This was taped on 4-8-02 but I don't think Amy knew
that I was taping until the end. I was taking a nap and she kept calling
until I woke up. She was at her house in Columbus Mississippi and I
was at mine in San Pedro California The sun was going down and I had
just walked in the house from a killer day of surfing with Jay Adams.
Respect Team Pain! So, read on as we deal with alcoholism, jail, family
life and general confusion.
HBD- What's up freak momma?
Amy-Not much. What's up with you?
HBD- I don't know. I took a weird poop and I couldn't get the taperecorder
thing to work properly but were still gonna try to do it. Are you ready
to be interviewed?
Amy- I'm gonna get a piece of paper, I got some questions for you too.
HBD- What? No, I'm going to ask you questions. Hold on, I gotta switch
phones. (I switched phones successfully) All right!
AMY- OK. You're going to have to forgive me if I start screaming in
the middle of this because Brandon is getting on my nerves.
HBD- Who the fuck's Brandon! Is he your bow?
Amy- He tries to be but he's bad at it. He'd be better if he was not
HBD- He's loud during sex?
Amy- Not just during sex but 24/7.
HBD- Oh, he's obnoxious then.
Amy- He's beyond that. He's 10 years younger than me. No, because he
just turned 21 and I'll be 30.
HBD- Does he have the stamina for ya?
Amy- Yea, the sexual stamina. OK, go ahead, hit it.
HBD- I don't know.
Amy- You go first.
HBD- I don't have any questions.
Amy- Well what am I supposed to do then?
HBD- Well, what have you been up to lately?
Amy- I don't know. I talked to my mom on the phone. She bums me out.
She's crazier than me.
HBD- You usually hang out with your dad, right?
Amy- Yea, I hate my mom. Well, I don't hate her, it's just that .. She
dates a guy that's 15years younger than her.
HBD- So it's like a race between you and your mom as to who can date
the youngest kid.
Amy- Ya, who can get the youngest. No, just kiddin', So what have you
been doing Halbadal?
HBD- I've been trying to do interviews, I think I told you, the Melvins
came to my house.
Amy- Oh really! Yea, you did tell me that. I was drunk the last time
we talked. So how was that? Are they weird?
HBD- It was cool, they are awesome,
Amy- So, Did your mom ever get rich off that Fen-Phen thing?
HBD- No, enough to invest.
Amy- I'm trying to do one of those diets. Dude, Jayson's married.
HBD- Jayson Grumpies got married?! Congratulations.
Amy- Yea, whatever.
HBD- Is it that one girl, for a long time?
Amy- yea, yea.
HBD Jayson got married for real? It's not like the time when he lied
and told us that you got married on a boat or something?
Amy- Yea, this is totally straight up,"i thee wed". Well, I think she's
pregnant but I don't know. Jayson came over and hung out with me a couple
weekends ago and I thought it was going to be like the old days but
I don't know what happened. He wasn't married then, this just happened
like last weekend. I got this place that we can play at all the time
and I ask him to play all the time... He plays weird stuff.
HBD - like what?
Amy- I like Johnny cash and I like flaming lips but I have no desire
to be in a cover band. It's called the CASH COUNTY SURVIVORS. I like
Jayson I think he's a lot of fun. I love his family. You know, I've
always said he was going through mid-life but I was kidding then. I
really think its a serious thing now, I think its definitely an illness.
HBD-But he's still playing music, if he threw away his guitar I would
Amy-That would be sad. But I'm still playing.
HBD-Rockin' what band you in?
Amy-Well, our friend Hunter is fixin' to move down from Lexington because
me and Brandon started a thing. I never mailed you anything and it's
sorta my fault because if I did mail it to you, you would really like
HBD-But now I just think you're lying?
Amy-No, it's really really good. It's called ANNOYA. But it's really
good, it's kinda sweet.
HBD-The band SWEET?
Amy-Yea, the words are sweet, the sound's sweet but I think the vocals
HBD -Cool! I just bought a SWEET record.
AMY-Did you, what did you buy?
HBD -Um, It's like the greatest hits or something like that. It cost
12 bucks used! But it was well worth it.
HBD-I don't know, it was an import.
Amy-It couldn't be called "the greatest hits" its gotta be called something.
HBD- SWEET, the band SWEET. Are you talking about the band SWEET ?
AMY-Oh, the band SWEET. I've never heard them, are they good?
HBD -You've heard them. They do "Ballroom Blitz", "Hell Raiser", "Fox
on the Run". They sound like QUEEN but not as homosexual, ya know.
