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Guitar Wolf - Toronto Tocks 20

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This is an interview I did with Guitar Wolf on May 17th.

I transcribed it because the audio quality was not great.

Songs 1) Guitar Wolf - “Canana Fever” – Jet Generation 2)Guitar Wolf -“Love Rock” – Love Rock 3)Oblivians – “I’m Not a Sicko There’s a Plate in my Head” - Soul Food 4)Vikings – “Tonight” - Best Head 5) Link Ray – “Rumble” – The Original Rumble 6)Mad 3 – “Jack the Violence” – Wild Zero Soundtrack 7) Teengenerate – “This is Rock and Roll” – Wild Wild 7” 8) Firestarter – “Trashy Dreams” – Firestarter 9) Guitar Wolf- “I Love You OK” – Golden Black Compilation 10) Guitar Wolf – “Jett Beer” – UFO Romantics 11) Guitar Wolf -“Kenka Rock” – Dead Rock 12) Guitar Wolf - “Fujiyama Attack” –Jet Generation

Guitar Wolf

Guitar Wolf Interview

1) How would you describe your music to someone who hadn’t heard it before?

“Loud, Fast. Like a jet taking off. Acceleration. Full throttle. Ouuuuu [wolf howl]”

2) When you were young what happened that made you turn into Guitar Wolf?

“My grandmother was a wolf. She was from Nagasaki, where I was born. It is the countryside. So I am ¼ wolf. Yeah. Watch out.”

3) What did your family say when you started to play Jett Rock? Did they think you were crazy?

“No they were very accepting. They are part wolf too. It was usual.”

4) You have a crazy guitar sound. Who inspired you to play guitar?

"Link Ray, Johnny Thunders"

5) Why did you put rare punk music like the Vikings and the Kids into the movie Wild Zero?

“We really like those bands. I am surprised you know them and the movie.”

6) How did you meet Billy and Toru?

“I was working at a leather shop in Harajuku and Billy was working in a record store. We met and said let’s make a band. Let’s go Rock and roll.”

7) Can you tell me about meeting Eric Oblivian from Goner Records?

“We came to Seattle to play a concert. We only planned to play one show. After that show someone asked us to go to Vancouver. We met Eric there. He asked us to come to Memphis to play. It was not planned. It just happened that we met him. We were very lucky. We are a Goner Records band. You can see from the stickers on our guitars.”

8) What was it like signing to Matador records? How did things change for you?

“We did three records. Missile Me. Planet of the Wolves and Jet Generation. We toured a lot. Jet Generation is a great record. It is very loud Jet Rock!”

9) Some Japanese bands, like Peelander Z and Electric Eel Shock, end up moving outside of Japan to become popular. Why didn’t Guitar Wolf do that?

“Everyone in the world must wait for Guitar Wolf. It is important. The last time we were here was before Billy died in 2005. America, Argentina, Brazil, England, and Europe. All must wait for Guitar Wolf. They will get excited.”

10) Do you think Japanese bands think about Rock and Roll differently than American bands? Are Japanese bands more fun and less serious?

[Some discussion in Japanese] “I don’t know. Peelander Z those guys are just crazy. Have you seen them?"

11) You are playing with Firestarter [former members of Teengenerate] later this year in Japan. Have you played with them before? Do they play often? How are they different from Teengenerate?

“We play with them sometimes. We are very proud of Teengenerate. They are great. We are lucky to have such a good band”

12) You have said that Rock and Roll needs to be saved. What is wrong with Rock and Roll now?

“We don’t know the meaning of that. We think those words sound good.”

13) You often talk about girls, but I have heard that you are married. Is that true? Do you have any young wolf cubs?

“Yes. Of course. I have many wolf cubs all over the world! It is important to make a big group!”

14) Billy seemed like the most sukebe (dirty or raunchy) member, he was ichiban sukebe, do you miss that?

“Yes of course I miss him. But every man should be sukebe. Every man Must be sukebe! Yes must be!”

15) What are you future goals for Guitar Wolf? I have heard rumors about Wild Zero 2.

"Hmm. We will take a time machine and go back in time. To the French Revolution. Then get Marie Antoinette. Have sex with her and make wolf cubs!

But doesn’t she die? She gets her head chopped off!

"Hmm. We can stop that. We will make wolf cubs for the future."


Joe Queer and Wimpy Rutherford of the Queers Interview - Toronto Tocks 18

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Interview with Joe King and Wimpy Rutherford of the Queers Fri Jan 28th 2011

Topics include:  The Beginnings of the Queers, New Hampshire, GG Allin, Ben  Weasel, the Politics of Dumb Punk, Back to the Basement, Record, and Touring

Songs:  1 "Kicked Out of the Webalos" -  First 7"   2 "I Met Her at the Rat" - Grow Up   3 "Nowhere at All" - Day Late ...   4 "I Knew GG When He Was A Wimp" - Back to the Basement 5 "At the Mall" - Day Late … 6 "Uncouth" - Beyond the Valley 7 "Back to the Basement" - Back to the Basement 8 "Don't Back Down" - Don't Back Down"  


Brutal Knights - Toronto Tocks 17

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Interview with Nick Flanagan of the Brutal Knight on Dec 10th. Their last show.

