“Where’s your will to be weird?” (― Jim Morrison)

“The American people don’t need Russia or China telling them how bad things are.

Declining living standards, rampant inflation, and growing inequality are proof enough.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“BREAKING The results of the midterm elections are not going to fundamentally change your life in the slightest, because you live in an empire and the system is the problem.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

“I know it’s compelling to always say that whoever the current President is is the “worst ever.”

But — unless Biden really does get us nuked — the worst President was George W Bush. If you don’t think so, then you’re simply forgetting all the madness that happened from 2001-2009″ (-Primo Radical)

“Bernie went from the 99% vs the 1% to “Shut up, you work for the Russians” (-Black In The Empire)

“”One day I’m a ‘conspiracy theorist’ — and the next day, most of America wakes up to the reality that electronic voting machines are a very bad idea” (- Mike Lindell)

Working Class Hero on Twitter: “@blackintheempir” / Twitter

If more than half of the country thinks elections are being repeatedly stolen to favor one party, the powers that be will get the War on Domestic Terror they have been eager to start. Articles like this suggest that’s the plan.” (-Whitney Webb)

“During a CNN panel belly aching about “election deniers” and conspiracy theories, Chris Wallace says JFK might have stolen the 1960 election, but wistfully recalls how the public “recognized him as president.” The good old days, when Americans were less skeptical and more supine.” (-Max Blumenthal)


We need the government or a Big Tech billionaire to decide what’s true & false, or WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!! “(-Jimmy Dore)

““A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself-and especially to feel, or not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at any moment is fine with them. That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is.” (― Jim Morrison)

“”I have no definite talent or trade, and how I stay alive is largely a matter of magic.” (-Bukowski)

“We’re all in prison, as long as Julian’s in prison”: exclusive interview with Stella Assange (

Stella Assange #FreeAssangeNOW on Twitter: “The UK won’t stop arresting and intimidating journalists unless it frees #Assange. It lowered the bar by normalising the imprisonment of a publisher in its harshest prison for 3.5+ years for the most important journalism of our time. #AssangeCase means journalists are fair game” / Twitter

“While the US State Department still recognizes unelected puppet Juan Guaidó, France has publicly acknowledged Nicolás Maduro is Venezuela’s real, constitutional president

US neocolonialists think they can impose whoever they want in power in Latin America.” (-Ben Norton)

“Every election Democrats tell us “democracy and basic human rights are on the ballot”—but when they have power they don’t actually fight for democracy or human rights. They fight for Big Business, the ruling class, and the military industrial complex just like the Republicans do.

There is no “lesser evil” in U.S. politics. Democrats are just more adept at masking their corruption while their party serves the same cruel capitalist and imperialist system that Republicans do. A vote for either bourgeoisie party is a vote for war, inequality, and oligarchy.” (-Ryan Knight)

“There is something really strange & dangerous about the liberal mind. I use to think it was the arrogance of power but it is some kind of cognitive malfunction. Millions of liberals denied legitimacy of 2016 election of Trump. But for them that wasn’t election denialism. The democrats once again abandoned Black working class base, ignored broader working class economic concerns, reneged on all their “progressive” campaign promises but guess who will be blamed for their well-deserved slaughter? Blacks who are not going to come out & progressives.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

“Ignorance is their power tool, you only know what they want you to know…” (-Stiv Bators)

“Under Minsk, after a withdrawal by both sides, there was supposed to be talks on holding local elections & autonomy in Donbas. But Kiev, as Atlantic Council noted in 2020, “refused to deal directly with separatist officials.” That pretty much continued until Russia’s invasion.” (-Aaron Mate’)

“Bernie now joins Ro Khanna, Ilhan Omar and AOC in leveling McCarthyite allegations at antiwar protesters or journalists asking critical questions about their support for the Ukraine proxy war, accusing them of echoing “pro-Putin” talking points or being Russian agents.” (-Max Blumenthal)”

Remember: your enemy is the US oligarchy, not Russia or any other “foreign adversary.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“The red wave was about as much of a wave as blue wave was in 2018. But what does any of this have to do with the hell working class people are facing in the U.S.? Both capitalist parties are unable to advance policies important to workers because – they are capitalist parties!” (-Ajamu Baraka)


“This IS how democracy dies. And it’s a bipartisan thing.” (-Dr. Jill Stein)

“It’s so insane how empire managers keep saying things like this as though it would be something that happens *TO* the US empire, and not something it knowingly chose over and over again while ignoring all the easy off-ramps which presented themselves.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)

Who’s really behind Burkina Faso’s coup? – The Grayzone

The People’s Party on Twitter: “.@jonathanblazer and @nick_brana confront @BernieSanders three times for funding Nazis in Ukraine & instigating WW3. The last time, Bernie comes up to Nick and accuses him of being a “PAID” agent for opposing the war. The same establishment Russia smear that was used against him.” / Twitter

People’s City Council – Los Angeles on Twitter: “HISTORY MADE: @kennethmejiaLA delivers his VICTORY speech. This was a campaign was run by the people, the youth, those left out by the traditional political process. And we won!! A 31 y/o housing activist just took down a career pol backed by the establishment & cops 🥳🎉” / Twitter

Green Party US 🌻 on Twitter: “At least thirteen Greens have already been elected today, with more results still pending! Follow Election Results live from across the country at this link: #VoteGreenParty #ElectionNight #ElectedGreens #GreensInOffice #ElectionResults #Election2022” / Twitter

Caitlin Johnstone on Twitter: “Phoniest, most PR-intensive proxy war of all time.” / Twitter

Treazine, Sedition 4 Now Available – Caitlin Johnstone

Alan MacLeod (@AlanRMacLeod) / Twitter

Telegram: Contact @alanmacleod

“Oh my god Elon simps are the absolute fucking worst.” (-Caitlin Johnstone)


