THE JIM ROWDY BAND
By: Ginger Coyote
I first met The Jim Rowdy Band when White Trash
Debutantes played a show with then at Toots Tavern in Crockett, CA.
The club owner was a real "DICK" but The Jim Rowdy Band were team
players and helped us out big- time. I hope you enjoy the interview
and please check them out and buy their new CD..
Can you tell the readers about The Jim Rowdy Show and also tell us
who is in the band?
JRS-Mike: The Jim Rowdy Show started in 1996. Jim started playing
simple covers of Elvis and The Stray Cats on street corners of
Downtown Vacaville and at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf on the
weekends. Then he graduated to house party's but it was always kinda
looked at as a goof. Then someone coined the name "The Jim Rowdy
Show" randomly by yelling "Hey look!! Its The Jim Rowdy Show!!" and
Jim was like...Fuck yeah it is!! and it stuck. I joined about a year
and a half later and then after going through several bass players
and a few guitarist we landed with this line up which is the most
comfortable its been EVER! That is...
Jim Rowdy: Guitars and Lead Vocals
Nikki Fixx: Bass, Vocals
Gehard Thiesler: Guitar, Vocals
Mike Skullz aka The Colonel aka Orville Reddenpecker HA HA!!
Globe: Where exactly is the band centered out of? I know that when
my band The White Trash Debutantes played with you it was at Toots
Tavern in Crockett California.
JRS-Nikki: Well we originally hail from Vacaville which is a one
horse town full beers, steers and queers that occasionally cow tip
for fun but now Mike lives in Crockett full of sugar, beer and dirty
JRS-Mike: Yeah I live in Crockett and I've experienced all of it but
the sugar. (laughs) Seriously though, our TRUE home has been The
Elmira Cabin. This dark, dirty shit kicker Bar in the middle of
nowhere just outside of the Vacaville City Limits. We pull 300
people in that place when we play there and they give us lots of
bloody love! Its a big ass zombie love orgy!! We loved Toot's but
after that awesome show our bands played together there our deal
with the owner went sour. It would get me off like nothing else to
smear that guys name in public but what good would it do? The
reality is, Toots is gonna close soon due to poor management and
will hopefully be bought by someone much cooler and then the party
can begin again! karma's a bitch, ain't it?
Globe: I enjoy the fact that your band also adds a stage show with
great music.. I get so bored seeing four guys on stage with plaid
shirts and their backs turned to the audience..
JRS-Mike: The only band that pulled that off successfully was
Nirvana! Everyone else looked retarded!! To us, Rock -N- Roll has
always been 3 things: THE PASSION OF THE MUSIC! THE STAGE SHOW AND
IF YOUR INFAMOUS THE NEXT MORNING! We cut our teeth on zines with
the stories from bands we respected telling us how nobody dug the
band that night so the lead singer pulled his cock out to the crowd
and did the whirly bird on stage! or stories of stage dives from
balcony's or whatever. Its always about making sure they remember
who the fuck you are. You may not like my band, but you WILL
Globe: Mike, YOU kick some major ass on drums.. What more could you
ask for a a great drummer, good showman and doubles for Orville
JRS-Mike: Thanks Grrl! Soon I'll have the choppers to match! You
kick some major ass yourself! We Love W.T.D!! I saw W.T.D. for the
1st time in Long Beach in 2001! I still have the shirt as proof! If
you guys ever need a sit-in drummer....shh! Don't Tell Jim! HA!
Globe: Tell us about the venues in your area and which club do you
enjoy playing at.
JRS-Nikki: We have a few favorite venues. No all in our area but
some. There is Time Out in Concord and The Blue Lagoon in Santa
Cruz. Also Annie's Social Club in San Francisco. In our area
exclusively there is The Gst Pub, The Stag, and Mike told you about
The Cabin. All these places support our brand of chaos.
Globe: At Toots you had a good following and attracted all sorts of
luminaries like the Mayor of Crockett who was pretty toasted. But we
do love her.
