Complete Lisa Marie Presley Playboy Interview
PLAYBOY: Most people make records for money or attention.
You obviously don't need the money.
PRESLEY: I didn't do it to get attention.
I hate attention.
When I have to speak in public, I get so neurotic that I lose control of my tongue, my legs, and whatever else.
If I'm standing in front of a lot of people, I feel that they are thinking about me, their speculation.
But I want to be heard.
I have been writing and recording songs since I was 20, for cathartic reasons, as an outlet.
I just haven't been doing it publicly.
PLAYBOY: In fact, you signed your record contract more than four years ago.
Why did it take so long to make the record?
PRESLEY: Honestly, I just needed to find my way, stylistically.
I was anal about the final production.
I didn't want to learn the ropes publicly; I couldn't afford that.
I knew there was going to be more attention on me that anyone else putting out a debut record.
If I wanted to be a novelty, I could have easily called a top writer and turned into a pop star.
I could have done that years ago.
But I wanted to be looked at as an artist, so I couldn't do anything stupid or shallow or silly.
PLAYBOY: Were you writing silly songs?
PRESLEY: I never had a fluff problem.
It was always the opposite: "Let's get you to lighten up and put some more radio-friendly stuff out there."
My songs were pretty dark and haunting.
PLAYBOY: There are 12 songs, including a bonus track.
How many of them are happy?
PRESLEY: I was talking with Nic [Cage] last night, and he lectured me: "I told you, you should put on happy song on the record."
I said, "@#%$ that.
I'm not doing it."
music that's happy doesn't move me.
So the answer to the question is none.
PLAYBOY: Before this year, you rarely talked to the press.
If you didn't have an album to promote, would you be talking to us now?
What else would I talk about?
I don't like talking about myself.
At this point I'm thinking, what have I done?
The hard part is opening up for the first time.
I have to combat 30 years of speculation and tabloid stuff.
I have to go out there and say, "Hi, I'm not that person."
However, I understand the curiosity, and I don't want to be an @#%$ or look like I'm hiding something.
I realize why I feel vulnerable and afraid--a lot of people do interviews based on what their publicists tell them.
I put my *** out there, cellulite and all.
I can be very unfiltered and unedited, and that might kick me in the *** one day.
I'm being really honest, and if I get @#%$ on, I might never speak again.
PLAYBOY: There are plenty of ways to market you as a reminder of your father.
PRESLEY: People get all kinds of crazy ideas to turn me into a goofball.
A whole record of Elvis covers and duets.
We can put you in a white suit!
Sorry, Britney already took the cake on that one.