Clint Hell (lead
vox) / Nick Cee (bass'n'backing vox)
/John L. Undell
(guitar'n'backing vox) / Hans Gee (drums)
BODIES formed almost 15 years ago
out of pure
boredom. Clint Hell and Felcher Wheel got to know each other on the
Stockholm circuit and had roughly the same ideas about what they wanted
to play. So they made a few calls to get a band together and – at the
time – it was Clint, Felcher, Nick, Mr Rahl and Johnny-O (a.k.a. Johnny
Glue). After John L. Undell joined Felcher later left. They all knew of
each other. Musically they come from different backgrounds, but all
love the 77-style punk. Mixing all their different inputs is what they
feel give BODIES its unique sound. As a band, they have been through
quite a few line-ups – including one with the (in)famous Ego T.
Superstar , now in Sonic Farm,– but the current one is the one that has
stayed together for the longest period of time and they are still
Hailing from Snake City (Orminge), outside Stockholm in Sweden, the
band have a unique Punk n Roll sound, unlike anything around today, but
buried deeply in the Professionals manner to my ears. Check these guys
out, they certainly have something going on, and fly the flag for ’77
punk rock like no one else today.
Here, the guys fill us in on their backgrounds in music and then have
given us an exclusive interview.
Music’s always been a great part of my life. I started collecting
records when I was only 5 and came up with my first own song when I was
8 – can’t remember the words or the melody, but it was called
“Rock’n’roll moon”… My kid brother is the musician in the family –
truly gifted and gone professional as of many years back – and he stole
EVERY instrument I ever tried. So I stuck to screaming. First band I
ever was in was when I was about 13, though I don’t remember its name.
In various bands until I was about 24. After a 3-year hiatus from
music, I was bored and met a bloke in a pub in Stockholm that had
roughly the same ideas about music as I did – Felcher Wheel, the first
lead guitarist of BODIES. We decided to form a band that covered the
Sex Pistols and both went home to make some calls. And that was it. The
band was formed and I’m still in it – having the time of my life!
It’s really hard for me to name my primary influences – I listen to
anything from classical music to really brutal metal as long as it’s
got ‘vibe’. If you twist my arm, I’d drop names like David Bowie, Iggy
Pop/Stooges, the Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned, Sisters of Mercy, Mission,
Psychedelic Furs, Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction, Flesh
Quartet, B.B. King, Miles Davies, the Cure, Bauhaus, Joy Division,
Saxon, Robert Johnson, AC/DC, Ebba Grön, Motorhead, Ozzy, Black
Sabbath, PIL, Albert King, Metallica and Nirvana. Disparate influences,
as you can see, and the list is by no means complete!
I started my career playing bass with the six piece outfit The
Renegades in 1984. The band was influenced by bands as The Plimsouls,
The Records, The Boys and released an EP, “Extended Play” (CRE) in 1988
which became “single of the week” in Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet. We
even released two Christmas singles (collector’s items these days) as
The X-Masturbators. After touring in France 1989 I called it a day and
put my Rickenbacker 4001 from 1974 on the shelf.
In late 1993 I got a call from my old Renegades’ partner –
guitarist Felcher Wheel (aka Mad Professor) who asked me to join a new
Sex Pistols’ cover band. Of course I wasn’t late to accept and the band
BODIES was formed. Gigging around in Stockholm playing the album ‘Never
Mind The Bollocks’ onwards and backwards for some years, we started to
make our own songs. Drummers were changed and so were guitarists. In
1999 I went to live in Japan for two years but when I got back, the
band was rolling again. Here we are in 2008. Just back from Scotland
and a lot of new ideas for songs to be recorded in the close future.
My main influences are The Sex Pistols, Stooges, The Wildhearts and
Favourite track of all time is “Ever Fallen in Love” with The
John L. Undell
Music’s always been one of my first most interests and I come from
a very musical family. I first started out in a Swedish punk band
called Kvicka Kvalster (Quick Mite), with Ego T. of Sonic Farm and
Part-Time Posers (formerly also in BODIES) and Frank of the Robots. We
had our first gig way back in 1985. After that I’ve been in Pizda, the
Robots, BODIES (from -95 to -99), Serpent, Bargain and then BODIES
again from 2006. There have been other projects alongside these, but
they have been the main bands in which I’ve played. What I use now is
mainly a Guitar Workshop Strat and an Epiphone LP. Apart from my rig, I
also use various pedals that are mainly there to look cool, as I barely
know how to use them… hehe. Any way.
My musical influences have varied through the years. In my early
childhood there was the Beatles, Elton John, the Shadows, CCR and Kenny
Rogers. ;-) Then I moved on to bands like Tuff Darts, New York Dolls,
the Residents, the Church, Split Enz and City Boy. What has been
consistent through the years is my liking of Thin Lizzy and the
Ramones. I’m still amazed at what they were capable of coming up with.
I’ve played the drums since I was about 10 years old. I joined a
band at about 14-15. We first called ourselves fläsk kvartetten (flesh
quartet), until we found out there already was a well known band by
that name – I have forgotten what the name was after that. We played
some sort of punk inspired music: Pistols, Clash etc and of course Ebba
Grön – the most well known Swedish punk band... We split up after about
5 years. After that I didn’t play drums in any band for more than 10
years until Clint – whose sister is a former girlfriend of mine – asked
me if I wanted to join BODIES.
When it comes to personal taste in music, mine is very broad, from
old punk like Pistols and Clash, Iggy Pop to more indie pop style stuff
like the Smiths, The Cure, weird stuff like Einstürzende Neubauten, to
some metal. I don’t like most of the crap spewed out on mainstream
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