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Robert Wyatt: “I couldn’t have been a pop musician – you’re told what to do and you have to fit into a format”

Robert Wyatt: “I couldn’t have been a pop musician – you’re told what to do and you have to fit into a format”

Robert Wyatt, speaking in the new issue of Uncut, reveals that he could never have been a pop star, despite scoring a 1974 hit with a cover of The Monkees’ “I’m A Believer”.

Wyatt charts the making of the track in the new Uncut, along with contributions from the musicians who played on the song – Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason (who also produced the song and Wyatt's 1974 album Rock Bottom), Caravan's Richard Sinclair, Henry Cow's Fred Frith and Matching Mole keyboardist Dave MacRae.

“I like pop music, but that show side of it, I can’t be bothered,” says Wyatt. “When you get to a certain profile in pop, you’re told what to do and you have to fit into a format, and that was completely alien to me.

“So I couldn’t have been a pop musician, really.”

The new issue of Uncut, dated February 2014, is out now.

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