5 Examples of The Awkward Genius of Nardwuar
  • MONDAY, JULY 09, 2012

  • Posted by: Andrew Gruttadaro

Things you need to know about Nardwuar the Human Serviette: he was born John Ruskin, he's Canadian (oh, is he!), he's kind of a weirdo, and he's the best interviewer in music. Nardwuar's schtick, which he's been honing for over twenty years, is this: he does an immense, unbelievable amount of research and then uses that knowledge to wow his interviewees and bring them back to their childhood days (usually by presenting the artists with significant gifts). Oh, and he wears really bizarre clothes and a pom-pom hat and is extremely loud and awkward. His last interview, with Sharon Van Etten, has everything that makes a good Nardwuar interview: excitable but bewildered interviewees, random far-fetched connections between the interviewees and Canada, and a classic "WTF" reaction after Nardwuar's signature sign-off. It got us thinking about the best Nardwuar interviews ever. Here they are, in no particular order, and not surprisingly, all but one of them involves rappers. A$AP Rocky vs. Nardwaur
Here, Rocky is with the whole A$AP crew while Nardwuar does some grilling. The group's interactions are pretty great, and their appreciation for Nardwuar is also fun to behold. "You a fuckin' psychic genius," says Rocky at one point. Watch all the way through for a pretty fantastic sign-off. N.E.R.D. vs. Nardwuar
This interview with N.E.R.D. is the pinnacle of rapper-Nardwaur-appreciation. "This is one of the most impressive interviews I've ever experienced in my life," Pharrell gushes after Nardwuar presents him with a rare copy of Pharrell's first record. We're glad that Pharrell gets the Human Serviette's brilliance, because some people don't. Speaking of... Nas vs. Nardwuar
It starts out like any other. Nardwuar presents gifts, Nas is impressed. But as the surprises keep coming you can see Nas starting to feel a little uncomfortable, as if Nardwuar might know Nas' Gmail password. Then Nas asks if he can keep some of the toys and... Nardwuar says no. Things go downhill from there and culminate in maybe the best Nardwuar quote ever: "You are fuckin' nuts. You are a fuckin' psycho." Snoop Dogg vs. Nardwuar
This one might be more due to Mr. Snoop Dogg than Nardwuar. First of all, it's really nice to know that Snoop knows about The Gourds' "Gin and Juice" cover. But the best moment of this interview happens within the first minute. I mean really, on what other interview show would you get to see Snoop Dogg microwave a blunt for eleven seconds? Rock out with your cock out, I guess? Metta World Peace vs. Nardwuar
Yep, Nardwuar interviews athletes too. This one, it's just amazing. It's so amazingly amazing that we can't keep talking about how amazing it is. Amazing! Hope you enjoyed. Doot Doola Doot Doo! (Doot Doo).
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