Tutaj znajdziecie różne wywiady z The Offspring. Na razie dostępne są one (w większości) tylko w angielskiej wersji językowej ale jak tylko czas mi na to pozwoli (a mam go coraz mniej) ;) postaram się je spolszczyć ;) Zapraszam do bardzo ciekawej lektury :)
8) Artykuł z Wall of Sound, 25 września 2000
Offspring Album Download Axed
As anticipated late last week, the Offspring, under pressure from its record label, has called off plans to make its new album, Conspiracy of One, available for free download a month before its commercial release on Nov. 14.
Two weeks ago, the Southern California punk act announced an extensive online promotional campaign to gear up for the record's release. First it planned to make "Original Prankster" available for download in MP3 format - at no charge - via www.offspring.com and a host of other sites. Then, in late October, the complete album was to be free for the taking.
Additionally, users who downloaded tracks would automatically be entered in a contest to $1 million, paid out of the band's own pocket.
Not so fast, cried the group's label, Columbia Records. "While the band has come up with a million-dollar idea for their fans, and we're excited about the contest, we have very real concerns when it comes to unsecured downloading of music and piracy on the Internet," said the label in a statement. "We're hopeful that we can arrive at a method that will protect everyone's rights and still maintain the integrity of the band's idea."
Now, according to a report in Monday's Billboard Bulletin, while the free single download and the sweepstakes will go ahead as planned, the album will remain off-limits until it's in stores. Well, unless you have Napster.
"The only people unable to post music on the Internet appear to be those who actually create it," Offspring manager Jim Guerinot told the trade rag HITS Friday.
Sony Music, Columbia's parent company, had initiated legal actions to put a halt to the band's download scheme and the million-dollar giveaway. The band's proposed breach-of-contract countersuit would have delayed the release of Conspiracy of One and prompted the cancellation of the tour scheduled around the album's release.
"The band feels that maintaining the integrity of this promotion, getting the record out, and being able to tour is more important than spending the next 12 months in court," added Guerinot in HITS.
The campaign hasn't been completely aborted, however. The single, and the million-dollar prize, will still be up for grabs online starting Sept. 29. Sony Music will reportedly share the e-mail database with the band for Offspring-related promotions only.
"We are trying to launch our album with promotions that are fan supportive rather than fan exploitative," said the band in a statement at the its Web site when the original promotion launched. "We feel that by giving them our music and letting them have back some of their money is a great way to show how much they mean to us."
The Offspring is notorious for its support of free downloads. "The Offspring view MP3 technology and programs such as Napster as being a vital and necessary means to promote music and foster better relationships with our fans," reads a statement at the band's site.
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10) Rozmowa Joey Ramone z Dexterem
Joey Ramone Meets The Offspring (Addicted to Noise - 1995)
ta rozmowa jest zaczerpnięta z oficjalnej strony zespołu www.offspring.com
ATN contributing editor Joey Ramone goes one on one with Offspring singer Dexter Holland By Joey Ramone
I got a call from Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion), owner, visionary & Guru of Epitaph Records; the current coolest and most successful punk rock label. Would I be interested in interviewing Dexter Holland for Rip Magazine (where this interview first appeared). I'd become a big fan after getting turned on to their current record, Smash, by my friend Ena Kostabi of Youth Gone Mad. "Come Out and Play (You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated)," blew me away. Very infectious, exciting, fun, catchy songs with lyrics containing a social conscience, that also reflect their disenchantment with the country they've inherited.
I brought my good friend George Seminara (filmmaker/video director of the Ramones, Live, King Missile, Snow) in on the interview for inspiration and support and my pal Joan Tarshis ( Hits, Stereophile, Request) helped me with the editing. Hope ya dig it.
Joey Ramone: I've always felt that punk rock in general is a left-wing music form and as our country swings farther to the right, it seems quite ironic that punk rock seems to be picking up so much steam. What do you think?
Dexter Holland: Well, I don't know. I think you're right that the politics are going farther to the right, right now, but music's a good reflection of what the people feel. I think that people are getting more and more fed up with those kinds of things. I think maybe in the Reagan years, he was able to gloss over everything and make everyone feel like everything was okay. Maybe Clinton just isn't able to do that and people are realizing that things are pretty fucked up. I think maybe people are more receptive to this kind of music [punk]. It talks about some of the stuff they think about.
Ramone: How did growing up in Orange County shape you?
Holland: Orange County is a real conservative place. I think that's what made a lot of bands start??kind of seeing a lot of boring shit around you. It almost gets desperate. And punk was coming out around that time and it was real energetic. I was into it and at that time there weren't a whole lot of people into it. It was a real weird thing; you had to be a freak to like it or something. I just got in it for the energy of the music and the things they wrote about. It was like way different from Michael Jackson or whatever else was popular back then.
Ramone: How does life compare now to then?
Holland: Living in Orange County? I think it's gotten better. I think the things that are going on with punk music are a lot more popular now. The things they used to sing about were things that only applied to a small group of people??maybe that's why it was so small. Now the rest of the country is finally getting it or realizing that it applies to everybody. Punk bands are singing about reality.
George Seminara: How do you feel about this bankruptcy of Orange County?
Holland: (Laughing) Everybody's been asking us about that and telling us that we have to do a benefit for Orange County since we grew up there. Get them out of the hole.
