interview in direct from Los Angeles on Pogopop
Station 100.5 FM Roma 28th dec 1999
Nothings, Philip Holmes= N
We are live connected by phone with Los Angeles and we have Phil, lead
vocals and guitarist of the Nothings, a Los Angeles band who recently edit
an album called "A lot to learn". We broadcasted several times the 7th
track of it "Secret Society" and we also reviewed
their job on the Pogopop web site. The album was produced by Steve Jones,
hystorical member and guitarist of the Sex Pistols.
Hi Phil, how are you? Nice to hear you!
Hey, hello! How are you? Nice to hear you!!! Come stai? (in italian,"How
are you?" n.d.P.)
Well! we see that you have already learnt italian! so maybe you'll have
a tour in Italy soon!
I hope so! maybe the next summer!
Would you like to tell us the Nothings's history?
Well, we were together in the '80, we played around Los Angeles, where
I met Bob, the drummer, and Lenny, our bass player, and we were all in
the punk rock right then, and we trapt Steve Jones down from the Sex Pistols,
one of our heroes, and we asked him to produce our record, and he said
that he would! So...
What are you doing now? Are you on tour or are you making another album?
Right in this moment we are rehearsing the new album and we are playing
some local gigs here in Los Angeles and hopefully the record will be finished
for the next tour in the summer. Steve Jones is going to appear in one
song, he will be playing and singing with us...and maybe he will produce
some of it. We were talking about it right now, with him! He is working
on a Nirvana tribute album, he is producing it, he is busy with that so
he will recording with us in the spring, maybe around march.
Which are your influences? Which are your musical roots?
I like the old AC/DC a lot...
Oh, we started with them tonight!
...yes? Bon Scott... I think he was a terrific singer, I think he was the
original rock & roll heroe, and I like the old, the very old, Alice
Cooper, the Sex Pistols, obviously, and I like the Motorhead, I think that
Lemmy is a great...
You like hard rock a lot... a mix of metal, hard rock and punk rock..
Yes!!!.. And the Ramones of course!!!! One of the greatest bands I think!!!
How is the Los Angeles' scene today, do you like it?
No, right now I don't like it !!! I think that the radio over here don't
play enough punk rock and hard rock...
Like in Roma...
...they play too much popular like Britney Spears,you know, Ricky Martin...
It is the same in Italy! The mainstream music!!!!
Yes!! that's no good! no good at all!! San Francisco has a better
Yes! We have been there and we think the same! Do you think that punk rock
is the way to crash down this popular music or is it a hopeless fight?
Well... we got to keep on the fight, we got to kick down the doors with
the punk rock against the system!
The last question for the Nothinghs, you told us that you are going to
finish your album and you'll be on tour the next summer in Europe...
that's correct, we'll be... hopefully next summer, we'll be there.
We are waiting for you!
Oh yes!!! And we'll come to see you first!!!
We can do a session together...
Yes, you're great!
Along with your title track "A lot to learn" we salute you and we say thank
you for having called us!
Grazie della serata (in italian "Thank you for tonight") is it good?
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