The Oakland A’s currently have one of the youngest rosters in all of baseball. The team’s also got as much of the rock & roll spirit as any team in the league! Former A’s infielder Scott Spiezio has his own band, starting pitcher Barry Zito is a big music lover who spends most of his down-time playing the guitar, and even general manager Billy Beane is a huge Ramones fan! Here’s what some of the members of “Generation A’s” are currently groovin’ to?
Barry Zito (Cy Young Award-winning pitcher) *Ben Folds, Dave Matthews
Dave Justice (outfielder & ex-hubby of Halle Berry) *Busta Rhymes, Madonna, Pink
Tim Hudson (pitcher) *Puddle of Mudd, Outkast
Terrence Long (outfielder) *Juvenile, Ludacris, Nas
Eric Chavez (Gold Glove-winning third baseman) *Nothing but techno mixes
Cody McKay (minor-league catcher) *Puddle of Mudd, Creed, Third Day, Cody’s Advice: “Don’t be duped into buying CDs by The Calling because of one good song?and you can quote me on that!”
Ron Washington (shit-talking third base coach) *Mystikal, Usher, Heavy D, Ice Cube, Luther Vandross, Barry White, Bill Withers, Isley Brothers, Aaliyah
Billy Beane (too cool general manager) *The Ramones Anthology, XTC’s Greatest Hits
Art Howe (old school manager) *”Nothing really?I pretty much just listen to some country and oldies on the radio.”
In addition to being one of the best young pitchers in baseball today, 24-year-old A.L. Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito of the Oakland A’s is also a real music lover who spends much of his down-time writing songs, working on his guitar skills, and playing with his sister Sally’s band at such Hollywood hot spots as Club Lingerie and Highland Grounds.
WC: So tell me a little bit about your family’s background in the music business. BZ: Well, my Dad started out composing and arranging. He was writing a lot of stuff, but he was a conductor, and he composed and arranged for Nat King Cole. And then he did a lot of arrangements for the Buffalo Symphony, which is one of the best symphonies in the country. I think they were a 104-piece symphony, which is about as big as it gets. And he worked with a lot of people. I don’t know how much work he did with guys like Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington, but I know that they were all friends and he knew all the greats and hung out with all those people.
WC: So growing up, you had quality music around you from as far back as you can remember. BZ: Yeah, I mean I was a little too young to know a lot of those people he hung out with because I came along in ’78. And that was a little beyond when he was doing all that big stuff with those people. But I grew up in Vegas until I was 7, and that’s a huge music town, as far as show tunes and lounge acts and all that stuff.
WC: So I guess we’re lucky you’re not doing a lounge act today! BZ: Yeah, exactly!
WC: So growing up, what’s the first band you remember really being into? BZ: Well I was really into Led Zeppelin as a kid. But when I first started listening to music, I was really into hip-hop, rap, and all that stuff. Some of it’s good, but some stuff is a little less than good.
WC: Do you remember the first album or CD you ever bought? BZ: It’d have to be “Physical Graffiti” by Led Zeppelin.
WC: I guess that’s the first album teenagers have been buying for nearly 30 years now! BZ: Yeah, I know. But it’s such a great album. It’s two CDs. “Ten Years Gone” was probably my favorite song. But once I came out of the rap thing, I really got into classic rock–Led Zeppelin, Boston, Starship, the Doobie Brothers.
WC: You should have been born 10 years earlier. That’s what was on the radio when I was growing up! BZ: I know, man!
WC: Do you remember the first concert you ever went to? BZ: Yeah, my sister Sally dragged me out to see Aerosmith when I was like 7 or 8. This was in the ’80s, and she and her friend had their big teased hair and everything. I’m this little 8-year-old, and they dressed me up in slacks and a jacket. And they’re all rockin’ out! It was at the Sports Arena in San Diego, I remember that!
WC: So they were these big-haired southern California rock chicks? BZ: Yeah, there was a big ’80s thing workin’ there!
