Interviewed by: Sharla Cartner
Punk Globe: Hey Jack, thank you so much for taking the time to answers some questions for Punk Globe Readers. This is T.S.O.L. 19th release, on this new release what kind of expectations if any are you trying to fulfill? Is this T.S.O.L. album going to be a hardcore punk album to call us to arms, to unite us or is it more of a reflection on what is happening in the world today?
Punk Globe: Could you please explain the title of the forthcoming album "Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Free Downloads." to us?
Jack: It was a joke, a takeoff on the whole founding fathers bit with a nod to what's important to kids now. "Hey, whateverís going on in the world is cool, but don't fuck with my down-loads"
Punk Globe: T.S.O.L. formed back in 1979 and like many bands have had its drama's, with band members coming and going, a lawsuit to fight for the band's name and drug problems. Share with us a good time you remember with the band in the early years of T.S.O.L.?
Punk Globe: As I mentioned before about the dramas T.S.O.L. has endured, tell us how heart wrenching was it going to court to fight for the bandís name?
Jack: It was a drag. Drugs can be good and they can be so very bad. The name T.S.O.L. should never have been used as a bumper sticker for that shitty rock band they slapped around it. I left and in a straight move to make money they kept the name-selfish gets what selfish gives and that turned into to an ego sucking pile of shit. It was awful and I still have to defend myself to people that Think I was involved in that joke
Jack: Everyday. I'm a Hypnotherapist now and its way less heartbreaking.
Punk Globe: The two guys who got shot received $2 million dollars and TSOL received a $14,000 bill to pay. How hard was it to pay off the Attorney?
Jack: Thankfully friends donated money to help us. Two million huh? And those fuckers couldnít even kick in to help us out. I demand a re-shot!
Punk Globe: I also believe you weren't allowed to tour until the bill was paid. It must have been extremely hard times for T.S.O.L.. I mean really how on earth did they expect you to pay the bill without being able to tour, did they have any logical suggestions?
Jack: Be careful what you hear especially if it comes from us. The first rule of T.S.O.L. is to lie about T.S.O.L.. The second rule of T.S.O.L. is to continue lying about T.S.O.L..
Jack: Had no idea. I was wrapped up in so much ego that I had no idea it was even a real movie.
Punk Globe: Does T.S.O.L. have plans to tour with this new album?
Jack: We donít tour far. I would rather be close to my family than be off playing rock-star games. Lots of musicians talk about love and family but their kids only see 'em once every few months.
Jack: I love hearing yell out anything they want cause it makes no difference to me. I write the fucking set-lists and I take orders from no man!
Punk Globe: You have been touring for many years now, what kind of audience shows up at your gigs these days? Is there any resemblance to the audience that you use to play to back in the 80's?
Jack: Itís crazy. Generations of people show up at all ages shows. If a man or woman was 30 when they saw us play in 1981, theyíre 58 now. If they had their first kid when they were 20, the kid is now 38, and if he or she had their first kid at 21 that kid is 18. I had a guy tell me his grandfather got him into us!
Punk Globe: Take me back to an early 80's T.S.O.L. show. Describe to me what it was like.....
Jack: Sex-booze-destroy property-more sex-more booze-40 minutes of music-more sex-more booze-jail...repeat.
Punk Globe: What is your opinion on punk rock over the last ten years? Do you feel it has been exploited beyond recognition and now more than ever, what being a punk is about, is how a person lives, their beliefs and behavior instead of what they are wearing or what band they are listening too?
Punk Globe: What bands do you enjoy listening to these days?
Jack: Top forty cover bands.
Punk Globe: Offspring name you as a huge influence. Have you ever listened to their music or met them before?
Jack: Yes I've met everyone. Iím a real nice piece of furniture you'd like to bring out and show your guests. Most of these guys realize I got teeth though so they donít get too close.
Punk Globe: Guns n Roses drummer Steven Adler (at the time), wears a T.S.O.L. T-shirt in the video clip Sweet Child of Mine, you personally weren't in T.S.O.L. at the time when T.S.O.L. played hair metal music. How does it feel as an original band member, to know that T.S.O.L. has influenced so many different bands over the years?
Jack: I was more stoked to see it on Obama's T-shirt.
Jack: I liked to cause trouble and at the time Punk rock was like the rotary club for trouble makers. It was a great place to network.
Punk Globe: What inspires your music? Do you have a writing process of any kind?
Jack: Mostly fucked up relationships...itís what Iím best at.
Punk Globe: What are your thoughts on how America has embraced President Obama and the expectations that Americans and even the world have of him to "fix the problems"?
Jack: Americans have always been smart decision makers, I mean look at American Idol, that Randy Jackson is one cool cat.
Punk Globe: What are the most important things to you in life?
Jack: My staying clean-my children-my friends-my world
Jack: My life had become a self absorbed joke. Get a good look at yourself when you live like that, and the reflection is enough to sicken anyone to change. After waking up, the rest is just filling in the blanks.
Punk Globe: I also hear you help others to become sober, tell us a bit about that?
Jack: I donít help anyone, they help themselves. The greatest misconception of 12 step programs is they want you to be weak and mindless; itís a lie. We want you to look inside yourself, tap an inner resource of power, and then live your life as a free thinking individual that thinks on a global level and contributes to those around you. My job is to be a transmitter and lay down a message of change.
Punk Globe: Thank you once again Jack for the interview. Can you leave us with any words of wisdom?
Jack: Yes....if you think of this (blank space) be sure to counter it with this (blank space).
Punk Globe would like to thank Jack Grisham for taking the time to answer theses questions!
Update: June 11
Word on the street is that punk rock legend's T.S.O.L., are headed back to the studio in August to record another new a new full length release with DC-Jam Records. According to frontman Jack Grisham, "The music will be a little heavier than our last record and more remenicant of the band's early days". Look for a late 2011 or early 2012 street date.