Robin Thicke claims he was ‘high on Vicodin and alcohol’ when he recorded the 2013 summer hit “Blurred Lines”. This is according to The Hollywood Reporter, who obtained court transcripts of Thicke’s and Pharrell Williams’ April depositions from their ongoing battle with the estate of late singer Marvin Gaye. The plaintiff (Marvin Gaye’s estate) claims that writers Thicke, Williams and rapper T.I. borrowed elements of Gaye’s 1977 classic “Got to Give It Up” to craft the controversial track.
The biggest revelation is Thicke’s claim that contrary to his statements in various interviews, he wasn’t involved in the songwriting or production of the track. The singer apparently arrived in a drug and booze induced haze, with Williams writing “almost every single part of the song.”
“I was jealous and I wanted some of the credit,” Thicke says in the transcripts. “I tried to take credit for it later because [Williams] wrote the whole thing pretty much by himself and I was envious of that.” He also admits he was only “lucky enough to be in the room” with Williams as the song was being written. And, Thicke says, other media comments perpetuating his false writing involvement – given during a year of “drug and alcohol problems” – were only an attempt to “help sell records.”
Another memorable moment finds the singer struggling to listen to a Thicke-Gaye mash-up played by the Gaye family’s attorney, Richard Busch. “It’s so hard to listen to it,” Thicke says, in reference to the clashing major-minor chords. “It’s like nails on a fucking chalkboard. . . This is [like]Stanley Kubrick’s movie Clockwork Orange. Where he has to sit there and watch. . . Mozart would be rolling in his grave right now.” SEE MORE ON PAGE2