To say that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke were not amused during their “Blurred Lines” depositions would be a grave understatement. Last year, as the two musicians battled it out against Marvin Gaye’s estate over their smash hit “Blurred Lines,” Williams and Thicke were tapped for legal lines of questioning, and both of them were simply not here for it. In footage from April 2014 obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Williams’ and Thicke’s interviews reveal that the singer and producer were involved in rather tense exchanges.
Williams was probed about music time signatures and the definition of “pentatonic bluegrass” and continued to repeat that he was “not comfortable” with answering the questions. As the inquiries about technical things such as reading sheet music poured in Williams consistently replied, “I’m not here to teach you music.” When the conversation finally made its way to the similarities between “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” Williams compared the feelings of the two tracks, as opposed to their actual musical make-ups.
“I see when people say they feel that, I understand that. But the truth of the matter is silk and rayon are two different things; they just feel the same,” he said.
Meanwhile, a highlight of Thicke’s deposition was his admission to being inebriated during all of the interview he’d done in 2013, citing Vicodin and alcohol as his vices of choice at the time.
“With all due respect, I was high and drunk every time I did an interview last year,” he said. “I didn’t do a single interview last year without being high on both.”
The original $7.3 million verdict against Williams and Thicke was reached in March. The cash settlement was reduced to $5.3 million in June, with the judge ruling to disallow a retrial and to include T.I. and UMG Recordings, Interscope and Star Trak Entertainment in the suit as well. Williams, Thicke and T.I. are currently seeking an appeal.
Watch clips from Pharrell and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” depositions below.