FIX: TOUCH AND GO 13

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INTERVIEW

THE FIX were interviewed on 4/8/81 at their house. Present were Steve - vocals, Mike - bass, and Jeff - Drums. DS and TV did it (who else?).

TV: I'll do a sound check (farts in mike).

TV: OK, let's rap about the single...

STEVE: What about it?

TV: Like what do people say about it...

JEFF: All of my straight friends say it sucks. Really my roomates liked it...surprisingly...

STEVE: mumblemumble

TV: Could you talk louder so the mic will pick it up?

STEVE: (yelling into mic) I don't know anyone who likes it!

DS: People I talk to think it's represenative of the way you sound...

MIKE: My mom liked it.

TV: You're kidding?!

STEVE: Yeah, my mom liked it too...

DS: I didn't play it for my mom...

TV: My mom doesnt even know about the magazine.

(everyone guffaws)

JEFF: I think overall we're pretty happy with it...

TV: So what about a new single?

FIX: We wanna record "Off To War" and "Rat Patrol."

DS: Would you go with 4 songs? Cuz you can do it with your songs so short...

STEVE: It depends on the studio time like if we could get 5 hours...and it also depends on like when we recorded that first one we were drunk as shit.

DS: Yeah, like the last interview we tried to do...

STEVE: Yeah, we get real drunk at crucial times...

TV: (belch) Like when we did our TV show... So where do you put the band as far as your ideology? Politics, social unrest, nuclear power, abortion?

FIX: Ask Craig (absent...laughter).

STEVE: The music is enough of a statement...

TV: But do you think politics in music is fucked?

STEVE: Oh no, no way.

TV: Looks like a lamb's head in a bag on that table.

JEFF: "Junior where'd ya get the lamb's head???" "It followed me home..."

TV: Here's a heady one...What do you hate?

STEVE: I Hate the fuckin asshole regulars at Club DooBee.

JEFF: NEW WAVE!

STEVE: When Black Flag played there were some cool people there.

DS: Well that was the thing because most of the people there weren't regulars.

STEVE: The regulars are dips...

Like all that shit about Dave Beaton and all that shit about Black Flag, and not wanting to touch Black Flag, and then when we said we'll take responsibility so he said OJ (whoops...OK) and now they're gettin DOA and the fuckin Subhumans and before he said no one'll show up for Black Flag...

DS: Well it looked like he was listening to the club owners in Detroit and now he saw nothing's gonna happen. At least he went to the trouble to get DOA where a club like Bookies is afraid of violence.

TV: So what do you love--besides a creamy pudendum?

STEVE: I love girls...

JEFF: TITS!

MIKE: My mom...

TV: What about people who talk real close to your face and the spittle flies...

STEVE: People like that I really adore...

DS: I think we have some readers who'll like that one. (much laughing)

TV: Didn't Black Flag sleep here?

STEVE: DS was the only one who stayed up...All we did was sit around and smoke dope. Dez played Black Sabbath on the stereo...Everone like Dez and Robo were sitting here telling me how great AC/DC was (huh --ed.)

TV: They must've been pulling your leg.

STEVE: No, they were serious...that's another hated David Winkelstern... [OBIK: Lansing music critic who was typically clueless w/regards to hardcore.]

JEFF: I think someone should put that lizard down his pants (show on reptiles is on tube).

DS: He'd probably keep it down there for the bulge...

STEVE: There's really no way you can get rid of something like that. That's the State Journal's problem--there's lots of people walking around that think like him...real stupid fuckheads...

TV: Yeah, it's really fucked, these schoolteachers trying to write ahout rock and roll...

STEVE: Yeah, schoolteachers trying to be rock critics. Poser fuckheads... [OBIK: Tesco was a schoolteacher...]

TV: So what are your favorite bands...

JEFF: DISCHARGE!

STEVE: Roxy, Middle Class

JEFF: Germs.

TV: The way your music sounds it doesn't seem like you could do drugs at all...

STEVE: Yeah, that's what the guys in Chicago thought.

JEFF: I can't, I fuck up royal...

TV: Yeah, and drunk too...

ALL: Yeah, like Mt. Pleasant, JEFF.

JEFF: Who, ME? (lots of chortling)

DS: I mean it was so crucial too cuz you were playing to such an aware crowd...(yuks)

DS: (belch)

TV: Whats been your best gig?

JEFF: With Black Flag.

MIKE: St. John's (loads of tittering).

STEVE: Yeah, that's the only place we got free beer... we played two nights and the crowd said, "Hey, slow down!"

TV: Have you ever thrown up blood?

STEVE: Never. Let's talk about groupies. How come we never get any?

TV: Yeah, when you go to LA...shit, Black Flag was gettin' reefed on by these hometown sluts--you know real star treatment.

(much talk about local nasties, you know, real green weenie types)

TV: Fave mags?

JEFF: Touch and Go...

STEVE: Sports Illustrated. Busuness Weekly.

MIKE: Cycling.

DS: I'll tell you one I like is Iron Horse, that chopper mag...

TV: With those sleazy babes with big jugs propped on Harleys...

DS: What about this east coast thing...

STEVE: We're trying to line up gigs in Boston and DC. We sent the Rat a press kit and the 9:30 club had some fuckin recording on their phone...in May we're gonna take a few days off.

DS: Yeah, I think DC is the place to go. I sent Howard Wuelfing a single and he's a big cheese out there...

STEVE: I can't believe Detroit doesn't have any hardcore bands. What a fuckin dead town... You meet someone from Detroit and it's always an asshole--

DS: Except for Keith...he's cool...

DS: Do you like vibrating buttplugs?

JEFF: Yeah, you can order them from Hustler...

DS: The things are huge...you'd never get 'em in...

TV: I can just see some guy sitting on a bus going buzzzzzzz--people would think he was shaving or something.

TV: Thats all the questions I got...

JEFF: Can I go home now?

DS: We never got around to talking about Craig...

STEVE: Our guitar player? Craig? I think he's a nice guy, nice guitar player.

TV: Has he mellowed...does he play the Rathskeller at all?

FIX: He parties, we all smoke pot...Mike likes other stuff...

DS: What's with this politics?

STEVE: It's a phase he's going through.

TV: Maybe he's getting jaded by all this punk adulation?

STEVE: God, you know that could be...

JEFF:Am I next?

DS: You're from where, Charlevoix?

JEFF: (pissed) You weren't supposed to mention that...yus dat pleasant liddle own up nawth ver da pace is sloe an punk rock a la CHEAP TRICK...

TV: (fart)

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