for Bad Beat Fanzine
Should come out who knows when??
Won't ask you about the members of the band and
the instruments you are playing (I will copy that from your discs),
but are there some special stories about how and why you guys started
playing that instruments? Things like playing in the school orchestra
or having expensive private lessons when you were 10 years old...
No, I tried to learn to play bass some years ago but never was able
and had the patience to go on. Huggie Von Pinkbird did a great music
school, something like the national conservatory, but he stopped after
a year, Nass le pink always played bass, since the beginning, when we
played together in other bands 8 years ago… Rémi der Pinbeat
is a guitarist, he switched to drums 3 year ago to start the Hatepinks.
did you hear the call of punkrock and turned away from the commercial
When I was 15 years old, I got “London Calling” and “Never
Mind the Bollocks” from my uncle. And I started to buy records
from Berurier Noir, Les Sherrif, Parabellum, Les Rats, all French punkrock
bands… I don’t find that so good anymore, but it was funny
at the time…
What is that
thing about wearing pink, ties, leather gloves and sunglasses? Is that
french punk fashion, personal taste or does it simply help catching
the peoples attention at the shows?
Ha! It is a big marketing project. It helps catching peoples attention.
What is your
relation to the Briefs? Who is inspiring who? And what is that about
Olivier redesigning the cover of the Sex Objects LP for the european
release on Lollipop Records?
Our relations to the Briefs are good. They are cool peoples. I just
think we got common inspirations, like The Damned, The Dickies or 999…
I do a lot of record covers, mainly for Lollipop Records, so I did some
works for the Briefs. I even designed a Briefs skateboard for them,
and I hate skate!
exactly is your relation to Lollipop Records? It's like a family business,
with you doing artwork, you and your brother playing in bands, the photos
all seem done from the same guy (Francois) and the name of someone called
Marc Blunt appears on many discs. Everything seems to be connected.
Can we talk about the french punk mafia or are there lots of other punk
Yeah, you can talk a bout a Marseille punkrock mafia, but I think it’s
the same in every town, Paris got the “Happy Family” with
a lot of people playing in the same bands, having record labels, doing
shows… It’s the same for Toulouse, with the Jerry Spider
Gang/Dig it zine… etc
I read somewhere that french radio is forced by
law to play a certain percentage of it's music from french artists.
Does that include punkrock?
No, it only includes the biggest shitty artist, singing in French for
money, like Michel Sardou, Cabrel, oh I’m sure you don’t
know all that shit, and that’s luck for you!
Garage-Punk, if you had to choose, would you prefer the american bands
like the PAGANS or the TURKS or would you rather put your money on japanese
Bands like TEENGENERATE, THE DOGS, ...?
Why should I choose? It’s not the same thing… but I love
Guitar Wolf and the Registrators, The Jet Boys..; etc! Hakikare! Sakatete
Some other important decisions:
french vs. Singing in English
It’s just not my thing to sing in French, some other band do it
Pills, but it depends on what kind of pills.
I don’t understand this question, asshole!
Marseille, but I think Paris is great. Do I look like a football supporter
What is the
best band you ever toured with and, of course, which is the worst one?
The coolest band I played with were Guitar wolf, so cool, so funny,
and great humor! The worst one? The Fatals.
you the special performances on stage? That trick with putting on a
pink tissue and some sunglasses on top? Were there lots of crashes with
that like the one the other day in Madrid?
I felt a lot of times, breaking beer glasses, falling on girls, touching
tits, or bumping into a skinhead, but in Madrid it’s the first
time it hurts so much! I felt on the stage and my ass was all black
from the chock for two weeks. Aïe! I took this from nobody. It’s
some kind of Ninja/Shaolin thing, when you are blind you are better.
Can you recommend
some bands, both French and others?
French bands: Neurotic Swingers, Cowboys from Outerspace, The Aggravation,
The Fatals, Zoomen, Frustration, and it goes on…
Foreign bands: I loved the Shakin Nasties… you should keep an
eyes on the Chines Lungs, a new band from London, Operation S, they
are French, The Clamour, and it goes on…
thanx and a bientot (or however you write that)
De nada, Tortilla! Thanks a lot for the interview, and sorry for the