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How did you come to do a one man band? And why the name BBQ?

This is the basic story: Les Sexareenos were dying and I had many songs that I had written that I wanted to do. Most songs weren't necessarily right for Les Sexareenos, anyway. I decided to play them by myself while trying maybe to find some folks in Montreal to play with. The problem (not really a bad thing) is that everyone here has 1000 bands each, so I knew it wouldn't work out. Plus, not many people could live so irresponsibly as myself or, for that matter, deal with my bullshit. So I started playing as a 'one-man band' strictly out of necessity. I like to get things done - boom, boom BOOM!!!! This cursed incarnation has lasted too long. As for the name... yes. Regrettable. At the time, I needed a name to play a show or something and, since I'm a fat man that enjoys eating, I came up with that shitty name. And then it was too late to change. Oh well.

Tell me a little about the history of Mark Sultan - you've been really busy the last bunch of years..

History? Well, the history you may know is that I started singing with The Spaceshits. That lasted a few years. We did some records, some touring... Near the end, I started a record label with two friends called 'Sultan Records'. Things went well until distribution died. Then, so did the label. After that, I started playing drums and singing sometimes with Les Sexareenos. Then came BBQ. And now 'The King Khan & BBQ Show'. There have been a few other things in there, too. I think that's it.

How'd the record on Bomp! happen?

I dunno, really. Ask some 'one-man bands'. It's often hard to get people to listen - or even care, for that matter. I had already done the 1st album in Europe and then recorded some new stuff. I sent some songs out. Bomp! got it. Greg was really into it, and of course that guy knew his shit. He made me feel comfortable, cuz he knew where I was coming from. And he liked the songs, rather than concentrating on it being a one-man band. That's important to me. Obviously, I ain't doing this to prove I can play as one guy. I just wanna get the songs out there. Anyway, he wanted to do the record, and I was hyped. Bomp!, man. Cool.

What's happening to Bomp now that Greg passed away?

Without getting into all of the bad vibes, let's just say that I went through a LOT of bullshit with one fucker in particular. I had pretty much severed ties until Suzy kinda smoothed it all over. I don't know or really care what the label is up to, cuz I refuse to pay attention anymore.

I thought you and King Khan were supposed to do two singles but it turned out to be an LP for Goner - how come? How'd the Goner deal happen?

We had been fucking around for the last 2 years or something. We'd play everytime I was visiting Germany and had time. We recorded a bunch of demos on a ghetto blaster, but it wasn't serious. But then, we were able to hook up a proper recording in Hamburg with DM Bob and we both had the time. At around this time, labels started getting back to us. And then, last Fall, I was on tour in the US with The Mystery Girls and we passed through Memphis. I talked to Eric and Zac and they said they really wanted to do it, but I think they wanted to put the demos out. I told them we were recording again and shit... That was that. By then, too, we had already mapped out the Euro version on Hazelwood. Maximum invasion!!! The two singles we were originally gonna do are now just the one on Solid Sex Lovie Doll (due out in March, I think). Two unreleased songs from the demos.

I know you two were on tour together in Europe a while ago is that where the idea came about? How do you set it up? one plays drums and the other guitar and then you switch or what..

The idea came before. When I went on tour with the Shrines, I was just playing as BBQ. When me and King Khan first started playing, we'd both sit on stage as our one-man bands, trading off songs and shit. The show would 'culminate' in us playing a few songs 'together'. Here is the current set up: I play in one-man mode (bass drum, tambourine, snare, guitar and vocals) with the occassional floor tom and cymbal. King Khan plays guitar, sings and act ridiculously.

How was the recent tour of the states?

The tour was EXCELLENT!!! It was really the most fun I've had on any US tour I've ever done. I was surprised. It makes me wanna go back soon.

Tell me about Gonerfest!

It was nuts. They chose a really cool place to do it, but it was really small, which made it more nutzoid. It was like a house party gone awry. A shitload of people drinking a shitload of alcohol listening to shitload of cool bands. Lots of chaos and fun. And when the shows weren't happening, there were more bands and more alcohol at the Goner store. Memphis is great.

What happened to Les Sexareenos? You seemed to be doing real good and then you broke up..

'Doing real good' can mean a lot of things. If you're into being hyped, I guess we were doing good. If you're into being asked to play a bunch of cool shows, sure: doing good. But we weren't doing real good on a personal or fun level. It just ran its course. There's no point continuing things that shouldn't continue.

Any new band on the horizon or do you prefer being just you?

I've said it many times: I would much rather be playing in a band. There are many songs I can't play by myself. The bottom line is that it's just fuckin boring being BBQ. That being said, I wanna start a band with people who share similar tastes and could live hobo-style, for the most part. It's difficult. And I'd rather start a band somewhere outside of Canada.

What bands do you like up in Canada these days?

I haven't seen many lately, as I'm not often around. I guess I'll hype my Montreal buddies: Sunday Sinners, CPC Gangbangs, Raccoons, Demon's Claws... Glamorous Maggots were cool when I saw them... There are just too many to mention, and I honestly like most of them.

Any other cool bands you wish to hip us to?

I'm sure the astute readers of Savage Magazine would know anything I mention, so forget it. The only band I can think of that might not be 'known' for the instant is The Gaye Blades.

What goods do you really need for the best barbeque?

An appetite, beer, and chicks.

Associated time: Friday August 1 10 2007 23:00
Last update: Monday August 1 13 2007 02:14

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