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"OUT OF BOUNDS" by HR of Bad Brains.
All Media Guide Review of "Out Of Bounds".
"OUT OF BOUNDS" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3, EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY, RHOPSODY, SPOTIFY
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"HR IN DUBB" (EP) by HR (Human Rights) of Bad Brains.
"HR IN DUB" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3. EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY and SPOTIFY. "HR IN DUBB" will be live on RHOPSODY soon.
The immortal STALAG 20, 21 & 22 -- THE NEXT GENERATION featuring Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas, Junior Demus, Ce'Cele, Merciless, Danny English, Egg 'n' Bread, Hawkeye, Chico and more... (Reggae-Dancehall super artists). Project was mixed by Cordel "Scatta" Burrell.
All Media Guide Review of "Stalag 20, 21 & 22 - The Next Generation". Available on AMAZON MP3, iTunes, GOOGLE PLAY, RHAPSODY and SPOTIFY:
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Trk: Peace & Justice.
Inverted Paradox (Various Artists) album is available on:
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By Olumide and Contact High Video Show.
Bigups to Olumide for this piece on G//Z/R. G//Z/R then was the new band (mid-‘90s) for Terry GEEZER Butler of Black Sabbath. Olumide went to check out G//Z/R (GEEZER)at the Limelight and interviewed Geezer Butler as well as Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory’s throat) who is also the lead singer of G//Z/R. This interview is the transcript of Contact High Cable show in Manhattan (1996/1997). It was published in Fantra Zine V about May/June ’97, (Jimi Hendrix was on the cover). The piece is being recycled here in Fantra Zine online (June 2012) because it is a classic. Plus the interview was organic and was conducted by someone (Olumide) who was a part of the Downtown Manhattan muzik (music) scene – not some preppy from a corporate magazine. It’s just like playing great old records that never get dated. And now … here is G//Z/R via Olumide and Contact High cable show.
Olumide: I just wanna say a few things. …Black Sabbath, I think was a great band. As a musician, they’ve meant a lot to me just because of their innovative songwriting and musicianship that they presented… Could you please introduce yourselves.
“Burton C. Bell.” “Ahhm – Geezer Butler.”
Olumide: How was G//Z/R formed? And what inspired you to get the band together?
Geezer Butler: (in a thick British accent.) Well, it was formed when me and Pedro the guitarist got together… Then we got Dean the drummer; then we were looking for a singer; then we called Scott…
Burton C. Bell: …Scott County, my manager…
Geezer Butler: …I asked him (Scott County) if he knew any good singer. And he said no, but I know Burt (hysteria sets in). He sent some tapes and he sent a Fear Factory CD as well. I listened to the CD and I love Burt’s voice and I phoned Scott back and asked if he knew anybody like Burt. So he said Burt will do it… So Burt came over to England, listened to the stuff and he liked it.
Olumide: Maybe you can mention a little about Fear Factory too. Are you guys still together?
Burton C. Bell: Oh yeah, yeah! We are touring with Ozzy right now. It’s a good thing, we get to see Terry (Geezer) all day.
Olumide: How did you get the nickname, Geezer?
Geezer Butler: I used to call everybody Geezer.
Olumide: What inspired you to start a new band after all these years after accomplishing so much with Black Sabbath.
Geezer Butler: Because I was writing a lot of stuff that wasn’t getting played in Sabbath. I just wanted to do my own stuff rather than the Sabbath stuff. I think Sabbath is going in the right direction. So it was time to do my own stuff.
Olumide: Black Sabbath has been a strong influence to a lot of us. One thing I always thought is that you guys were more appreciated for your heavy riffs… I never think you guys got the props on being just great musicians. I think you guys were innovative. Would you agree with that or disagree?
Geezer Butler: I think that we improved the more albums we make. The musicianship got better and better. First off, it was very basic, which is why I think they sound good today because they ’re real simple riffs in muzik that anybody can play…
Olumide: You guys have been one of the many influences for a lot of modern bands, but groups like Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and the Who also site us influence. What exactly do you think you delivered to modern bands?
Geezer Butler: I think because we kept it simple… Our first three albums was basically live in the studio. It took only two days for the first album to record. Four days for the second album. Six days for the third album… It’s a combination of straight bass, guitar, and drums.
Olumide: So with G//Z/R is everyone in the band writing songs or is it mostly your stuff?
Geezer Butler: This album was mainly me and Pedro.
Burton Bell: These guys really wrote some great stuff man.
Olumide: What made you wanna become a musician in the first place. I’ve read the bios of Black Sabbath that you came from Birmingham, England, which is supposed to be a rough section… What exactly was the inspiration?
Geezer Butler: To try and get some money (laughter, laughter). I hated muzik when I was in school. I think it is destiny. You’re put on the earth to do eventually what you do, especially with me. The first time I picked up a bass was with Black Sabbath, and it just all came together.
Olumide: So you weren’t into any bass players at the time?
Geezer Butler: I liked Jack Bruce. Burton C. Bell: Same here…
Geezer Butler: …from Frank Sinatra to John The Baptist…
Burton C. Bell: I think the more diversity your musical taste has, the more you know about it.
Olumide: I’ve heard Black Sabbath used to be a band called Earth, and you were more of a blues band. Was the blues big influences also?
Geezer Butler: Absolutely! That’s what we were. A blues band first. In fact, the first name of the band was the Pulp & Talk Blues Band before we were Earth. That’s all we did – 12 bar blues stuff.
Olumide: As far as blues was concern who did you like?
Geezer Butler: I used to like Howling Wolf, Blinding Hopkins, Randy McGee, John Lee Hooker, I liked his stuff… Muddy Waters.
Olumide: How did you guys branch off into a different direction than say Rolling Stones?
Geezer Butler: Because at the time in England, there was hundreds of blues band. And when we were seriously trying to get a record contract, we were told to write our own stuff. Basically what we did is like blues stuff. The real heavy version of it was very blues influenced. So when we started to write our stuff, we were talking the blues roots and making it heavy.
Olumide: I have one last question. What is the difference between Black Sabbath and G//Z/R? I know with Black Sabbath you guys did a lot o’ songs that were political for the time, also you were into a cult theme…
Geezer Butler: I think a lot of it is the same because I used to write a lot of the original stuff (for Sabbath). I’ve written a lot of lyrics for G//Z/R also. Burton C. Bell: A lot of them are very political.
Geezer Butler: …Political, Science Fiction…
Burton C. Bell: Social as well. Such as drive-by shooting is a very social issue. Children shooting each other. These gangsters don’t know anything about life in general but they know about shooting a gun…
**Olumide’s note: Terry “Geezer” Buttler’s accent is very thick British. It was difficult at times to understand what he was saying. I’m sure if he said Black Sabbath’s initial name was “Pulp Talk Blues Band.” He could have very well said “Pub Talk Blues Band” also. If anyone out there can clarify – please educate!!!
Fantra Zine thanks OLUMIDE plus Terry “Geezer” Butler and Burton C. Bell, the throat of G//Z/R and Fear factory. Great job Olumide!!
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