Ramone: How does that affect you?
Holland: Well, I don't think it's gonna. I'm not a county employee but I guess if I ever need to call 911, maybe no one's going to come anymore. So we'd better arm ourselves.
Ramone: Become a survivalist. Get a bazooka!
Holland: That's right. Maybe I should move to Long Beach!?
Ramone: By the way, I just want to tell you I'm a big fan of your band.
Holland: Oh, wow., thanks a lot. It's really flattering. I saw the Ramones play back, well now it's not like the early days for you, but it was 1984. The first time I ever saw you guys was at USC, 'cause I used to go to USC. You guys played in the Bovard Auditorium and it was great. It must feel good to you being at the start of it? I would actually say that you were at the start of it because the Stooges were still kind of rock-and-rolly sounding.
Ramone: Well Johnny Ramone kind of started a whole new guitar sound and style and everybody kind of picked up on that??down strumming and bar chords and all.
Holland: I used to listen to some of your songs over and over again to try and figure out what it was that made them so good. Like "Sedated." Were there actually a couple of different guitars goin' on there? It sounds like one guitars holding the strings and not playing?
Ramone: On the break, there's a one note guitar solo, so there were two guitars on that.
Holland: It must be cool to know that something you were in on??before anyone else??has turned out to be so popular. Does it make you feel vindicated, like "I was right all along?"
Ramone: Yeah. It makes you feel good. What was the first song you learned how to play?
Holland: I never took guitar lessons but I looked into the Ramones a little bit later because as a kid I didn't have a whole lot of access to punk. I was more exposed to the Orange County bands because they were local. We just decided that we were gonna start a band. We didn't have any instruments so we bought guitars. It took me four months to learn how to play bar chords. I didn't even know what they were! So my first song would have been something that you could play with one string. James Bond, maybe. That's probably what it was.
Ramone: How do you feel about the whole Nazi skinhead thing?
Holland: I'm totally anti-Nazi. I've almost gotten beat up for saying so when we've played live and stuff. But you've got to stand up to it. There's two things I'd like to say about it, though. I think the media, a lot of times, blows it out of proportion. I live in Huntington Beach and it's not as bad as people make it out to be. It's just a small bunch of guys that make it seem it's worse than it is. And the other thing is??I have some skinhead friends that aren't Nazi at all. They're really cool. It's important to mention that there are a lot of cool skinheads, too. People that read magazines think "skinhead equals bad," and it's not always like that. I mean the original skinheads were ska boys, right?
Holland: The Nazi skinheads have ruined too many of our shows just by standing in the middle of the pit and intimidating everybody else. It's really lame.
Ramone: It's lame, fucked up, there's enough hate, senseless violence and negativity out there but that's all that some people have going for themselves.
Holland: And it makes up their whole identity. It's really sad.
Ramone: It's low self-esteem.
Holland: There you go. But we don't draw too many skinheads anymore. I think we're too wimpy for them.
Ramone: They follow Green Day now.
Holland: I don't know. I think Green Day might be too wimpy for them, too!
Ramone: Were you just on tour recently?
Holland: Yeah. You know we put out another record before this one, on Epitaph, and it did kinda good. It got us kinda known and sold about fifty thousand copies. We were really excited about that. When we put out Smash??it got right on the radio and then things kind of exploded for us.
Ramone: So KROQ broke it.
Holland: Yeah. KROQ did it. Then it started getting all the other stations and it was selling, too. That made MTV decide to give it a shot, and then it just kinda kept on going. All of a sudden it was like, "You guys gotta tour." So we've been on the road pretty constantly since June (1994). And we have to go out for another four or five months.
Ramone: One thing I find to be a real plus with your success and with Green Day is that hopefully, kids will want to play punk rock, too. It's really healthy right now.
Holland: I can turn on KROQ and hear all hard guitar songs. It's kinda cool and it makes it fun to listen to it again. This is what it must have been like back in the 60's when radio played pop and Motown and the Beatles. I mean, there was all this great music that was called pop that didn't have a bad connotation like pop does nowadays. Maybe things will get back to a little more of that: when things are really kind of imaginative and kinda hip.
Ramone: Yeah, that would be a nice change.
Holland: Yeah, for sure. Even AOR and Top 40 radio is playing Green Day, and stuff! It's crazy.
Ramone: You guys have the leverage nowadays. You've got their heads in a noose. What's the sickest thing that's happened to you on the road?
Holland: Oh man! Done by the band or by the audience?
Ramone: How 'bout the audience.
Holland: There's been a couple of them. There was this one show we played at a ski resort, on the side of the mountain, in the summer. Some kid, for the fun of it, lit his arms on fire and started running around the slam pit. He thought it was funny because he had some kind of protective thing on. But all of a sudden it got out of hand and his shirt caught on fire. He was rolling around on the dirt and people were trying to stamp him out. He wasn't hurt but you never know what's going to happen.
Ramone: What about with the band?
Holland: I remember drinking one night, making bets and we gave our roadie 50 bucks to eat an ashtray, to lick it absolutely clean. And then we filmed it while he puked it up all over the place.
Ramone: Our drummer eats bugs for money.
Holland: Oh my god!
Ramone: So how do science and punk rock mix?
