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Mot謗head "Talkin创bout A Kiss Of Death"
Location: London, Royal Garden Hotel 19/06/06, Occasion: promoting new album KISS OF DEATH
Weitere Infos zu MOT諶HEAD:
MOT諶HEAD Inferno - 30th Anniversary Edition
MOT諶HEAD Stage Fright
MOT諶HEAD Classic Albums - Ace Of Spades
MOT諶HEAD Kiss Of Death
MOT諶HEAD Better Mot鰎head Than Dead - Live At Hammersmith
MOT諶HEAD - Talkin创bout A Kiss Of Death

揔iss Of Death offers a diversity that磗 pretty rare, especially by your own standards. How comes?

Yeah, we get a couple of guests on there, too. On 揋od Was Never On Your Side C.C. Deville plays a solo surprise - and on 揢nder The Gun there抯 Mike Inez playing second bass, from Alice In Chains.

Are these people you bump into regularly?

With Mike it was literally I bumped into him in the Rainbow, and I said: 揇o you wanna play on the album? And he said: 揝ure. He was all excited, you know, and he came down the next night, and he nailed it in about three takes, I think. It was really good and CC did it in one take.

How does 揔iss Of Death fit into that enormous body of work?

It抯 number 23, right (laughs). It抯 better than 揑nferno, and 揑nferno seems to be the favourite of the later years so far. I bet you can抰 tell what people are gonna like, you know, just have to hope for the best.

But you went in trying to create something different than 揑nferno?

No. We do it so we like it, and then we stick it out, and if you like it, it抯 the bonus, you know, but we抮e not actually playing for you, we抮e playing for us, you know, always. I think that抯 the best way to do it, do it so you like it, and then at least if you have to play it just to yourself for the rest of your life at least you抮e satisfied with it. Yeah.

Did you record in LA?

Yeah, in Paramount Studios, like the last one. And Mickey did his drums at NRG Studios up in the Valley. We did pretty well, I think. We just rehearsed the riffs and the arrangement generally, but like with pro-tools now I can change the arrangement if we want to, so that抯 very handy. I like pro-tools. It抯 a very useful tool, you know.

How does the new album differ from the last one?

Better songs. Better arrangements and better performance from me vocally. Better performance from Phil Campbell on the guitar, he plays great on the songs.

Is 揔iss Of Death the manifesto of your life: the man of electric blood, neglected by God...

... neglected? Fucking ignored is what you want by God. But it抯 not about me that 揋od Was Never On Your Side, it抯 not 揋od was never on my Side, it抯 揋od Was Never On Your Side, you know, just sending out a message to people in case they still believe in God: 揌ey, wrong! (laughs)

Does the ever growing religious movement around the globe scare you?

It抯 not scary, it抯 disgusting. I mean, if people still have to have God as a crutch, I mean, what the fuck are they gonna do with their lives? God is not gonna help you, God is not answering your prayers, you can pray all your life and you never get a fucking thing. God is deaf, blind and stupid. I don抰 like the devil either, they can both get fucked. I抦 responsible for what I do, and I don抰 need no excuse.

So how do you stand living in America, home of TV-evangelists and religious extremists?

You just don抰 watch the TV on Sunday, you know, I mean, religion is everywhere, Ammerica, Middle America is going crazy about religion, but not on the coast where I live, you know.

What about 揟he Kingdom Of The Worm? Is that about the UK?

No. It抯 about death. Death is 揟he Kingdom Of The Worm, and the worm wins every time, they always get to eat you and you don抰 get to eat them.

How did you celebrate your 60th birthday?

I did it in Vegas, just stayed away from everybody, in case they had any surprises ready for me. Yeah, this is as good a way to spend your birthday as any. The next one I got to look forward is 70, man, how is that for a big step?

In your case: Are there still goals to be reached?