Is basically ALL the shitlib gentrification trust fund class and passive income boomer divorcee mimosa landlord airbandb ownership society seems to understand. Obama and AOC were designed to make them FEEL GOOD. They love and trust and worship and obey Bayer/Monsanto, Merck, and Pfizer because their middle class insurance fueled medicine cabinet is overflowing with happy pills that make them FEEL GOOD. Being seen with the dickhead bully owner having free drinky-drinks on Saturday night at the fake divebar hipster hotspot makes them FEEL GOOD, so so what if he punches smaller people for shits and giggles, that’s his right as a he-man capitalist bodybuilder who owns stuff. I’ve been offered the other pill, the happy illusion kind and turned it down flat multiple times cause as much as I also like to FEEL GOOD, feelings aint everything, it aint always all about me or my preferences, or comfort or entitlement or how I “self identify”, none of that bullshit navel studies college safespace happy talk is really that meaningful off campus-real life aint a NPR soothing tone. Most people are offensive, coarse, pained, or baffled and an awful lot of ’em are becoming ever more dangerous-everybody feels wronged-especially the people who got their money for nothin and their chicks for fee-is anyone on the planet more dangerous than an idle heiress sports mom pilled out on the telephone? These fuckin come lately expensive hat wearing new tattoo kids are all such fucking insataible Fauntleroys, they will cut you to get to the open bar before you do. It’s hard not to root against one million Foo Fightin’ George W. Bush mediocrities of born rich nepotism. You see these old women cut in line at the fucking grocery store? Old lady stole shit outta my girlfriends shopping cart at the thrift store. Where I live, there’s a rich old bat who goes to the poor people charity shop everyday and they had to put a limit on her-three carts a day, cause she buys up all the donations to overprice sell on Ebay or at her tourist trap high end boutique next to the only bar in town. She watches the tv and totally believes that rachel Maddow’s some highbrow, deep and edgy intellectual telling it like it is about the Republikkkan patriarchy and Trump and Kanye. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi are her special friends for feminism and woke pro nouns and that Dr. Fauchi and that Zelensky actor dude are her heroic democracy, special savior, scientific protectors for freedom, she’s mainly all about stealing from the poor to give to herself, I understood the “Okay, Boomer” meme, cause that’s how they basically all are, nowadays-you see all the already rich sons a bitches who married even richer women, how eager they all are to rip you off, and steal your ideas to peddle in their posh circles, they raise your rent and copyright your tunes, and tell your jokes, make your anecdotes or experience their own. Blooducking vampires– and not in any kinda sexy Peter Murphy or Andi Haggiman way. it’s a really, really whackadoo time. I’m sick of mindless, knee deteriorating, heave ho back hurts, humiliating and degrading low wage body harming blue collar odd jobs labor, but the mean spinster uptight fucking uncool people on the hill locked me out of the gentrification hipster scene way back in the alternative era and now, I’m just kinda penning obituaries and marking time, I missed the bus, or was thrown under it. Some mornings I miss the Lip Service clothes, Trash & Vaudeville, the sleazy Scrap Bar, and old Ray Zell cartoons. And especially, Gem Spa, Freebeing, Sounds, the Holiday and Continental. I never, in one million years, imagined I’d ever miss working at fucking Tower Records. Now I been doing ranch hand labor for real estate emperors and my back hurts like a motherfucker, and I have to try to pass as sufficiently compliant middle class stupid and obedient, and not at all resentful, all while also not smoking or drinking, and putting in another ten hours a day of being primary caregiver to fame starved teenager who can’t stop listing all the products he needs me to buy with the one hundred dollars I might receive for Christmas, it feels like all I do is work but nobody ever sees it, acknowledges it, or even wants to begrudgingly admit it. All us sad and poor old fuckers will be dead soon and nobody’s gonna remember all the dishes we washed, the floors we retiled, the walls we painted, the toilets we scrubbed, or litter boxes we emptied. They’ll all just say we had too many girlfriends in the eighties and sucked at math and consorted with disreputable junkies and bikers and drank too much and had it comin’. My girlfriend asked me last night if I wanted to be buried or cremated and said that burial costs too much and nobody would come visit the tombstone anyways and if I was cremated she could keep my ashes with her cat’s. Ashes to ashes, flunk to flunkie. I tried reading my fucking old Lester Bangs book an old friend gave me 100 years ago, but I can’t really read right now, got too many worries, responsibilities, deadlines, and obligations hanging over my stone cold sober skull like a black cloud of imminent doom. I gotta get away away from the propaganda machine and commence the laboring. No fun, my babe, no fun.

“That’s what real love amounts to – letting a person be what he really is. Most people love you for who you pretend to be. To keep their love, you keep pretending – performing. You get to love your pretence. It’s true, we’re locked in an image, an act – and the sad thing is, people get so used to their image, they grow attached to their masks. They love their chains. They forget all about who they really are. And if you try to remind them, they hate you for it, they feel like you’re trying to steal their most precious possession.” (― Jim Morrison)

“This entire time those of us who’ve been doing this for years, who interview everyone, left, right, in between, have been told we are pushing a “red-brown” alliance & aligning with fascists by the synthetic left & people like Cenk. Note the grift is real with these folks. And that also goes for third parties who continue to candidates without ever addressing the fact that the US does not have free and fair elections. By all means keep giving your money & time to pipe dreams folks. You don’t vote your way out of this. And as far as the conflict in Ukraine, this isn’t going to change a thing.” (-Fiorella Isabel)

“I remember Al Gore suppressing calls to protest George W. Bush’s naked theft of the 2000 election, and his overzealous move to concede to Bush, as one of the most pathetic political moments of my lifetime – and most instructive about the reality of the DC Uniparty.” (-Max Blumenthal)

“I don’t write so much now. I’m getting on 33, pot belly and creeping dementia.” (-Bukowski)

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.”

World Socialist Web Site – Marxist analysis, international working class struggles & the fight for socialism (

Re Flex The Politics Of Dancing 1983 – YouTube

Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader: Unchecked Militarism is Cancerous to a Civilization + Hedges: The Greatest Evil is War – Dandelion Salad (

Chris Hedges: Truth Is the First Casualty of War – Dandelion Salad (

Eleanor Goldfield on Twitter: “It’s ok if you’re not shocked anymore. But never lose your disgust for the war machine. F.ex, it’s not shocking that 4 weapons co’s got more $ than ALL Americans. But it’s damn disgusting. #newepisode of the grotesque but not so shocking w/ @LeeCamp” / Twitter

U.S. Escalates War Against Russia, by Gary Wilson – Dandelion Salad (

Max Blumenthal on Twitter: “The Stanford Global Energy Forum is sponsored by ExxonMobil, a top LNG exporter which views the Nord Stream pipeline sabotage and Ukraine proxy war which McFaul promotes as an enticing opportunity” / Twitter

Max Blumenthal on Twitter: “Buried in this ridiculous ode to the BlueAnon media cartel: the husband of Molly Jong-Fast – who relentlessly smeared opponents of Covid restrictions – is a venture capitalist who invests in remote learning and remote work technology.” / Twitter


Julia on Twitter: “@Aus4Assange @Stella_Assange I would like to apologize for a world that governs without compassion. Where heartless zombies and paranoids write the set.And I would like to bow to Julien and the other whistleblowers and thank them for their pure and unsellable heart and commitment.Thanks for your heroism!🙇🏼‍♀️” / Twitter

Lawyers, Journalists who Visited Julian Assange Sue CIA (

Video: New ‘woke’ CIA ad highlights ‘cisgender millennial’ agent with anxiety disorder, doesn’t show what agents actually do | American Military News

CIA recruitment video slammed as ‘woke propaganda’ (

A Good And Righteous Proxy War Wouldn’t Need Such Cartoonish PR – Caitlin Johnstone