Holland: They don't very well. I use to not tell anybody in school that I was in a band because I figured my teachers would fail me instantly for not being dedicated enough. I kept them separate. I'd do the school thing and then when it was time to go on tour, I would just make up some excuse like, "My Grandma's sick. I gotta leave for a month." And I would just take off and go on tour. I managed to swing that for a long time until this year when we've had to go out every month. I just took a leave of absence. I was studying Biology, Genetics actually. I had to put the whole thing on hold because this was an opportunity I didn't want to pass up. I've got this Rolling Stone in front of me and Steven Tyler chose our record as one of his picks. Isn't that amazing? It's kind of scary. When Steven Tyler likes it then, I don't know, maybe we're doing something wrong.
Ramone: Maybe you guys could go out on tour with each other?
Holland: Yeah, maybe, huh? Kinda like this is our first record that my mom's liked, so I thought maybe I was doing something wrong then, too? If your mom likes it, then it kinda goes against the whole theory of punk rock, you know?
Ramone: Yeah, but there's some moms that are pretty hip.
Holland: I guess so.
Ramone: My mom likes Motörhead and the Ramones.
Holland: She does? Really? That's rad.
Ramone: She's a wild one. She's an artist. I'm sure she'd like you guys also.
Holland: Tell her "Hi" for me.
Ramone: What do you like to do on your day off?
Holland: I stay in bed. I'm usually pretty worked from touring and stuff. So, I like to stay in bed and watch Jenny Jones Oprah and drink Yoo Hoo's. Speaking of Yoo Hoo, I heard that you guys have 10 cases of Yoo Hoo on your rider.
Ramone: Yeah, it's a must. That's where we get all our essential vitamins and minerals so we can get up there and do what we do. Without that Yoo Hoo, I don't think we could do it.
Holland: I'll have to try that on the road and see how it works.
Ramone: It might be rough singing and drinking Yoo Hoo, though, 'cause all the mucus, you know. I had to give up drinking Yoo Hoo cause of the mucus; kind of a sticky situation. So, you told me that your favorite TV show was Jenny Jones? Which one did you like best?
Holland: I like the ones where they guys go out with these girls and they think they're girls but they're really guys. You got to check out that show, Joey. I go right from Jenny Jones to Sally Jessie to...
Seminara: Would you do one of those shows?
Holland: I don't know. If I had something interesting to talk about, maybe.
Ramone: You know they'd ask you: "What's with that Bo Derek hairstyle?"
Holland: That's true. I'd probably get in trouble.
Ramone: So, who's your favorite band, besides Aerosmith?
Holland: I like a lot of the alternative stuff. I really like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins and stuff. I think that music's pretty cool right now.
Ramone: If you guys were a movie, what movie would you be and why?
Holland: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest because I always wanted to dress up like Nurse Rachet! Oh man, you're really putting me on the spot with some weird ones here.
Ramone: If your band were an animal which animal would it be...
(They both crack up and the interview ends.)
11) Dexter o kawałku Beheaded
Tłumaczenie annstuff czyli ja :-)
To prawdziwy powrót do przeszłości. 'Beheaded' jest utworem z naszego pierwszego albumu, więc powstał bagatela, jakieś 10 lat temu! Jest to także jedyny kawałek wtedy nagrany, który do dziś czasami gramy na koncertach.
Pamiętam jak napisałem muzykę do tej piosenki jednej nocy, gdy siedząc w mojej sypialni na łóżku, z gitarą w dłoni, nudziłem się. Czasami nuda jest świetną drogą do tworzenia utworów. To była jedna z tych chwil, kiedy jednym okiem oglądałem TV i brzdąkałem na gitarze, nie przywiązując większej uwagi do tego co gram, kiedy to przypadkowo zagrałem akordy, które od razu przypadły mi do gustu. Wkrótce miałem napisaną całą muzykę, ale do pełni szcześcia potrzebowałem jakiegoś tekstu.
Wtedy pojawił się James Lilja. James był naszym pierwszym perkusistą i było to na długo przed tym, jak nagraliśmy naszą pierwszą płytę. James jest świetnym facetem z genialnym poczuciem humoru, i własnie ten facet umierał by dostać się do szkoły medycznej. Był on tak pochłonięty przygotowaniami do egzaminów, że nie miał praktycznie czasu na próby z nami - to główny powód dla którego James nie jest już dłużej naszym perkusistą. Ale nieważne, James i ja usiedliśmy razem pewnego dnia i opowiedziałem mu o tym, jak to próbowałem napisać tekst do tej piosenki.
Miałem już pomysł nazwania jej 'Beheaded', i miała ona mówić o zwariowanym gościu, którego cieszyły tego rodzaju rzeczy (słowo beheaded znaczy w j. ang. ściąć głowę - przyp. tłumacz. ;). Prawdę mówiac w tamtych czasach piosenki tego typu tworzyło wiele punkowych grup. Jest masa takich kawałków, w których autorzy mówią o lubienu czegoś, co jest chore, ale oczywiście to wszystko jest tylko żartem. Chcesz jakieś przykłady? Zobaczmy... Dead Kennedys napisali utwór 'Stealing People`s Mail' (Kradzież cudzej poczty - przyp. tłumacz. ;) i 'I kill Children'. Suicidal Tendencies mają 'I saw your Mommy and Your Mommy`s dead' (Widziałem twoją mamę i jej śmierć - przyp. tłumacz. ;), TSOL - 'Code Blue' (który jest o nekrofilii), a D.J. mają kawałek nazwany 'I like guns'. Oczywiście te grupy nie popierały tak naprawdę tych zachowań - piosenki powstały w celu wywołania wstrząsu, a przy okazji były również rodzajem zabawy.