Yeah, I haven抰 fucked Halle Berry yet, you know, for a start. There抯 always goals that you haven抰 achieved, you know, I抎 like to have a hit in America before we go, you know, I抎 like to have another hit here, too, thank God for Germany, we still have hits there. They really stood next to us all the time, they were really loyal. Treue on treue. That抯 a great characteristic of Germany, they抮e loyal. They can listen to the new stuff and the old stuff at the same time. People over here don抰 realise that, they have to have just the new stuff.

Any explanation why Germany is such a stronghold for you?

I don抰 know. Because they like us, and that抯 about the best reason I can think of, right? (laughs)

So you抣l end up as the Rolling Stones of hardrock one day?

Man, I think we already did that, didn抰 we? How old do you have to be? As old as the Rolling Stones? Well, then I only got four years to go. Jagger is only four years older than me, I think. Keith is about, what, 65 years?

Do you take more care of yourself these days?

No. Why should I take care of myself, it抯 all still working. I just had a medical in Berlin, he said I had the liver of a new-born baby, my lungs are fine, it抯 incredible, right? My heart is fine. Figure it out. Na-na-na-na

Is it easy being Lemmy 24/7?

Yeah, I抳e never been anybody else (laughs). It抯 that simple. I can deal with it. A lot of people can抰 deal with being famous, I can deal with it. I like been famous, I抦 used to it now. I don抰 know what it抎 be like anymore, I mean, I can remember intellectually that there was a time when I wasn抰 in Mot鰎head, but I can抰 remember how it felt, you know, after 31 years it抯 like my life, and that抯 just fine.

And you never wanted to escape that?

How can you? 慍ause you stop being a writer at whatever time you finished the interview, right, and then you抮e whoever you wanna be, but I抦 always running for Mot鰎head, 24 hours, right, all the time, forever. Even if I stopped playing tomorrow I抎 still be Lemmy from Mot鰎head, like McCartney is still Paul from the Beatles. You never shake that. But luckily I抦 happy with it. A lot of people will go: 揙h no, I抦 a private person, fuck off, you抮e not a private person, you gave up being a private person when you ran on stage the first time, then people make me laugh, you know, 搕he eyes, the eyes. Well, quit music, motherfucker, you抮e gonna be a cheap metal presser again, you know, that抎 be much more fun, wouldn抰 it? Bullshit, you know.

Any current music you磖e listen to, or just the classics?

Every once in a while I roll out on my wheelchair and I磎 getting to listen to a couple of new things, yeah. There抯 a lot of good bands around at the moment. Meldrum from Sweden, they抮e very good, all girls, Crucified Barbara are really good, they抮e coming on tour with us, Clutch are good, they抮e coming, too. Who else? There is an Iron Maiden tribute band in the States, called The Iron Maidens, they抮e really good, I saw them recently. Cheerleader from Toronto are really good, there抯 no end on them, but you never hear them on the radio, right, because they抮e too heavy or some fucking thing, you know. And Girlschool are still good, too, you know. They抮e still going.

What do you think of HipHop and R&B?

I hate HipHop. I hate it. It抯 the worst music black people have ever played. I loved black music, you know, all the way through my life until the last ten years, fucking HipHop and reggae, I hate it. It抯 like nothing to me, it抯 not even music to me, you know, it starts and it goes along and it stops, so what, you know. And they say they write relevant lyrics, no more relevant than mine, and we have real music behind ours. So what the fuck is wrong with you people, can抰 you listen? I抦 sorry everybody, I hate fucking HipHop, and I can抰 tell you nothing else, because I do. I tried to like it, I listened to a lot of it, and I thought: 揥ell, man, I was right the first time, it抯 crap, so there you go.

How comes it磗 such a mass phenomenon then?

Well, good luck, I mean, you抮e quite entitled to like it if you want, but don抰 ask me to like it, because I don抰. But there抯 room for everything, you know, any music can be played, there抯 plenty of room. There抯 millions of people out there that enjoy music, you know, rap fans, Rock憂扲oll fans, there抯 gotta be all kinds of music for everybody to listen to something. But I don抰 like rap myself, which is the question you asked me, right?

