Michael Bolton on Lunching With Mike Judge, Writing His Autobiography, and Singing the Motown Classics

One of the most surprising things you learn when interviewing singer Michael Bolton is that he has a sense of humor about himself.

Not only did he make recent appearances roasting himself on the sitcom Two and a Half Men and record the self-skewering "Jack Sparrow" with Lonely Island but he also thinks the 1999 comedy Office Space -- in which a character bearing his name calls him an "ass-clown" -- is "hilarious." He even wants to be part of any potential sequel.

It's probably pretty easy to be forgiving when you've sold 75 million albums. After years struggling to make it as a hard-rock singer with the band Blackjack, Bolton found his niche in the late '80s reinterpreting classic R&B songs like "When a Man Loves a Woman" and "Georgia on My Mind." He continues this tradition with his newest album of Motown covers, Ain't No Mountain High Enough.

In a far-reaching interview with New Times in which no topic was out of bounds, Bolton told us about his love for Motown, how he keeps his golden vocal chords in shape, and, yes, he even shares his thoughts about Office Space.

KEEP NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH FREE... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
David Rolland is a freelance writer for New Times Broward-Palm Beach and Miami New Times. His novel, The End of the Century, published by Jitney Books, is available at many fine booksellers.
Contact: David Rolland