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ricky99(1) Ricky, you’’ve just finished up a stateside tour with the Kevin K Band. How did the tour go ? The tour went great-although it wasn’’t a whole tour of the States, just shows in LA/Hollywood etc. Real great shows with Texas Terri & The Stiff Ones, Jeff Dahl, Leaving Trains, Street Walkin’ Cheetahs, Stitches, etc. (2) So what’s been happening with the Brats of late ? You had your first album from ’91 re-issued on I-94, which sounds fucking great !! Well, we’re trying to get the new album out – we have a few labels that want to do it, but lack of recording funds is keeping us from getting it done. But for now we got a new 7″ coming out in September on I-94 Recordings, and songs coming out on various comps including tribute albums to Flamin Groovies (Safety Pin Records – Spain) Dogs D’amour (Desert Inn Records – Italy) Forgotten Rebels, Hanoi Rocks etc, so there will be lotsa new Brats stuff coming out in the next few months and going into the year 2000. (3)The Trash Brats are about to go out on tour across the states in a double with Jeff Dahl right ?Yep. We are doing a midwest/east coast tour which starts on Sept 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. We’re hitting a lot of cool cities including Chicago, Pittsburgh, NYC, Philly, Detroit (of course) Cincinnati etc. Should be a lot of fun ! (4) The Brats have been around for 10 years. Can you select a couple of highlights over that period ? Well, one of the big highlights was just recently we played here in Detroit with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts for like 8’000 – 10’000 people at this big outdoor place that we have always seen concerts at since we were kids. For sure the biggest crowd we have played to yet and in our hometown, so that was really fuckin’ cool ! Also the mini-tour we did with them a few years ago was fuckin’ great, I mean getting high with Joan herself in our beat-up Ford van ??! That was one of the great rock and roll moments for me for sure ! Of course other highlights were other shows where we got to play with so many of our rock and roll heroes and fave bands, like Johnny Thunders, The Dickies, Wayne Kramer, Teenage Head, Motorhead, Sylvain Sylvain etc…..(5) Why should touring Australian bands include Detroit rock city on their tour itinerary ?I think that speaks for itself. I mean doesn’’t just listening to Radio Birdman etc just make ya wanna see Detroit ?! But really it’s a town with such a great rock and roll history amongst other things. Plus if they’re a real rock and roll band, they’ll have a blast time here and the crowds will really dig ’em. (6) Favourite Australian band ? AC/DC for sure, with Radio Birdman and Rose Tattoo not far behind. (7) A Vegemite sandwich, kangaroo steak, or a can of Fosters ? Lots of cans of Fosters! (8) Kiss or The Sweet ? Yaaa…I love them both but I would have to go with Kiss as they were my fave band when I was a kid and the reason I got so into rock and roll to begin with – although Sweet’s ‘Desolation Boulevard’ is one of my all time fave albums!

(Archive Source: Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records Newsletter Issue 2: Sept 1999)


kk99(1) Let’s talk about the new album. When is it due out  & what’s it called ? It’s due out in March, 2000 on Freddy Lynxx’’s Sucksex Records from France. It’s called ‘Midnight Dragon’. The songs are more pop sounding than any of my other records. I’d like to be the new Shaun Cassidy or Rick Springfield of the 2000’s ! You know, nice clean image. (2) For the benefit of European readers, you are about to head over for your first tour there right  ?  In January, Ricky and Toni (Trash Brats) Karl (Road Vultures) and I will be on tour from January 5th to the 25th with Hollywood Teasze, all over Germany. I’d like to meet as many hairy German girls as possible ! (3) And there’s a ‘Live in Japan’ album due soon as well ? Yes, it’s due out in December. It’s 12 live tracks from my Japan ’98 tour, 5 acoustic live tracks from my Japan acoustic ’97 tour, and 2 studio tracks we recorded in Tokyo with the Golden Arms. It’s on Elmer Germack’s new label Elmer Records. (4) What’s in store so far  for 2000 ? (after the Euro tour) In February I’m going back to L.A to record a new single with Texas Terri, then to France in March and back to NYC in April to finish recording my new CD for Vicious Kitten Records. (5) What influences you as a song writer ? I have many influences. I love blues, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Cedell Davis, and country like Martina McBride. Yet I also listen to Iggy, Johnny Thunders and Sinatra. I think I’m a pretty honest song writer. I try to write for the people that never seem to get what they want, ‘cos I’m one of those people ! I also get many song ideas when I’m on the golf course. (6) Can you name a favourite Australian band ? Rick Springfield, who I just saw play at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. He was great ! (7) Bon Scott or Brian Johnson ? Definitely Bon Scott ! Good singer, good drinker. Brian Johnson is ok, but you just can’t touch the vocal on ‘Highway To Hell’. (8) A message for 2000 for all the Kevin K fans out there ? I guess we just gotta keep walking in this modern world. I was just telling Texas Terri how much I hate technology. I’m gonna get a rotary telephone and a black & white TV !  Hopefully I’ll grow old together with my fans and friends.

