We Love TV!
This is just an unofficial fan page, we have no connection
to any shows or networks.
Please click here to vote for our site!
Interview with Kenny Loggins of "Archer" on
This was a very fun call. Kenny Loggins is a huge star
whose sang so many wonderful hits, especially when I was
growing up in the 70's, like "Danny's Song", and "Whenever I
Called You Friend", and then later "Danger Zone",
"Footloose" and he also helped write "What a Fool Believes",
as well as singing on the classic song "We Are the World".
So it was awesome to speak with him on the phone. Even
thought there were quite a few of us on the phone, he
couldn't have been nicer and let everyone get a chance, no
matter how long it took. And how we're Twitter buddies so
that's super! LOL! I hope you got a chance to see his
cartoon doppelganger on "Archer" on FX this week.
FX NETWORKS: Archer
February 26, 2014/10:30 a.m. PST
Kristy Silvernail, FX Networks / Senior Manager, Media
Kenny Loggins, Archer / “Kenny ‘K-Log’ Loggins”
Moderator Welcome to the Archer conference call. At this
time all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later we
will conduct a question and answer session. As a reminder,
this conference is being recorded.
I would now like to turn the conference over to our host,
K. Silvernail Hello, and welcome to the Archer conference
call with legendary musician Kenny Loggins. In addition to
lending his voice to an animated version of himself,
referred to as “K-Log” in next week’s episode, Kenny also
joins the reimagined alter ego, “Cherlene,” to sing a duet
of “Danger Zone” that will be performed in the episode and
available via digital platforms March 3rd with the release
of Archer’s 12-track album simply titled Cherlene. I’d like
to thank everyone for joining us today, and remind you that
this call is for print purposes only; no audio may be used.
Archer airs Monday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific
only on FX. As always, we respectfully request that you do
not post spoilers pre-air to help protect the viewing
experience for our audience.
With that said, let’s go ahead and take the first question.
Moderator Our first question comes from the line of Suzanne Lanoue from The
S. Lanoue: It’s an honor to speak with you. I grew up in the
‘70s, so I listened to all your songs on the radio.
K. Loggins: Cool. Where are you?
S. Lanoue: Do we have to call you “K-Log”? Oh, I’m in Hawaii
right now. I grew up in San Diego, though.
K. Loggins: Okay. Okay …
S. Lanoue: Yes. So we have to call you “K-Log” now?
K. Loggins: Yes, yes, that’s it from now on. It beats the
S. Lanoue: Oh, which one is that?
K. Loggins: Oh, I probably shouldn’t say it.
S. Lanoue: Oh, okay. All right. It’s X-rated. So how did this
guest starring appearance come about for you?
K. Loggins: Well, as you know, Archer’s been referring to
“Danger Zone” for a quite a while. So I have five kids, my
oldest is 33, and he thinks it was inevitable that they
would call and say “would you like to be a character on the
show.” So I think they just finally went, well, we’ve gone
so far with this joke we have to take it all the way.
S. Lanoue: So did they just call you up or any details you
can give us there?
K. Loggins: Oh, it just came through my manager. So I guess
an agent called the manager, something like that.
Moderator: We have a question from Andrea Reiher from Zap2it.
A. Reiher: Was it fun for you to get to play such an
outrageous version of yourself?
K. Loggins: I think that’s what I love about it the most is
that it really takes and extends the character beyond
anything that I’ve ever been, and I’m total badass in this
episode and it’s fun. In an interview I did this morning he
referred to it as opposite world, and I don’t know if I’d go
that far, but it’s pretty fun.
A. Reiher: Is there any other song from your discography that
you think would make a good country song?
K. Loggins: Well I never would have thought “Danger Zone”
would make a good country song. But, yes, “Footloose” was
rerecorded by Blake Shelton, because it always had country
roots to it. Especially the early stuff, the Loggins and
Messina era, lends itself to being countrified easily.
Moderator: We have a question from Lenny Pierce, The Nerdist.
