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Bob Cutler, Bomb, Chris D interviews

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Jason Gross

Dec 1, 2023, 9:35:14 PM12/1/23

In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever <>, you'll find (among other things):

Interview- Jay Crawford's explosive details, interview by Clinton Orman
"Bomb was an underground "post-punk" rock group that Nirvana's Krist Novoselic called "San Francisco's version of grunge." A certain Kurt Cobain had turned Krist on to them. Bomb was active from '86 to '93. They were loud, heavy and infused with psychedelia, working in stylistic notes of metal, goth/industrial, new wave and who knows what else. Comparisons to Flipper, Black Sabbath, Bauhaus, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pink Floyd and Metallica are all perfectly apt."

Michael H. Dean tells tales of the band's major label woes
"Our manager later told us he heard that the CEO saw it on someone's desk and said "Who the fuck are Bomb and why the fuck are they on my label?" CEO of Warner Bros’ father had fled Europe for America when the Nazis started smashing store owners' windows. After that, no major label would touch us. Any opportunity for film soundtrack work was gone. People at labels talk. We got "canceled" in 1991. Tony got us canceled before cancel culture existed. This fuck up was all Tony, but it poisoned me, Jay, and Doug in the industry too. The album came out but to zero promo. Warner Brothers didn't say "You're fired" because at that time the label was making a big deal of being "anti-censorship," because of Jane’s Addiction album covers, also Ice T’s "Cop Killer" song. So WB technically put our album out, but it barely got out."

Interview- gay punk alienation, by Jack Partain
"Around 1989, he formed the band Slackjaw, an extremely heavy hardcore punk band, in Lawrence, KS. As the band grew, the music industry changed. Grunge slowly began to seep out of Seattle and into the mainstream and then, seemingly without warning, exploded into the national spotlight. Record company executives fanned out across the country looking to sign the next Nirvana or Pearl Jam, and Lawrence became a focal point. Several bands in Lawrence landed major label deals and countless others signed with large indie labels. Slackjaw quickly gained a reputation as one of the best and most serious bands emerging from the Midwest. And then, all of sudden, and in a way that is at once somehow completely inexplicable and totally predictable, everything fell apart."

Interview- from Flesh Eaters to Divine Horsemen, by John Wisniewski
"Think that you work hard? Sorry but you got nothing on Chris Desjardins aka Chris D. who started writing for the legendary Slash punk zine in the late '70's before becoming a producer for their label, along with running his own label, Upsetter Records where he put out some of the early L.A. punk bands. He also gathered the cream of Slash's bands (X, Blasters) to form punk/roots band the Flesh Eaters. Restless soul that he was, he also formed Divine Horsemen in the mid '80's for some surprisingly sweet low-key Americana gussied up over some disturbing stories/songwriting. Oh and he still found time to write several fiction books and start a budding acting career (actually appearing in Kevin Coster feature No Way Out)."

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