(Archive Source: Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records Newsletter Issue 3: Dec 1999)

FLBW1) Freddy, you have a new album recorded and about to be released. Can you tell us a little about it ? The title is ‘BLOODIED UP’ and it has been recorded in NY City at the famous Tin Pan Alley studios by Patrick Klein with lots of my great rock ‘n’ roll friends such as Kevin K, Mr Ratboy, the Senders and Elda Gentile to name but a few. 2) The songs sound consistently strong, and the album itself sounds very complete. Personally, I think it’s your strongest album by far. Would you agree ? I don’t know, as I still have 2 other albums recorded in the same vain, so that’s really impossible for me to say. 3) The concept of using some classic lines from the spaghetti western films as song intros really adds to the authentic, gutsy feel of the album. Can we expect Dirty Harry on the next album ? I guess so, plus Mr Smith & Wesson ! 4) Will you be touring soon to support the album’s release ? There’s a tour that should start next year. Maybe March or April but the booking agency has suggested we’ll have to wait ’til the press review the album. 5) What’s 2000 hold in store for Freddy Lynxx at this stage ? Nothing at all! But it should be fine for rock ‘n’ roll as in China it will be the year of the Dragon. 6) Favourite Australian band ? Early AC/DC with Bon Scott (RIP), the Saints, Radio Birdman, Hoss. 7) Shakin Street or Telephone ? None of them. For me it was a band called Extraballe. The best French lyrics, music and male singer. 8) A message for all Cat Scratch Fever readers and Freddy Lynxx fans out  there? Support Vicious Kitten and get the Cat Scratch Fever for 9 lives!

(Archive Source: Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records Newsletter Issue 3: Dec 1999)

L7They’ve toured downunder three times, leaving a trail of debris in their wake – now, the god-like L7 have just released their first ever live album !! Vicious Kitten chased down guitarist Suzi Gardner recently to get the latest from the L7HQ (interview conducted November, 1998)


Vicious Kitten: Let’s start with the new live album ‘L7 Live – Omaha to Osaka’. Where was it recorded at ? 
Suzi Gardner: As the title states, it was recorded in Omaha, Nebraska and Osaka, Japan. However the Overture/Medley performed by the John Marshall High School Marching Band was recorded in Los Angeles

VK: Do you think it captures the energy and mayhem of L7 live and are you satisfied with the finished result ?
SG: Yeah, these recordings capture all… warts and all. These aren’t slick, spruced up recordings with a lot of ‘studio magic’, they are raw and honest. You even get loads of in between song banter, our usually crass commentary. Don’t play this in earshot of your Mom. Really, all you need is a dark room, headphones and a cigarette lighter for the encore!  And it comes complete with Frank Kozik’s kick ass artwork

VK: What’s in the immediate pipeline for L7 ? A new studio album early next year ?
SG: Well we had hoped to have a new album out early in the year, but we are in between labels. I imagine we WILL have a full-length album out sometime in 1999. So in the mean time we taking this opportunity to do a few fun things that we’ve always wanted to do. One of those things is releasing a live album. Bootlegging ourselves, as it were. We’ve also been writing and recording new material. We’re planning to release a single on the net as well.

VK: Gail’s been in for a couple of years now (I think we may’ve seen one of her earliest shows in Phoenix, November ’96 w/D-Gen) and not that she didn’t suit Belly, but she looks right at home as one of the ladies of L7….
SG: Gail is an outstanding addition to L7! She claims she was born to be in L7! She really rocks like no other. Gail instantly melded into the group upon her arrival. We are SO fucking pleased

VK: Personally speaking, ‘The Beauty Process: Triple Platinum’ was one of your strongest albums, containing more killer Sparks/Gardner cuts eg ‘Bad Things’, ‘Off The Wagon’, ‘Drama’. Was it annoying the way certain parts of this fickle industry snubbed it, as there were no instant riff-monsters like in the past (‘Pretend We’re Dead’, ‘Andres’) ?
SG: We too think it’s one of our stronger albums. I really don’t think the album was just ‘snubbed by the fickle industry’…I think that we experienced many obstacles in regards to that album. I don’t mean to point any fingers, but let’s just say, “We did our job”. I also think there were plenty of catchy riffy tunes…go figure.

