During an interview last July on the BBC 4 radio program Desert Island Discs, actor Tim Robbins joked at one point that this forthcoming debut album perhaps should be titled “The Midlife Crisis Album,” or maybe even “Songs of Love and Misery.”

Released in September, the import was actually called “Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band.” But by then, it didn’t matter. The actor’s innocent deadpan joke had been re-purposed around the world, via print and online mediums that lost all nuance of the original delivery. Ahead of some Australian concert dates later this month, Robbins chatted at the Chateau Marmont with Sydney Morning Herald contributor Bernard Zuel about this very strange viral vortex:

“It was pretty surreal,” Robbins says, shaking his head slowly. “If you listen to the original [BBC 4] interview, it is so clear I am making a joke: she’s laughing, I’m laughing… It is so clearly a self-effacing moment.”

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