Wednesday, 13 March 2013
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES "WAR INSIDE MY HEAD" + "POSSESSED TO SKATE" . . . . WHAT A FUCKING BAND, SPAWNED FROM THE LOCALE THAT BEGAT THE 'DOGTOWN' SKATE RATS NEARLY TEN YEARS BEFORE . . . . BOTH INFLUENTIAL AND NOTORIOUS IN THEIR FORMATIVE YEARS, THEY FREAKED THE SHIT OUT OF THE SQUARES . . . . HAVEN'T SEEN EM LIVE SINCE 1998 BUT AFTER CHECKING OUT METALLICA, REMINDED ME HOW FUCKING GREAT THEY ARE, VATOS LOCO !!!
I had the privilege and pleasure of interviewing Mike Muir once, a live phone link from the States to here in Oz, all of the 'journos', of which I wasn't one by any stretch of a vivid imagination, just a rock dude with a skate/bike history who worked for a local street mag and owned a live blues bar, had five whole minutes to fire their questions at the younger brother of Dogtown Skates founder and OG Z-Boy, Jim 'Red Dog' Muir, before being told to get the fuck off, your time is up . . . . somehow or another, at my gushing instigation if I recall correctly, we got onto the subject of Dogtown and skating, Santa Monica/Venice, then lowriders, cars, bikes, blah, blah, blah, Mike Muir told his manager-come-co-ordinator something like half a dozen times over the next thirty odd minutes to 'just chill out, I'm talkin to someone', 'but Mr Muir, there are another twenty people waiting' she said the first couple of times, after that it simply became 'Mike, that's fifteen minutes', 'Mike, that's twenty minutes' . . . . I've met a shitload of famous folk in my time, just have, simple, no brag, just a fact, just call it an accidental occupational hazzard, and Mike Muir is at the top of the list when it comes to being real, gracious, respectful, stoked, grounded and seemingly not caught up in his own hype, I sincerely hope he's a happy chappy these days and still rushing from everything he's been part of for the last thirty five years . . . . possessed to skate, possessed to rock . . . . no fucking wonder !!!!