WC: So what’s the best live show you’ve ever been to? BZ: Wow, I’d say one of the best shows I’ve ever seen was when I saw Ben Folds in New York. And it was his first-ever solo show, just him and a piano. He had always gone out and played encores with a piano without the rest of the band. But this was his first time doing it just completely solo. I mean that was just a moving experience! My sister got completely inspired by that. I flew her to New York with me and we got a hotel and everything. And it was such a big hit for him that he’s doing a tour now, just Ben Folds and a piano.
WC: I heard you were just hanging out with him recently. BZ: Yeah, that was great. I got a chance to meet him when we were in New York. And then I’ve been e-mailing his tour manager–he’s a baseball fan. I just sat down with Ben for like a half-hour and shot the shit for a little while. It’s great. He’s just a normal guy. He lives in Australia. Just a down-home North Carolina guy, but with this unbelievable musical talent. And then the other show that I really loved was probably the only time I’ve ever seen Dave Matthews, which was at something in San Francisco called the Bridge School Benefit.
WC: The Neil Young thing? BZ: Yeah, and everyone does it for free. And it was so moving because Dave came on stage, and I wasn’t really even that into him at this point. But it was an all-acoustic concert, so his band wasn’t even there. He just came on stage with his guitar, and he only played 5 or 6 songs, just him and his guitar. And that really just kind of launched me into Dave Matthews. And since then, I’ve bought every guitar book on him, and every CD, and every live bootleg I can find.
WC: Obviously, somewhere along the line you decided that baseball was going to be your major focus even though most everyone in your family had pretty much gone in a musical direction. When did you later decide that you really were interested in music too and wanted to get serious about getting into it? BZ: Well, I played piano when I was young. When I was 12 years old, I picked up this Mozart piece and learned it from front to back just on a whim. I spent a week and learned it just because I wanted to. And I played it great! And after that, I always thought ‘Okay, if I want to go that route, I can.’ But I never touched the piano again. And then in 2000, during my first spring training here, I started playing guitar because I knew the road trips and all that stuff were going to get a little monotonous. So this is a nice break from all the pressure and strain of playing baseball in front of 50,000 people.
WC: And it gives you something constructive to do with all that free time. BZ: Yeah, instead of just sitting around playing video games like a lot of people.
WC: Or getting into trouble! BZ: Well, I save some time for that too!
WC: There’s always a little time for that! BZ: Yeah, exactly! But I mean, I always knew I was musically inclined. The question was just when I was going to get in touch with it. And now I feel like I have.
WC: So I guess you’ve been spending a lot of time working on your guitar-playing lately. BZ: Yeah, I’ve had a Taylor, which is just the most amazing guitar ever. Actually, I was trying to find out what kind of guitar Dave Matthews plays. It turns out he plays a Martin, but I’ve heard that he’s been playing Taylors too. Taylors are actually local, they’re from San Diego. But God, those are just unreal. I’m probably going to get a lot of those in my day!
WC: Your team’s general manager, Billy Beane, is a big music fan. Have you ever talked to him about music? BZ: Yeah, he actually recommended the Strokes to me, and I got into them in the off-season. They’re pretty sweet. I had tickets to go see them in San Diego, but I had to fly to Alabama at the last minute. But the girl I was dating at the time went to see them, and she said the band got so wasted the night before that after the third song, the guy couldn’t even sing anymore!
WC: Well, sometimes that happens?that’s rock & roll! BZ: Yep, that’s rock & roll!
Punk rocker Johnny Ramone & baseball executive Billy Beane
Some people might think the worlds of baseball and punk rock don’t have an awful lot in common. But just try telling that to punk rock legend and baseball freak Johnny Ramone and Oakland A’s general manager and punk rock freak Billy Beane!
You’ll have a mighty hard time finding a punk rock icon more devoted to our national pastime, and an even harder time finding a baseball executive who was buying Ramones and Sex Pistols 8-tracks way back in ’78. The dynamic duo recently got together out at the ballpark for an enlightening little chit-chat?
