That Was Then/This Is Yesterday

Interview: John French (Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band), 2003

Posted in Uncategorized by wwyork on July 19, 2015

[W]hen you’re involved in a cult situation like that …, you become so accustomed to your environment that when you’re out of the environment you feel foreign. I felt like I didn’t belong. I didn’t wanna be in the band, but I didn’t belong outside of it either. It was an odd place to be, psychologically.

This interview was originally conducted for a little blurb on the reunited Magic Band that was to appear in Alternative Press back in 2003. Alas, the piece got bumped (though in favor of what nonentity of a band, I’d rather not even know). In any case, it was pretty cool to be able to talk to the guy who played drums—and helped arrange much of the music—on the legendary Trout Mask Replica, among other LPs by the early incarnation(s) of Captain Beefheart’s band. Mr. French wrote extensively about his experiences in the Magic Band in the liner notes to the Grow Fins box set, which served as a jumping-off point for this interview.

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Interview: Scott Colburn (Sun City Girls recording engineer), 2002

Posted in Interviews by wwyork on July 19, 2015

Sure they’re gonna do things that you don’t like as a fan—that you might not personally like—but you kinda stay with it because you’re watching artistic talent develop over a period of decades. You just stay with it, and kind of observe it, and enjoy it.

This interview (along with the Alan Bishop interview elsewhere on this blog) served as background for my 2002 SFBG article on the Sun City Girls. In fairness to Mr. Colburn, his resumé as a producer/engineer includes many other credits in addition to his work with SCG. He was also a longtime member of the Seattle-based Climax Golden Twins. His Web site, gravelvoice.com, is home to a variety articles on topics ranging from recording techniques to a list of albums that changed his life, including ones by Caroliner, Black Flag, Chrome, the Residents, and the Insane Clown Posse!

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