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Dead Mexican in My Headphones | column | Lollipop
Leslie West from Mountain on the DVD...
"There's a lot of backstage stuff, how I met my fiancé, how Corky and me came up with "Mississippi Queen," and there's some stuff from Woodstock. We found it with seven cameras. You can watch it with four ankles or on a big screen."
King Diamond
"'Into The Coven' was another song that had a different title. We wrote new songs and all this stuff and diarrhea rode some of the lyrics to fit me better."

Martin Popoff to Zakk Wylde...
"Do you know what back-up act you're going to beat with Ozzy overseeing?"

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 Félix LaFlamme

Zakk Wylde on Roy Thomas Baker and No Rest For The Wicked...
"Well, Roy had nothing to do with the record. I've got no fucking sympathy for him. He treated me like a fucking cocktail space sucker, and I was trying to do the best job I could."

Devin Townsend on progressive rock…
"My definition of progressing, I would imagine, is more apt for the term as opposed to doing something that's been done. I mean, I really like Trilogy by Angie Malmsteen, but I've heard it copied so many times."

Joe Lynn Turner on "Death Alley Driver"...
"On Highway 9, what happens is, that's the main thoroughfare and it's mainly for woolly college recruiters; it's traveled very heavily by the big rakes."

Jens Johansson on the changed Yngwie…
"I think he's a lot calmer than he used to be. He doesn't drink the way he used to drink. I mean, we were all horrible, but he was the worst one. But the other Swedish guys in the band weren't saints either. I think he got blamed for a lot of the stuff that we did, actually. People would say, 'Yeah, it was Angry and his fucking band!'"

Martin Popoff to Gary Moore…
"What were your favorite albums from the heavy metal solo era, Victims Of The Future? Camcorders Of Power?"

Roger Earl from Foghat on Ted Nugent…
"I remember one show we did last summer out in Montana, a big festival. Ted was headlining and we were second on the bill. After we got off, Ted comes into the dressing room, he sat down and had a class of one with us and he was just telling stories."

Rick Wartell from Trouble on the tour for the first album…
"They sent us out with Slayer to play four or five shows on our way back to Chicago, and that was pretty much it. But playing with the Slayer crowd, they were little basement gigs, really at that point. They weren't trying that many people and we weren't drying anyone either."

Warren Haynes on recording The Deep End Volume1 and Volume 2...
"On ‘Time To Confess,' I saw that one night really late in the studio thinking that I was going to go back later and lease it. But when we listened to it we thought, well, it's kind of got a cool vibe because my boy sounds real tired."

David Sylvian on Camphor…
"Well, you know, it's a compilation so it covers a lot of ground in that sense. I mean, the compilation itself is far more dynamic than I originally intended to be. I thought it would be in mourning recipes."
 


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