BB: Johnny, I might turn into a crazy fan here and just gush for a few minutes. But I went out and got the “Rocket To Russia” 8-track when I was 16. When I first heard you I went, “Oh my God!” It was like I was enlightened! JR: Hey, and I wanted to be a baseball player? I just fell into this!
BB: When we were in the playoffs two years ago in New York, Johnny, I made the cab driver take me to CBGB’s in my suit and tie and take a picture out in front of the awning there. JR: I went and did that when we went into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this past March when we got inducted. I probably took my first picture there since about 1974. I went inside for the first time in about 20 years too. And Hilly, who runs the place, was actually nice to me. He was never nice to me before. He gave me a t-shirt?he wouldn’t even give me a free soda before!
BB: Well I’ve read all the biographies. You were actually a construction worker at first, right? JR: Yeah, I was a construction worker. I was a steam-fitter for five years. I bought a guitar when I was 26 years old.
BB: That’s amazing! JR: Billy, we have a Ramones tribute record coming out. And we’ve got Rob Zombie, the Chili Peppers, Metallica, U2, Green Day, Rancid, The Pretenders, KISS, Tom Waits, a really good lineup.
BB: Now is Tom Waits gonna sing a Ramones song? JR: Yeah, Tom Waits did a Ramones song. Eddie Vedder did two Ramones songs on it. U2 did “Beat On The Brat.” Metallica did “53rd & 3rd.”
BB: Well I read Dee Dee’s autobiography, so I remember what that song was about! JR: Nobody sang about this kind of stuff. I mean, here’s Dee Dee writing about some Vietnam veteran coming back and becoming a male prostitute?and a Green Beret on top of it!
BB: Do you know Lars Frederiksen, the guitar player for Rancid? JR: Yeah. Wow, you really know your punk rock!
BB: Yeah, he’s a huge A’s fan. He lives in San Francisco. In fact, his mother’s a season-ticket holder and we talk on occasion. He’ll call me when we make a trade. JR: Oh yeah? Lars calls me up like once a year and we usually talk about old movies or horror films. I’ll have to run some baseball by him next time.
BB: Well, I actually gave Scott Hatteberg, our first baseman, the DVD of “The Filth & The Fury,” and I had to explain the whole history of how Malcom McLaren had come over to New York and had sort of managed the Dolls? JR: One time he was in our dressing room up at the Whiskey, and I’m already offended that this guy was in my dressing room, and he says to some girl I was seeing at the time, “Hey, what’s his problem?” And I go, “What’s my problem?” And I punched him. Then I pick up Dee Dee’s bass and I go to hit him over the head with it, and they drag him out. I don’t need this guy asking, “What’s my problem?”
BB: A couple of years ago when the Pistols did their reunion tour, I came this close to getting into a fistfight at the concert. I was the assistant general manager of the A’s at the time, so my brother grabs me and goes, “You don’t need to be getting into fights at punk rock concerts!” JR: That would have been terrific, yeah!
BB: The purists would say, “Oh, you can’t go see the Pistols now, it’s not the same thing.” But I’ll tell you what, it was great! JR: The best band I’ve seen since I got started in like ’74 were the Clash at a certain point?like around ’77-’78.
BB: I saw them when they came over to the States on their first tour. JR: The first concert I went to see was the Rolling Stones in 1964. It was at Carnegie Hall in New York. I remember the date, June 20th, 1964.
BB: My first one was KISS. JR: I see Paul Stanley around here. I’ve got him on the Ramones tribute record and he’s a really nice guy.
BB: You guys played out here, Johnny, I think it ended up being your last tour. It was an outdoor amphitheater up in Concord, and I want to say it was ’93. JR: Well, the last tour would be ’96 when I did Lollapalooza. That was the last thing that I did. I retired then, and the only time I’ve ever played again was one song with Pearl Jam. They did a Ramones song and they wanted me to play one song with them.
BB: Well, Dee Dee was actually up here about a year ago. JR: Yeah, Dee Dee died, you know?
BB: Yeah, I remember the day it happened in fact. JR: You know, from watching athletes play beyond their prime, I wanted to retire and stay retired. I did not want to get up there and perform, and be past my prime. I was already, but I had to continue on to reach a certain amount where I could comfortably retire. So I had planned out my retirement probably five years before I retired. And I’m definitely sticking to it. I don’t even touch the guitar.
