That Was Then/This Is Yesterday

Interview: Trey Spruance (April 2002), Pt. 1

Posted in Interviews, San Francisco by wwyork on October 22, 2014

What special thing are you bringing into this world that would not have been born without you…?

__7_2030  Trey Bob

Left: Trey with Jesse Quattro, Oakland, 2005; Right: With Bob Madigan (Fluff Grrl), San Francisco, 2004. 

This interview took place on April 18, 2002 in San Francisco. The Secret Chiefs’ Book M had come out the year before (on September 11, 2001, to be precise), but there was no tour to go along with it—not even a one-off Bay Area show. The next SC3 album, Book of Horizons, was still in the works and would not come out for another two years. Meanwhile, Mr. Bungle was on indefinite hiatus but had not yet officially broken up. I had also heard rumors of Trey retreating to a secluded cabin in the mountains (partly true) and working on an opera at Mills College (not true), among other things.



Interview: Alan Bishop (October 2002)

Posted in Interviews by wwyork on July 31, 2014

Call me when you discover the bar code on your body and I’ll show you how to remove it.

This was an email interview conducted sometime in mid-to-late 2002, with portions of it being used in an article in the San Francisco Bay Guardian in advance of an upcoming Sun City Girls show at Bottom of the Hill. At this point, I was still on the fence about the Sun City Girls—I liked some of their recordings, but found them very hit-and-miss. (Honestly, their recordings are hit-and-miss, but I was wrong about the hit:miss ratio, which is more like 70:30 than 30:70.) Plus, I had only seen one show by them—in 2000 at the Bottom of the Hill—which was kind of tedious and unbearable. Over the course of writing and researching this article—and then seeing their amazing Bottom of the Hill show soon afterward (where I was able to purchase a copy of the elusive Horse Cock Phepner album)—I became a full-fledged convert, and that hasn’t changed since then.