You got your first bass from Heathrow airport, is that true?

Yeah, a Hopf, a German bass. Dell from Hawkwind got it at an auction of stuff people left on planes. Yeah, and how do you forget that, right? They must have gotten nicked in at the airport or something and didn抰 collect. But whatever, I got it for 17 quid of him, but I never did pay him for it. I still owe him for it. That was a good bass that, and I liked it. In fact if anybody has it, and they know it抯 mine, can I buy it back of you? I抎 like to have that back, it抯 a nice bass.

Ever tried another auction?

No, I mean, people leave stuff on planes, stuff gets lost, you know, and they don抰 bother to claim it or they claim it once and then it doesn抰 show up till two weeks later and it just gets in the auction. There抯 all kinds of shit in there, you know - children (laughs) Female basses anyway.

It was Hawkwind who made you change from a guitar player to a bass player, or?

They didn抰 make me. There wasn抰 a job as a guitar player, so I switched to bass to get the job quick, and I got it. I抎 never played the bass before in my life, the bass, but I think probably I was always supposed to play the bass, because it was easy. I got straight into it, you know, 慶ause I was a terrible fucking guitarist. Yeah, I sucked on guitar. I was a good rhythm guitarist.

So the bass was meant to be?

I think so, yeah, if anything is. It抯 just luck, you know, anyway. Everything in your life is just luck, being in the right place at the right time, that抯 the whole thing. If you抮e in the wrong place at the right time you won抰 even hear about it, right?

There is an article in MOJO with a picture from the Rocking Vicars. You look very young in that one.

Well, I was very young one in that one, that explains that. Yeah, the Rocking Vicars was a great band, we were kind of like The Who really, we used to smash all the equipment up at the end of the show, you know. But I was a rotten guitarist for them, too, I couldn抰 do it. I never played lead, you know, I was no good at it. Bass is much better for me. I mean, I抳e become a well-known bass player, the only thing I would have become well-known for on the guitar was how many fucking notes I missed. (laughs)

Are you still angry with Hawkwind for sacking you?

No, long time, you know. I don抰 think like that. I don抰 have revenge in my heart. It takes too long, and it makes you twisted and bitter, and I don抰 wanna be twisted and bitter. I don抰 need revenge, I抦 doing what I do, and I抦 happy doing it and that抯 it. That抯 all there is.

Is it true you tried to teach Sid Vicious how to play the bass?

Yeah. It was all uphill. And he still couldn抰 play bass when he died, I mean, fucking hell. Well, and everybody knows that, just listen to the Sex Pistols record that he was on, you know, you can tell it抯 Steve standing in for him. In fact I抦 not sure if Sid was ever on the record, I think it was Steve who played bass.

Are you still in touch with Steve?

Yeah, I see Steve now and again. He does a thing called 揅amp Freddy, which is like a bunch of people get together and play shows, Dave Navarro and the drummer from the Chilli Peppers, and the bass player from the Chilli Peppers, too, I think, Flea, now and again and all kinds of people. And Steve Jones does that, too. I went out a couple of times with him and did 揋od Save The Queen, you know, and we did some early Presley and did two Pat Benetar songs. Juliet Lewis has been up a couple of times with her band, you know, it抯 a fun thing, just fun, and people get in for free, it抯 great.

Where do they play? Is it always the same location?

No, it抯 just different clubs. They played most at the Palace, and most at the Key Club. I played on both of those, but they had other shows, one in Vegas I didn抰 play on that one. There was Scott Weiland who did that one.

Honestly: Is 揂ce of Spades both - a curse and a blessing?

It抯 a curse and a blessing, because it抯 a good song and you get tired of playing it, but it抯 still a good song. We got lucky, we could have got famous for a turkey, couldn抰 we?