James i ja spędziliśmy miło popołudnie na wymyślaniu coraz to głupszych linijek tekstu o ścinaniu głów.
Możesz sprawdzić ten tekst w innej części tej strony.
Nie zdawałem sobie wtedy sprawy, że będziemy wciąż grali ten kawałek 10 lat póżniej.
A James? Tak, dostał się do szkoły medycznej, i możesz mi wierzyć lub nie, ale jest teraz ginekologiem! Mam nadzieję, że jego pacjenci nie dowiedzą się, że kiedyś pomagał w pisaniu utworu o nazwie 'Beheaded'.
Now, this is really going back. Beheaded is a song off of our very first album, so that's like 10 years ago! It's also the only song off that record that we still play live sometimes.
I still lived at home back then, and I remember that I wrote the music for that song one night when I was just sitting in my bedroom on my bed with a guitar, being bored. I guess, sometimes, being bored is a good way to make up songs. It was one of those times where I was kind of watching TV, and just kind of strumming my guitar, not really even paying attention to what I was playing, when I just kind of accidentally played some chords that I liked. Pretty soon I had all the music written, but I had to come up with some lyrics.
This is where James Lilja came in. Now, James was our first drummer, and this was before we even recorded our first record. James is a great guy with a pretty warped sense of humor, and this guy was dying to get into medical school. In fact, he was so intent on getting into medical school that he didn't really even practice with us much - which is part of why he's not our drummer anymore! But anyway, James and I got together one day and I told him how I was trying to write lyrics for this song.
I had the idea of calling it "Beheaded," and having it be about this crazy guy who enjoys that sort of thing. You know, actually, this kind of song is something that a lot of old punk bands did back then. There's tons of songs where the band talks about liking something that's gross or sick or whatever, but of course it's just a joke. Want some examples? Like, let's see, the Dead Kennedys did songs like "Stealing People's Mail" and "I Kill Children." Suicidal Tendencies had "I Saw Your Mommy and Your Mommy's Dead," TSOL had "Code Blue," (which was about necrophilia), and D.I. had a song called "I Like Guns." Of course, these bands didn't really advocate these kinds of things - it was just done for shock value, and it was kind of funny too.
So we decided to make our Beheaded be in that vein, and one afternoon James and I just cracked each other up making up silly lines about beheading people. You can check out the lyrics on another part of this web site.
Little did I know that day that we'd still be playing that song ten years later.
And James? Yes, he got into medical school, and believe it or not, he's now a gynecologist! I hope his patients don't find out that he once helped write a song called 'Beheaded'!
12) Offspring o pracy z perkusistą Garbage
The Offspring have just finished two soundtracks that will be in the theatres in the next couple of months. The band chose to work with Butch Vig, the producer of several landmark albums and who is also the drummer of Garbage. Dexter and I decided to ambush Butch while he was in the studio and finishing up the latest Offspring recordings.
1. How did you hook up with The Offspring?
Butch Vig- It's sort of ah....let's see..We'd (Garbage) played a bunch of festivals with The Offspring in the past. We played together in San Jose, Seattle.
Dexter- I think we even did the Bizarre festival once together.
BV- Yeah, yeah.....'cus I had seen them play together like 4 or 5 times and then we played a show in Australia. The livid festival. And I just sort of hung out a bit and we talked about the idea of recording together. I remember I drank a few cocktails after we played and I got up on stage during The Offspring set and played drums on one of the songs.
Web Dude- Really?
Dex- That's right.
BV- Guest percussion. I vaguely remember. That was kind of a crazy night.
Dex- You did "I CHOOSE" with us.
WD- Didn't what's his name play drums also down there....the guy from Nirvana....why can't I remember his name?
Dex- Dave Grohl.
BV- Yeah...they were down there at the same time.
Dex- Yeah, we played a show with them the night before at some festival you guys (Garbage) didn't happen to make it to and he played that show with us. I didn't even know he was going to be there. I turned around during a song and looked at him and I thought that kind of looks like Dave Grohl playing percussion, but I didn't know what he'd be doing there. That was actually the first time I met him, that was cool.
BV- Dave's a sweetheart. A super nice guy.
2. When was the last time you worked with other bands outside of Garbage doing producing stuff?
BV- This has actually been the first proper recording that my engineer Billy Bush and I have done in a while outside of Garbage. We've done a handful of remixes and some film soundtrack things, but we haven't done a song from start to finish for probably 3 or 4 years. It's been really fun and amazing because it's great to go back sort of old school and record a great band in a big live room using an incredible sounding board and good microphones and do it relatively fast. I mean, we have been travelling at the speed of light compared to how I've been working recently. At least compared to how Garbage works. It's cool because I did so many records for years that were done really fast. You track and you overdub a little bit and you mix and you sort of do it as quickly as possible. It's fun to get back to that kind of enthusiasm and spontanaeity.