BB: Well in terms of your guitar-playing, as you got older, did you find yourself more interested in doing more with the guitar, or did you just love the style that you? JR: No! I never even touched the guitar. When I’d walk on the stage, that’s when I touched the guitar!
BB: Just had a callous on that index finger, right? JR: Yeah, we’d keep touring and playing all the time. I just loved playing for the fans, otherwise to me it was like I hated being on the road. I loved getting on the stage and playing the hour-and-fifteen-minute show for the fans. Rhino just put out the next four albums starting with “End of the Century,” “Pleasant Dreams,” “Subterranean Jungle,” and “Too Tough To Die.” They came up with bonus tracks and demos and everything else.
BB: I was just saying?I never get tired of it! I go into a ballpark now, and some of the riffs that you guys had I hear in ballparks, and commercials? JR: Oh yeah, it’s so funny. Actually, I sit there, and when it comes on, if I’m at the ballpark, I feel embarrassed and I’ll look down. I try to hide. “Hey, ho, let’s go!” They play it at Yankee Stadium all the time.
BB: Well it must be flattering, especially when you think about the first time you guys put that riff together, and you’re thinking “Hey, this works!” And then? JR: Well, we had written that song because we had heard the Bay City Rollers doing “Saturday Night.” And we thought that was our competition, the Bay City Rollers. So we had to come up with a song that had a chant ’cause they had one too.
Nelly Heise – Git & Vox Bub Heise – Bass Git Vladimir Stak – Bangin’ and such Columbus, Ohio; and St. Paul, Minnesota www.munkeyjuice.com
1. You’re in hell…what’s on the radio? Nelly: I was once told all the good bands are in hell. Anywho, Catherine Zeta-Jones singing anything, J. Lo, Cher, and Limp Bizkit. Bub: I think if I was in hell, Mahler’s 3rd would be perfect to keep you forever ill at ease, but I think the sad but true answer would be Nicole Kidman and Robbie Williams singing the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge, Mahler would be so much cooler though. V. Stak: “Have You Forgetten?” by Darryl Worley.
2. What was your first musical experience? Nelly: My Mom playing the Beatle’s “White Album”, and asking “Doing what in the road?” Bub: Banging on my Mom’s Baby Grand, now I bang on a Casio that lights up and automatically plays Celine Dion songs. V. Stak: Goofing around on a drum set my friend had at his house. The cymbals were so cheap I had to bend them back into shape after playing.
3. What is in your cd player now? Nelly: Wilco- A.M. Bub: A Bootleg of Jeff Tweedy at the Living Arts Theatre in Chicago. V. Stak: Tray 1: Ween “Pure Guava” Tray 2: Ween “Chocolate and Cheese” Tray 3: Ween “The Pod” Tray 4: Mysteriously empty for some odd reason Tray 5: Flaming Lips “Transmissions from the Satellite Heart” Yeah, I’m on a Ween kick.
4. What is the best live performance you’ve ever seen? Worst? Nelly: Camper Van Beethoven, the first of the reunion shows at the Knitting Factory in NY. The worst was Tesla, but hey I was 14 and it was my first concert and a couple of seniors took me. Firehouse was the opening band. Bub: A Dutch Orchestra’s performance of Mahler’s 3rd at the University of Salzburg in the Autumn of 2001. It was flawless. Worst? A modern production of Aida at the same theatre. I’ve never seen a director stray so far away from such a simple theme. V. Stak: Probably a Wilco show I went to a few months back. The worst is easily a They Might Be Giants show I saw at Denison University about 7 years ago. The band played fine. It was the crowd that sucked.
5. Musical influences? Velvet Underground, Modern Lovers, Kinks, Pavement, Pixies, Stones, CVB, T. Rex, Wilco, The Minus Five, Superchunk, My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo.