AMY- I was listening to QUEEN tonight, me and Brendan were doing the
opera part together.
HBD-What are you doing for money?
AMY-I live off grants and loans so I pay rent off and I guess Brandon
and Hunter are going to be paying a lot of bills. And I have my sweet
daddy, he's awesome. Can you believe I'm 30 and he's still doing this?
HBD-Uh, me too.
AMY-How do you do it? Is it the cute little smile? Is it the baby syndrome?
HBD- I guess, I'm the baby of my family but I'm trying to get my shit
together, be able to stand alone.
AMY-My dad is suffering from the "only kid" syndrome.
HBD-But it's not like he's skipping meals to get you through college,
AMY- Oh, by no means, he can afford it. He's a good man. He bought me
my last car and I parked it in front of my house and somebody hit and
ran at 3 in the frickin' morning. I was in bed and I heard the bang
and I didn't get up, I was like, "It's really not me." and then at 7A.M.
the cops were at my door. Somebody had knocked my car up on the hill
in front of my house. They hit it hard as shit. It happens. I'm without
a car but the dean of the school picks me up every morning.
AMY-Yea, 'cuz I'm so cute.
HBD-Yea. So Jayson's really married? What's her name?
AMY- Yea, it bums me out. Becky.
HBD-So does he have a home with a phone?
AMY-Yea, but they haven't even given me the number. I think they cut
off half the world. The only people that have the number are the guys
in his band. Keith, that bass player kid. He's missing half of his leg,
did you hear about that?
HBD-What do you mean?
AMY-This is crazy. He was driving his motorcycle down the road and he
saw something or he hit something and he started skidding down the road
and it skidded the bottom half of his leg off. He was going pretty fuckin'
fast I would think, It skidded all the way up to his knee. (HBD-OUCH!!!)
So now he has this really weird foot-iron-rod. It's really kinda neat,
you can't even tell, he's like totally cool. But sometimes he'll take
it off and like hop, it's funny. For some sick reason I thought it was
sexy, hoppin' around on one leg. It's like, "He's hopping around on
one leg, imagine what else he can do", You know?
HBD-Yea, you gotta get him. Are you smoking weed still?
HBD-What else? No more pills?
Amy-Nah, I cut back. A couple pain pills every once and a while. No
more zanix, I can't hang any more, I'm gettin' old. I can't stand waking
up and not remembering. Well, you want to know the truth?
HBD-This sounds good, yea.
AMY-I'll tell you the truth. I went to sleep, this was a few months
ago. I had only taken a couple because I had to go to school the next
day. So I woke up at 7A.M. and Brandon's standing over me and he had
taken 40 of the pills. He had broken into the convenience store and
robbed them of all their beer and cigarettes, he didn't remember a thing.
He went to jail for a few weeks.
HBD-But you had some free stuff, right?
AMY-No, the cops confiscated it all, I didn't get shit and Brandon was
in jail, I was like, "Oh no, this fuckin' sucks."
HBD -Sounds like a party.
AMY-Not for me! He had a good time. The only reason he got caught is
because he told the James the crackhead, he's only got one eye but he's
really nice. He told him behind the store and the fat crackhead around
the corner overheard it and called "crime stoppers" and collected 100
dollars. Brandon was on TV. Needless to say, I had no zanix left and
I thought, "Well, maybe I've gotten away with more than most people
HBD -Yea, the past couple parties on 4th street I've been way to out
of control. If it was just that I wouldn't mind at all but I got a girlfriend
now and I love my friends and I don't want to hurt them. You know Tony-JAG-OFFS
next door. I spray painted his room and told everyone that he shit the
toilet seat and you know .. He's trying to bang chicks, that doesn't
help. It's stuff I wouldn't have done if I wasn't so wasted. You know,
you wake up and you've hurt your friends. It's not cool, it hurts, it
AMY-Tony's cool .. But he shit the seat?
HBD-Yea, he shit Titos bathroom. Titos gone right now. He's on tour
with FISHBONE, he's a tour monster. So I'm kinda sad right now because
I've been drinking to much but it's cool, I've slowed down. AMY-Yea,
You better. I still drink but I'm nicer.
HBD-I only drank half a bottle of wine lastnight with Ana, we were just
kicking back. I try to keep it to a six-pack now a days.
AMY-I think that's a safe number to go with.
HBD-But then you always want more.
AMY-Are you the same as I am? Like, once you start...
HBD-Yea, you don't want to stop.
AMY-I'm suffering from that same thing. I think it's called alcoholism.