L. Pierce: I have a couple questions. So did you see the
promo for season five when they did an homage to the
original “Danger Zone” video?
K. Loggins: Yes I did.
L. Pierce: What did you think of that?
K. Loggins: I thought it was really well done.
L. Pierce: Yes. It’s pretty great, right?
K. Loggins: And they hinted at my character without actually
giving it away.
L. Pierce: Right. Yes. That was pretty cool. A lot of like
shot-for-shot stuff there, which was pretty awesome.
K. Loggins: Yes. Really.
L. Pierce: I have another question, so these Kenny Loggins
references they stuck around for five seasons. At this point
it’s a pretty seasoned reference to the show. If this goes
on for more and more seasons, if the references go on, would
you be ready to make a second, third, fourth appearance?
K. Loggins: Well, I really enjoyed doing it, and I’d be happy
to do another appearance. I’m sure they’re watching to see
how it goes over, and I think the episode came out better
than we had anticipated. It really works, and I’m hoping to
get to do it again.
L. Pierce: Well, I think the fans feel the same way, this one
included. So another question, a cartoon version of you in
this episode really pushes for the nickname “K-Log.” Is that
an Archer creation or has anybody ever called you “K-Log”
before the show?
K. Loggins: No that’s a total Archer creation. I had a few
friends do it jokingly years ago when that was actually
something that people were doing, but it was always a joke.
So I’ve never been called that. That’s why it works; that’s
why the joke works is because it’s so absurd.
L. Pierce: Right. Yes. And if it catches on in real life are
you prepared to own that nickname in real life?
K. Loggins: I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Moderator: We have a question from Noel Manning from WGWG.
N. Manning: Kenny, you mentioned that you have five kids that
have connections to the love of Archer. At what point did
you realize that there was an Archer/Kenny Loggins
K. Loggins: Well, I’ve been a fan of Archer from the
beginning. My oldest boy, Crosby, turned me onto Archer
right at the very beginning. I missed the last season, but I
got back in. Yes, so I’ve watched I think from the very
beginning. Everybody was calling me going, “Have you seen
Archer’s referring to ‘Danger Zone’?” Absolutely. We saw it
right from the beginning.
N. Manning: At what point did you realize man, I’d love to be
a part of this. I know that you mentioned the agent, but was
there a time even before that that you said, “Oh, I’d love
to be on this show”?
K. Loggins: Absolutely. No, my son, Crosby, has been--now
he’s 33--and he’s been writing letters to the Archer team at
FX now for a couple years saying, “When are you going to put
my dad on the show?” I’m sure they’ve been blowing it off,
but he kept telling me, “Dad, you should get somebody on
this. You should be on that show.”
N. Manning: Just one more quick question, what was the
process like for you once you committed to doing this?
K. Loggins: They sent me the script, as first they wanted to
see if I was interested, then they wanted to check and see
if I’d be willing to sing “Danger Zone,” which I was on both
counts, and then they fleshed out the script and sent it to
me. They fleshed out the images; there were about four
different versions of me as a cartoon that they had wanted
to run by me to see which one I liked the best, and the one
that they used is sort of a composite of three different
versions of “K-Log.” So I was in on it a little bit; I was
in on the dialog a little, I was in on the image a lot. From
there I just had to go into the studio, and the director and
the writer were on the phone ISDN live with me and I was in
the studio in LA, and they directed me on how to deliver
each line, do three or four passes on each line in different
ways so they had a lot of options in the editing room.
Moderator: We have a question from Ernie Estrella from
E. Estrella: Can you talk about or share maybe your
experience with accepting the idea that your song was going
to be countrified and also the recording of that. I know
that Archer tends to record separately each individual, but
for the song itself did you actually do the duet together?
