JOURNALIST: do you have a "diktat" in the group, imposed rules?
DUKE: yes, we have to wear a "WASTED CONVERSATION" t-shirt to every rehearsal.
JOURNALIST: how did you meet and is there a leader, a sort of guru?
DUKE: we met at an "african dance party" function where i was the "official photographer"( i still haven't been paid-valery!) and ROCKETT 808(my drummer-we are a power-duo) was doing the security. he's hard you know! we found that we had a mutual interests in MELVIN VAN PEEBLES and the BAD BRAINS. there's no leader, but i do most of the work, and ROCKETT gets the girls. i've yet to meet the person that could be ROCKETT'S guru, or minen for that matter. maybe genghis khan?
JOURNALIST: your music is very"garagey". which groups are important for you, and is there an artist you place on a pedastal?
DUKE: LINK WRAY(native american descent), DAN SARTAIN, THE LAST POETS, GUITARWOLF, SUICIDE. pioneers and bravehearts all! on a pedastal; only one really, in terms of long-term impact on my life; JOHNNY ALLEN HENDRIX. another guy i admire bigtime is JIM JARMUSCH. but, even innovators stand on the shoulders of those who came before and paved the way.....all inspirational art from the soul.
JOURNALIST: what do you think of fanaticism, and were you fans yourselves before being in a group?
DUKE: no, i never listened to music at all until recently when i decided to try and play the guitar to hypnotize girls. apollo and his lyre you know. no, i'm just fuckin witcha! what is your definition of a fan? a consumer? an acolyte? a groupie? ROCKETT and i both bought a lot of records, went to a lot of concerts, etc. but i personally never obsessed on a single artist, there was too much going on. ROCKETT, however, has maintained a punk fanzine here in FRANCE for more than a decade.
JOURNALIST: which are the dictates that you never bow before?
DUKE: do this because everybody else is doing it! do things this way because that's the way it's always been done! these really have been the major themes in my life. "do-it-yourself" has been the story of my life, and i've paid the price!(....laughs).
JOURNALIST: which dictates would you accept to follow?
DUKE: do it again, you could do better! you have to stoop to conquer! don't show your teeth when you smile:) move aside and let the youth and the "inevitable march of progress" pass through!
JOURNALIST: what do you think of musical pigeon-holing?
DUKE: sells more records doesn't it? and to be honest, "time is money". internet attention spans demand precise categories like, for example:-category(1)"GOOD MUSIC"; category(2)"PURE SHITE". everything else are just derivatives. we fall into the second category voluntarily.<(;:)-
JOURNALIST: your concerts are genuine mystical experiences, do audience reactions scare you sometimes?
DUKE: er,..., i think you've got the wrong group there. we are "stand-up performers". when we play, people stand up and walk out.(...nearly falls over laughing).
JOURNALIST: do you consider the lyrics of your songs religious or simply melodic poetry?
DUKE: what are you on dude? i want some-now! no, only kidding. if you want to portray us as pretentious wankers, i'll answer that question. if not.....next question?
JOURNALIST: what is a wasted conversation?
DUKE: this one! (falls off chair, and a small dark stain appears on his jeans around the genital region).
sorry about that, we only formed the group so that one day a journalist would ask us that question. no, a "wasted conversation" has several interpretations; trying to communicate with(1) someone who is unwilling to listen(2) someone who is incapable of understanding(3)someone while you yourself are incapable of being coherent. do i make myself clear?
JOURNALIST: to finish, an either or questionnaire:-
Q) WHITE STRIPES or THIN WHITE DUKE?
A) FLAT DUO JETS with DUKE COTTONHEAD
Q )brown beer or white beer?
A) rum punch everytime
Q) BLACK SABBATH or BLACK KIDS?
A) black is beautiful
Q) whitechapel or soho(london)?
A) westbourne grove, man!
Q) snow-white or emile l'étrange?
A) ERYKAH BADU
Q) the WHITE ALBUM(beatles) or the BLACK ALBUM(prince)?
A) "GOLDEN BROWN"-GUITARWOLF
Q) BARRY WHITE or FRANK BLACK?
A) genius is genius, whether it's white or black!
Q) BLACK PANTHERS or the KKK?
A) just ask DAN SARTAIN, or the MC5.
(THIS IS ART!)