Volume 92, Issue 55

Wednesday, January 6, 1999



Sarandon and Roberts in step

Think before you speak: Some people didn't in '98

Think before you speak: Some people didn't in '98

We start off 1999 with a maxim: You must know your past or else you're doomed to repeat it. Here is just a sample of what the past year had to offer.

"We want kids listening to their parents and not running around with beliefs like 'the government sucks' and 'kill your parents' because a band said so." The Vandals bassist Joe Escalante speaks about the band's positive attitude.

"I had been quietly dating this French girl who referred to me as 'Ze Curley.' One night when our secret romance was exposed I went nuts and started kicking one of my friends in the shins. Mike (Jack, bassist) thought that relationship suited the band's vibe so it stuck." – Sean McCurley on how his Montreal band, ZeCurley, got its name.

"We didn't know if [the public] would be like, 'They're turning into the Cult,' or 'What the hell are these guys doing? They're supposed to sound like the Beatles.'" – Patrick Pentland, vocalist and guitarist for Sloan describing the heavier sound of their new album, Navy Blues.

"I think originally they liked us because they thought we were 18 years old, this really cute boy band. Then when we went over there they realized we had a lot more hair in a lot more places." – Robert Sledge of Ben Folds Five on their recognition in Japan.

"Anything with nudity." Drew Hayden Taylor, writer, journalist and playwright on what he chooses to see for entertainment.

"In America, we kill someone in every city. We pick them up at rest stops and ditch their bodies in the woods. But I guess I shouldn't be telling you that." – Steve Jackson, lead singer for Washington's The Pietasters on touring in Canada.

"You have no idea you could go to the bathroom so many times in five minutes. I recommend going on Late Night to any constipated person." – Comedian Emo Phillips on his experience on Late Night With David Letterman.

"Being a part of a band with six people, for 12 years, 24 hours a day becomes a psych experiment of who's going to crack first." Jim Cuddy on being in the "Blue Rodeo" atmosphere for too long.

"Jamming was something to do besides wrecking cars on the weekend. We did that too, but sometimes we needed a change." Bean, guitarist for Vancouver's Mystery Machine.

"Would you call a guy like KRS old school? 'Cause he can take on Big Pun or Canibus anytime." Maestro on his return to the charts and the reputation following him.

"Working with anyone else may be a problem. We wouldn't be on the same wavelength. Mauro and I haven't been apart since the womb." – Filmmaker Marco LaVilla on co-directing Hang the DJ with his twin brother, Mauro.

"My dad is a chef and he used to make everything from Chinese to Moroccan. He would mix it up. It's the same thing with music." – Sandy Mamane, bassist for One Step Beyond.

"The last time we played in London this guy just started screaming, verbally abusing us to come back out, like, 'You're not done yet! I'll tell you when you're done!' It was so killer." – Bill Stevenson, drummer for punk legends All.

"We're kind of just plodding along. We do music for ourselves and our mates, so it's quite bizarre the album got released." – Olly Peacock, drummer for UK's Gomez on the release of their debut LP, Bring It On.

"People are always trying to pigeon hole you. They'll always compare you to someone or something else. It makes them feel better." Bif Naked, defining her experience as a female in the music industry.

"They are magical beings, who came into this world with innate creative abilities which are the most dazzling on display on this planet." Raffi, on his fascination with children.

"Our definition of relaxed is most people's definition of neurotic." – Gerald Eaton, vocalist for The Philosopher Kings on becoming too comfortable with performing.

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