VK: Is Krist Novoselic’s rockumentary on the band near completion ? Was any Australian footage included ?
SG: No sorry, no Aussie footage unfortunately (L7’s Australian fans are rabid and they deserve their 15 minutes too). Krist has shot and directed a wonderful film. He has completed it and is now working out the distribution details. The footage is from shows in the US; it’s very artfully shot. We’re excited about the film, I’m sure our fans will be too, as there is very little video or film available on us. If you’re interested you can check out our website for the latest details, it should be available in a couple of months.

VK: L7’s take of Blue Oyster Cult’s ‘This Ain’t the Summer of Love’ off the ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ soundtrack fucking rocks !! I never knew Buck Dharma and Eric Bloom were an influence ?!
SG: We enjoyed doing that. It was fun putting an L7 twist on that song, but we didn’t hand pick the song, it was music folks from the film. I am probably the only ‘real hard core’ BOC fan in L7, they’re a great band….‘Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll’ one of my favourites. Glad you liked the track.

VK: What is currently happening with Rock For Choice ?
SG: Rock for Choice is still a functioning arm of the Feminist Majority Foundation. It continues to raise money and awareness for a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion.

VK: Any plans to work with Joan Jett again ? I’ve always thought that L7 could belt out a stinging version of a Runaways tune, (other than ‘Cherry Bomb’) – something say off ‘Waitin’ For The Night’ – ie ‘Wasted’ or ‘You’re Too Possessive’ !!
SG: Joan rocks. No, there’s nothing currently in the works. I like her latest hair-do.

VK: I’ve always wanted to know if that 1994 radio interview from Fresno (on the ‘Andres’ single) was for real ? Hearing some of those ignorant zombies who phoned in was both funny and frightening at the same time !
SG: I know, what a bunch of ignoramuses.

VK: The sampling of Yoko Ono on ‘Wargasm’ has always intrigued me. Some of her work is indeed hard listening, but her distinct scream works so well on that song. Is she an influence ? Incidentally I’m confident John Winston would’ve dug the mighty L7 !
SG: Yes, Yoko is very influential.

VK: You’ve toured downunder in ’92, ’95 and earlier this year with The Tea Party ? Any highlights/fond memories ? Have you have a chance to break from touring and see some of our amazing country ?
SG: Touring Australia is always fun for L7. I’ve gotten to do a little sight seeing, but not as much as I would like to have. I’ve visited a couple of animal parks. Once I looked right inside a Kangaroo’s pouch, it was really tame and it let me stick my entire head in there almost. We love to hang out with our friends the Cosmic Psychos. There are many more things in your fair country that I’d love to see. Take me, will ya?

VK: Can Australia expect a fourth visit from L7 in the future or is that just wishful thinking on my part ?
SG: By all means. I personally cannot wait to come back down.

VK: What was the first concert you attended ?
SG: One of my earliest concerts was Alice Cooper

VK: Name your five ‘desert island discs’ ?
SG: If I were stranded on a desert island I would only require one CD. I would not be listening to this per se; I’d be using it to ensure my rescue from said island. I would point it at the sun and flash Morse code at oncoming ships and aircraft.

VK: A message for the Vicious Kitten readers/L7 fans out there…..
SG: Be True To Yourself! And if you need a little dose of L7 before we make it back to Australia go visit our website!

(Archive Source: Vicious Kitten Fanzine Issue 9: Nov 1998)

