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|1997-03-08||||Roland West - Live 105 Program Director|
|Live 105's 10th Annual Listener Appreciation Party
March 8, 1997 - Concourse Exhibition Center, San Francisco
by DJ/Programming Director Roland West
Roland West: Hi! It's the lovely and talented Poe. Put on some headphones, pull up a microphone and join us for a bit of conversation.
POE: Hello hello, how are you doing, let's converse.
RW: OK. Where should we start? What do you want to talk about?
POE: Let's start with your dress.
RW: My dress? Do you like it?
POE: The audience is applauding you.
RW: It's a sequin number, it's the only one that fits me, really
POE: It's gorgeous.
RW: What have you been up to?
POE: Oh, we've been touring and working on some music for an Activision game called Apocalypse.
RW: Uh-huh, are you a big gamer?
POE: Yeah, I get to play the Plague in this one.
RW: You're the character The Plague? How is that done?
POE: Well the evil Reverend transmutes his energy into the four deadly horsemen of the Apocalypse: death, famine, war, and the plague, and I control all pop culture!
RW: Oh my god, is this like a Doom kinda thing?
POE: Totally, only Bruce Willis is the lead!
RW: Did you get to work with him, or was this done like separately?
POE: No, cause they all do it separately, yeah. I actually haven't shot it yet, but I'm going to do that.
RW: Can you do your plague voice?
POE: Well...it's kinda like it is now, really hoarse!
RW: You don't do any special character then.
POE: I don't know, I haven't done it yet, I think it will evolve. I'm not sure, I don't even know my lines yet.
RW: It seems like you're constatly on tour. When are you guys going to take a break, what's the deal here? I mean you wouldn't be so hoarse if you had a break every now and then.
POE: Oh stop being so rational. You're a man.
RW: I can't help that.
POE: We're taking a break soon. We're going to go back to LA tonight, and then take a little time off and think about whether we want to stop and make a record or release another single, we're not sure.
RW: I'm sure that the powers that be want you to make another record.
POE: Yeah, they're not sure though.
RW: Really, why are they not sure they want you to make another record??
POE: No they do, but they think they want us to probably tour more and release another single.
RW: Yeah, what would that be? I mean the original single we played at Live 105 was Trigger Happy Jack, and I know I've talked to some of the record people--they want us to focus on that again.
POE: We're not gonna do that. I don't see the point. The people that got it early got it early.
RW: Ok. *We* got it early!
POE: And you guys rule.
RW: Yeah, no, you rule. Thanks for coming down, I know Alex is just enamored with you, every time you come on, he loves you to death.
POE: He is the coolest. I'm making a movie about him, in my head.
RW: Really, what's it going to be called?
POE: It's called, uh, Donuts and Coffee, and it's also about, um, Dr. Drew and Adam from Loveline. It's going to be the alternative talk show host movie.
RW: Isn't Dr. Drew the greatest? I worked with him ages ago in Los Angeles.
POE: I love that guy. And I love Adam too, he's got the quickest wit.
Toby (accented): How you feel about being on Live 105, live on the air?
POE: This is my bass player Toby calling.
Toby: You like this?
POE: I like it very much. I like your accent better.
RW: Take over Toby, you want to do some more?
POE: Do the interview, Toby!
Jones: My name is Jones, and I'm just waiting to get into the inflateable
jumping house up front, so uh...
POE: That's Jones, my drummer.
POE: Yeah, last night Toby took a leap into the front of the bus window from the inside, missed the stair with his foot, and broke the entire window. With his hard, fat head.
RW: Oh you got a lump there, look at that.
POE: He has nothing, compared to the fall. He's got the hardest head on the planet. I would be dead.
RW: Where were you guys coming from last night?
POE: Well Toby certainly won't remember, but I think it was Las Vegas, perfect place to be wild.
RW: What's your favorite place to play? What town do you like, love coming to?
POE: I love coming to San Francisco actually, to run around, but I hate to say this, but the kickingest shows I've done have been Austin, Texas and Cleveland. Austin's amazing, and the crowds are just insane.
RW: Your last show here was I think at Bimbo's, I thought it sounded great.
POE: Yeah, it was a blast. I loved that show. Those are really the top 3, and I'm not just saying that.
RW: And where are you off to next? Sign some autographs, meet your fans? Do you like that part?
POE: I do actually, I've made some really cool friends along the way, from exactly that. And I make these friends and then they're always in the front row of the shows and I know them all, and it's cool.
RW: That's what I notice at the Bimbo's show, more than anything else, there's like just this whole group, you had your own little fan club right there, knew all the words, waiting for you to do all the certain tricks and jump out, et cetera.
POE: Actually, some of them have started a club on the Internet called the Angry Psychos, at www.poe.org, and 30 of them flew from all over the country yesterday to Las Vegas, and they had these Angry Psycho t-shirts on, clothes, hats, buttons, more than the label's ever given me. But they're the ones that called me and said "I heard you're playing Vegas and San Francisco" and I said when? They know before I know, so if anyone's interested in that, it's pretty cool, not just cause of me, because they're really cool people.
RW: That's the unofficial Poe page?
POE: I'm making it the official one. It kicks Atlantic's butt, I just have to say, it's true.
RW: Do you have any input into your page?
POE: Yeah, I'm on it all the time. They created this little special handle for me so I can't be impersonated, and I dropped in at like 2 in the morning the other night, and there was one guy there named PlatRat, who's going to prison on Monday, so we gave him tickets to Las Vegas, and he flew in, got snowed in in Chicago, and made the show by a half an hour. But you know, these are the stories you remember for the rest of your life, so I'm on there all the time, it's a great site. And they have links to a lot of other cool stuff.
RW: Fabulous web talk.
POE: Well, you're wearing a pocket protector, so you shouldn't talk.
RW: In my sequined dress, ladies and gentlemen, go and figure that one out.
RW: Did you say what the next single's gonna be, or did we even...
POE: I think it might be "Fly Away" but we might release it in conjunction with an EP that has all the live versions like the live versions of Johnny that haven't been available, and all that stuff on it.
RW: You're so different on stage than you are on the record.
POE: That's why I wanna release the EP with all the band versions, so they're all out there, cause we really evolved over the last year, into something else. I think we'll keep doing that though, now we're doing all these weird dance mixes of "Hello" just cause we're bored with this!
RW: Who's doing that, are you guys remixing yourselves...
POE: Some of it ourselves, and then this other guy, E-Smoov...but you know what people don't understand is if you play the same songs for a year, you want to reinvent them, to keep them fresh so it's fun to do all these weird things but I figure we should put them out now cause there's so many of them.