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Hollywood Killers
21/12/2003



Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

There have been so many changes to the HK's lineup over the years that it would take several pages to list all the changes but briefly I formed the band in Hastings UK in 1976 and in the early 80's moved to London. The only musician that has really survive the various transitions has been Neil 'Chilli Willi' Aplin although he hasn't worked with me on the Groovy Music Project as he lives in Tenerife these days; he may well work with me again in 2004 though. Probably the best known players have been 'Kid' Reid & Jack Black from The Boys, the late Charlie Tumahai ex-Be Bop Deluxe, Lino Robinson & Paul Tully who were with me through the late 80's. The musicians who appear on Million Miles & Groovy Music may well form the backbone to a new line-up in mid-04 but I must complete the project first!

Discography.

The easiest way to answer this to direct interested parties to the FAQ icon on the HK's site and look at the cdbaby link on our Merchandise icon.


The band must of gone through so many stages through the years, what is the highlight and what has been the worst stage of the Hollywood Killers careers?

Playing regularly at the major rock clubs in London (headlining the Venue in front of 1000 people) but the disappointments must be the failed record deals that I've gone through. Now I'm in 100% control thanks to the Internet. By god though there have been some fun times in the 700 + gigs I've done.

What are the main changes you have noticed in the music scene over the years and what era's do you think have been most inspiring?

The biggest changes have been the various style changes that we've seen since Rock'n'Roll evolved with Bill Hailey & Elvis. Flower Power in the 60's, GlamRock in the early 70's and for me the rebellious moments within the industry per se that became Punk and then New Wave. The 80's & 90's were in the main very uninspiring with the 70's rebels rejecting their roots and becoming capitalist rockers and would you believe it, gaining status in the Establishment (Sir Mick, Sir Elton- What a cop out?). Interesting though that the same backslapping hasn't effected The Who and Rod! More recently the technical aspects of music distribution are having a major impact on the buying power and influences of the Younger Generation whose tastes appear to be more diverse than ever (Hip Hop, Grunge, Garage, New Generation Punk,Rap). One good sign is that musicianship and the appreciation thereof is gaining momentum and this is very encouraging. I'm looking forward to the Isle of Wight Festival in June 04 which should be entertaining with The Who, Bowie & Stereophonics headlining. My biggest inspiration has been the Beatles 'White Album'; I'm hoping Groovy Music's 1 & 2 can recreate a bit of the magic that was on the White Album. Ram too was a major influence because it's a happy album! Bands as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, Cockney Rebel,Beach Boys, T Rex, Bowie, Doors and more recently Blur & World Party have influenced me immensely.


I have yet to hear your new single 'Million Miles' - what is the song about and how would you describe it musically?

Hopefully you've had a chance to listen to it by now but I'm afraid it's the usual stuff, love, distance, that kind of thing. I rarely get too hateful in my songwriting but there have been a few punkish songs written over the years which should appear later on the compilation cd's. Currently I'm into Peace and Love with the Groovy Music Project. The world could do with a bit more of it these days!

Is there any news when your cd album is coming out? What track would you particularly recommend off it and what can people expect from the release?

Jon Sweet & I are finalising it in the New Year. Each album will be around 12 tracks. I think they're all quite memorable and leave it to the old fans and hopefully many more new one's to decide. Let's just say there will be something for everyone. I never expect anything from releases as it's all in the marketing and the radio plays. This time around the Sloopy Box team believe in the music so we want people to look at that first and foremost. The HK's are no longer about hype! As someone has already pointed out we don't feel we need to compete with Boy Bands...we're a rock'n'roll combo! At long last I'm able to record myself in the way I want the music to sound!


Why did you choose the name Hollywood Killers?

People have asked me that many times. I've always dreamed of Hollywood and in the 70's detected some aggression bubbling under with disillusionment with the record companies, etc. Hence Stiff and what has followed! The Killers part is more '...you're killing me' with your jokes/kindness rather any Mansonesque connotations. Just seen that a band has come out of Las Vegas called "The Killers". Hopefully we can get some momentum from them and them from us too.

What songs by other bands do you wish you had written and why?

Any of the Beatles stuff, Doors, Otis Redding, Bowie, Bolan....too many to mention. Great entertainers all of them.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2003/04.

Watch this space!

Any final comments?

Yeah! Thanks for your interest Rebecca....best of luck with Punk & Oi! Have a Groovy time!


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