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Dead Mexican in My Headphones | column | Lollipop

Dead Mexican in My Headphones

Phil Lewis from L.A. Guns...
"I like a dead Mexican in my headphones and I'm ready to go."

I interview rock guys two, three times a week. I use voice recognition software to transcribe these interviews. Works like this: I tape the phone conversation, then take the tape and speak my questions and their answers into a headset and voila, it's a transcribed text file. It doesn't always come out as planned though. Fun game: Repeat the wrongness out loud and you might be able to figure out what the guy actually said. Here are some of the more memorable miscues. More than a few of these gems ring truer than the actual words spoken...

by Martin Popoff
illustration by Félix LaFlamme

J.J. Burnel from The Stranglers on old albums...
"Yeah, first beer, first girl you had sex with. They're very formative years, those late teen years. I was really fortunate. My parents were French restaurant terrors."

Glenn Hughes on Tommy Bolin...
"Tommy Bolin was a very sweet, kind, philosophical, hippie-ish, generous, loving person. There wasn't a backbone in his body."

Martin Popoff to Rainbow’s Tony Carey...
Did you ever see any of Ritchie's practical choking?
"Yes, numerous times. Horrible things I can't really talk about."

Slash from Velvet Revolver…
"The Slither solo is very much for steak, spontaneous."

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