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JJJ: AUSTRALIA, JANUARY 1997: KIM THAYIL
transcribed by Justin Nicholls

Interviewer: Costa

Costa: Now you guys have been playing together for quite awhile, is there anyone who you may have aspired to or really admired as you were growing up, have you ever ended up playing with them... at a festival or anything like that?

Kim: Well, the Big Day Out a few years back here we were playing with the Ramones. That was incredible, incredible experience and we have become friends since then, and we got them on the bill this last Lollapalooza bill. Metallica wanted us on the bill and we wanted the Ramones on the bill and once again we struck up a pretty nice relationship between them and us. That was definitely something. We've been invited by Kiss a number of times to open for them, but the one thing is that half our band liked Kiss when we were growing up and the other half hated them. They were on of those love 'em or hate 'em type bands and that's exactly what we got, so it's kinda hard to get a consensus as far as opening for them. I wouldn't mind it.

Costa: When did you decide to pick up a guitar?

Kim: I think it was when I was about sixteen...

Costa: Why?

Kim: Because I became a Kiss fan (laughter). I thought "Wait a minute, I think I could do this." I was always going to get away with the make-up part of it. What I always liked were the songs, they seemed simple enough. If these guys can do it, I can do it.

Costa: And here you are and they're still going.

Kim: Right.

Costa: Have you got a guitar hero? Is there someone that you aspire...

Kim: I always liked Ace Frehley. But then, like, Johnny Ramone and Fred "Sonic" Smith and Wayne Kramer of the MC5, for awhile I was into Johnny Thunders. Of course the Voidoids...

Costa: Yeah, there's another track that you've picked here...

Kim: Robert Klein and Eddie Von Hooly (?), those two guitarists together were pretty amazing. I don't know if you remember a band called Television.

Costa: Yeah.

Kim: Television had a great two guitar attack. It was beautiful, primarily melodic, and the two guitars just wove around each other in a way which I thought was pretty sophisticated without being pretentious or over the top or indulgent. They weren't one of these musicians who would say something like "I'm influenced by Jimmy Page and Johann Sebastian Bach," (laughter) they were just themselves and they played this great stuff. Well the Voidoids were a similar tandem of guitars, but they were faster and a bit more reckless, and that appealed to me. As a matter of fact Richard Hell was the original bass player in Television.