee lyrics can be found at... http://mv.ru/~eddy/bee.html 4-17. Have any books been written about the Bee Gees or Andy Gibb? A. Well, some have in years past, but my understanding is that they are pretty much out-of-print now. So, check your local used book store for any of the following titles (as supplied by Kathy Gray...) 1) "The Legend" Written by David English - Illustrations by Alex Brychta - Nov. 1979 - The Legend Company. (This is truly a priceless find. A cartoon-illustrated biography of the Bee Gees which portrays Barry as "Lionheart," Robin as the "Red Setter" and Maurice as an "Eager Beaver." Yes, it's worth having just for this. The book is hard to find, but worth the effort. Available as a large paperback, but if you're lucky enough to find one of the very few (extremely rare) large hardcover editions with the red cover, you're quite lucky indeed. The Bros. had those printed up specially just for family members and friends). 2) "The Authorized Biography" Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb as told to David Leaf - 1979 - Dell Publishing (This book is also elusive, but it's out there, folks! If you're lucky enough to find a copy of this large hardcover book, you'll be treated to many enjoying (and some surprising) anecdotes about the Gibb Family and the Bros' rise to stardom. Includes many, many, original photos and a large, full color foldout poster. The same book can also be found with the same cover, but in a smaller paperback version). 3) "The Bee Gees" Written by Kim Stevens- 1978 - Quick Fox (This is a large paperback with a photo of the Bee Gees dressed in full Sgt. Pepper regalia on the front (headshots only) - 92 pages with many photos) 4) "The Bee Gees" Written by Kim Stevens - 1978 - Scholastic Book Services (This is a small paperback of the above book but by a different publisher. The cover is a brownish/orange color with a photo of the Bee Gees - 109 pages) 5) "The Bee Gees - a Photo-Bio" Written by Kim Stevens - 1978 - Jove (This is the exact same book as the "Bee Gees" by Kim Stevens, but in a small paperback version with a different cover of the Bros. in Sgt. Pepper regalia. - 192 pages). 6) "The Bee Gees" by Larry Pryce - 1980 - Chelsea House (This small paperback book features a black cover with the words "The Bee Gees" in hot pink lettering on the front - A biography, including an album discography and a few photos - 139 pages). 7) "The Bee Gees" by Craig Schumacher - 1979 - Creative Education (This small, thin blue paperback book features a cover photo of the Bros. from the old Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid film lot while filming the "Stayin Alive" video. Includes several photos and a rather brief (considering the size of the other bios) biography - 32 pages). 8) "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - by Henry Edwards - 1978 - Pocket Books (The small paperback book from the movie - includes many photos from the shooting of the film). 9) "The Bee Gees 1" and "The Bee Gees 2" - Chatty Books, The Netherlands (These are two very tiny hardcover books from the Netherlands with different covers on each. Each book is approx. 125 pages long and written in the native language - includes many song lyrics written in English). 10) "The Official Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band Scrapbook, Collector's Edition" - Written by Robert Stigwood and Dee Anthony - 1978 - Pocket Books (This is a large paperback book featuring a cover photo of the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton from the movie of the same name - includes many color and B/W photos of the filming of the movie - 80 pages) 11) "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - Official Programme - 1978 - Robert Stigwood Group, Ltd. (This is the official programme (large paperback) from the movie and is special in that it includes a 33 1/3 rpm mylar record - it's written in "playbill" format with biographies of the actors, including the Bee Gees, etc.) 12) "Andy Gibb" - Written by Connie Berman and Marsha Daly - 1979 - Xerox Corp. (This small paperback book features a nice cover photo of Andy, a biography and several photos - 122 pages). Thanks, Kathy, for your hard work at digging up this info! 4-18. Where can I order a CD of...? A. Fans have found various Bee Gees CDs (including imports and rare items) at many of the following places. Please understand, not all outlets carry all items, so compare and evaluate...) http://www.musicexpress.com/ Phongsak Suppattarachai of Thailand found "Living Eyes" here, and says orders take about one month to deliver. Also, Helio Takahashi mentions seeing the astonishingly rare "Runaway" CD by Carola here at $19.75! http://www.musicshop.co.uk Park Duk-Hyeon recently found the new single "Alone" through this service. The order arrived just a few days after the single's release halfway around the world. Pretty fast delivery! Doug Wilson also recently found his "Still Waters" CD here. telnet://cdeurope.com http://www.cdeurope.com CDEurope has a nice database format for those who prefer telnet to www; they also have their own BBS. Phongsak Suppattarachai recently discovered "The Bunbury Tails" here! http://www.cdconnection.com