BAThis group of musicians were essentially the core of the Alice Cooper band and with the Coop, cut some of his most memorable recordings. Their last album with him was 1973’s ‘Muscle Of Love’ before Alice and the band parted company – let’s be blunt in saying that once they left, Alice lost that musical spark and it took him years to gain some of that magic back (I am meaning musical impact – not theatrical). Guitarist Michael Bruce, bassist Dennis Dunaway and drummer Neal Smith joined forces with talented lead guitarist Mike Marconi and keyboardist Bob Dolin to form this powerful line-up. Released way back in 1977 ‘Battle Axe’ contains some of the catchiest and most likeable rock songs that you are ever going to hear. Naturally enough the sound that the Billion Dollar Babies achieve is very reminiscent of classic early Alice and you can indeed envisage the Coop singing a number of the tracks off ‘Battle Axe’. The teenage torment of ‘Too Young’ is the first cab off the rank and with it’s well written lyrics and hot guitars is a music lover’s delight. Close your eyes and ‘Shine Your Love’ could be a Coop led number. This song is a monster with a chorus bigger than King Kong – a potential smash which still sounds hotter than hell today and boldly gets stamped as one of the lost treasures of all time. Michael Bruce has a strong rock voice and really displays his powers on ‘I Miss You’, which also contains fiery guitar work from Marconi. The tempo slows a little on the beautiful ballad ‘Wasn’t I The One’, a song which is far more poignant and more melodic compared to other shallow heart wrenchers from the same era. The pace picks up again on ‘Love Is Rather Blind’ and has a hard driving riff. The big power chords and sharp keyboards of ‘Rock n Roll Radio’ are yet another highlight. A damaging tune with some inspiring lyrics that could be the motto for Vicious Kitten: “screaming guitars make me lose control, I can’t stop listening to that rock n roll”- brilliant !! ‘Dance With Me’ and ‘Winner’ are both howlers, whilst ‘Sudden Death’ is a well constructed, doomy rock-opera type instrumental that showcases the talents of all members. Sadly this was to be the only album that the Billion Dollar Babies released. Dunaway and Smith went on to form the Flying Tigers, a short lived outfit from Connecticut. ‘Battle Axe’ is a solid, vibrant collection of metal edged rock songs and is out there waiting for you to discover. For more information on the Billion Dollar Babies and the inside story of the Alice Cooper Band, get yourself a copy of Michael Bruce’s new book – ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’.

Archive Source: Vicious Kitten Fanzine Issue 5 – 1997)

wells_iafWells has worked tirelessly to earn the position he now holds as one of Australia’s premier bluesman, with minimal industry and public support. Yet for overseas readers, you don’t land support slots with Dylan, Marianne Faithfull, Robert Cray or The Stray Cats (to name a few) if you ain’t the genuine article, and Wells is definitely that and then some. This is the latest effort from the original rock n roll outlaw, and sees Wells sticking to the well worn booze n blues boogie formula he practically invented all those years ago. Pete Wells-rock n roll has always maintained broad blues appeal, yet at the same time never forsaken fans more familiar with his heavier work with Rose Tattoo. The tunes representative on this CD should again satisfy both parties. A generous 19 tracker with highlights aplenty. The mess o blues of ‘Can’t Stand Up’, or the Chuck Berry approved ‘Sideshow Blues’ agreed with me, as did a reworked romp through ‘Taking The Pain Away’, heavy on the slide with that always likeable piano accompaniment. The Tatts like ‘Born To Lose’ (no not the Heartbreakers classic) is typical Wells boogie and the choice cut for mine, but hey, Wellsy could release an album of Spice Girls covers and it would still sound fucking great to me. Choice covers include ‘Don’t Lie To Me’, ‘Nadine’, and even a Keef approved romp thru ‘Get Off My Cloud’. If that’s not enough you get some live numbers as well which feature his Tatts accomplice Mick Cocks on guitar. Along with Lobby Loyde, the most influential Oz guitar player alive.

(Archive Source: Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records Newsletter Issue 1: May 1999)

R-3751733-1342921765-7233.jpegTotal trash-punk mayhem from one of the best out there – Detroit’s infamous Trash Brats. First off I gotta say that this is the coolest artwork I have seen in a long time, with the lads in caricature guise.( and also the coolest lyrical sex-theme since Sydney’s Candy Harlots released ‘Red Hot Rocket’ back in ’88. ) ‘Rocket To Heaven’ is a sheer classic rock ‘n’ roll song, heavy on the melody, a rock solid chorus and as snotty and trashy as they come. Raucous guitars, punchy vocals, some piano, and you have what is without a doubt the best song the Brats have put out. Plenty of Dolls-isms for the purists, yet this stuff stands on his own merits, and it’s FUN. Cross the Dead Boys with Kiss maybe and you are on the money.This should be massive. In an equitable world, teenage girls would be pinnin’ up Brats posters on their bedroom walls and guys would be playing air-guitar to ‘Rocket To Heaven’. It’s just that good ! Yet Matchbox 20 and the Foo Fighters are today’s rock ‘n’ roll stars ? Give me a break already.The flip side is a raunchy run through the old Dead Boys standard ‘3rd Generation Nation’ which again cooks. Buy this one without any risk at all. On the very cool Lawless label.

(Archive Source: Cat Scratch Fever/Vicious Kitten Records Newsletter Issue 6: Jan 2001)