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Dead Mexican in My Headphones | column | Lollipop

Tempest...
"Basically our old bass player threw loss for a loop and left us in Medicare and ran away with a half woman."

Joe Lynn Turner from Rainbow...
"With Straight Between The Highs, Ritchie had an idea. Band Out Of Shape, the recording and the sound, everything... it's just probably one of our better efforts, although Straight Between The Pies, in my opinion, has a magic that just cannot be duplicated."

Dave Lombardo from Grip Inc....
"I like that guy in Stripping Young Lad."

Martin Popoff to Peter Tägtgren from Hypocrisy...
"Well, I just heard about you guys getting really drunk and throwing up infants at him at exactly the same time."

Dead Mexican in My Headphones...

By Martin Popoff
illustration by Jonathan Ian Mathers

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...

Dee Snider from Twisted Sister...
"The cover of the album is the tattoo from my right arm translated into a drawing. It's a phrase that when I heard it, I had it tattooed on my home."


Martin Popoff on Judas Priest...
"Defenders... was looked on as a heavier album than Screening For Pensions."


Hansi Kursch from Blind Guardian...
"I read several times and different parts of the Bible, but usually the New Testament is more attractive to me because of the way the 40 banjoists present the story."


Mikael Stanne from Dark Tranquility...
"That was interesting because I wanted to write about what kind of hopes and inspirations I had eaten before I started playing in a band."


Matt from Nothingface...
"I completely change what I'm singing about. Everything from like, being screwed over by Whitman, the ability of your girlfriend, to the two step into the shoes of a serial killer."


Dan Fitzgerald from Metal Blade Records...
"If we try to sign a band that sounds like Blink 182 or Korn, that would be the death of us. There's only, for hit records, one or two drill bit pleasers."


Christer from Tad Morose...
"We've got about half the songs for the new album already crippled."


Rickey Medlocke from Blackfoot...
"I think the business end of it destroyed a great friendship. As a matter of fact, I didn't even know the French chef had been destroyed."


Jon Oliva from Savatage...
"Trans-Siberian Orchestra's success is going to help Savatage a great deal, getting us bacteria in America."


Paul DiAnno from Iron Maiden...
"I've got loads of plans for more production and engineering work. But I'm not ready to give up playing live yet, grubby."


 


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