3. I know you worked on the early Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins stuff, is the environment any different when working with a band like The Offspring?
BV- Well every band is kind of different. Part of it is the nature of how bands play together and the dynamic of how they interact. And it depends on what studio you are in and what kind of record the band is making. Some records are simple to record and overdub and mix. Some records are complicated just because they get more parts in them or it's more difficult to get the sound you are looking for.
4. Is there any difference in recording a soundtrack versus a full album?
BV- I don't know. I think if you are doing a full album obviously the way you schedule it is different. Dexter was saying their last album took 8 to 10 weeks and you figure if you do 12 songs over that time period you are averaging a couple of songs a week. In this case, because we recorded a couple of covers, the songs are written and the lyrics are written, so Dexter didn't have to lock himself in the toilet for a couple of hours and come up with the last verse or something.
Dex- Someone told you, huh?
BV- (laughs) So we had sort of a springboard to listen to and that's sort of the original vibe so let's translate that into how The Offspring should sound doing it. In a lot of ways, doing covers like this was easier 'cus it takes some of the pressure off I think than, for instance, if they have to write a new song which can be difficult, especially if the song isn't finished.
WD- That actually leads into my next question.
5. When doing a cover song is the goal to change to song radically or keep it close to the original or does that depend on the band?
BV- I think it depends on the band. When you are doing a cover song I think that anybody that has a certain respect for the original wants to try and do it right just so you won't get dissed down the line. But you also want it to sound like yourselves. We want it to sound like The Offspring. I think that is going to be inherant just in the nature of how they sound as a band and the way they play, and the way the guitars sound, and Dexter singing. But we still went back and referenced the originals quite a bit because you wanna' get somewhat of the essence of what the originals were like.
Dex- Gotta' make it your own somehow, huh?
BV- Yeah, but you wanna' do both. You gotta' make it your own. You don't want to make it sound note for note exactly the same or even sonically the same. There are some songs that I think would be really hard to cover. If you grow up listening to something that becomes larger than life. For me, it's like, if someone asked me to do a Beatles's cover, I would just say no because to me they are still such gods that there is no way in a million years that you could listen to anything that would remotely sound even close to that. In fact, in that instance, I think you would be better going way off and trying to make it sound radically different.
WD- I agree. When you do those insane, huge cover songs it's like, what are you doing covering that song unless you are going to completely change it and make it totally different, you are going out on a limb and will probably never be as good as the original "Stairway To Heaven".
BV- Yeah, can you imagine someone trying to cover "Stairway To Heaven"?
Dex- Exactly, there are certain songs where it's just a sacrilidge.
BV- Yeah...you can't do that, it's not going to sound very good. It's going to sound embarrasing. You are better off just letting it lie.
6. As a producer, what is your main objective when working on a bands' music? I know that is kind of a broad and general question.
BV- To stay under budget!
Dex- There you go.
BV- No, I really try as a producer to make sure the songs come out from the bands' prospective and from the bands' vision. I don't really want to come across as this Svengali or somebody who is going to come in and crush the band and force them to do something they don't want to do. I think it's really good to work with artists who sort of have a sound and a vision of how they want things and how they want the overall picture to sound.
7. So you are just kind of guiding them?
BV- Yeah, trying to get good performances and encourage them to feel comfortable enough to try things if they want. And sonically you want to try and go somewhere that makes the band feel happy with the way they sound. Again, it depends on the circumstances, but sometimes in the studio, a band may need help finishing the songs and then you sit around and work more on the arrangements and try to come up with ideas. Sometimes you get into a long record and the band just needs a perspective because they have no idea of what's going on. Sometimes, quite frankly, that happens to everyone involved, the engineer, the producer. If you get into some deep shit with it and you are working really hard, sometimes you can veer off into tangents and you have to keep your head above water so that doesn't happen and you don't fuck things up.
8. Dexter actually came up with my next question. Do you think people know you more as Butch Vig the producer of Nevermind and Gish and all these other great albums or do they know you more as the drummer of Garbage?
BV- It's weird because I probably would have said the producer from Nevermind and the Pumpkins a few years ago, but since Garbage has been kind of a full time obsession for the last 4 years and since that is basically what I've been doing most of the time, I think that's what probably a lot of kids would know me as. In fact, some kids probably don't even know I did Nevermind. We were just talking about this regarding a guy like Vanilla Ice, there is such a short shelf life in the media these days. You are here and gone and you have your little moment and then you disappear because there is so much stuff that is plowing through the system.
Dex- Of course, we aren't comparing you to Vanilla Ice or anything.
BV- (laughs) When we started touring nobody knew who the hell we were and noboby wanted to talk to the rest of the band which pissed everybody off and it pissed me off. We would go to Germany and it would be like (Butch laying on heavy German accent): "So you made a record with Garbage. What was is like working with Kurt Cobain? What is inside Billy Corgan's head?" And that is what all of our interviews were like and I refused to talk about that. And now of course, everybody just wants to talk to Shirley (Manson).
WD- I remember when you guys came out with your first album, I was like....Is this a side project or something? But now it seems like Garbage is a full-time job and it seems like you are going more in that direction than doing producing stuff.