Do you still collect 3rd Reich stuff? Where do you find that?

In America, that抯 where it all is. The Americans took it all home with them. One guy, right, was in the American army and they took over Rechlin Air force Base, and he got a Fokker Wolf 190, and dismantled it and sent it home in parcels bit by bit and re-assembled it back in America, numbers on the parcels, you know, and a map with numbers on it. Shipped it all back to the States and re-built it. He has the only fucking Wolf 190 in perfect condition, right, with all the original parts, he has it sitting on his deck in Pennsylvania. (laughs) That抯 the ultimate war trophy, right, a fucking fighter plane.

What抯 your biggest treasure?

Probably a Luftwaffe sword with a Damascus blade. Damascus steel, you know, layered, a nice piece. I got Hitler抯 autograph about three or four times, but there抯 so many forgeries and there抯 an autopen version they used on documents anyway, you can never tell if it抯 real or not, but I have one saying 揌appy new year and merry Christmas from Adolf Hitler, you know, that抯 one. I got that from Ozzy, too, so double whammy. I should have gotten Ozzy to sign the back of it, right, Ozzy and Hitler on the same piece. (laughs)

Are you ever gonna put that on display?

Maybe. I left my collection to the German people, but you have to display or you can抰 have it. (laughs) Yeah, because it抯 part of history, you know, you can抰 change that, right?

What do you think about Bush and his war on Iraq?

It抯 a mess, George抯 Vietnam, and now he抯 about to go into Iran, too, I think, so there抣l be two Vietnams, three with Afghanistan, and I don抰 think America can cope with even one, never mind three. It抯 a claustrofuck, you know, it抯 a war you can抰 win.

And the irony is that they could have closed the chapter during operation desert storm?

They wouldn抰 have closed the chapter, it would be the same as it is now then. They would have just been going on for longer like this, that抯 all. You can not fight a guerrilla war with ordinary troops, it抯 been demonstrated 1000s of times. The Germans in World War II couldn抰 do it in Russia, the fucking Vietnamese beat them again, you know the Americans. Lebanon, the other one. You can抰 find guerrillas who can hide in the hills and come out and stab you. You can抰 fight them people because there will always be more of them and everyone you kill is a martyr, right, there is no way you can win. And of course, the Pentagon loves it, because they can get more helicopters, but it抯 still true, you can抰 win.

Is that the motivation: Producing even more weapons?

Believe me, it抯 a very large part of it, the arms industry has a very large lobby in Washington. How much do you think Bell Helicopters made out of Vietnam? (laughs) Fuckin joking

Do you think the Americans realised that by now?

Oh yeah, even the most gung-ho Americans, when your boy comes home in a fucking body bag then it changes your outlook, you know. And of course there抯 girl soldiers out there now, too, right, and they抮e getting slaughtered, too, it抯 even worse for the family.

You磖e touring Germany soon. How many new songs are you actually gonna play?

Probably three of them, you can抰 really play more than three, 慶ause they wanna hear the old stuff, too, you know, so you have to try and balance it. We抣l be doing two at least or three, I抎 like to do three and keep the two from 揑nferno in there, you know.

Will you bring out the legendary Bomber?

Only if they pay extra. It costs a lot to bring it, you know, it抯 a whole truckload by itself, it抯 an 18wheeler by itself.

How much would that be per ticket?

I have no idea. I don抰 even know how much without the bomber. I know it抯 a fair price compared with everybody else. I know we抮e keeping it a fair price, and the merchandise I have to always go at the beginning of every tour and cut the price on the fucking merchandising, because they always try and sell you nothing for everything.

So you have an eye on that?

Oh yeah, you wouldn抰 believe how many fights I have with the fucking quality of the merchandise and the price of the merchandise. You have to have an eye on everything, man, because they just fuck it up otherwise. Always. You have to watch everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

geführt am 20.08.2006   von B鴕ge
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