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KING KHAN

Let’s start from the beginning, was the Spaceshits your first band?

My first band was called the Maury Povitch 3 with Skid Marks and Tongues from the Spaceshits. We played Black Flag styled punk music. To be honest we were kinda artsy fartsy too until garage punk took over our lives.

How did the Spaceshits get started?

I was the first drummer of the Spaceshits but due to my lack of ability and stamina I was reduced to being the bass guitarist. I replaced the original bass player after he lost his mind to LSD AND THE WRONG PRESCRIPTION CONTACT LENSES. Please note that the combination of those two things causes a triple layered reality to appear and schziofrenia to take over. Skid Marks and i knew eachother in kindergarten and he was my best friend. We used to play He-Man together and talk about how cool calculator watches looked. Then he moved away downtown and i didnt see him for over 10 years. We wound up bumping into eachother in college and decided to start a band. We shared the same love for punk rock, girls and psychedelic drugs and to this day he is one of the greatest musicians I know. BBQ played in a notorious punk band from montreal called PowerSquat and their shows were legendary for being some of the most violent shows in montreal, until the spaceshits came along ofcourse. So Mark wanted to sing for the spaceshits and the rest was history. We toured the world together, spent our early delinquent years together. Oily Chi married my sister and the family grows till this days… as I used to always say the spaceshits never die… we multiply!!!!

Mark told me you guys used to live in a house together..

We lived in several strange places together… BBQ was homeless for a while so he moved into my hallway, he used a jagermeister flag for a door and had a bed, a couch and a ghetto blaster. The Spaceshits all moved into a house in Vancouver where we all lived for a few months. We had no furniture, we used my bass guitar case for a coffee table and had sleeping bags as couches. We would take acid and i would make a shadow puppet show for us all and we would laugh for hours. We adopted a small cat who kept coming over cuz we kept feeding it and we called it Dandero, Capt. Fantasic… the cat wound up giving us all scabes, and then we fried it and ate it, that was quite disgusting. We once took robitussin DM, a pschedelic cough syrup, and were tripping with the deadly snakes and we wanted to go outside for a walk. Mark wanted to stay in the basement so we left. When we came back we heard mark asking for help, we went downstairs and he wasnt able to walk up the stairs alone, he was tripping so hard he kept forgetting which direction he was going… he was stuck in the basement for an hour.

How did you come up with the king khan idea?

When I came to europe in 1999 with the Spaceshits I did not want to go back home. I wanted to start a new life in this new undiscovered land. We had already conquered America and travelling with music was all i ever wanted to do. My biggest dream was to do a soul band like Otis Redding and James Brown, but way more like a psyched out freak show. My friend Jasper gave me a german war helmet made of latex and i would walk around germany all the time witht that thing on my head. All the bums and street trash in Hamburg were calling me kaiser so i figured i should be King Khan. With the Spaceshits we listened to lots of R&B and soul and in the back of my mind I knew that the world needs that so badly. The deadly Snakes started doing it but then they went more singer songwriter style and I wanted to go more BAD ASS Style. When i moved to germany that summer i also discovered Sun Ra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, two of my biggest influences for starting the Shrines. I wanted to assemble the band beatnik style and not just find an already existing band and take over. So all the folks in the shrines were hand picked and polished by evil.

..and how did you find the members of the shrines from so many places in Europe?

Well I suppose you can call it destiny or maybe even just plain BAD LUCK. I found the funniest crazy freaked out motherfuckers put em in a band and then all this strange magic shit started happening… I would love to just call it the magic band but beefheart stole that already. I saw fredovitch playing organ in a gogo dress one week before recording our first album in toe rag studios and he learned all the songs in a week. John Boy Adonis didn’t play drums for five years and then i made him come to the practice room and jam with me. I wrote my number on a piece of toilet paper and gave it to Ron Streeter and told him Don’t wipe yer ass with it… he called me later and joined the band. Speedfinger my guitarist owns a bar which has been giving me free drinks since 1999. My horn section were sonic youth fans whose lives were saved by rock n roll. Multi-instrumentalist Curly Sam and Ben Ra dropped out of gynacology school to join this band. BBJ my bass player is a truck drivin gypsy anarchofreak with a huge red van that we call BIG RED. It is our caravan of carnage also known as DeathMobile. In stockholm we fit 31 people in the van after the show and had a nice beach party at the break of dawn. The shrines at this moment have people from 5 different countries (Canada, Germany, France, America, and a new Brazilian member too!!!!)

How hard is it to get the songs as great as they are? Do you have a special formula for writing a soul song?

The formula is like this…. H2O + LSD = PCP Dont stare at that equation too long, it will give you brain bumps, or brain acne like it is called in my medical book.

Nobody else is playing soul/r’n'b like yours anymore - do you feel alone or is it good for you?

I only feel alone when I shower. I think that the world is dying for this music. But at the same time as soon as music gets too big it starts to suck. My music is to be enjoyed in small clubs where people can jump on stage and show their best body parts. Make out music for make out people… fuck the rest. I chose to play this music because i wanna grow old with it… as much as i love punk rock it doesnt age well. R&B is like fine wine, the older you get the nastier you get, the dirtier your thoughts get, the more scars you get on your body, heart and penis.

Who are your biggest influences? Jean Claude Van Damme, Sun Ra, George Bush and the Misfits.

Tell us about a King Khan gig.. for those who haven’t seen you live I mean..

I dress up like a crackhead, put a huge donkey head on my head, dance around like your father drunk on Christmas and all of this to the sounds of sweet psychedelic soul music. Kinda like a Japanese animation monster tearing a young school girl into small heart shaped pieces… yeah, whatever that sounds like.