Phongsak Suppattarachai says that he's seen the UK "Alone" single here. Sounds worth checking out. Tower Records: (800) ASK-TOWER This number will give you the location of the Tower Records store nearest you (based on your zip code). Personally, I wish it would give the location of the LARGEST Tower Records store nearest me -- that would be more useful. Thanks to Marty for this number, and for the number of Tower Records' Kingston store in London: 011 44 171 439 2500. I called them, and the clerk cheerfully confirms that desperate Yanks can order their UK singles and albums by phone. Thanks, Marty! Take Notes Records: (800) 650-3472. At Marty's suggestion, I gave them a call. It sounds like a one- man operation, and at the time I called the one man was out having lunch, but it does seem to at least be the right number. Give it a try... Golden Treasures: (501) 795-4209. According to Kathy Gray, the "Birth of Brilliance" CD can be found here for a mere $29. Mailing address: Golden Treasures PO Box 601 Bentonville AR 72712 HMV Records, Herald Square, NYC Located on 34th and Broadway (across from Macy's). They almost always seem to have a copy of the "Living Eyes" CD there on the shelves, and it's a reasonably priced $28.99 for the Japanese import. Last week they had four! Their collection of imports is astonishing, and both Tom Fini and I are starting to question the import manager's claims of impartiality toward the Bee Gees. After all, who but a true fan would stock Japanese mini-CDs of the "Melody Fair" Subaru commercial? Virgin Megastore, 45th and Broadway, NYC The place bears a striking resemblance to Pizza Planet in the animated classic "Toy Story". Certainly NYC's REDDEST neon-lit CD shop. An entire import section is down in the basement. Pricier than HMV, but chances are if you can't find something at HMV, you may quite possibly find it here. And surely THAT'S good to know... For those passing through Singapore (a major transit stop in the Far East, and a pleasant one too!), Karen Liew suggests making a stop at the following shops on Orchard Road, "the ONLY place to shop in Singapore <that is, if you're a tourist>"... Chua Joo Huat 14 Scotts Road #03-22 Far East Plaza Singapore 228213 Tel.: (65) 7360621 Fax.: (65) 2351330 Disc Domain (branch of Chua Joo Huat) 6 Raffles Boulevard #03-134 Marina Square Singapore 039594 Tel.: (65) 3343168 Fax.: (65) 3347134 Supreme Compact Disc Far East Plaza 14 Scotts Road #03-14 Tel.: (65) 7325432 [most of the hard-to-find CDs and cassettes from the 1969-1973 period are here.] Tower Records Pacific Plaza 9 Scotts Road #04-00 [has the Warner catalog of CDs that are out of print in the US -- both the European and US versions!] Tel.: (65) 7353600, (65) 7353487 Fax: (65) 7348762 Thanks, Karen! 4-19. Any fan get togethers planned for the near future? A. There are occasional get-togethers in Miami, but I don't know of any scheduled at present. Local get-togethers often take place in other parts of the fan community. Check with the mailing lists for details... 4-20. What interviews have appeared in newspapers or magazines lately? A. Kathy Gray has done a splendid job of providing a list of recent published articles at her "Bee Gees Pictorial" web site, http://users.deltanet.com/~twograys/beegees.htm and I personally would suggest checking here at least once or twice a week, before heading off to the newsstand. Here is a recent listing from her site... 2/15/97: Billboard Magazine 2/27/97: Daily Record (UK) 3/1/97: Daily Express (UK) 3/1/97: Music Week (UK) 3/1/97: Film and TV Week (UK) 3/1/97: Times (UK) 3/1/97: TV Quick (UK) 3/1/97: TV Times (UK) 3/1/97: What's On TV (UK) 3/2/97: OK Magazine (UK) 3/2/97: The Observer Review (UK) 3/2/97: Sunday People (UK) 3/2/97: Mail on Sunday (UK) 3/2/97: Sunday Telegraph (UK) 3/3/97: Here (UK) 3/8/97: Music Week (UK) 3/12/97: The Sun (UK) 3/13/97: Swiss Magazine 4/97: Q Magazine (UK) 5/97: ELLE Magazine 4/97: DAS NEUE Magazine 5/6/97: USA Today 5/26/97: People Magazine "Still Waters Review" 5/97 Entertainment Weekly 5/29/97 Rolling Stone Magazine 6/97 People Magazine Thanks, Kathy! 4-21. Where can I find Maurice Gibb lunchboxes and other Bee Gees memoribilia? A. Have you tried Maurice's garage? Just kidding. Given that most official Gibb-related merchandise dates back to 1979 or so, you're not likely to find much on the shelves of Wal-Mart or your local Target store. No, for this, a little effort shall be required. If you're at Times Square, and Pepe doesn't have his open briefcase of Bee Gee belt buckles on the subway platform (lately Pepe's been straying over to Hanson keychains), you can always try The Colony, on 49th and Broadway, in the historic Brill Building. Their slogan is "I found it at the Colony!" I've heard fans suggest other slogans, with regard to the price tags one finds when one finds it at the Colony. Admittedly, The Colony does tend to be geared toward the die-hard fan with more disposable income than will-power. Believe me, I've seen it happen. Lunchboxes, jigsaw puzzles, Andy Gibb dolls -- people have left that place in tears. As a non-collector, I just think of it as another of New York City's well-stocked museums. After all, I don't think about how much