K. Loggins: No, her vocal was done already. I met the girl
who was the voice of “Cherlene” at a show recently. Really
cute girl and good voice, but enough like “Cherlene” that it
actually works. That’s the bizarre part. I didn’t believe
that they could turn “Danger Zone” into a country song,
which makes it even funnier, because that’s the last song of
my repertoire that you’d expect to be turned into a country
I don’t remember exactly what your question was, but I—
E. Estrella: Well, I mean like the arrangement itself of the
music just had to be something different, so—
K. Loggins: No. Right. No, they went ahead and did that. They
had that all done when I went in the studio and they played
it for me there, and then I just learned her phrasing and
sang along with her.
E. Estrella: And then do you expect to play this song in the
future in this format?
K. Loggins: At this point no. When people come to my show I
think they want to hear the original and you never know,
stranger things have happened. I could see me doing a duet
with her. It’d be interesting to do an animated version of
“Cherlene” singing her part and I would play the video and
sing live with that.
E. Estrella: That would be worth it. I’d go see it.
K. Loggins: Yes, let’s do that at the Emmys.
Moderator: We have a question from Bryan Cairns, Comic Book
B. Cairns: I just want to know what do you attribute to how
amazing the endurance of “Danger Zone” has been?
K. Loggins: Boy, go figure. Certainly Archer has helped it
the last five years. But for some reason three of the movies
I was in on have become cult classics. Caddyshack,
Footloose, and Top Gun all are still in the hundred most
rented movies, and when you think about the thousands of
movies that have taken place since those were made it’s
amazing that they’re still up there in that iconic level of
rentals. I have no idea. They have nothing in common with
each other except my music, and I’m not saying that that’s
why. But “Danger Zone,” Top Gun, I think there are plenty of
pseudointellectual reasons for that, but who knows really.
B. Cairns: I wanted to ask, because you mentioned Caddyshack,
Harold recently passed away. What do you recall about
landing that gig and how instrumental was he in developing
K. Loggins: Unfortunately, I didn’t have a relationship with
Harold. When they brought me in the movie was almost done
and they had one more scene to shoot with Rodney
Dangerfield, which was the close of the movie. I saw a rough
edit of almost the completed movie by the time I came in to
do “I’m Alright,” so I never really met Harold.
Moderator: We do have a question from Liz Raftery,
L. Raftery: I was wondering when your character is first
introduced in the episode it’s kind of an outsized version
of yourself that I imagine is probably not very true to
life, so I was wondering—
K. Loggins: A bit. Kind of, yes.
L. Raftery: I was wondering what you thought when you got
that part in the script?
K. Loggins: Well, I laughed out loud. I thought this is
great, it’s a great way to push the character. I was hoping
that they’d take it out of the norm, and they sure did.
L. Raftery: Did you actually get to meet Jon Benjamin and
some of the other creatives?
K. Loggins: No, unfortunately. I would love to. Everything
was done on the phone.
L. Raftery: I was wondering if they had ever gotten the
chance to explain to you where their obsession with “Danger
Zone” came and how this became a recurring joke on the show?
K. Loggins: That’s a good question, and, ironically, I never
thought to ask it, you know why me, why that song. But you
don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I love
that they did. He says he’s a big fan and that it just sort
of came out of a writing session, so I’m guessing that it
was a spontaneous thing.
Moderator: We have a question from Lauren Beverly, Rogers
L. Beverly: I was wondering what makes a good movie
soundtrack, in your opinion.
K. Loggins: Well, something that may or may not be actually
happening anymore, but I always think that the music should
enhance the visual moment that’s taking place and not
necessarily be a crosscurrent to it, but actually make the
emotion of what you’re seeing much more palpable. In my
experience, the challenge as a writer for films has been to
take what they give me and make it even more powerful if I
L. Beverly: Who are your favorite movie composers?
K. Loggins: You’re making me dig into my gray matter here.
Actually, here I’m going to have to go to my iTunes to
answer that question. Do you want to ask another one while I
look that up?
L. Beverly: Sure. What advice would you give to upcoming
artists who want to break into the music business?
K. Loggins: What’s my advice?
L. Beverly: Yes, sir.
K. Loggins: If you can quit, do it. You might as well go to
Vegas. My son tried it from the time he was like 18 to 29,
and it’s just extremely difficult. I’m looking here for my
playlist. But I think that you have to become a master of
social media to break in and really pay attention to what it
is and how it’s being done. I have a new band, and it’s like
starting from the very beginning.
