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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
illustrations by Jonathan Ian Mathers

Ronnie James Dio on the live DVD…
"You're actually getting a CD anyway if you buy the DVD. If you don't watch it... I mean, I'm going to take it into the studio and Mexican master it, of course, so it will be just like a CD with pictures, I guess."

George Lynch on playing live…
"I always thought it would be funny to go to Vegas on an off night and dress like Elvis or whatever. Hindu docking Elvis-style."

Rick Wartell from Trouble on engineer Bill Metoyer…
"Actually, the ideas for any effects or anything on that record were ours. The only thing I can say about Bill is that he's a great engineer and he gobbled what we wanted, you know?"

Peter from Soilwork on his new album…
"They want to put the devil tapes on as bonus tracks. We play like a warship in my opinion."

Michael Weikath from Helloween on tour plans…
"We're going to do some South American shows and then we go to Mexico and then we're going to be in the States for eight to ten shows, depending on the local promoters, whether they think it's worthless being in their town or not."

Dave Grohl on the Nirvana sound…
"Nirvana was lumped in with a lot of the bands from Seattle like Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Tad, Melvins. But they basically stood out on their own, to me, when I first heard the album. Kurt's sense of melody was so strong and sweet and it definitely had a Karachi aspect."

Devin Townsend on the keyboardist on the Strapping album…
"Yeah, Will just got signed to DefJam and he's playing guitar. Keyboard players unite! Give Strapping a call. If you're not a freak and you can take being bitch-slapped and have lots of deer, you're our guy."

Jens Johansson in turmoil in the Yngwie camp…
"Everybody left and he had a completely new band. But they got along OK. I think Yngwie's ego baby had a bit of a wake-up call."

Zakk Wylde on working with Ozzy...
"Ozzy would just call me up and go, ‘Haystack, let's get together and knock this fucking thing out.'"

 


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