Disrupt The Cognitive Infrastructure – Caitlin Johnstone

The CIA Has a Podcast. The Apocalypse Can’t Be Far Behind – SPIN

“Woke” CIA Ad Is No Reason to Abandon Anti-Racist Language (

CIA & The Woke Totalitarian Generation – The American Conservative

Assange lawyers sue Mike Pompeo for spying on him and visitors (

Australians For Assange 🗣 on Twitter: “The second FreeAssange truck! Julian Assange has been held in maximum security prison for over 1300 days and psychologically tortured & politically persecuted for over 12 years. In the ‘west of values’, uncovering US war crimes means 175 years of torture.” / Twitter

Election Night Discussion Board with Aaron and Katie – The Absurd Arena (

“We need to encourage more thinking about how [the war in Ukraine] will end, in order to get the idea that this needs to end, as opposed to increasing the military arsenal on both sides and the devastation to the population in Ukraine.” (-Mary Robinson, Fmr. Pres. Ireland)

“Free Julian Assange – we need the whole truth and that man has it. He’s paid a terrible price while the journalists who made their careers and won prizes off his back have now turned their backs on him. Shame on them all.” (-Lara Logan)

“The humiliation of US empire.

After spending billions on multiple failed coups and assassination attempts.  

After pushing a non-entity as president for years, John Kerry is forced to humble himself in front of the actual President of Venezuela.” (-Lowkey)

“The greater the power, the more need there is for transparency, because if the power is abused, the result can be so enormous.” (- Julian Assange)


when I lived in Hollywood, I put some musicians wanted ads in the local entertainment weeklies they gave out for free at all the bars and liquor stores on the strip. For awhile we stayed at the Saharan, then with some strippers and heavy metal dudes, then, a dead end studio in an extremely hostile and unwelcoming neighborhood, then, the county hospital, where I had been taken after some crazy seizure, needless to say, I never found my shipmates. My original guys all chickened out, would not accompany me westward. I tried jamming with a guy named Kirk Hellie at the Leeds rehearsal studio a couple times-talented guy, I really liked him, he had a good song I remember with the line, “suicide baby is the only way out.” I was kinda distracted by girl problems back then, also met a dude named Greg who was Greek-really loved Poison, we recorded a song together, it was pretty good, dunno whatever happened to that guy. I hungout with Alistarr one day and talked about forming a band he called Sonic Medusa, but he was getting evicted and I never saw him again and somebody stole that name. Me and Anthony were always in talks about doing something, a band or radio show, but he was always waiting for some charming French Mick Taylor guitar god named Francois, no not the Motorcycle Boy guy, I said guitar player, to reappear, and of course, he would have probably much preferred if I could sing properly like Robin Zander, or was less alcoholic, and did not steal his black concert t shirts, or phone him at odd hours, and I can appreciate all that sincerely…I love that guy. My first day in town I saw Gary from Circus Of Power right there on Sunset and urged him to join my ramshackle garage glam gang but he went on to work with Larry Flynt, Axl, and became a real good Westerberg/Doug Hopkins like journeyman singer songwriter…in Ohio, no less, a horrible hellhole where they manufacture the fratboys. I tried to get Tim ferris from Celebrity Skin one night at the Cat N Fiddle but he was another no go, sadly cause holy shit was he ever a branstorming bassplaying rocknroll star!!! One of my very favorites. If you talk to Jason Shapro from Celebrity Skin and Redd Kross, tell him I said hi, I asked him to collaborate in more recent years too. It’s so hard finding a band when you get older, partticularly. Billy Burks is a busy barber. Jimmy James is busy in the Hangmen and Junkyard. Where do you find the dangerously creative innovator guitar heroes nowadays? In the sad last daze of hair metal, there were still plenty of blackahired dudes wanting to be Motley Crue, but almost no one who could play really great Ronsonesque guitar besides you know, Joe Normal who was doing his own thing. Back then, Josh Todd was still in a band called Sparrow-I think, I remember seeing fliers around when I worked at Quasi Glam and Bleecker Bob’s on Melrose.Hollywood’s a tough hustle, you can’t go there with a girlfriend, you need a car, and you have to know somebody. Anthony ended up making a really exceptional, special record you should hear, more meaninful now than when it was recorded, probably.

There’s a lotta things to dislike about Buckcherry’s lowest common denominator Waxl Rose understudy base redneck approach to dummy stadium rawk, but their old guitar player Keith was a brick layer rhythm guitar mongrel just like my own sideman Nasty Bastard before he had too many motorcycle, bar brawl, bicycle through the windshield, and car accidents and became semi impaired and seemingly unable to bartend or flail around like Billy Duffy anymore. Their early stuff just kicked so much ass, it was undeniable, strippers everywhere went gaga for ’em. Even my girlfriend’s conservative old mom could not help but light up when she heard their first big radio hit around the campfire. Steve Jones, their producer, played that riff in the studio. We used to dream about Steve Jones producing us. Can you imagine how hot that would have been? Our shit was perfect for that. We were gutter great. Not polished mind you, but did you ever hear the Crybabies? Not far from that. Darrel Bath liked us. So yeah, when Anthony was putting together his superstar Sunset Strp supernova super group, I remember visiting him out in L.A., and Buckcherry being all over the fucking radio. I could not stick around long cause I had a brand new beautiful girl about to ruin my life back in Ohio where they manufacture the fratboys, but I remember seeing that Yogi dude at a bar I think it was called Goldfingers? We went there with Joe Normal, saw all the big boobie starlets. Joe told me about the time he got to hug David Lee Roth! Somehow, the scrappy careerist Buckcherry boys got to put out a lotta substandard semi generic Guns N Roses knockoffs in the Kid Rock Nu Metal era, but that first Buck Cherry record, well, I can’t say nothing bad about it at all really except I’m jealous Steve Jones did not produce my record. I think Duff n Slash were stupid for not recruiting Josh Todd for Velvet Revolver. I never liked Weiland that much really. Conversations Kill, Big Bang Babies,that was about it. JD Fortune was a more authentic frontman in my book. Has anything rocked as hard as “All Lit Up Again” in the past 25 years? After the first lp, I never really got into them much, but they definitely had their Fleeting Golden Moment. Good for them. Hooray For Hollywood. Somedays I feel like Rodney Bingenheimer-alone with my scrapbooks and memories like the whole culture somehow just went “Did It All For The Nookie” and white rapper Kid Rock nu metal stupid and left me behind, thinking about famous people I helped make famous, dead friends who aint coming back, all the girls who hung around for the party but never really loved me back, and the times when we were young and scarved, and still having fun together.