Let me see here. I have my playlist up and I’m looking. John
Barry. Do you know John Barry’s work, Out of Africa?
L. Beverly: I am not familiar with his work.
K. Loggins: Somewhere In Time. John Barry, I almost wrote
with him, he’s one of the great composers. He’s up there
with John Williams, in my opinion, that kind of composer.
L. Beverly: One more question for you, could you please tell
us about your upcoming projects?
K. Loggins: Yes. I have a new band that I’m working with. We
have one record out already called Finally Home. The band is
named Blue Sky Riders, R-I-D-E-R-S, it’s Gary Burr and
Georgia Middleman out of Nashville. Gary’s in the Songwriter
Hall of Fame with sixteen number one songs to his credit and
Georgia has three, and we write everything together and sing
everything together. And that’s pretty much a crazy project,
because everybody says they’re never going to play your
stuff, you’re too old, but mostly as a creative endeavor to
hopefully write some great songs and get to stay in the
studio and keep doing what I love.
L. Beverly: That’s wonderful.
K. Loggins: Yes. And we’re working on our second record right
Moderator: We’ll go to the line of Rich Milko with
R. Milko:First off, I would totally love to see that duet at
the Emmys, so wherever I have to sign that check let’s get
K. Loggins: Okay. You have a deal.
R. Milko:What, if any, animated shows did you enjoy when you
were younger, and are you still watching animated TV today?
K. Loggins: Yes, animated show when I was younger, well, you
could probably fill in the list; I watched a lot of them, if
not all of them, when I was a kid. And, of course, The
Simpsons for years. I guess Archer is pretty much the last
of the animated shows that I watch. What am I forgetting?
Yes. No. I know the others that my son watches I don’t
watch, because I just don’t have the time, that …. There’s a
new one that they’ve been advertising a lot on. Oh, oh, of
course, Family Guy.
R. Milko:Oh yes.
K. Loggins: Yes. Family Guy I was watching forever. I haven’t
watched it this year, but that’s all based on time.
R. Milko:One more question, how do you feel rock music has
changed since your first album in 1977?
K. Loggins: How has rock music changed since actually ’71 it
R. Milko:’71. You’re right.
K. Loggins: Yes. Well, I think that electronics has probably
changed, the use of electronics and digital recording has
changed the face of pop music the most dramatically. I don’t
know whether you’ve read David Burns book or not, but he
really does an in-depth history of the evolution of rock and
roll from Bill Haley on. I think that creating music to be
perfect using electronics has changed what music is most
dramatically and the listener’s experience of music. The
live music was the predominant music, and now live music is
not the predominant source of music. Everything is pretty
much canned. And I guess that’s the answer to your question
in a nutshell.
Moderator: We have a question from Kristyn Clarke,
K. Clarke: I’m curious how you feel about the legacy that
your music has left across the entire realm of
entertainment; it’s obviously crossed into film and
television and not just music in particular.
K. Loggins: Yes. I’m proud of the fact that it’s permeated
pop culture as successfully as it’s done, and also for as
long as it’s done. It is a trip. On the one hand it’s a very
positive thing, my career to still be a part of pop culture,
on the other it makes it really difficult for my kids to
want to go into music, and we talk a lot about that. But I
would say that the answer is it’s just something that I’m
proud that it’s still relevant. It’s what I worked very hard
to do as a writer was write things that would matter to
people, and they seem to still matter.
Moderator: We have a question from Suzanne Lanoue with The TV
S. Lanoue: I was wondering, your new band, Blue Sky Riders,
will you be going on tour with them?
K. Loggins: Yes, they’re going to be. Every year the last
three years I bring Blue Sky Riders out with me, and I, we,
open for me. So we also do about two weeks of headlining on
our own, but for the most part we’ll go out for 10 weeks or
12 weeks and open for Kenny Loggins, whoever he is.