6. What’s the weirdest gig moment or road trip you’ve had? Nelly: Being Applauded. Bub: Not getting booed every time we play Jesus On The Run. V. Stak: Seeing a couple dry-hump each other in front of the stage during a set.
7. What is the worst job you’ve ever had? Nelly: Late Night Buggy Vendor Bub: Server at Applebee’s. V. Stak: A letter sorter in the mailroom of a factory.
8. Do you think people should be able to download music from the internet for free? Nelly: Yes, with the band’s permission. Bub: Hell yes. V. Stak: Sure. Usually when I download a free song I end up buying the album later on anyway. Plus, it’s great exposure for lesser-known bands.
9. Have you ever been in jail, and if so, why? Nelly: Yes, Public Intox, and DUI. Now I’m in Recovery and training to be an alcohol and drug counselor. (This is true.) Bub: Does detained count? I was illegally detained for open container and under age and forced to listen to the country station in the cop car. I got off not guilty, but it was a pain. V. Stak: I’ve never had the pleasure. Though twice in 1999 I came close.
10. What is the performer and/or song are you most ashamed for liking? Nelly: Duran Duran and INXS. Bub: Norah Jones. V. Stak: Ladytron. Mostly because of the flak I get from the other band members for liking them.
11. What product would you endorse for free and why? Nelly: Cell phones that killed people who used them, or Diet Coke since I drink a 12 pack a day, or my dad’s pizza shop: Earl’s Village Pizza! Bub: Railways, Bus Lines or electric cars- something has got to be changed about our transportation system. V. Stak: Nothing. No one gets a free lunch from Stak.
12. Major accomplishments in your band (besides keeping it together)? Nelly: Putting out 5, soon to be 6 albums in two years. Bub: Staying prolific and diverse in sound. V. Stak: I guess designing and developing our web site. It was the first major web project I took on after quitting my lame-ass job.
13. Tell us a groupie or gushy fan story you’ve experienced- be it yourself or someone else? Nelly: A show we played in Zanesville, Ohio, a couple of fourteen year-old kids were worshipping us like rock stars and begging for autographs. They continued to email us for a while, until the recent Iraqi war started and I stated Bush was a Nazi, er, I’m sorry that Bush is a Nazi. As for girls, see V. Stak’s answer. Bub: N/A. V. Stak: I really wish I had a good one, but I don’t. We don’t seem to attract the ladies too well.
14. How did you find your bandmembers? Through friends, ads or poaching? Nelly: Bub is my little brother, and I made him play bass, and V. Stak and I where in a band called “The Giddyup Jesus” in college. Bub: Nel is my brother; V. Stak was in a band earlier with my brother and went to school with him. V. Stak: I met Nelson through a mutual friend, and Bubba through Nelson.
15. You’re in heaven…what’s on the radio? Nelly: Endless live performances of the Velvet Underground with the original line-up: Lou Reed, John Cale, Mo Tucker, and Sterling Morrison. Bub: “She’s a Jar” – Wilco, or “Heaven” -Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. V. Stak: All of the Minus Five albums looping in order of their original release.
Rob – Lead Vocals, Guitar Borja – Bass, Vocals Stephen – Drums, Vocals Hollywood LoudenSwain.com
1. You’re in hell…what’s on the radio? Celine Dion and a rock block of boy bands.
2. What was your first musical experience? Abba or Kiss, or music in church, 8 track tapes of Sinatra… It1s all a blur…
3. What is in your cd player now? Celine Dion & Menuedo… Just kidding. U2 Greatest Hits, Queens of the Stone Age, the new Radiohead, Wilco, All-American Rejects
4. What is the best live performance you’ve ever seen? Worst? Best: Rage w/the Foo Fighters or U2 Joshua Tree Tour; Worst – Motley Crue in 99. 5. Musical influences? Cheap Trick, The Cars, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Replacements, R.E.M.
6. What1s the weirdest gig moment or road trip you1ve had? We were playing the Viper Room and these girls started throwing their panties at Borja. We always knew he was the ladies man in the band.