JRS-Mike: Yeah she was. We love Heidi though and always raise hell
when she is around!! She is one of us. Our 1st gig at Toot's Jim was
going to receive a beat down by the Toot's security staff for
splattering fake blood on the crowd and back screen. 3 big ass goons
had him cornered off in the back room ready to pounce and she came
out of nowhere like" Don't do nothing! They rocked and they are fine
by me!!" I looked over like who the fuck is this lady?! And one of
the Security was like "You're lucky the mayor likes you punk!" That
was our ticket to pretty much do whatever we wanted there. Its fun
to have power!
Globe: I understand you have a new release out. Give us the 411 on
the CD and tell the readers how the readers can buy the CD....
JRS-Nikki: The C.D. is titled "Stage Fright" Its 13 tracks of pure
psychobilly mayhem. Songs about sex with dead women, affairs with
the Devil, coming with terms that you are just a SINNER in world and
a Lionel Ritchie cover song. We produced it with Gavin Ross. We
recorded Stage Fright at Steady Studios in Burbank, CA. It took
nearly a year to complete because I went to jail on drug charges and
had to do six months in jail. The boys called in former bass player
Zach Maxon from the band Give Em Hell to fill in and record some
tracks. They whole story of recording this C.D. along with all the
hi-jinx that happened along the way could fill a novel. It was
crazy! Its finished though and now you can buy it! here's how..
Option 1: Go to www.myspace.com/thejimrowdyshow and order it either
though paypal or snocap. Option 2: Go to our show and buy that bad
bitch from our hands directly: We don't bite....much!!
Globe: Do you have any other releases out?
JRS-Mike: Nope but a DVD is in the works and we are writing the new
C.D. as we speak. We hope to have it out by 2009. The song "Chills",
from our C.D. Stage Fright was featured for Spike & Mikes Sick and
Twisted Festival Of Animation. They used it for the Advertisement
for the tour. We have some dates with them where we will be
performing during the intermission. So you buy a ticket for the show
and get the festival and a rock show-WHAT A BARGAIN!!
Globe: Tell us about The Jim Rowdy Shows musical influences...
JRS-Nikki: Our music is fueled my the pure love for all things Rock
& Roll, "H", Mexican beer, Hair Grease, Party Liquor, Pornos,
Blistered Palms, Hot Rod Cars, and being stuck in Rehab! As for our
musical influence they range. Everything from The Meteors, Demented
Are Go, Nekrolust, Elvis Presley, Social Distortion, The Cramps,
Barnyard Ballers, 70s Glam Rock, 70's Punk, 80s Glam Rock, Heavy
Metal, and everything in between.
Globe: Mike your Drummer and WTD Singer Amy were both members of The
Rocky Horror Picture Show tribute company called Midnight insanity..
I know that Amy played Janet. What character did your drummer play..
My guess would be Columbia..
JRS-MIKE-One time I did, no kidding! I played everyone in the time I
did Rocky. I was known mainly for performing Eddie as well as Brad
when I was skinny. I was part of The Berkeley/Oakland cast, Barely
Legal from 1996-2001. I used to perform in Long Beach with Mark, Amy
& the cast from time to time. Once we all partied together in
Colorado for a convention and I took a bunch of reds, drank a bottle
of cheap champagne and made out with the girl that played Colombia
in Midnight Insanity, tried to steal Mark's $10,000 Eddie Costume
but did not succeed so I passed out in the stairwell and woke up
with some girl from their cast named "Bob". She was trying to set a
record of blowing 50 guys that weekend. I think she got to 20. Fond
memories. I love those guys.
Globe: We all know Bob and Mojo El Diablo... Does any of the
members of the band have any side projects besides The Jim Rowdy
JRS-Nikki: Fuck no we are focused on JRS.
Globe: Do you have any plans to tour to support the CD?
JRS-MIKE: We will be touring for most of the spring and summer.
Check our my-space for dates.
Globe: Can you give the readers your My Space address to check you
Globe: Thanks so much for the interview and would you like to leave
any words of wisdom for the readers of Punk Globe?
JRS-Nikki: Fuck The System, Crime is good and you'll find us soon in
a crappy roach motel near you drinking at the local dive bar and
probably getting kicked out.
JRS-MIKE: Join us no one loves you like we do. Not even your
parents! GOD BLESS PUNK GLOBE!!
Punk Globe would like to thank Mike and Nikki for the
fun interview...I cannot urge you enough to check out The Jim Rowdy
Show... They are ENTERTAINMENT at it's best!