S. Lanoue: In the summer?
K. Loggins: Yes, in summer starting July.
S. Lanoue: And my friend, Emma, who works for my Website,
wanted to know if you would be coming any time this year to
her town, Toledo, Ohio?
K. Loggins: It might be; we don’t have everything on the
Moderator: We have a question from Jamie Steinberg, Starry
J. Steinberg: I was wondering what do you think it is about
Archer that makes it such a favorite program for many
K. Loggins: It’s funny, it’s smart, it’s very hip humor, and
it’s very funny. I think that’s the only reason it survives.
J. Steinberg: And you’re a part of the social networking site
Twitter. Are you looking forward to the instant feedback
you’re going to get after your episode premieres?
K. Loggins: Absolutely. I’m looking forward to all aspects of
this. And don’t tell anybody, but I kill “Archer” in this
episode. So that’s a spoiler alert there.
J. Steinberg: Well, I’m not sure how the show will continue
after that, but maybe Kenny Loggins takes over his body.
K. Loggins: Yes. Right, I’ll take over.
Moderator: We have a question from Bruce Eisen from HereIsTV.
B. Eisen: Two questions. Any chance we’re going to see a
Loggins and Messina reunion?
K. Loggins: Well, we’ve two of them. We did one in ’05 and
again in ’09, and we’re always talking about whether or not
to do another so it’s a possibility.
B. Eisen: I’ll keep my fingers crossed on that one. The other
question I had is, I heard you say earlier you don’t have
much time for TV, but are there any shows that you like to
K. Loggins: I’m trying to think if I set up to tape anything
here. Not this year. There was—I can’t remember. I’m sorry.
B. Eisen: No worries. Thanks a lot and take care.
Moderator: We have a question from Stacy Roberts,
S. Roberts: What was it like to see your animated self, and
did you choose the ‘80s version of yourself?
K. Loggins: No, they wanted a ‘80s version, and every
composite that they sent me, every shell was a variation of
the ‘80s Kenny Loggins because they just felt that would be
the most recognizable, and I have to agree.
S. Roberts: What was it like to see yourself in animated
K. Loggins: Well, I thought I looked a little bit like a
terrorist. I kept saying, “Can we push it a little bit more
towards the way I actually looked?” And they said, “Well, we
think it is.” And I went, “Okay, well let’s work with that
S. Roberts: How different is it to record a voice over as
compared to a song?
K. Loggins: Oh, it’s dramatically different. You never think
that you’re speaking— Most artists I know, and myself
included, we never think that our speaking voice is the same
as our singing voice. Our singing voice is our alter ego.
And that’s the one I’m most comfortable with, so I haven’t
really used my speaking voice that much. But I enjoyed the
process; I was in the studio for a couple hours, they
directed me in different ways to do it or the lines, and it
was really fun.
Moderator: We have a question from Noel Manning, WGWG.
N. Manning: You talked a little bit about the change in rock
music and popular music throughout the years. How have you
been able to acclimate to that change and continue writing
and continue doing what you love doing? Because sometimes
that’s difficult for performers.
K. Loggins: Well, yes, the state of pop music has changed so
dramatically. I pretty much follow what feels right to me,
which is where the fun is and whatever feels like it’s
something I can express myself in. My music has always been
sort of separate from whatever the pop trend is, because I
write what excites me and gets me connected to what I’m
feeling. So over the years I’ve shifted and changed.
I think one of the things that’s allowed me to be around for
so long is that I had two big brothers who were in two
different kinds of music, so they raised me on country
music, folk music, and R&B, rock and roll. My one big
brother was into Platters, Coasters, Little Richard, on into
Elvis, and all the rock and roll that came, including the
Beatles years later, and so he was always guiding me in that
direction. My other brother was big into folk music and some
country. So I like to say I have two cradle languages, and
I’ve recorded in a couple of different styles because they
come natural to me.
Right now I’m working with Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman
out of Nashville, and our sound is more country rock again,
like where I started with Messina, and that’s comfortable
for me, too. So I don’t feel like I’m pretending or trying
to put on a cowboy hat and be cowboy Ken; it’s just part of
what I’ve done my whole career.