Tell me about the Kukamongas?

The kukamongas were a tribe, then they got old and died, oh yeah they played a bunch of music and made some records too. Can you feel the bitterness? We started out as a young gang of nogoodniks, then we branched out into an international collective of scum and now we are back to being broke motherfuckers again… shit I gotta get a job.

As King Khan you also play with BBQ - how did that come about?

BBQ and I have known eachother for over thirty years, even before we were born. I think the stuff we have done together is some of the best shit either one of us has done in a long time. It comes straight from the blood… kukamonga blood!!!! We just started jamming together when he would come visit me and people started dropping their pants for us everywhere… Our record really tore America a new asshole, King Louie told me that he played it for his mother and she thought it was from Louisiana!!!! And she’s a real Cajun woman!!!

That’s also some of the most danceable music around, as was the Spaceshits - is that important to you?

I guess dancing was always the way i fell in love, so if something that strong can come from grinding your hump and doing the hunch then it must be more than just a mating ritual. What started out as music to steal girlfriends with evolved into something deeper and deeper and YAWWWWWN!!!!! I like to move it move it!!!

Describe the KK/BBQ SHOW..

We try and make the music of ten men with only two. A Death Punk Doo Wop Poo Poo Platter.

What was the idea behind the SHOW?

That white bread and mayonnaise is a healthy alternative to weight loss.

You’re playing a lot with either the Shrines and BBQ - how much are you touring?

16 tons of touring… last year we hit the states twice, Brazil and europa. In a few weeks i will go on tour with BBQ and the detroit cobras in the states for two months. I believe we will be coming to scandinavia in March.

The Black Lips also call you a member.. How come? And how did you meet?

When I heard their first single, I flipped out!!! "Stone Cold" is quite a ball buster. When I met them it was their first show in europe, they played twenty minutes, I shot birthday cake all over them and there were about 50 bottles smashed. I suddenly found myself believing in the rebirth of the devil. Then we went on tour in the states together with the kkbbq show. That was when the death cult was born, the day after my birthday. We were in new orleans (pre-Katrina) and i painted all our faces with fake blood, and we went and brought a kilo of boiled shrimp each, we ate 6 kilos of shrimp all together. When a young black girl at the seafood shop asked me why we had those red marks on her head i told her we were a death cult. She didnt even flinch she was like “Okay, that’ll be 5 dollars.” I guess that is a real common thing in New Orleans… Anyways for the rest of the tour we planned our cult, rituals on how to control minds, influence people, make psychedlic moves… We would paint our faces before entering the club, and not make eye contact with people and then play the show completely painted white… People freaked out, lots of southern redneck types were very uncomfortable watching an indian guy and a bunch of young bandits running around with blood all over their faces and white paint. It was a little bit like the movie I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE. Definately one of the greatest tours in my life. We explored the mississippi delta together and tried to find the devil with tarot cards. Last summer they came to visit me in berlin for a few weeks, they weren’t completely satisfied with their studio session in LA for the let it bloom record so i offered to produce some recordings in my living room and we used all these baby toys and recorded about 12 songs, they did two of my songs also and we even wrote a lullaby together called Lion with Wings which will be exclusively on the best of moon studios record. I think there are four songs on let it bloom from my house and the rest of the recordings i did will come out on the Last of the White Niggers album which will come out soon on in the red. Somoeone in Stockholm thought that i was dating one of their mothers… I dunno how that rumor started but i think it might be because cole is sometimes my son and sometimes my father or maybe cuz I do write letters to his mom on a regular basis but not in a lovey dovey way more of a hey mama kinda way. All in all the black lips are the flesh of my flesh and I hope they dominate the world soon so i can live in a treehouse in atlanta for the rest of my life. What about the Death Cult? Who are the members? The members now are the black lips, BBQ (who is also the treasurer) and I, the shrines, the Spits, the gris gris, demons claws, bloodshot bill, Os Vendidos (from Brazil), Jay Reatard and Alix and my wife and children. I just made a soundtrack for a german film called BlackSheep and the soundtrack has all the death cult bands in it… the film is quite amazing too, you can see the trailer at www.blacksheepfilm.com

How was it hanging out with Lemmy in the studio?

Lemmy said i looked like little richard, who also happened to be his favorite R&B singer. I gave him a nazi butter knife and that made him very happy, then I TRIED TO SHOW HIM A GUITAR WOLF show that i video taped the night before but the sound was too much for him…ha ha… we had nice talks mostly about pornos and jimi hendrix. He used to buy jimi all his drugs!!!! There was some TV crew there and i was trying to get in as many shots with lemmy as i could, so i would sit next to him when he was listening to the tracks and pretend to dig what was going on. It was really funny, and to be honest the song was quite horrible, it was for the sponge bob movie soundtrack.

What other new projects do you have?

I have been recording with my 6 year old daughter Saba Lou and should have a record coming out in the next year. She writes really great songs something like a mix between Nico, the Shaggs and the brentwoods. Die Slaughterhaus is releasing the first of the BEST OF MOON STUDIOS VOL.1 which is a collection of stuff i produced with my family and friends at our home studio. I think it should be out this year. Larry from in the red wants to do a box set of my moon studio recordings but that will take atleast a year or two to get ready…

What are the upcoming plans for the Shrines and the Show?

WORLD DOMINATION, complete and total mental collapse, mind numbing trance inducing sounds that gives young lovers chronic diarreaha… Shrines new album should be ready for next spring and the new King Khan & BBQ Show is out now on In The Red Records!!!!

Associated time: Tuesday February 1 13 2007 01:00
Last update: Sunday September 1 9 2007 13:45

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