Bobby Long: "We used to write our songs on the roof. It was Mary Poppins high up,"


Musician Bobby Long remembers a very different Robert Pattinson than the actor and object of global female attention.

Long remembers the anonymous Pattinson from his Soho, London period when the still-struggling actor was doing his best to write great songs with his mates—like Bobby and Marcus Foster—until all hours of the morning.

"Robert lived in a dingy, horrible, little flat in Soho near Denmark Street," Long recalls to Celebuzz. "We used to hang out and play music until five in the morning, really going for it. Drinking and all that stuff."

"We only ate pizza for like two months. We ballooned on weight," Long recalls. "But it probably helped the vampire look. I know I was really pale."

"It was really chilled-out. Watching films, listening to music and writing."

Chilled-out except for the danger element, since the group also hung out on the steeply pitched building rooftop. "We used to write our songs on the roof. It was Mary Poppins high up," says Long. "We were on ledges eating pizza. Our music was drowned out by taxis and buses."

"Looking back now it is funny how dangerous it was."

Long says he wasn't truly even aware Pattinson was an actor after meeting him at an open-mic night. "I thought he was a musician like myself just struggling through. A student like me," Long says. "I didn't know he was an actor."

"Twilight" comes

As the friendship grew, the acting connections worked out well for all the musicians when Pattinson returned to London after shooting Twilight. Long and Foster played a song they had written called "Let Me Sign" in Pattinson's apartment. It was nothing serious. "We were kind of just mucking around with it," says Long.

"(Robert) thought the song was really cool and took it to L.A.," Long recalls. "Before I knew it, it was going to be used in the film."

Although Long and Foster had written a "country" song about love, the lyrics about signing away one's soul to a woman lent themselves perfectly to undead love (for example, "Damned by the light coming out of her eyes"). That was not the intention going in, Long insists. "But if I tried to write a vampire song, I could not have done it as well as that."

The song was famously performed by Pattinson in the film. Long was able to see the emotional impact first-hand when he heard the song at the London Twilight premiere. "Everyone was crying during the song," he says. "I feel like it's his song now. He's incredible at interpreting people's work."

The unexpected blessing of the Twilight success has led to Long's greater introduction to the global music scene and his first musical tour in the US next month (as well a planned US tour for the summer).

But he still thinks fondly of the Pattinson Soho days. Long reflected on them again, when he shot a video for his new song "Left To Lie" atop a Soho roof. "All the memories came flooding back at that time," says Long.

"And it was equally as dangerous."

Check out Bobby's MySpace page for his US tour dates and music.

Thanks to Rocio, Anne and everyone that sent me the link :)


Anonymous said...

Dh and I are going to see Bobby in LA in April! Yea! I like his music..DH less so (not that I care) though I think he'll change his mind when he sees him live.

Anonymous said...

I am so going to check him out in LA

Anonymous said...

See lil taboo tid bits of his life, like this one, make my heart go pitter-patter..for Mr Pattinson ;)

Anonymous said...

Wonder if his "friend" will show up to hear him ... betcha he does if the schedule allows :)

Anonymous said...

I *HEART* Bobby Long. If my husband would let me, I would DRIVE to Detroit when he comes to American in August.

But apparently, my husband doesn't think seeing a no-named singer is worth the four hour drive to Detroit.

I feel the complete oppisote.

Bobby... Come save me!!

Lisa Serrano said...

Chicago girl are you going to the Hotel Cafe??
My DH is being dragged along also
I don't care either :P

Anonymous said...

I flippin' love Bobby's raspy voice.

Chicago: I might be headed your way in August to catch the show.

Anonymous said...

Yup, Lisa...I got the tickets after someone on here mentioned they were available (thanks to whomever that was!!)--some time ago.

See you there!! We do so much for our they can do this one thing for us!

Anonymous said...

Thirty~He'll be in Chicago in August...did you see? Can't tell you how many times I made that drive up/down the length of Indiana to/from E-ville. You can make pretty good time. I could do it on one tank (one way) in my Corolla with a bathroom stop in Terre Haute, lol. Covered Bridge fest was fun, too.

Anonymous said...

WTF was I were in Chicago...not a bad drive...i've done it a few times myself. want me to check on anything/anyone for you while i'm there?

Anonymous said...

HaHa~THIRTY~ I thought you meant you were coming out here to LA, which is why I checked Bobby's page and thought, "that's a nice drive up to Chicago, a straight shot."

Driving here is a have to go around canyons, foothills and nice grid of roads. I love me the flat land so I can see where I'm going!

I wonder where in Chicago he will play? Thanks for the offer of a check on...Thirty!

Anonymous said...

Well, well--he's going to be in NYC at Arlene's Grocery in April! My husband plays there from time to time. I believe that we'll be going to check out Mr. Long.

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