I think we're all in denial and I'm cool with that. I'd rather deny
it than be stuck with it.
HBD -Well, I never thought I had a problem with it until now and so
I'm doing things about it. I've been working a lot more, skateboarding
a lot more.
AMY-You should skate more, is Todd skating at all?
HBD-Um, no. But I just finished building a ramp in my backyard and he's
already stopped by so he might be shredding in no time.
AMY-You know what. I was looking through a Thrasher and I saw Todd and
Sean and Tony and the tour van, the "General Pee" It must have been
an old issue. How's Sean doing?
HBD-He's doing cool, he's got a hot chick and a really good job. He
makes Matchless Amps for really cool people. He's rolling in dough,
saving tons of money.
AMY-What about the JAG-OFFS?
HBD-I don't know, they are lazy.
AMY-They worse than us?
HBD-Yea, I assume, you don't tour, right?
AMY-Yea, I guess we have something in common. It's not my fault goddamn
it! You gotta talk to Jayson. I want to but he's not into this shit,
man. I don't know what to do. I really want to play and I'm thinking
we can just start over, write new stuff. We can do that. I can't get
him to come to. I talk to him all the time, don't even get me goin'.
He's totally, "Well, I don't know." You know how he is. You know what
it is, I think his wife hates me.
HBD-Is she the same one that you..
AMY-Yea, she's that one.
HBD-Then why wouldn't she hate you
AMY -I guess, yea. Why wouldn't she hate me. I put her through hell,
she put me through hell. I gave her shit, she gave me shit. We never
got along, why get along now.
HBD-Did you ever fight her?
AMY-I tried, I fought with the girl before her, yea. I should've been
more like, "Oh, this is fun, bring her with us on tour. I won't hurt
them, I swear to God." So, whenever Jayson shows up he has Scooter with
him 'cuz he knows I won't talk to him. Scooter is the drummer of his
HBD-Is he good?
AMY-UM, whenever the Grumpies first started he played with Steve and
a couple other people and they were pretty good and stuff.
HBD- Scooter was the first Grumpies drummer?
AMY-No, we had Vince. Scooter and Steve started another punk band after
WHITETRASH SUPERMAN broke up. Like Whitetrash broke up and Jayson and
I went one way and Steve went another way and Jayson and Scooter played
together so Jayson went with Steve and played and Vince went with us
and played. Well, Scooter and Jayson started this new band witch is
kinda a country thing and that band that Scooter and Steve broke off
was a country band and now Jayson has gone over to the country thing.
HBD-Are you the only punker left in Mississippi?
AMY-Well, I got Brandon and then I got Austin and he's pretty cool.
But Brandon and I play a lot of other stuff and Hunter's moving down
here this month and then we're going to start playing again. I have
a feeling this is going to go real good. It's sorta Grumpiesish but
it's completely different. Its more street-ghetto.
HBD- What, are you guys rappin'?
AMY-No! It's punk but to be quite frank, I like it better than the Grumpies.
Jayson would always knock my vocals, he would say I have no vocal control.
So I have more Vocal freedom, nobody gets on me about it. Jayson's like
overwhelmingly controlling. It's like, Greg and I thought the record
sounded fine but Jayson freaked out brought it home and fucked it up.
So this band is like the Grumpies but it's more like RUBBERBAND , have
you heard them?
Amy-I'll send you a tape we got this one song. It's going to make you
fall in love. I'm being serious.
HBD-But I'm already in love.
AMY-No, you'll be in love with the song.
HBD-So how did you come up with the name for the band?
AMY-I was listening to SLOPPY SECONDS and I said, "This is annoying,
annoya, annoya." I don't like Sloppy Seconds. Do you like 'em?
HBD-I don't know, I never really heard them. I don't listen to as much
music as people think. 'Cuz, you know, "Oh the Recess guy, he probably
listens to all this stuff."
AMY-Ok, I'm going to go now because there's all this drama between the
bird and the dog.
HBD-Oh is that what all that noise is. Are you going to send me that
tape or CD thing?
AMY-What's the address?
HBD-Just send it to RECESS.
AMY-I don't remember it, is it 1112?
HBD-You don't have one record, What, did you sell 'em?
HBD-What about your record?
AMY-Can you do me a favor and send me my record? And I want Dance My
Dunce, do you still have those?
HBD-Sure, its a full on record company.
AMY-Can you send me a happy package, sticker and accessories. Things
that make me smile.
HBD-A picture of me and Todd fucking? Amy-Yea, that would make me real