The Rise of a Fallen Idol. Leif Garrett is ready to make a big comeback in a rock'n way.
Rock 'n Roll Roulette
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In the 1970's, it was almost impossible to pick up a copy of Tiger Beat or Teen Beat Magazine and not see a photo of Leif Garrett. Leif was the consensus "teen heartthrob" for most of the decade. With his catchy pop songs, long blond hair and movie star good looks, he was really America's sweetheart. Most teenaged girls had his posters tacked to their bedroom walls and dreamed of meeting him and marrying him.
Leif was high in demand. He was not only all over FM radio but was a constant talk-show guest and appeared in several movies as a hard-working actor.
By Kreig Marks, September 2021
KM: Your career started when you were a little kid. What got you interested in acting?
LG: My mom actually went to a photo shoot and an audition and took me and my siblings with her. We were all real little at the time. My mom was really beautiful and she got the job. Then, she told the director she had to leave because her kids were waiting in the room outside and they came out and saw us and asked her if she would let us
KM: Your first hit song, “I was made for dancing.” A huge hit. But, you wanted to do rock, am I correct in saying this?
LG: Yeah. I was always listening to bands like the Stones, Led Zeppelin, Clapton, things like that. I was a big rock fan. I wanted to do more rock type music but, this is what was given to me and it did launch my music career. I won't deny that.
KM: Do you feel that the success of “I was made for dancing” kind of pigeonholed your music career?
LG: Umm, not really.
KM: Did you ever tell your manager, “look man, I want to do rock music.”
LG: Oh yeah, constantly.
KM: As a teen, man, you were everywhere. Posters on every girls wall, screaming girls at all your concerts. Everywhere you went, you never had privacy. When did it get to the point where you just wanted some peace and privacy or where could you get it?
LG: Yeah, it was a lot of fun when this first happened. But, yeah, it definitely got to the point where I couldn't go out anywhere, a movie, dinner, out with friends, without being followed or attacked by a mob of girls. Their all trying to get at me, pulling my hair, my clothes. You know, it probably sounds like a lot of fun to someone not living it. When there's a huge crowd of girls coming at you, someone can really get hurt. Seriously. At first, it was a lot of fun, getting that attention. But, it definitely got old and there were a lot of times where I just wanted to be left alone, to be able to go out and do normal things without even thinking about it. But, it was impossible a lot of the time.
KM: Everyone in this crazy life makes mistakes, bad decisions. Man, I’ve made tons of them. If you could go back in time and pick 2 days that really stand out in your mind where you regret the decision you made on those 2 days, tell me about those 2 days.
LG: The first one, when I was 17, to be able to go back and call a cab or a friend, instead of getting behind the wheel and driving, or, trying to drive in that condition. I've regretted that since the day it happened. [ On November 3, 1979, a few days before his 18th birthday, Leif and his friend Roland Winkler were involved in a serious car accident that left Roland a paraplegic. Both had come from a party where they had been drinking ]
KM: How did your struggles affect your family and those who love you?
LG: My mom stuck by me 100%. She always has. She's been the rock in my life. My sister basically abandoned me. We don't talk much these days.
KM: Are you sober now?
LG: As far as the hard drugs, yes. I've been away from that for quite a while. Do I smoke marijuana? Yeah, I'll smoke a joint now and then. But, as far as the drinking and hard drugs, I'm away from that.
KM: Is it a constant struggle?
LG: Surprisingly, not really.
KM: Good to hear. I'm glad you found your peace with that.
LG: Yeah, me too.
KM: Alright. Let's shift gears for a moment. First word that comes to mind. I'm gonna say a word, name, phrase, and you say the first thing that pops into your mind. Ready?
LG: Lol. Ok. Are there any wrong answers?
KM: Nope. Just answers. If you don't want to answer, just say pass.
LG: Ok. Let's do this.
KM: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
LG: My first movie experience as an actor.
KM: Walking Tall
KM: The Outsiders
KM: Thunder Alley
LG: Lot of fun....wish it had better songs
KM: Rosie O’Donnell
LG: Oh boy
KM: Remember, you can pass.
LG: You had to say this one? Lol. I guess you probably saw that interview?
KM: Yeah. She was pretty vicious. You looked like you were having a pretty hard time then and she seemed to be loving the attention she was getting by putting you in a pretty uncomfortable position. But, you can pass over it.
LG: Nah. One answer.....bitch!
KM: Did she ever apologize?
LG: Lol. Ha! Her? Yeah, I was in a very bad place then. I should have never accepted the invite to be on her show. I stepped into a trap. Unfortunately, in my state of mind at the time, I wasn't thinking about that and she knew I was in a bad place and she took advantage of that for her own personal agenda and emotional greed. Next question. Lol.
KM: I didn't think so. Do you want to record a new album?
LG: Yeah. Actually, I'm in the process of writing several songs. I'm hoping to have them recorded and ready for release in November, around the time of my birthday, the big 60.
KM: Do you write your own music?
KM: You go in the studio today to record a new album. A hard rock album. You get to choose the players. Who are the players?
KM: Who was the love of your life?
KM: Is there anyone you see in the news, on social media, and you think to yourself, “wow, that’s me 30 years ago and you see his future and you want to pick up the phone and call and say, “hey man, I know what you’re going through, I’ve been on that ride, I’m here to help if you want it.”
KM: Do you wish there was someone you could have really confided in as a kid, or as an adult, who could have helped you when you really needed the help?
KM: After all your own personal struggles, how do you get someone to take you seriously?
KM: I saw a video of you on YouTube where you were on some Japanese show, head completely shaved. Dude, you fucking pull that off! You and I have great shaped heads. Why don’t you shave it again.
KM: Your biggest regret in life?
KM: Your proudest moment in life?