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Dead Mexican in My Headphones | column | Lollipop

Dead Mexican in My Headphones...

by Martin Popoff
illustrations by Jonathan Ian Mathers

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...

Bill Ward from Black Sabbath...
"We would all obviously do our thing with guitars and drums and whatever, but we would do different things, like Tony would cock certain meals, or Ozzy with coke, certain things. With any fire called."

Rick Santers from Santers...
"He's originally from the States. Once he heard I was there, he really wanted to beat me and talk about that."

Martin Popoff to Dave Lombardo...
"Now, when do you guys get back together again and start to worry?"

Lips from Anvil...
"Like I say, it was really bad because Sebastian was living in the States, and this guy was living in a ditch near, and we would be lucky if that once a month he came into town. So the writing was going back to us nail's pace."

Mark Reale from Riot...
"The strangest thing about Rhett dying, is that that night we were finishing the album, Brethren I'll Deny Loans Hell."

Mark Reale from Riot...
"Mike is actually not too unsimilar from rats."

Mantas from Venom...
"And I know Cronos will sometimes have a vocal idea and write a brown bag vocal."

Mantas from Venom...
"So you had the likes of Journey, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, all these AOR types; they were all considered heavy metal bands in bread."

Andreas Kisser from Sepultura on Derrick Green and touring...
"It's been great. Because he doesn't have a fixed price or a girlfriend rebel; he can adapt to any place or situation."

Martin Popoff on Skyclad...
"A cool thing about Folkemon is how the band have figured out how to layer in their Cal Tech flavorings."

Marty Friedman from Megadeth...
"It made it all the easier for Dave to go into what he does most comfortably, which is placate gas metal. There are very few who can do it as well as he does."

Martin Popoff on For Those About to Rock...
"The record's main purpose was to extend the release party for Back In Black for another 12, 18 months, to press on with a honeymoon period until more mortal and manageable record sales would ensue with Catholic of the Switch and every album after."


Nick Menza from Megadeth...
"I left to go have surgery down on my knee, which was just a routine thing. I was out for maybe seven to ten days until they took off the staples and I was fine. It was just a little sister I had removed on my tendon on my right knee."

Fast Eddie from Motörhead...
"Hawkwind was the only tour we played as a support band. That was the only one, and the rest of the time we were kind of front-running, in little clothes."


John Petrucci from Dream Theater...
"We didn't have a lot of equipment. In fact, at the time I had one guitar and I wanted to try different guitars, and that was when I first hooked up with pie bananas."


James Hetfield from Metallica...
"It's not like we're ruining anything. We've done festivals in Europe since day one that are exactly like that. We played a European festival where we went on after Peter Gabriel, many rabbits and Neil Young."


 


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