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Interviewed by Gary Hill
Interview with Babe of Rockbitch From 2000
MSJ: The Beast is no longer a member of the band. What can you tell me about that change?
Well, you know that the whole band comes from a community? Well, he’s not in the band, but he’s still in the commune. Basically he felt that as far as his musicianship was concerned that he’d achieved everything that he wanted to - as far as skills, playing in front of a huge audience, having fans screaming his name, and that he was happy - he was fulfilled. That was one side of it, the music side of it. On the other side of it we didn’t have we didn’t have anyone with pull in the music industry that we could trust to represent us as we would want to be represented. So, we basically came to a decision, as a community, that he would be the manager. So, he’s laid down the guitar and he’s picked up the briefcase. The problem is that because of our sexual politics we could easily be misrepresented. We need someone who understands. It’s why we keep complete executive control of all of our merchandising. We do all the designs. We do all the album covers,. the booklets, all the music production - absolutely everything.
MSJ: What can you tell us about the new album?
Well, it’s only our second album ever, if you disinclude the live album or the CDrom we did many years ago. So, the first album was Motor Driven Bimbo. This one is called “Psychic Attack”. So, it’s the first album which doesn’t have The Beast playing on it. It’s got me doing all the lead guitars. Luci the Stage Slut has joined in on rhythm guitar. The style of it has moved more in the direction of, shall we say gothic industrial melodic I think you’d call that. So, it’s darker, but you can still dance to it if you want, headbang to it, whatever your fancy. We’re happier with the style, most definitely. It should be out February or early March, I think. We’re about three quarters of the way through.
MSJ: Any chance of the band ever touring the US?
Absolutely definitely, I don’t have any exact dates, but it’s something we’re corrently looking into. America or Japan will be our next phase.
MSJ: Will you have to do a censored tour?
Well, you know, we may be censored onstage, but you can’t do anything about who we actually are. The point of the things that we’ve always done onstage is that it’s an expression of how we live. So, we may be just standing there playing our instruments onstage, but backstage and in the rest of our lives we’ll be continuing to live as we always have done. The golden condom will continue.
MSJ: Your community is pagan. Is it a “mainstream” line of paganism or something more eclectic?
I’d say we’re not mainstream, no, because our particular brand of practice is a Western Tantrism. So, anyone who simply pops down to the local library and checks out Hindu Tantric practises, that would be us, but with a Western bend. It is an ancestral tradition. There are three members of the community who have actually had it handed down to them, and it’s been extended that way.
MSJ: Do you see paganism growing in the world?
Hugely, hugely, there is a great surge crossing the planet. Which is a pity because, going by the recent Earth Summit, the planet’s going to die before we ever get into power and do anything about it, but at least we’ll go out with a bang.
MSJ: A lot of what you are trying to do socially is to change the outlook of people on sexuality. Do you see that you are making progress in that endeavor?
From the feedback that we get, yes. There’s direct feedback and there’s indirect feedback. The direct feedback we’ve got all of our different websites and email. People are always writing and giving their stories of how we changed their life. People come and speak to us directly, and it’s really wonderful. Indirectly we’ve seen a shift within the music industry as a whole because, although we’re not huge or well-known entirely in the public eye, pretty much everyone within the music industry knows of us. We’ve seen the changes in that nudity and sexuality are becoming even more heightened within videos and such. A lot of it you can trace directly back to one of our videos. which has got a lot of ideas that people have nicked, but that doesn’t matter. Any effect is a good one if it quantitively shifts everybody’s attitude towards a more sex positive approach, then by our book, that’s great.
MSJ: Who would you see as your musical influences, either as a band or personally?
I have to go through the list of who’s actually in the band because the fact that we actually came from a commune instead of deciding that we all like Metallica, let’s form a band that sounds like Metallica, which is the usual route of a new band being born. So, the fact that we are so many different people, very eclectic, there are huge taste ranges. So, Julie, who’s the lead singer, she very much likes big classic traditional rock like and big vocalists. She likes Janis Joplin. She likes Aerosmith. She likes The Rolling Stones. Amanda - she is very, very jazz orientated, especially the more obscure types, like Weather Report, and James Helborg -- all kinds of strange people that I couldn’t even quote you. I don’t know who the hell they are. The drummer is very much into techno and dance music -heavy techno, hardcore techno., which I think comes over in her rhythms as well. So, when the bass and drums combine it makes for a very interesting combination. Nikki, the keyboard player likes Led Zeppelin, Hawkwind, the sort of big soundscape music. Who’sleft? There’s me and Luci. Luci is good old fashioned head down rock girl. She’s into Motorhead, Alice Cooper, traditional stuff. And me, I’m afraid I’m opera, classical, Kate Bush. We all like classical music hugely, but that’s my department there.
MSJ: What has been your biggest Spinal Tap moment?
It has to be a gig in the Czech Republic. We did a Czech tour, and it was absolutely fantastic. The audience was superb, very dedicated, staying there when it was raining, whatever. They were great - big audiences, no problem. Except for the one venue where, it was an outdoor festival, and we were in a tour bus. The tour bus couldn’t get up the hill that lead to the festival. So, we had to climb out, physically walk up there, drag all the gear up there ourselves because the roadies were late. We were doing all this in high heels and what not. When we actually got down to the other side where the gig was, in front of this beautiful lovely open-air arena with seats and great big stage, a perfect theater, right dead center, where the mosh pit would be, was a twenty foot by twenty foot shrubbery. I think that standing on a stage looking at a shrubbery is one of the most classic moments that you can possibly imagine. As luck would have it, we didn’t have to complain or fight about it because there was an enormous thunderstorm, and the gig was completely rained out before we even managed a sound check, but I think that was the best Spinal Tap moment.
MSJ: What was the last CD you bought or what have you been listening to lately?
I think, Rob Zombie and Ricky Martin and Phillip Glass. Ricky Martin’s new one and Phillip Glass The Kronos Quartet. Music is like sex, you can’t restrict yourself to one position.
MSJ: What was the last concert you attended?
It was a reggae band, in France. I can’t remember their name, unfortunately, but they are one of the best reggae bands in France. They come from Marseille.
MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: The Early Years Volume 5 at
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