Moderator: Our next question is from Ernie Estrella from
E. Estrella: I wanted to know was there a particular line
that you had to do over and over again or that maybe you had
K. Loggins: Good question. I wish I had a good answer. There
was one line that was a little bit trouble. It was around
the swimming pool scene. I don’t have the script memorized
so I can’t remember the line, but I must have read it about
10 different ways. I think it was getting sucked out of the
pool and that whole kind of screaming thing, “Scream it
louder. Scream it different.” Where you going to go with
But that would be a good question for the writer, whose name
is escaping me right now—I should have his name here—because
there were a few lines that we went around on, and more than
once. Because the thing was they weren’t exactly sure how
they were going to play this, and I think they were leaving
it open to see how well I would read their lines and how I
would interpret what they had so that they would write based
on my ability. But I’d like to think they were pleasantly
surprised and we could go pretty much anywhere they wrote,
so that allowed them to lock down the direction they wanted.
E. Estrella: Then you also said that you’ve become a fan of
Archer. What’s your take on this particular season that
you’ve been able to see at least a few episodes of it in
K. Loggins: Yes. I was surprised when they decided to go into
the cocaine business and I wasn’t sure what they were going
to do with that, still not. I was a little worried on those
first couple episodes, because I didn’t do a lot of
laughing, and I thought, well, they must be trying to
establish this premise and they may be having trouble
finding the humor in it. But I think certainly last week
it’s taken off now, so I’m not worried.
E. Estrella: Do you have a particular favorite character of
K. Loggins: Sort of. I think, of course, “Archer,” who always
has the good lines. I like “Lana,” she’s the voice of reason
this year certainly, almost always.
E. Estrella: Are you a “Pam” fan?
K. Loggins: “Pam” has definitely taken on a bigger role this
year, and, of course, “Cherlene.” I guess I should be a
“Cherlene” fan now, now that she’s so good at singing. Who
am I forgetting? “Krieger.” Right. I feel like I’m
forgetting one of them, but definitely “Lana” and “Archer”
are on the top of my list.
Moderator: We have a question from Suzanne Lanoue, TV
S. Lanoue: I was wondering, what do you think is in that
K. Loggins: I’ll tell you, I think a second episode is in
S. Lanoue: Well, I hope we find out, because it’s driving me
K. Loggins: Yes. No, it’s the souls of the damned are in
S. Lanoue: Well, “Archer” has to be in there, and his mom, I
guess. All right. Well thank you for talking to us today. I
really appreciate it. I enjoyed the episode.
Moderator: We have a question from Stacy Roberts,
S. Roberts: Kenny, having been on three of the biggest
soundtrack songs of all time have you ever thought about
getting into acting?
K. Loggins: Off and on I have, but not seriously enough to
actually dedicate myself to doing it. I’m thinking it might
be fun to try, though, because if you can take your career
and the legacy that it’s built over this 30 some years and
use it for something, well, if I really wanted to go into
Broadway or a film maybe I can parlay it into that. I
haven’t really pursued that. I like the voice over thing;
I’d like to do more of that.
S. Roberts: Well, hopefully Archer will bring you back again
K. Loggins: That would be fun.
K. Silvernail: We don’t show any more questions in queue, so
I want to thank everyone again for joining us today, and
especially Kenny. We really appreciate your time. As a
reminder, Archer airs Monday nights at 10:00 Eastern and
Pacific only on FX, and you can get your hands on a digital
version of Archer’s Cherlene album on March 3rd. Thanks so
much, and have a great day.
Moderator: That does include our conference for today. Thank
you for your participation and for using AT&T Executive
Teleconference. You may now disconnect.
Back to the Main Articles
Back to the Main Primetime TV Page
We need more episode guide recap writers, article
writers, MS FrontPage and Web Expression users, graphics designers, and more, so
please email us
if you can help out! More volunteers always
Page updated 3/6/14