Buckcherry – Lit Up (Official Video) – YouTube

Buckcherry – Lawless And Lulu (Live at Osaka Dome 1999 – 02 of 12 ) – YouTube

Buckcherry – Crazy Bitch (Dirty Video) – YouTube


Revolutionary Blackout Network🥋 (@SocialistMMA) / Twitter

Primo Radical on Twitter: “And, in fact, you can even trace our current situation back to Bush: • Inflation is largely a result of the fact that the economy has been propped up by the Fed since the 2008 crash. • The controversy over Ukraine joining NATO started with Bush.” / Twitter

Ukraine Without Ukrainians, Earth Without Life, by David Swanson – Dandelion Salad (

Why I write about war — and why I can’t escape it |

Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin: War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict – Dandelion Salad (

Dennis Kucinich: Where Are The Pro-Peace Democrats? – Dandelion Salad (

House Analysis Confirms Corporations Use ‘Cover of Inflation to Raise Prices Excessively’ (

Chris Hedges and Noam Chomsky: The Rise of Neo-Fascism and the Bankruptcy of the Liberal Class, Part 2 – Dandelion Salad (

Half-Way Into His First Term, Joe Biden Has Failed Americans Disastrously as Commander-in-Chief | CovertAction Magazine

Ben Norton on Twitter: “First Washington backed a soft coup against Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan Then the unelected regime charged him with “terrorism” and banned him from politics Now an assassination attempt may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back @Academicatarms explains:” / Twitter

“I know that our nation is more divided than ever, and there’s barely anything that we agree on anymore. But this Election Day I’d like to share one unifying message that I think we can all take solace in:

At least we don’t have to listen to any more idiotic campaign commercials.” (-Primo Radical)


Used ta be pop was music with catchy melodies that seemed to particularly appeal to young people of all ages. Like my fifteen year old watched all those Better Call Saul shows about drug dealer cartels murdering each other and killing lawyers and ended up really liking Badfinger, bit like his Dad. The Pretenders loved the Beachboys like Cheap Trick loves the Beatles. Nikki Sixx who might be a wretched douchebag, undeniably wrote some good pop songs particularly on that first record and he often spoke about the Raspberries and you can HEAR the low budget cheap Kim Fowley studio Runaways romance on the fires escape and underneath the streetlight sound in every groove of “Too Fast For Love”. Duran Duran wrote great pop songs from “Save A Prayer” and “My Own Way” to “Ordinary World”, down to the Rio Grande. Some people say Enuff ZNuff were great pop songwriters, I dunno man, I think the dude that writes those power pop books kinda overrated those guys. You’ve heard it too many times, but do you ever turn “My Sharona” up when it comes on in the car? The Cars. The stuff that mockingbird media has been promoting with it’s corporate dominations of all platforms since the Amurkkkan Idol sportsification of muzak that became boybands and the Voice and monarch programmed and controlled industry slaves like Britney or born rich billionaire fortunate daughters like Taylor or Paris, or Gaga, that shit is just not the same as the old songs we used to love. Katy Perry sings about black magic alot. Sells sex parties and cult sell your soul on some alter rituals to Tiktok pre-teens, kinda beyond creepy if you ask me, all of that fake post hip hop commodified occult pop really turns me off and it’s as ubiiquitous as gangsta rappers being killed nowadays, these Dizneyfied sacrifice stripper dolls singing about sex and the debbil. Boycott Tikktok shit-pop. It’s like the fake news you consume on CNN-it’s not only evil, it’s bad for you. All the gore on Hulu and Netflix is even worse. Lizzie Gray called that band of his Ultra Pop, but they never wrote another song as good as “Public Enemy #1”. That new Godfathers record has some real primo sixties golden age pop melodies on it and other tunes that sound like they shoulda been on the soundtrack of one of those eighties teen party movies. TSAR made some stellar pop! CELEBRITY SKIN were one of the most entertaining bands I ever saw, ya know, like all five were Real Stars, total show people, FUN, with hooks, charisma, chutzpah, kinda thing I always wanted to do, just watch these guys go! I think they are all still alive and should reunite!

SOS Celebrity Skin – YouTube

CELEBRITY SKIN Roxy West Hollywood May 5 1990 filmed by Video Louis Elovitz – YouTube

“If you’re losing your soul and you know it, then you’ve still got a soul left to lose.” (-Bukowski)

“I don’t know if it’s a movement, but the only thing new that’s happening is that I think music and art and video and fashion are all kind of thrown into one big ball that’s on television, and people see that all the time – you see a fusion of all those things. (-Steven Sprouse)

“Maybe if they all could be combined-art, rock, and fashion-those were always my favorite things.” (-Steven Sprouse)

“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” (― Jim Morrison)

“Anything can be pop nowadays”: Pet Shop Boys Interviewed | Telekom Electronic Beats