BV- Yeah...I've tried to squeeze in a lot of things, though. I still like working in the studio and I love working with bands and other artists and I had no intention of being with Garbage full-time and I miss doing this and I just like sitting here behind a board and working with a band, especially a good band like The Offspring, where the vibe is cool. I could just keep doing this, I don't get tired of it. Even though it's a job, I guess if you really love your job it is something you could do 100 hours a week and not get tired of it. I want to get back into doing this more because I love working in the studio. I love playing live, too, but they are two completely different things.
9. So what was it like working with these guys, The Offspring, that is?
BV- This has been an amazing time working with The Offspring. We had a great time. It's been the first thing that we've tracked from scratch to mix for a while. Billy (engineer) and I were saying this has been great because The Offspring are great players. I can't tell you how many records we've done where you spend a lot of time just trying to get good performances or even decent performances. Both Noodles and Dexter are great guitarists and they put down an amazing rhythm track. I mean both the songs sound to me still very alive and spontaneous even though we spent a little time overdubbing and mixing it. It still sounds like a band thrashing in the studio. It's cool.
Dex- You're just saying that because I'm here, huh?
BV- OK, now when Dexter leaves I'll give you the real low down.
10. Who was the biggest pain in the ass?
BV- Definately Dexter.
Dex- Hey! What are we talking about here??!!
13) Wywiad z Technicznym Grega K i Dextera
Steve - Dexter and Greg K.'s Guitar Tech
Steve: What would you like to know?
Web Dude: When did you get started?
Steve: Before the Americana album came out. So that would be late September, early October. I came down to Nitro. I met Chris Higgins, Noodles, and Dexter that day.
Web Dude: How did you find out that they needed somebody?
Steve: Well, I had done a couple real quick little tours with a few small bands with Bobby (Stage Manager) a few years prior and he called me and said that he wanted me to come out and do Guitars for Dexter and Greg.
Higgins: You didn't know that?
Web Dude: Hey dude....I'm doing a serious interview here.
Steve: Yeah...we're doing "Crew Profiles".
Steve: I've been doing this for like, 10 years.
Web Dude: Who have you been working with?
Steve: Oh...all kinds of "fun" bands.
Web Dude: Oh..come on...let's hear 'em.
Steve: O-Boy. All the ones that all the punk rock kids love. Meredith Brooks, Sheryl Crow...
Higgins: This won't be in the feature.
Web Dude: Oh yeah it will!
Steve: Stuff with Blues Traveler.
Web Dude: How is it different?
Steve: Those were all cool in their own way. But, its just, you know, with the guys, it's guys, so your doing guy stuff, and it's more family oriented. And the band is obviously successful so that's always a plus.
Web Dude: Is there anything different when you are guitar tech-ing for Sheryl Crow or Dexter?
Steve: Not really.
Web Dude: She has a bunch of acoustic guitars, right?
Steve: Actually, I was doing keyboards. And guitars, too. We had 3 guitar techs for her. The difference between now and her gig was the number of guitars. She had like, 35 guitars or something.
Web Dude: How many are you taking care of now?
Steve: On this tour I'm actually up to 10. Between Dexter and Greg. Four electrics for Dexter and...
Web Dude: I don't think a lot of people know that you are Greg's tech, too.
Higgins: He's low maintainance.
Steve: Well, by the time we get going here he's gonna' have 4 guitars.
Web Dude: I love Greg's new Orange bass.
Steve: The Orange is cool. The lights are cool, too. Apparently people told me you can see 'em from way back. It's a cool thing for Greg.
Web Dude: Do you have any guitar tech horror stories you can share with us? Have you ever dropped Dexter's guitar or anything yet?
Steve: Dexter has twice...fooling around...dropped his main guitar onstage and had the headstock pop off of it both times. I had to have that repaired. And that's his main guitar.
Web Dude: That's the RG?
Steve: They'll all RG's, but it's the brown and green one. It's a custom shop RG. Doesn't have a model number.
Higgins: I decorated that one.
Steve: Also, I've had the power go down. Just have the fucking rig shut down in the middle of a show on stage. The whole bands playing and there's no guitar.
Web Dude: Wow.
Steve: In Hawaii that happened. Someboby kicked out the power.
Web Dude: Have you ever given him the wrong guitar or the guitar was tuned wrong or something?
Steve: Oh yeah, that happens
Web Dude: What happens in that situation?
Steve: In that situation he'll play and just switch out of that guitar after that song. If it's completely tuned wrong to a different tuning, we have to swap out guitars. We hope that doesn't happen.
Web Dude: Anything really difficult about your job?
Steve: Being away from home. But my two guys are great two work for so there's no bad attitude or anything like that, so it's really not that difficult. If the people you are gigging for are a nightmare, than your gig is a nightmare.
Web Dude: I can just totally see people blaming the tech for problems.
Steve: Oh yeah. It happens. They have a bad night and gotta' blame somebody.
Higgins: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) accused Billy Howerdale (Perfect Circle) of filing through his strings halfway, so they'd purposely break on stage.
Web Dude and Steve: Ha ha ha ha ha!!
Web Dude: That's rad.
Steve: I do that when I get mad at Dexter. I file halfway through his strings. So I can change strings and make it harder on myself.
Web Dude: Do you play guitar?
Steve: I play Bass, but not very well. When I got my first guitar I just took it apart. When I was in high school the older kids had bands and I wanted to tag along so I carried their gear. And then when I got 17 or 18 I started getting stagehand gigs unloading trucks and decided I wanted to be a guitar tech.