7. What is the worst job you’ve ever had? I [Stephen] worked at McDonald1s in high school, it SUCKED – on the last day I accidentally dumped the grease trap all over the floor 5 minutes before I was supposed to clock out. I think they1re still trying to clean it up. Borja had a sweet gig at Marshall1s in the women1s shoe department.
8. Do you think people should be able to download music from the internet for free? If a band decides to give people free downloads at their own site, then that1s cool. But mass downloading needs to go into a subscription type service. If people continue to downlaod music for free, the real artists will starve and we1ll be left with corporate rock. Apple1s got a great thing going on right now with iTunes, and Roxio is trying to launch Napster 2.0 which will be the same deal, $.99 per song, which is a good price. The reality is that artists make a big chunk of their living through CD sales, if that disappears, we1re fucked. Is $.99 per song really that much to help support great music?
9. Have you ever been in jail, and if so, why? Nope… Not yet anyway… Although we have all been to Alcatraz.
10. What is the performer and/or song are you most ashamed for liking? Justin Timberlake – 3Cry Me A River2 – the production is great… But he1s such a wiener. The Carpenter1s are up there too.
11. What product would you endorse for free and why? Quiznos – Ya just can1t beat that toasted taste! See, we1re endorsing them already.
12. Major accomplishments in your band (besides keeping it together)? Our 3Overachiever2 EP, we recorded it on our own for less than $2K; and reaching out to fans in places like Malaysia, China, Venezuela, and the UK through our website.
13. Tell us a groupie story you1ve experienced – be it yourself or someone else. We could tell you, but then we1d have to kill you.
14. How did you find your bandmembers? Through friends, ads or poaching? We met up through mutual friends. Rob & Borja went to Northwestern University as did a high school friend of mine [Stephen] who introduced us. Thanks Kretz.
15. You’re in heaven…what’s on the radio? Cheap Trick, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, Cars, The Police, Prince, Parlament… Good God we1re getting FUNKY now! Too much to list here!
Former Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick was recently inducted into the Guitar Center’s Rock Walk on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
But the compulsively creative sexagenarian is now making her living in the art world by bringing her psychedelic sensibilities to popular portraits of former rock contemporaries like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan.
WC: So if you were starting over, would you go into rock & roll again or would you prefer to go into the art world? GS: I’m too lazy for rock & roll today, because the kids now have to change their clothes every five minutes and know how to dance and work out so their abs are okay and do all the videos and all this other stuff. They have about eight billion awards shows, and I’m too lazy for all that. So I don’t know that I’d go into it.
WC: So art might suit you a little better at this point? GS: Art might suit me a little better, because rock & roll’s way too much trouble. The only person who just kind of does rock & roll without all the exploding chickens is Dave Matthews, who’s very good. That’s old-fashioned rock & roll–you just put your clothes on and do your thing! But women in particular have to deal with all this stuff about how you look, and your abs, and your outfits?
WC: So you’re not ready to be Britney Spears at this point, huh? GS: No! I mean, I couldn’t have done that. I don’t look like that anyway. I never have. A lot of us were real ugly in those days! There were no videos then, so we had pockmarks and fat guys and everything.
WC: So thankfully, you weren’t being run on MTV twenty times a day at that point! GS: That’s right! And we started with MTV when I was about 40. And I just thought, “Oh, shit!”
WC: How do you feel about all these old rock stars who are still out there strutting around? GS: That would be their problem. But it’s not my problem! I’m not comfortable leaping around and having my wrinkles follow me when I jump, but some people are. And if they are, and people want to show up, go right ahead!
WC: But that’s not you. GS: No, I’m just not comfortable with that. I also would not have been comfortable, when I was 25, playing jacks in a schoolyard with a bunch of 8-year-olds. Just not interested. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and I had a great time. But it’s over!
“…an eight-piece, rave-metal freak show ” – Metal Edge
“…darkly erotic – in the most insane kind of way.” – Album Network
Interview by Cindy Pop Photos by Therese McKeon
We caught up with Skinny on his cellphone in Hartford, Conn. He was on his way into Guitar Center.
Cindy – Hey Skinny? what are you buying?