Yeah I’m pretty horrified when all the Backstreet/One Direction/boyband mooks and like beta programming monarch showbiz slut puppets like you know who and her, too, all get to jam with Billy Idol and Joan Jett or are designer garbed in all the fabbest Stephen Sprouse/Patricia Fields/Besty Johnson/Grenwich Village circa 81 new romantic glam artifice, cause you know it;s all for some occultic Agenda 21 Davos enslaving humanity cashless society transhumanist microchip agenda. The Pet Shop Boys spectacles are all about the illuminati symbolism, all those VMA awards shows and Olympics hooplas, Sia videos, all with the scret society Masonic creepiness. You start looking back at all the Prince and Duran artwork, the Bilderberg symbols are all in there, too, sadly. Dick Greogory said they killed Prince for his publishing, merchandising, and access to his vault. He was a pain in the ass alive making music. They decided he was worth more dead. Happens more often than you think. The music biz probably is controlled by some evil sons a bitches with bad intentions. A websight called Vigilant Citizen documents all the pop culture programming. I know the mistyeyed Woodstock boomers said the same thing about Dexy’s and Culture Club and Human League and ABC, how Joan Baez and Richie Havens were better, but honestly, all those bands had way more sincerity and soulpower than any of these fake celebrities of nowadays. That’s why I still tend to fixate on old bands from yesteryear. Old designers and grafitti artists, novelists and filmmakers, too. The Big 5 propaganda platforms don’t give real volume to dissident voices from the underground for very long anymore and if somebody strays even a little bit from official narratives, they deploy all their fake media whores to viciously attack them. Just look at that rapper MIA or Joe Rogan, Lee Camp, or Dave Chappelle. “Canceled”, they call it. Naomi Wolf and Mark Crispin Miller, RKF Jr. and Abby Martin-they took down alla Chris Hedges and Abby Martin’s old shows from youtube because they did not wnat people seeing all those interviews with experts about the events that caused these wars or the people profiting from the pandemics. The music aint even music no more, it aint got no heart. it’s all paid for hack formula songwriters like Desmond Child and Diane Warren and Sia and Linda Perry putting words in the mouths of mannakins like Pink and Harry Styles and whoever. All that shite sucks so bad. Take me down to the way back home. I had dreams about my long gone homie Unconsicious Robert last night, we were visiting my old friend’s record store and looking into a big box marked Lords Of The New Church, then we were going up to the steps to some halfway house he was staying at and he was giving me some clean blankets for my seventies van, then, I woke up early, emailed by friend in Illinois, and made some coffee and here we are, again-me furiously, helplessly, almost invulntarily, typing away at the hypnoscreen, thinkin’ about how I envied that Jesse Camp MTV character whose whole cartoon seemed like a bizarro world funhouse refelection of my St. Mark’s Place runaway guttersnipe bio, he got paid a million to make some false glam with Stevie Nicks for the Man. The big machine paid the good folks of Bubble and Dogs D’Amour to be his studio musicians, and then, they just put the usual kid models in his big budget video for his five seconds of fame, then he was out on the street, like JD Fortune the guy they used on that horrible tv show who was kicked back out of INXS-the fame machine chews motherfuckers up and spits ’em back out at an alarming pace. Nobody could replace Michael Hutchence. Not even Terrence Trent D’arby with a new stage name. JD’s “Pretty Vegas” song was pretty catchy. Easily as good as anything I ever wrote and I have a  fairly high opinion of summa my own underrecorded archive.  I’ve been thinking about how Andrew Loog Oldham discovered my old correspondant Brett Smiley and hyped him, like Jobriath, as the next BOWIE. He died alone like Unconscious Robert. Even I’ve had older nine to five daytime business people promising me this and that, who just wanted to steal my material and cash in on some kinda copyright/publishing scam. It’s a fuckedup grueling little capitalist hell we inhabit here and everybody raised in it’s been trained to revere and protect the honky establishment hierarchy. Respect the badge, respect the robe, salute the flag, pledge your alliegence, sleep with the popular kid whose mom bought him the bar. Buy this week’s new thing, repeat the latest slogan for democracy, getcher fourth and fifth booster even though it has under documented side effects and does not stop you from getting the latest mutation. Wear your “I Voted today” sticker on Fascist Book. Wave the nazi flag for Zelensky. Hut two, hut two. His prosperity is more important than yours. “Progressive except for Palestine”: what kinda sick fucking depraved mind came up with that bullshit? “Never Again” aint just for some special class Sneetches. It means, never dehumanize a people. Period. I’ve been decorating my little hidey hole in the garage with torn and frayed old pinups of Junkyard and Hanoi Rocks, my kids and grandparents pictures, and photos of my crash n burn old bands and ya know Sisters Of Mercy and Cult “Love” postcards you sent me a long time ago. Always rememebring all those forgotten boys and beyond the valley of the Steven Sprouse runway dayglo glam dolls from long gone glory days past. I watch those Harvey Weinstein produced “Project Runway” and “Making The Cut” shows and besides all the usual Met Gala gaudy elites symbolism in every runway show, all the winners are almost always just recycling old Warhol and Sprouse ideas. Again. “Make It Work”. “It Works If You Work It.” Sprouse was even doing the obligatory insider media-whore hide the eye illuminati pyramid pose back in the early nineties. In all my little home made staples and glue stick xerox fanzines I always endevored to shine a light on the little bands from the fringes and smalltowns nobody else was writing about, ya know? I miss “FLIPSIDE”. Somebody they helped make rich shoulda paid to get them outta debt so they coulda kept publishing-there’s almost no print rock press in Murkkka but like I keep saying, there’s also not that much genuine rocknroll to rant about. Shane Williams is twenty some years dead, almost everybody’s dead. What am I doing here? Raising a kid, worrying about keeping the family safe from an ever more horrifying world. We fled the crazies on our old street, but they are just as crazy over here. I gotta do a bunch of never good enough thankless bullshit today and maybe squeak by with some bureaucrat complaince officer’s gold star, all seems like a very daunting task to me. I just wanna get drunk and listen to Van Halen and eat some Pop Rocks candy and think about Martha Quinn some more. Where I live ya see all the Karen tyope squares so used to like hiding their habits in the daytime lookin’ real sheepish while parking their car a  block and a half away from the legal reefer store. Nobody’s used to legal reefer, ya know? I sadly, never liked reefer, have always preferred alcohol, ya know if you are a poor person, middle class people never wanna see you altering your consciousness for recreational purposes, they want you on the clock working, cleaning, slaving, justifying your existence by moving heavy objects around their property on whell barrels, scrubbing the urinals because you should have gone to college. Jim Morrison was right about pretty much everything. For if we don’t find the enxt whiskey bar, I’ll tell you we must die. Only one whiskey bar in my town-high on a hill next to  agas station where drug addicts panhandle on the other side of town. I’ve never been there. Too busy taking care of a kid. My girlfriend used to tell me those people on social media weren’t my real friends and when I got shitcanned for being anti war by the spooks of Falsebook, I never hear from any of ’em anymore. man, wow, that’s a rude awakening, but better shattered illusions than naieve delusion.

Stephen Sprouse, the First Fashion Designer to Collaborate With NASA | Vogue

Keith Haring’s Pop Influence Is Felt for Spring | Vogue


BAD LOSERS ~ (Losers) On Main Street ~ French TV 13-03-1986 – YouTube

Bad Losers Live TV 1986 – YouTube

Slik, The kids a punk, 1976 – YouTube

Silver – Field of Blood – World Against World – YouTube

Avis Davis – MIA – YouTube

Joy Ryder & Avis Davis – I’m Flexible (clean version – video) [VideoWest – Backstage Pass 1980] – YouTube

THE JOOK-bish bash bosh-uk 1974 – YouTube


““Actually I don’t remember being born, it must have happened during one of my black outs.” (― Jim Morrison)

