That Was Then/This Is Yesterday

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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Interview: Richard Bishop (Sun City Girls/Rangda), 2010

Posted in Interviews by wwyork on February 22, 2015

August 2010 interview with longtime Sun City Girls guitarist (Sir) Richard Bishop, focusing on Rangda, his group with Ben Chasny and Chris Corsano. 

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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.

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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.

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