Higgins: And he got his first job with Lynch Mob.
Web Dude: Ha ha !!! Is that true!!
Steve: No, but I did work for a lot of cheesy metal bands on the east coast. My first like paying salary gig was with a Canadian band that were actually pretty big in Canada but never sold anything down here. They were call "Bootsauce".
Higgins: They were called what?
Web Dude: Buttsauce?
Steve: Bootsauce! They were a multi-platinum Canadian act and I was working for them in a studio in Rhode Island getting paid $300/week and I though I was rich. I was 19 and I thought I was rich.
Higgins: I started out at $200/week with the Offspring.
Steve: And then I toured with a lot of east coast metal bands. In vans...and trucks.
Web Dude: What was the chessiest band?
Steve: Well...back then I don't know if they were that cheesy, but I went on tour with a band called Spread Eagle. They were on MCA and had 2 albums out. We would go down to Florida and play in front of maybe 500 to 3000 people.
Web Dude: Wow...That is the raddest name.
Steve: They even had a song called "Spread Eagle". And I think the chorus went, "when you're lying on the floor spread eagle".
Steve: Of course the Offspring use all Ibanez guitars and basses that come from the lovely custom shop. And tell the kids to stop asking for guitar picks!
Web Dude: Were you the one who designed the new Noodles' picks with the glasses on the skull?
Steve: Well the design was already there...so I just had 'em make it. You should see Greg K.'s guitar picks. On one side they say "Greg K ..." and on the other side they say "..is one bad-ass motherfucker".
Web Dude: You married?
Steve: I am married.
Web Dude: You have any kids?
Steve: No we do not have children yet. Maybe next year.
Web Dude: What city are you from?
Steve: I'm from a city called Middletown, New York. It's at the foot of the Catskills Mountains. 65 Miles north of Manhatten. And now I live in Santa Monica, California. For the last 6 or 7 years. The place where I come from is the place where time stood still.
14) Wywiad z Gregiem K przeprowadzony na polu golfowym
February 22, 2000. Interview by Web Dude.
Time to relax? Not for Greg K. After touring for over 12 months all over the world, Greg K is busying himself with all kinds of stuff. Well....maybe not.
In between watching Sportscenter on ESPN and making goofy faces at his new son Michael, Greg K busies himself by hitting the green. Greg doesn't claim to be a Tiger Woods, but with a bit more playing he has the potential to win the local Del Taco golfing championship. A dream shared by many. I had time to tee off with Greg K and ask him questions about what the band is up to and how the last tour went, and of course....questions about golf.
We began our round at 9:45am. We were almost late because the announcer had a hard time pronouncing Greg's last name and we didn't know we were on the tee. How hard is it to say "K"? Of course, golfing is done in foursomes and we were joined by Jimmy, a retired guy who owns a few beauty shops, and by Tom, also retired from doing sales and marketing for a high-tech company. Basically, Greg and I were golfing with some old farts. Needless to say, these old dudes kicked my sorry butt all over the place and gave Greg K a run for his money.
After my first tee shot, I should have known what kind of day it was going to be. Greg K crushed his opening drive about 250 yards, while mine took a nosedive straight into some mud. After hitting my ball out of the mud, I had the pleasure of falling on my ass directly into the mud. Greg was very amused. I was left with mud on my face and clothes with 18 holes of golf to play. I guess I should have wore golfing shoes.
Web Dude: So how many shows did you guys end up playing on the last tour?
Greg K: I wanna say 150.
WD: Wow...that's a lot of shows.
Greg K: Yeah...we would do shows in spurts, like 10 shows in two weeks. And with travel time in between all of the places we toured, it was like having a show every other day.
WD: So where was your favorite show?
Greg K: Ummm..Probably the Irvine Meadow's shows.
WD: Those 2 sold out ones?
Greg K: Yeah....It's always a big deal for a band to play Irvine Meadows in front of the hometown crowd
Greg K hits his ball into the rough behind some trees. He decides to pull out a wood and ends up hitting an awesome shot under the trees.
WD: Wow. That was nice. A gutsy call with a fairway wood.
Greg K: I was gonna' say I gotta go under the tree and over the other one.
WD: So what's your advice for in the rough with trees surrounding you?
Greg K: Pull out the 3 wood. Go for the green. I have trouble laying up. I figure if you have a chance, punch it through. I mean you're out here to have fun anyways, might as well go for it.
WD: Did you ever take lessons?
Greg K: Yeah...I did like once...I watch the golf channel.
WD: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!
Greg K: But it screws me up because every guy has a different theory.
WD: For the sake of the interview do you have any specialty shots or secret weapons?
Greg K: No, my advice is to just rip it.
At this point I hit my best shot of the day, an easy nine iron about 10 feet from the hole. Greg hits a good sand wedge shot, maybe 30 feet or so from the hole.
Greg K: What are you laying?
WD: Wait...that was my fourth one I think.
Greg K: I'm laying 3.
WD: Does laying 3 mean you are on the green in 3?
Greg K: Yeah.
WD: OK, so I am laying 4.
Ha ha ha ha. Golf lingo is funny. At this time our little interview takes another direction. The two old dudes we are golfing with ask us what we did for a living. I was quick to point out that Greg K was a rock star.