the Van Goghs cost at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, right? In any case, enter at your own risk: you just might end up buying something that you're not quite prepared to explain to your spouse... Then there's the auctions. No, not Sotheby's, and not Hank's Saturday Afternoon Auctions in Gilbert, Iowa. This is the age of cyberspace, and the best auctions can be found with a click of the mouse. You could start with ebay, at http://pages.ebay.com/aw/index.html on the world wide web. Type "Bee Gees" in the search dialog box, and you will likely find between 40 and 60 items up for sale. Make your bid, and when the auction closes, within a week after it started, you may or may not find yourself with a delightful little bargain. Details are explained in the ebay help file, or you can just e-mail the persons selling the items for more details. If it's out there, chances are one of these days you'll see it for sale at ebay... Among items to keep an eye out for: * Bee Gee lunchboxes. As seen on the Rosie O'Donnell show, three different ones, a Barry, a Robin, and a Maurice. Pay no mind to the lurid discussions regarding Robin's trousers on the photo... * Andy Gibb doll. I saw this at the Colony. Given my attitude on dolls -- and this is no "action figure," this is a DOLL, make no mistake -- I'll refrain from offering my opinion here. But I hear it's a very popular item. * Bee Gees musical keyboard. Makes sounds almost entirely unlike anything heard on any Bee Gee recording or demo (except possibly the Ocean Drive Mix of "Paying the Price of Love"), but has that cool Bee Gees logo and a nice photo on the box (make sure you get the box with it). * Bee Gees Jigsaw Puzzle. It's a jigsaw puzzle, with a Bee Gees picture on it. There are stories I could tell, but I am sworn to secrecy. 4-22. Save me, save me! The Bee Gees are just another one of my obsessions, but she says it's tearing my world apart, and if I only had my mind on something else, I could dedicate my life to something new. Where do I stand? I look like a happy man, but how hopelessly I'm lost! I have just myself to blame, it seems. Where do I go from here? A. If I understand correctly, your question is, "how can I tell if I'm overly obsessed with the music and the careers of the brothers Gibb?" Well, over quoting of song lyrics is one sure sign; e-mailing the FAQ Maintainer to check the sources of quotes in the above question is yet another. By way of reply, we have this helpful ten-point checklist, provided by Diane Weidenkopf at her web-site: http://www.bgwoc.org/ Here is her list of signs to watch out for (or strive for...): Top 10 Warning Signs you are obsessed with The Bee Gees: 10. You have 100 video tapes and every one has some Bee Gees related clip on them. 9. You seriously think of naming your first born Barry. 8. You are willing to rent "Grumpy Old Men" just for the "Staying Alive" part. 7. You always check the Bee Gees section at the record store, hoping against all hope there will be some unknown Bee Gees album you missed. 6. You declare Sept. 1st and Dec. 22nd holidays, take off from work and have a cake with the number of candles since the first Australian record was released. 5. Your goal in life is to fill your 100 disc changer with nothing but Bee Gees (and you feel inadequate because you only have 32 discs). 4. You can find redeeming qualities in the Sgt. Pepper Movie. 3. You keep buying Bee Gees vinyl even though you no longer own a turntable. 2. You find yourself defending your CD collection to people. They just don't understand that you NEED that European import of "One" (when you already have the U.S.version) because it has ONE EXTRA SONG! 1. You break up with a boyfriend/girlfriend because he/she tells you (the next day) that a TV show had a clip about the Bee Gees yesterday and he/she thought about telling you but didn't know if you'd be interested. Thanks, Diane, for this remarkable insight. But I have to admit, none of these seem like a problem to me! ;-) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Responses to FAQ: Send responses and comments to David Garcia at garc@compuserve.com or post to the mailing lists if you are a subscriber. Special thanks to the following for their kind assistance in producing this FAQ: Renee Schreiber, Joe Brennan, Chris Mathis, Bette Hanson, Lynn Lyda, Antonette Daniar, Jill Thompson, "Imran C.", Joey Spain, Ed Vlasov, Melody Ishiwata, "Kevin M.", Doug "Doug in MO" Shannon, Jimmy Wade, Goran Gustafsson, Juan Perea, Grant Walters, "Tony", "Mike", Lucas Broer, Joel K. Ashby, "Di", Marty Hogan, Rhonda J. Platania, Anne Simpson, Al Collum III, Elliott A. Jacobowitz, Sue Thompson, Kathy Gray and her friend in France, Ruth Burcaw, "BG Pixie" CBolitiski, Ann M. Richardson, Marcel Troost, Daniel Navarro, Doug "Doug in TX" Wilson, Phongsak Suppattarachai, "Marion from (today's climate here) Germany", Colin Harris, Greg Luther, Helio Takahashi, Douwe Dijkstra, Diane Weidenkopf, Robert Phan, Karen Liew, Ron Ramirez, Jay Siekierski, Alan Dail, Joan Furilla, Jan Carnell, "Amy on AOL", Udo Muellner, Park Duk-Hyeon, Joseph Yellin, Tom Fini, Martha Irvin and many others (to whom I apologize for their accidental omission)