So yeah man I live in a town full of hoarders, like all my neighbors, our sometime employers, everybody we know hoards every fucking last broken chair that’s been left outside for forty years, the whole town’s a big junkyard which is fine with me, but I do kinda roll my eyes, when I see how these rich fucking people clutch every last object like it’s suppose to all be buried with them in their golden neon pyramid. Part of the whole great reset plan is of course to make everybody an indentured servant if they aint rich, kill off as many people as possible-they all admitted that at the Ted Talks you just weren’t paying attention, and microchip/cashless society techsurveillance the rest of us, so even my lame local little city hall make believ ran by like the smalltown drunken coffee shop lady and the high school volley ball coach but really controlled from the shadows by the usual smoky backroom cigar chompers, has been passing all these ordinances making it unlawful to live even on private property in recreational vehicles or trailers and they hired a private drone company to work with code enforcement flying cameras over people’s big silver fences to control how many people can live in backyard yurts and campers, they want us all to have to pay that fucking two grand a month to some do nothing boomer aged winebox heiress. I find it really kooky how all the greedhead neighbors are so gung ho to seize every last two by four or old window, like they aint got enough. I can dig it in a way, like I am always looking for cheap lots of new wave cassettes or Smash Hits and Creem magazines I’m totally still hopelessly sentimental about, online. I’m hoping for a new hat and a new pair of creepers and a rocknroll book or three for Christmas. My wife and kid are talking about all three of us chipping in on an old school Atari with Centipede and Ms Pacman. But man the millionaires I grew up with, dudes I shared everything I had with for years and years and yes some more years, they definitely surpised me when they never even call to check on me or the other permannetly spiralling ex bandmate. I never expected nobody to buy me a house, right, but kickin’ down enough money for us to record ten or twenty songs, in my head, that’d be the righteous thing to do, obviously if it was me who had money, there’s no question I woulda shared some of it with them, we had a longstanding understanding, a gang, an agreement, a mutual aid society, woulda been nothin for summa those guys to spend a weekend making music with us in a studio but it shoulda happened twenty years ago, ya know? I shouldn’t have to say it, rocknroll stops being important once people get into safaris and expensive sports cars and real estate and hiring household staffs, I can see that, but it never stopped being important to me. In most hours, I’d say I’m pretty grateful to not be one of the official narrative indoctrnanted shit hoarding money havers who only care about protecting their own private privilege, prestinge and property. I almost feel sorry for some of ’em. The clutching of every last broken old object is a little appalling-we see these rich people who fought their own siblings tooth and nail for control of thei’r parent’s money-now they go to auctions and buy up all the old cars and campers and furniture and appliances so they can be the winners, beat out all those lowly poorer people and  pay their slaves, I mean personal assitants, to haul it all to their surplus properties where it will never be used again or seen until the lady pharoah passes and her kids show up and liquidate her empire and go on vacaction to Aruba or Ibiza. I had an aunt who did not want me to have a hammer or ice cream scooper or birdcage that belonged to my grandparents because I did not go to college or learn how to play golf properly, she felt like I did not deserve a hammer-she wanted it sold at the estate sale, because she does not have enough money. They’re all like that. I had an ex who could not bear to see someone elses shoes in the living room, her whole family was obsessed with control of the channel changer and ruling their queendoms with an iron fist. They never learrned to share. Of cousre I know poor people who refuse to work or ever pay rent who are just as selfish, have never given anything back to anybody, or considered anybody elses struggles, or even washed a dish they dirtied, this whole consumerist zombie I-Phone selfie, me, me, just me, pyramid-scheme media hypnotized society is all based on being first in line for Black Friday. Didn’t anybody learn the moral of that Who concert story? Trampling over other people and vroom vroom racing to the redlight is kinda loony tunes, brothers and sisters. There’s no cookie for being a dickhead. Chris Rock says there is no sex in the champagne room. Why ya’all busy motherfuckers in such a hurry to get to the VIP area? You know who’s back there? I’ve known motherfuckers who will backstab their own best friend to just get in some kinda vague proximity to like somebody third hand famous. I always joke they just wanna get their selfie with Steve Conte or Danny Sage. It’s like, all the ex punks just wanted to fit in and finally be allowed to sit with the jocks in the cafeteria. I think the cafeteria jocks are douchebags, personally. Those guys suck. Always have, always will. Again. I felt sorry for summa my exes who went and slept with summa those guys and I really don’t think it even helped them become all that genuinely popular. I get it though, there is a social penalty if you won’t play the game or interview the correct N.A. ex punk booksigning celubutaunte superstar or co sign the famous seventies dinosaur’s pro Obama narrative, all the magazines I ever wrote for except this one and Sugarbuzz kinda felt oblged to censor my shit as not to offend their in crowd popular mediocrity friends.If the people attempting to monetize summa my old songs were really ever our friends, they’d have kicked down money to us a long time ago, helped empower us to make money, not just traded on our songs for decades and tried to make believe they composed them when all they did was cover them or add a break, alter an arrangement. One dude is a straightup rich fella with a rich wife, he knows the guitar player who co wrote most of those old songs with me lives in a stinky brokedown truck and that I am barely getting by with a disabled kid but he is all about himself, profiteering, branding, plagirism, being seen at any cost. Wants his name in bigger lights even if it means capitalizing on some forgotten nobody’s black leather punknroll. Ugh. it’s all so treacherous nowadays, everywhere you look, the false faces are ready to pounce on you and take more than your lunch money. It’s sad, really, finding out how many former associates never really liked us, they were just hanging around to meet chicks or copy our shit. People with money rob us just cause they can, they feel no shame about it, rationalizing that I have some character defect or flaw that justifies them stealing our life’s work, or they’re mad some drunken floozy liked the hoodlum guitar player with the jailhouse tattoos more some twenty five years ago. Motherfuckers act like they’re doing us some favor by covering our songs for years on end, playing whole sets of our original music on bills with our old idols, or recording our shit and not even bothering to send us freakin’ copies, like we’re supposed to buy ’em from their label. Not much different from the Nato gangsters who are going to coup Haiti now and say it’s some kinda mercy mission to benefit the Haitians. The Macro is the micro. Everywhere you look’s a bullshit hustle. The powerful are eating the poor. The preppie shmucks with the mama mansions are the WEF. A lady with a dog at Wal Mart came up nd called me Alice Cooper-I told her I took that as a high compliment. “I’m a priest that’s gone to town…”

Alice Cooper – Desperado (from Alice Cooper: Trashes The World) – YouTube

T. Rex – Jason B. Sad – YouTube

“Just a reminder that U.S. elections are not about “preserving democracy.” They are about preserving the illusion of democracy and keeping the people trapped in a corrupt political system that puts corporations over people.”

(-Ryan Knight)

“Notice there’s always a certain arrogance from the media towards independent countries: “how dare they not comply with our sanctions regime?”. They think their way is the only way, and expect the rest of the world to follow like good poodles.” (-Richard Medhurst)

“When I watch Political Parties parade around their old failed leaders and current disappointments before an election, I realize that these people think they are a lot more popular than they actually are. The Democrats had control of the Gov’t for the last 2 years.”

“If The Democrats lose get ready for a dose of blame on Black men, Putin and Progressives, because we know it’s not their fault.

The crazy thing is that they don’t even care about losing, because now they don’t have to pretend that they give a fvck about you, just blame the GOP.” (-Black In The Empire)

“More predictable losses in red states by Beto O’Rourke and Stacey Abrams after raising $60 million and $105 million respectively. Democrats really think they are “saving democracy” by pouring millions of dollars into unwinnable races and making Democrat consultants rich.” (-Ryan Knight)

“What is serious to men is often very trivial in the sight of God. What in God might appear to us as “play” is perhaps what he Himself takes most seriously. At any rate, the Lord plays and diverts Himself in the garden of His creation, and if we could let go of our own obsession with what we think is the meaning of it all, we might be able to hear His call and follow Him in His mysterious, cosmic dance. We do not have to go very far to catch echoes of that game, and of that dancing. When we are alone on a starlit night; when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children; when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet Bashō we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash–at such times the awakening, the turning inside out of all values, the “newness,” the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.

