Interview with Sammy Serious; July 2003

Due to being a presence since the late eighties, spearheading one of the top bands in the history of the LA music scene, and influencing countless artists worldwide, Sammy Serious needs little introduction to the readers of these pages. I had a chance to ask Sammy several questions about his former, current, and future projects in the realm of music and other ventures.

1. Please discuss Serious Suicide. When and under what circumstances did the band come together?

The band came together in the year 2000. I was putting together a cable TV show, which showcased singer songwriters, a cross between the Tonight Show and The Munsters. It was pretty cool and gave acts a place to showcase their stuff. I was the host and I was looking for someone to share the stage as my Ed McMahon. As I was looking, I went to see a friend's band play up in San Diego and saw this woman lurking around wearing a skin-tight cat suit; one of the people I knew in the band introduced me to her. I then asked her to be my Ed McMahon for the show, I said 'you don't have to do much, just sit there and look like you're gonna kill someone' and she said 'I have no problem doing that'.

2. With Serious Suicide, you don't sing the majority of vocals. How different, if at all, was the approach to making an album when you weren't the main voice on the recording?

There is no real different approach, I produced the record so I was there 24/7 to oversee everything, the only different approach instead of doing the vocals is that I did all the guitar work on the record, along with keyboards and the backup and vocal harmonies.

3. Listening to Serious Suicide, it has a darker feel in comparison to some of your past work. What, if anything, influenced this and was it a deliberate change or a matter of natural evolution?

Psyche Suicide is way more angry than I am and some of the songs focus around her lifestyle on this record but the band has a way darker twist than the other musical things I been involved in.

4. Many bands that have broken lately seem to either draw or share influence with a lot of the early nineties glam bands. Have you noticed, do you care and would you like to comment on it any further?

The only comment is some bands are leaders and some are followers, I like the ones who have their own rules and write their own book.

5. Glitzine has a lot of Zeros fans who would fleece me if I didn't ask this question, but what is the current status of The Zeros? Was the collection from the 'O' My Gawd Forsaken Vaults of Sammy Serious and The Zeros more of a final note to the band or a cleaning up the back log in order to be able to freshly release a new album?

To all the Glitzine fans who love The Zeros, The Zeros is a great band but there is to little time and to big egos to get anything going, sure I would do a record with The Zeros or play shows to reform one of the greatest bands of all time but unfortunately the other members don't see it that way. Their egos get in the way and this destroys any hope for a reunion. The forsaken vaults is a CD that gives the fans the opportunity to hear some of The Zeros earlier work that was recorded and never released. I wanted to let the fans hear the record.

6. Tell us a little about the Sammy Serious Pysche Suicide Singer Songwriter Showcase Sundays Show. What is it? Where did you get the idea and how can one get showcased?

There were a lot of singers, songwriters, comedians, actors, who were paying their dues in Hollywood and I wanted to create an extension to expose their talent so I started the show. We made it easy to get on the show, their was no panel that had to elect you or charge you money, I funded the show and wanted people to have a forum to tell people what was going on with their career

7. Not meaning to kiss your ass, but I don't think it would be that big of a stretch to say that you're a legend of the nineties glam/punk scene. Could you please discuss your feelings about being an underground hero as opposed to garnering acceptance on a mainstream level?

First off Sammy Serious does not sell out nor does her sell anyone else out, but when you say mainstream level are you talking about Britney Spears? I do what I want to do. If I am an underground hero then fine, if I am a mainstream hero, then fine, but I will never do anything I don't believe in and that's what matters.

8. Going back to Serious Suicide, are there any other comments you'd like to make regarding the band, any possible tour or other news?

Serious Suicide I think is a great band. It has all the elements and chemistry you need for a great rock n roll glam punk goth whatever you want to call it band and you should come and see it. Serious Suicide is not like Sammy Serious and The Zeros and I don't want fans who want an extension of The Zeros to come to the show cause it is not that, but I do know if you come and check out the band you won't be disappointed because it has its own thing going for it, and I want to say to all the Glitzine people who are fans of Sammy Serious and The Zeros, Sammy Serious will be cutting a new record soon and if The Zeros want to get together and work out the differences that caused us not to play together anymore I am up for that too… and don't forget my United States of Whatever is a rip-off Pina Colada Bang by The Zeros.

Interviewed by Lycan Davis

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