Topics include: Influences, Youth, Song Writing, Touring, and Life After BK

Songs: 1 I Can't Sleep at Night - Ode to Joy - Deadly Snakes 2 KWC - Pleasure is All Thine 3 I Do Nothing - Feast of Shame 4 Why the Beard - Total Rebellion 5 POWMIA - Blown 2 Completion 6 Grow Up Throw Up - Feast of Shame


Weirdies Interview - Toronto Tocks 15

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Interview with Brad and Minx Weirdie on the release of their new album Volatile.

Topics include: Recording, Love, Relationships, Breakups, Gender, and Toronto Music Songs: Party Over Here (Weirdies in 3D), Fuck Swizterland, (Weirdies in 3D), One Night Only (Volatile), Dream Date (Volatile), Volatile (Volatile), We are the Weirdies (Weirdies in 3D) Photography by Jason Paré


Teenage X Interview - Toronto Tocks 14

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Interview with Teenage X (Phil and Sarah Page, Rich Gaskin, and Mikey Hawdon) at Cherry Colas Toronto

Songs: 'Automatic' by the Threat 'Sexo Caliente' by the Tijuana Bibles 'Walk into This' by the Downbelows '.08' by the Outbred Inlaws 'Love' in Stero by the Monks 'Trust' by Lion Ride 'Wasted Again' by Teenage X

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Interview with Blaine Cartwright of Nashville Pussy Toronto Tocks 14

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Interview with Blaine Cartwright of Nashville Pussy

Toronto Tocks 14 Topics - Hometown Kentucky, Growing Up, Nine Pound Hammer, Marriage, The Beginning of Nashville Pussy, Future Plans

"Can't Get Rid of It," Say Something Nasty Nine Pound Hammer - "I'm on Fire," Smokin Taters "Going Down," Let Them Eat Pussy "First I Look at the Purse"  Let Them Eat Pussy "Why Why Why" From Hell to Texas 


Darlings of Chelsea and Black Halos Jay Millette - Toronto Tocks 13

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Toronto Tocks 13 in Collaboration with WWW.MUSICVICE.COM

Interview with Jay Millette of the Darlings of Chelsea and formerly Black Halos for Indie Music Week Songs Included 1)SNFU "Canibal Cafe" - And No One Else Wanted to Play … 2)Black Halos "Shooting Stars" - S/T 3)Black Halos "Underground" - Violent Years 4)Black Halos "Alive Without Control" - Alive Without Control 5)Darlings of Chelsea "Riot" - Mimico Sessions 6)Darlings of Chelsea "I Want Your Love" - Mimico Sessions 7)Darlings of Chelsea "Sleezy Rock and Roller" - Mimico Sessions


Peelander-Z Interview Toronto Tocks 12

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Interview with Peelander-Z Silver Dollar Toronto Sept 2nd

Topics include Art, Japan, New York, Wrestling, Tatemae (Front) vs Hone (Real Feelings), SXSW, Basashi (Raw Horse), Kobe Beef, Kumamoto, Kagoshima

Songs 1) Peelander Theme and Go Rio (from P-TV-Z) 2) Joey by the Portugal Japan 3) Steak (from P Bone Steak) 4) Ninja High School (from P Pop High School) 5) Gimme Smile (P Pop HS) 6) EIEIO (P-TV-Z) 7) Ice Cream (P-TV-Z) 8) Sue Sue Sue (Happee Mania)


Interview w So Cow (Brian Kelly) Toronto Tocks 11

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Interview with Brian Kelly of SO COW.



Topics: Influences, Teaching in Korea, Writing Process and Recording, Myspace and Popularity,

Songs: 1)"Halcyon Days" -So Cow 2)"Shut Eye"-Meaningless Friendly 3)Mokpo-MF 4)Ja Ju Ah Po Yo-SC 5)Laughing Disaster-MF 6)To Do List-SC 7)International Waters-MF 8)Moon Guen Young-SC

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Andy Shernoff Interview - Toronto Tocks 10

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ANDY SHERNOFF of the DICTATORS speaks to me from his home in New York.

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Topics: His acoustic story telling show, New York, the Ramones specifically Joey, producing, his new band Master Plan, and of course rock and roll.

Songs included: 1)"Cars and Girls" - Go Girl Crazy 2)"New York New York" - Manitoba's Wild Kingdom 3)"I Stand Tall" - Blood Brothers 4)"Stop Thinking About It" - Joey Ramone - Don't Worry About Me 5)Who Will Save Rock and Roll - DFFD 6)Kicking It Old School - Master Plan's Colossus of Destiny 7)California Sun - Go Girl Crazy



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