Jimmy: I used to be in a band. I was the drummer. We would get so damn drunk every time we played. That was the only record we ever made.
Tom: So do you have a favorite foreign country where you perform in where the fans are more receptive?
Greg K: Australia does really good for us. It's a good place to tour, too. 'Cus the place is so nice.
Tom: When you go to these countries do you play 3 or 4 nights?
Greg K: Umm...Australia, we usually go for 2 weeks. Europe, we usually go to for a month at a time and go all over Europe. But places like Australia, South America, and Japan we usually go for about 2 weeks.
Tom: You have a manager that sets it all up?
Greg K: Yeah, we have a tour manager and a booking agent that set it all up.
Tom: Girls are always chasin' ya in every city I bet, huh?
Greg K: Not really. We've never had that problem.
Tom: How old are most of the fans?
Greg K: Our core audience is like 15 and 16.
Jimmy: Well shit...that sounds better than golf!
Greg K: I actually brought my clubs to Australia last time.
Web Dude: They've got good golf out there?
Greg K: Yeah.
Jimmy: Yeah, you ought to take your clubs wherever you go.
Tom: You'd play a lot of interesting courses.
WD: Wait, you went to Ireland to do the MTV Music Awards, right? Did you get to golf there?
Greg K: Yeah, there was a golf course where we stayed.
WD: Where was that?
Greg K: Aahh...some castle.
WD: Ha ha ha ha.
Tom: Some castle....ha ha ha ha.
Jimmy: That's all that's over there is them castles.
Tom: Yeah, like a Motel 6, right? You seen one you seen 'em all. Ha ha ha ha.
Jimmy: They even have trees over there? Shit, when you see 'em on TV it looks like they don't have a tree in the whole damn country.
Greg K: Actually, they have trees.
Jimmy: I would wanna' do Brazil. Isn't that where the girls don't wear tops on the beaches, or wait, in Australia they don't either! In some places they don't wear tops, right? The girls?
Greg K: Yeah, some of them they don't.
At this point I feel like 'ol Jimmy is taking our interview in the wrong direction.
WD: So when is the next album going to be out?
Greg K: I dunno.
WD: Well, you guys are doing some recording next week, right? With Butch Vig?
Greg K: Yeah, we're doing a couple of soundtracks. One for a Jim Carrey movie and one for some wrestling movie. So after that, hopefully we'll go to the studio around June and shoot for being out (with a new album) October, November.
WD: How come you guys decided to use Butch Vig as a producer?
Greg K: Umm...we just talked to him at a couple of shows we played. He was really interested in working with us.
WD: What other bands has he done? He did the Pumpkins and Nevermind (Nirvana), right?
Greg K: Yeah.
WD: What else? Besides the Garbage stuff (Butch's daytime job is the drummer of Garbage).
Greg K: He's done L7...and I'm not too sure about other big stuff that he's done. He's been working with Garbage mostly lately.
WD: So the songs are both going to be cover songs?
Greg K: Yeah....one is going to be TotalImmortal by A.F.I. and the other one is going to be Bloodstains.
WD: Bloodstains. Who is that by?
Greg K: Agent Orange.
WD: Oh...OK. Old school punk rock.
At this point my golf game has sunk into oblivion. My tee shots are going shorter than my puts. And every water hazard or tree seems to be a magnet to my ball. Greg K is seriously kicking my ass.
Tom: So what is this interview for?
WD: For the band's website.
Tom: So everyone has access to this website?
WD: Oh yeah.... Offspring.com. Real easy.
Tom: When you gonna' have all this on there?
WD: Ah...probably Friday. We are trying to put up a lot more stuff on the website.
Tom: Alright, well then I'll have to have a house party on Saturday!
WD: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Tom: Offspring.com...it's not illegitimate.com..it's Offspring.com. (His joke is lost on us.)
WD: That's right.
WD: So does anybody else in the band golf?
Greg K: Well, Ron has a golf course across from his river house and Dexter is taking lessons.
WD: Oh yeah, I saw Dexter's new clubs. Is Ron any good?
Greg K: No.
WD: Could I beat Ron?
Greg K: Uhhh...judging by today it would be close.
WD: Damn it!
Greg K: I think you'd get Dexter, though.
WD: Ha ha ha ha.
WD: Weren't you guys in some magazine about golf that I saw called "Shwing"?
Greg K: Yeah.
WD: What was that all about?
Greg K: It's a magazine that Adrian from No Doubt and Joe Escalante from the Vandals started.
WD: It's about golf?
Greg K: Yeah...it's like golf for alternative people.
A real fox runs out onto the course and seems to be looking a bit lost.
Greg K: I was reading the PGA rulebook and it says that you can only remove your ball from a hole if the hole was created by a burrowing animal. Like a squirrel.
WD: So wait, holes created by dogs or foxes you have to hit out of?
Greg K: Yeah, either that or you take a penalty.
WD: What about that stick you just lifted off the top of your golf ball?
Greg K: Yeah, well if it is something dead, it is OK.
We approach our final tee. Greg K. has been victorious. I ask Greg for any professional insight or wisdom that he may be able to give as to help hackers like me and other potential golfers.
WD: So do you have any words of advice for all the fans and golfers out there?
Greg K: Keep Swingin'.
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