Skinny – Just supplies, stuff we need for the band for the tour.
Cindy – I love the cd, I was surprised, I got the press kit, and said oh no, a metal band that wears masks, yikes, and I put on the cd and loved it. Skinny – It’s that never judge a book by cover thing.
Cindy – The music is great, so dark and yet beautiful and dramatic, very surreal… Skinny – and dark and creepy…
Cindy – I love creepy… Skinny – well, that’s us…
Cindy – Describe your band and it’s music? Skinny – With 8 members it keeps a wide variety happening, very aggressive, aggressive like a rollercoaster, it’s up and down like real life, we are trying to represent all of the elements and emotions instead of just one.
Cindy – Is it cool being in a band with your brother? Skinny – Yea, Gravy, we’ve been in a lot of bands together, we got another band, which we still do, he wasn’t the original guitarist for Mushroomhead, he joined us about a year ago.
Cindy – What does the world need to know about your band? Skinny – They need to know what they’re missing, they need to know what they don’t know, they need to come and see us.
Cindy – A quick band history? Skinny – Formed in 92, played first show in 93, first cd in 95, recorded, mixed, mastered and issued independently, got picked up by Universal.
Cindy – They reissued the original “XX” (Double X) one you put out ? Skinny – Yea, but they wanted to remix it.
Cindy – Is it a lot different from your original, better quality? Skinny – Quality is a matter of opinion, it is different, some of the songs I like them redone, some I still like our originals better, some our guys like it and some don’t, its hard to redo something after a year, you get use to it being the way it was, it was a good experience though.
Cindy – Do you feel like you are still true to yourselves? Skinny – Yea, after 8 years and 3 albums before Universal we have a pretty fair idea what we want to do and I will always still be doing the producing.
Cindy – You have a song on the Scorpion King soundtrack, have you seen the movie? Skinny – It’s a brand new song, its not on this release, I haven’t seen it, some of the guys have seen it.
Cindy – What’s your opinion of the music industry? Skinny – It’s a crazy world, I don’t know if I do it again if I had the choice (chuckles), its really cool, music right now is really strange to me, theres some real heavy bands out there, and then theres some other bands coming out of leftfield that I don’t get at all, but that’s okay, if I liked everything, it would be boring.
Cindy – What does the music industry need more or less of? Skinny – More variety, I think people need to do more of their own thing, and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing, or how everyone else is going to feel about what they’re presenting, a lot of bands to me, sound much to much alike.
Cindy – To much of the same formula? Skinny – Same formula, as far as writing songs, same tuning of guitars, same vocal style, a lot of labels and bands think oh, it worked for those guys, lets do that again, oh, sure , it may work but it doesn’t come across as genuine.
Cindy – What makes your band different (laughs), although I think I know? I love the masks, theres one guy not wearing one? Skinny – Yea, we got two singers and they both wear makeup on stage, in the photos though one of the vocalists is wearing a mask.
Cindy – You’re touring alot right now? Any memorable moments? Skinny – We are, alot, Its kinda a blur as your doing it, so it’s hard to think of moments, but when youre done and you stop and look back and its like wow, we just did a thousands of mles across the United States.
Cindy – Any fav town you’ve played? Skinny – Where we are at right now has been great, Hartford, Conn area, and Massechussets, it has been great shows, crowd response, even radio support.
Cindy – Anything cool coming up for the band? Skinny – We are looking forward to the fall, we got a lot of cool stuff we are doing in the summer, we got Local Bazooka and Ozzfest, but in the fall we are going to do our own headling Halloween tour during the month of October.
Cindy – Cool. Is the Halloween tour coming to LA? Skinny – I believe so, we roll through LA on the Ozzfest to, not sure where or what venue?
Cindy – Anything to add for online fans? Skinny – Thanks for the support, everyone has been great, check out the websites so you can stay informed, Check us at Ozzfest, Local Bazooka, pick up the record, we will be back.
Cindy – Hey, I’ll go see you on the Halloween tour! Thanks, Skinny! Skinny – Take care, thanks for the support!