had a chance to speak with singer Miss Guy about the band's new CD as well as
his opinion on several topical and some not so topical matters.
Q1. I've seen a lot of talk lately about the band going through personnel changes. Please discuss these changes and the circumstances surrounding them. Additionally, what's the news on a collection of new tunes?
A1. Yeah, we're doing
a change and it's really no big deal. We've had personnel changes before; it's
a bit of a drag because it slows things down. We hope to release a new CD by
Q2. Several interviews I've seen with the band seem to dance around the idea of the band's genre. I'll say it. You're a glam band. Why do you think some have problems with that classification? Do you have any issues with being classified as glam?
A2. I don't mind
being called a glam band, but I don't think that's all we are. People label
us all sorts of things, punk, metal, whatever. Some are accurate and some aren't.
I just think of us as a rock band, but I do think we can be quite pop.
Q3. In light of the Great White tragedy of last year, have you toned down the pyros at your shows? Please discuss.
A3. Well, we were
on tour with the red hot chili peppers when that happened, so we weren't doing
pyro in the arenas anyway. But we were doing our own smaller shows on that tour
as well and we did the fire and it was fine. We knew when we got back to the
states that we wouldn't be able to do it anymore. I was cool with not doing
it because I was sick of it anyway. The great white tragedy was a sign to me
that a chapter of the band was coming to an end and a new one was beginning.
Q4. Toilet Boys recently released a live CD (Live in London). Were you concerned about being able to adequately translate the live feel to CD?
A4. Well, it's hard
to get the true feeling of a show onto a CD, but I love live recordings and
always have. Kiss alive was the first record I ever bought and I love it to
this day! We didn't have the luxury of fixing things in the studio like kiss
did though, but that's ok.
Q5. What was your first reaction when you saw Sean on a national ESPN commercial a few years back?
A5. I never saw it.
Q6. In the song 'PHLN 2000', what do the initials stand for?
A6. It's actually
called phly! It was a goof on hip hop, like phat, using 'ph' instead of 'f'.
Q7. Which is more likely? That MTV will start playing music again or that reality shows will go away sometime soon? Which would you prefer?
A7. I hate reality shows, so I hope they die out soon!
Q8. Name a musical influence of yours that would shock the hell out of a hardcore fan. How did you come to like them?
A8. Missy Elliott,
Outkast, so many really! I like a lot of different musical genres.
Q9. Here's a series of either/or questions. Please feel free to drop in an explanation wherever you see fit.
A. Mainstream musical popularity or a consistently loyal fan base?
B. Silver or Gold?
Gold, but I like to wear
both together, it's tacky!
C. Europe or Japan?
I truly love both, but I
couldn't live in Japan.
D. Melody or Rhythm?
E. Debbie Harry or Courtney Love?
Debbie!!! There wouldn't
be a Courtney Love without Debbie! But I really like Courtney too.
F. New York Dolls or Hollywood Brats?
The Dolls! Don't know the other.
G. Hedwig or Rocky?
Rocky Horror for sure, no comparison at all!
Q10. What are the chances of re-releasing some pre-millionaire tunes, perhaps in a compilation?
A10. We're doing
a CD called "The Early Years" and I think it'll be out in the spring.
It's going to be hilarious!
Q11. Have you ever done any sort or choreography for your stage moves or do you just do what happens naturally?
A11. Yeah, we have
choreography, but most of it is spontaneous.
Q12. What's your natural reaction to the first snow of the winter?
A12. I love it! It's
beautiful, it looks like glitter.
Q13. What five CDs have been getting regular rotation in your player lately? Any newer bands our readers should keep an eye out for?
A13. The new Blondie
CD, the new Missy, the new Outkast, the "Lost in Translation" soundtrack
and mixed CD's I make. There's an all girl band from NYC called Candy Ass that
I love! and not just because they're good friends of mine! I also love another
NYC band called Opti-Grab, they're a dance band similar to Deee-Lite.
Q14. Please use this section to promo anything band related such as tour dates, releases, etc.
A14. We are touring
Japan and Australia in the spring and Europe in the summer. I'm working on a
solo project and writing songs with different writers. I'm writing a song with
Boy George, which I'm thrilled about! By the way, he loves glam rock! We're
working on a new TB's show that'll be totally different than before, but really
exciting! I can't wait to play in England again! People appreciate rock so much
you for taking your time to answer these questions.
Interviewed by Lycan Davis
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