For the world and time are the dance of the Lord in emptiness. The silence of the spheres is the music of a wedding feast. The more we persist in misunderstanding the phenomena of life, the more we analyze them out into strange finalities and complex purposes of our own, the more we involve ourselves in sadness, absurdity and despair. But it does not matter much, because no despair of ours can alter the reality of things; or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there. Indeed, we are in the midst of it, and it is in the midst of us, for it beats in our very blood, whether we want it to or not.

Yet the fact remains that we are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance.” (-Thomas Merton)

The Boys, BRICKFIELD NIGHTS (Steel/Dangerfield) – YouTube


ITCH – Dying to be jesus – YouTube

Joey Ramone & Lemmy talk Morrissey 1992 – YouTube

PALAYE ROYALE – Little Bastards (Official Music Video) – YouTube

PALAYE ROYALE – Black Sheep (Official Music Video) – YouTube

Spencer P. Jones ‎- Clementine – YouTube

“BREAKING: Algeria has applied to join BRICS, joining Iran and Argentina in seeking membership in an alliance dedicated to creating an alternative to Western finance and the U.S. dollar.” (-Danny Haiphong)

“Jailed Egyptian-British activist, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, has been on hunger strike since April. He is now refusing water.

The UK, which funds Egypt’s security bodies, is complicit.” (-Jeremy Corbyn)

Max Blumenthal on Twitter: “In noting that Chrystia Freeland is the top US choice for next NATO Secretary General, the NY Times whitewashes the Nazi collaborator background of her grandfather, Michael Chomiak, whose Krakivs’ki Visti paper was a top Third Reich propaganda outlet.” / Twitter

Is it awkward being involved in an international farce? OPCW was caught red-handed doctoring and suppressing its own findings in order to falsely accuse Syria in Douma, yet instead of full accountability for the cover-up, some actors fault Syria’s lack of “full cooperation”. (-Aaron Mate’)

” I wrote a non-partisan book on Jeffrey Epstein-intelligence and so far, only big name “right” and “conservative” people have wanted to have me on to talk about it. It’s not my fault that most big “left” platforms are uninterested in what I have to say (but it is telling)” (-Whitney Webb)

“There is an urgency here. With the full support of the liberal/left in the U.S., plans for another imperialist invasion are unfolding. Haitian lives will be lost because the people are determined this time to engage in massive resistance. Get the latest on this crisis.” (-Ajamu Baraka)

Black Alliance for Peace on Twitter: “The US/UN calls for the invasion of Haiti isn’t to serve the Haitian people, but is to bolster the illegitimate, criminal puppet government that they have installed. Stand with People of Haiti – Reject White Saviorism! #HandsoffHaiti 👇🏿 👇🏿 👇🏿” / Twitter

Wyatt Reed on Twitter: “In the US, regime functionaries have difficulty appearing in public. They’re widely hated by ordinary people, who see them as instruments of their oppression” / Twitter

“To all the children hating on


for taking an interview with Glen Beck, a person that thinks differently then her, it’s called being an adult. You should try it one day cause your nonsense is getting old. Go keep it real with your imaginary friends somewhere else.” (-Craig Pasta Jardula)”

No, the whole world isn’t standing against Russia and not everybody living in the West wants to send weapons to Ukraine.” (-Black In The Empire)ASSASINATION POLITICS, VIOLENCE RULES WITHIN OUR NATION’S MIDST

Primo Radical (@PrimoRadical) / Twitter

Black in the Empire on Twitter: “For a second I thought he said “I think the evidence is dead”” / Twitter

Richard Medhurst on Twitter: “WATCH: Imran Khan SHOT | Who Is Behind It?” / Twitter

Covid-1984 on Twitter: “MUST SEE Interview @glennbeck & @_whitneywebb Everything From Epstein To The World Economic Forum… From @elonmusk To Transhumanism & Much More… Full Vid:” / Twitter

MintPress News (@MintPressNews) / Twitter

African Stream on Twitter: “HAITIANS REJECT TRUDEAU’S INTERVENTION. Canada’s PM says he ‘has to’ intervene ‘one way or another’ in Haiti. #Haiti #AU #CORE #Canada” / Twitter

Richard Medhurst on Twitter: “I’m live with Scott Ritter Scott Ritter and Richard Medhurst: Nordstream Sabotage, Russia & Ukraine” / Twitter

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There is always….SLADE!!!!

Slade – Gudbuy T’Jane • TopPop – YouTube


Interview with Arwen Maas-DeSpain — Carry It Forward

Carry it Forward (@CarryitforwardN) / Twitter

Carry It Forward

Well, brothers and sisters and friends of the revolution, I got the high anxiety blues again, sober as a lark and dreading appointment with the bureaucrat who can fuck me over if they decide they don’t like the looks of me, and let’s face it, you know those secretarial motherfuckers with the clipboards and power to fuck people over-the snitch squads, compliance officers, J-O-B Judge Judies, see something/say something snitch squads, and district supervisors doing their surprise inspections and finding opportunities for growth, they never much liked me and my old gang of face tattooed, tiger print pajama clad, corner gang bottle swingers. Keep a little Marc in your heart. Stay Wild, Stay Free!

Buckcherry (2007-03-26)

After a three year absence 2006 saw L.A sleazesters Buckcherry stage a near-miraculous comeback. From completely independent starting blocks they first hit gold with third album ‘15’, certifying 500,000 units sold, and then proceeded to hit every territory in the known world in an apparently never-ending tour. When the band rolled into London for the second time in 6 months Veglam met with guitarist Keith Nelson to discuss how they did it….
You’re playing some large venues in this UK this time, compared to the places you visited on your comeback shows here a few months back. After so long away did you have any conception of the level of support there would be here?
Keith Nelson (guitars): Not really. The last time we’d been here was I think 2000, we knew that it was going to be a slow re-building process – kind of what we experienced in the US because after taking that time off it was really up to us to re-introduce ourselves to our audience. We kind of anticipated playing smaller places and hopefully it catching on and us coming back, so it’s nice to see obviously some of these places we’ve doubled the size of the rooms and we’ve sold them out.
It does seem that there’s been a real genuine buzz around ‘15’ because with very little traditional publicity it’s had a huge impact.
Yeah the Internet has had so much to do with getting the word out people that want to find music. You’re not going to run out on the street and see billboards of our band and TV commercials you know but people that come to the shows and buy the record are talking to each other.
Having achieved this success independently would you ever go back to the kind of major label support that you had with the first two album given the choice?We definitely did do it independent. We had the record deal before where we were a big buzz band, we had a lot of money behind us. We had that experience, and then we didn’t have the luxury of that with this record. But at the same time we didn’t have anyone telling us what kind of record to make either. So you have to trade that a little bit when you get a big company behind you, you also give up a lot… you know, what your cover art is and what your songs are and what the guys in the band are wearing. There’s a lot of behind the scenes bullshit that goes on and I much prefer it this way because we’re making our music on our terms.

Did you get a lot of that when you were with DreamWorks?

