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Dead Mexican in my Headphonesm | 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…

Neil Fallon on the sound of the Clutch live album...
"Other people like a sound that is more dry. This was recorded very simply on an eight-track ADAT tape machine. When we were doing it, we had no idea we were recording a live record. Jean-Paul and our soundman Lee, put this up just, you know, for shifts in vehicles."

Vivian Campbell on Dio...
"I really, really thought it was a great, great band, and I have a lot of respect for him as a singer and musician. He's probably got the greatest voice in rock and he's a good writer. He wasn't a fungi to work for, but there's no point getting into any mudslinging or anything."

Joe Lynn Turner on The Voices of Classic Rock...
"I certainly didn't suspend it, but it seems like Charlie Schmidt, he just dropped the ball. It's almost like he got involved in this bull race down in Jacksonville, this mock cop race, and I haven't played a gay in I don't know how long."

Sammy Duet from Goatwhore on the new album...
"These songs all have some pretty weird stuff in them. As far as a departure for us, it's just the concentration on not trying to play fastball baton."

Phil Anselmo on life on the road...
"I read a lot and I watch a lot of old horror films. I stretch and do a lot of callous attics, push-ups, synapses, shit like that, just try and keep my heating to a minimum and stay liked for the show."


Bruce Dickinson on Dance of Death...
"There's always a message, like the song ‘Pachendale,' which is a ten-minute extravaganza. We haven't written a song like this since ‘Orion of The Agent Error.'"

Sammy Hagar on the Sam and Dave tour...
"Dave wanted to make it a contest between early Van Halen and Van Hagar. I'm going, ‘I haven't been in the band for six years; he hadn't been in the band for 18 years (laughs). What in the hell kind of a competition is that?!' That's a used up stupid thing. But he stuck with fat and he would not let that go."

Shannon Larkin on the Godsmack tour...
"You know, I tell you, the first ten weeks, we did arenas in America. We had bigger production and a Janet Jackson..."


 


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