My first band here T. Far too many people associate Cooper with the pathetic cabaret he becames in the late seventies. The Alice Cooper band Me & Gene - Deniz Tek - Take It To The Vertical (CD ''74 were some of Detroit's finest. If you know not of what I speak, then look 'em up. They were a great hard rock band. Prior to coming to this country in Deniz Tek had grown up in that same U. So I had to know,did the young Deniz actually get to see any of these Detroit luminaries in their prime?
I grew up in Ann Arbor which was kind of the hot bed of it all. I usedd to go with my friends and I saw the Stooges a few times.
The MC5 were local heroes, and they used to have free concert every Sunday afternoon in Gallop Park and they'd usually have one famous Album) act and it'd be someone like Johnny Winter or Savoy Brown or somethin' like that and all the local bands would get up and play and you'd have like six bands in one afternoon.
The SRC always played there. He was always really humble and a regular guy until - "Journey to The center Of The Mind" came out and then you couldn't talk to him anymore.
He became the Ted we all know now overnight laughs. But he was kind of a joke. People'd take the piss out of him all the time. But he was a hell of a guitar player! I remember a time when Birdman too were written off as mere copyists and revivalists, rehashing old Stooges and MC5 riffs and ideas. But just as the Black Crowes ' first album far outsold its alleged influences like "Exile Me & Gene - Deniz Tek - Take It To The Vertical (CD Main Street"so too are there arguably many people around Australia who are more familiar with Radio Birdman than the Stooges.
But therein lies a purpose to all this We didn't conciously try imitate the Stooges or the MC5but obviously we were big fans and if anybody talked to us and asked us what sorta stuff we were listening to, Me & Gene - Deniz Tek - Take It To The Vertical (CD, or if anyone came over to our house or our parties or anything, that's what they found out.
You take that inspiration and you rework it in something else. You filter it through your own experiences and abilities and it turns into something new. Then when people fimd out where you got your inspiration from they can go back and discover those records and it' s great. It opens up communication through time. Like I never found out about Robert Johnson and Elmore James until I got it from listenin' to Stones ' records and read their interviews which said where they got that stuff from.
Then I went back and found out about Elmore and it opend up a whole new world. So I think it's a valuable service. The entire back catalogue of Radio Birdman recordings are finally being re-released in full, rather than in compilation form as in the put. And at a budget price! For some reason tape stock from that era, the late seventies, is all falling apart now. We remastered The Visitors album the other day, took it up to EMI, put the tapes on the machine and these oxide flakes kept coming off the tapes and the machines kept slowing down So all those old tapes are disintegrating for good " Whilst we continue to breakfast just across the road from the hotel that was once the legendary Oxford Funhousescene of all those halcyon Birdman gigs, I ask Deniz if he sees much of his other old cohorts these days.
I went out drinkin' with Pip Hoyle last night. Pip 's in the video Run Out Of Water -as Chris can't play guitar and keykards at the same time Album) showed up to fill in. And I had dinner with Rob the other night Rob Younger seems to hold a particular place in the heart of Deniz Tek. There's a deep respect there that goes well beyond nostalgia for youthfull glory He's incredible with words, he can just throw one-liners out original, all night long off the top of his head, Album).
I've always thought that the perfect next career for Robwhen he's finished with music, is to be a talk show host! He'd be very confronting and funny at the same time, he'd be great. It looks as if is turning into another busy year for him: Radio Birdman are touring Australia in June, followed by a three-week European tour, and in September, Tek is releasing his sixth solo album.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest. Topics Music Cult heroes. Pop and rock Punk Sydney features. Reuse this content. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Show 25 25 50 All. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Radio Birdman Below is another re-print of an old interview — this time with Radio Birdman's Chris 'Klondike' Masuak. This interview was conducted with Klondike in and was originally published that year. Since that time, Klondike has continued gigging and recording, most notable with Birdman and a re-formed Hitmen.
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