Well they have a say in what’s going on and I can understand that from a business stand point but from the point of view of an artist, someone who wants to be in a rock’n’roll band, it’s not the most pleasant thing to experience.

The other major change since you last toured seems to have been in the musical climate. When you first came out you went very much against the grain of the nu-metal stuff that was big at the time, do you think the world is more ready for and receptive to Buckcherry this time?

In a way yes. I don’t feel like we’ve ever been in step with the most hip, happening thing going on. I mean we’re not Fall Out Boy, and that’s huge in the United States. We’re not Taking Back Sunday, those about the biggest bands you know, them and My Chemical Romance. So when we came out before the biggest bands in America were Korn and Limp Bizkit, and we weren’t them at the time either so I don’t think we’ve ever quite been the flavour of the month hip kinda thing, and I’m fine with that you know, we’ve managed to fight for our own little place in the marketplace and have the success that we’ve had.

Didn’t the album just pick up an award in the States?

It just went Gold. It’s sold over 600,000 copies right now. Indie bands are used to selling 20,000-30,000 records, getting in a van and doing their own thing, and then making another record. And we’re trying to be the biggest band in the world but doing it independently.

So obviously we know how long it took to record ‘15’ [the title refers to the number of days spent in the studio], what about in terms of writing – what sort of a period did it come together over? I know ‘Crazy Bitch’ is quite an old song….

Yeah Crazy Bitch was the only song that was kinda of held over from the period of time when Josh and I were writing songs at the end of the first version of the band you know. The writing period took like two and half / three months, somewhere around there, it wasn’t really a long process. We wrote maybe 30 songs, at the time to get maybe 16 songs to go in the studio with to get maybe 12 that made the record.

Having worked with other artists in between did you come to the conclusion that the working partnership you have with Josh [Todd, vocals] is something quite unique?

I think so. I mean Josh made a solo record and I worked with a number of different artists in our down time you know and when you have a rapport like Josh and I have, it’s really not that easy to find. I have never duplicated that process with anyone else so there’s a lot to be said for that.

The solo record Josh made during your break was a lot heavier than any Buckcherry have recorded – what did you make of that?

I really didn’t listen to his solo record, I heard a song, and I went to see a gig one time in L.A, and uh, you know it’s like watching your ex-girlfriend fuck her new boyfriend!! It’s not really something I was interested in… whether it was good or bad or indifferent.

Okay, we’ll get back to Buckcherry then! I think one thing this band covers very well is the tricky territory of rock ballads. There seem to be a lot of the slower tracks on ‘15’ compared to the first two records. Did anything inparticular lead you to take a more introspective tack here?

No, I think that every record has to have a balance you know, at least that’s the kind of record I want to hear. So I think that there’s always got to be room for one or two slower songs on there because we write them and part of being fulfilled as a songwriter is to write stuff like that. We could do 12 Crazy Bitches and put them on the record but I think it would be a bit boring. We’re big fans of some bands that have been able to really run the whole spectrum of music, if you look at the Rolling Stones or you look at Led Zeppelin or even Aerosmith they can do both sides and in the middle somewhere so it really is just following their influence I think.

The second single from the album, ‘Next To You’ was released in the UK yesterday, do you want to tell us a little about that, where that song came from?

Well initially that song – I don’t ever write lyrics for the band, Josh writes all the lyrics and I usually write the music – but I had this little phrase and the riff. I took it and I said ‘Josh, I got this little riff and I got this phrase’, and I said ‘I want the verses to kinda be like this and the chorus to be like this’ and he took the idea, went home, and came back with the lyrics you know. And once we got so far with that song we decided that we were gonna go talk to Marty Frederickson, just to see what was up and if he could maybe put his blessing on a song or two, and we took him ‘Sorry’ and we took him ‘Next To You’ and he said ‘well I’ll just tweak ‘em a little bit’. It’s funny because a lot of people have kinda said ‘well why do you need someone else to help you write songs?’ but it wasn’t that we needed someone else to help us, I think when you get the chance to get in a room with someone like Marty, a great songwriter, there’s something to be learned even if you don’t use the song and it was a fun experience. There’s nothing wrong with saying we’ve got really great parts of the song, but we’re kinda stuck.

So you ran a video making contest for the single ‘Everything’ in the US. The winners are here tonight, right?

We basically had a contest where fans could submit their own videos and the winner won a trip from the United States to London to come and see us. Some people put a lot of time and effort into it and to see people react to the music and actually go through the process of making a video it makes you feel so good as an artist to be touching this people so that they feel inspired to be creative. The submissions ran the gamete from very serious to the very… slutty!

All three videos from this album has started from fan’s Internet submission in one way or another and the promo campaign for it seems to be largely web based too – do we take it you’re in the camp who feel the net is the way forward for the music industry?

It’s hard to say, there’s so many options now. You can go on MySpace and click on MySpace music and you could look forever and it costs zero money to get your band it’s own webpage on MySpace. So there is a glut of music available at your fingers tips where as before you had to go the record store and you had to hunt through the independent record stores and it’s made it a lot more accessible. But I think that ultimately the one thing that regardless of downloading and computers and the Internet, the one thing that you’re never going to be able to replicate is a live band performance. Nothing will kick your ass like paying 18 dollars, going to a club, having the band blow you away and that’s really what we pride ourselves on.

You appear to spend your lives on tour, do you see yourselves as being first and foremost a live band?

I think so, I mean we went into the studio for two weeks and we’ll be on the road for two years so I think live is really where it’s at. If you notice, a band like us, there’s no tape running while we’re playing and a lot of bands they go out there and they have backing tracks and their fans don’t know it but their guitars and some of their vocals are coming through a computer that hooked up to stuff. And to me that’s just bullshit, we’re just five guys onstage and what you see is what you hear

.It seems fair to say you’ve had your share of ups and downs in the business, what one piece of advice from your experience would you pass on to those just starting out?

Just educate yourself on the business, because it is a business. It’s harder, and harder and harder for an artist to support themselves – nevermind mansions and Ferraris – just keeping your lights on at your apartment is hard! And the other thing is I don’t think you should ever, ever, ever let go of the dream of doing it the way you want to do it, you know even if you fail at first you know, you shouldn’t ever let go of that, because at the end of the day, people will know that you’re full of shit. We’re not the most moral thought provoking band on the planet but we are what we are and we’re not making any bones about it.

And finally, my trademark closing question; if you were me doing this interview what would you ask yourself, and what would your answer be?

(laughs) Well first I just wanna say thanks for not asking really annoying questions like ‘Who was Crazy Bitch about?’ ‘Where do we get our name from?’ and ‘How many tattoos do I have?’ I’ve heard those questions so many times I probably wouldn’t answer you. No one has asked me what my favourite ice cream was ever.

Well nows your chance to tell everyone – what is it?

Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup – I highly recommend it!! It’s a great post-coital snack!

Interview by Alison B.