Peter November 2006
Not long back from a terrific trip to Brazil with the
group, and at last
i've managed to answer your interview questions (well,
most of them I
I was in a bit of a late night "wacky" mood when I did
this, so please don't
take me too seriously. If there are any gaps in the
answers that you would
like to fill, please visit the "Interview" & "Biog"
Interview printed below and attached as a "word"
All The Best
Jo Callis (The Rezillos)
When did you start to play in the first place?
-I started playing when I was about 16, The Rezillos
started playing together
Why did you start to play again?
-I¹ve never stopped playing in one way or another, but
the band reformed by
request for the 2001 Edinburgh Hogmanay celebrations in
gardens in Edinburgh.
Please tell me a little about every member, age,
family, interests, work
and something bad about every one?
-Aha- many of these facts you require are of a highly
and are only held on file by the British government,
suffice it to say, the
members of The Rezillos have families of ancient
heritage, they have many
and varied interests and their work is akin to that of
Satan himself. As for
something bad, well they are all utter swines, except
for myself, -I am a
Have you had many lineup changes in the group?
-There have been many changes over the many Moons of
our existence and indeed
our non-existance, but there can only be five, and
those five must
successfully combine at the correct point in space and
time to form The Cult
You once was named Revillos, why did you change the
-Don¹t even start me on that one!
Is it more fun to play nowadays or was it more fun in
-What is this “fun” you speak of? -The self
gratification of indulgent group
Although it can be more “fun” to be young, only The
Ancient Ones can
understand the true meaning of “fun”, and the
appreciation of it, the
seeking of it for it¹s own hedonistic sake and the
sucking of it dry at each
and every opertunity in order to satiate their gluttony
for it, for so it is
written: “If they did not think that the future held
even more fun than has
already been had, then surely they would cease their
activities and persue a
normal form of existance?”
You sing about Venus, Flying saucer attack and so
on...have you ever
done any political song?
-The song “Cold Wars” prophesied the end of the Cold
War between the
countries of The NATO Alliance and The Warsaw Pact,
which terrified many of
this planets inhabitants for several decades after The
Great Patriotic War
against the Axis forces of evil. The cessation of the
threat of nuclear
hostilities between those great powers was in part
brought about by ³spy
satellites² and ³orbiting weapons platforms² as
referred to in the song, I
quote: ³The Satellites of doom, Orbit beyond The Moon,
The comrades and the
free, Now face redundancy². Is this not now a political
The “Cold War” has now been replaced by “The War On
Terror” so we are all
allowed to continue living in fear, unfortunately I
was not able to
prophesy this conflict in song.
Music and politics , does it goes hand in hand?
-Politics goes hand in hand with all things in life my
Best political band?
-ABBA, - tremble at the power of their message!
Many punkbands are political in some way, how does
people take your
-Pah!! They speak of politics, they speak of anarchy,
yet they would not get
off their arses to vote in an election, i¹ll wager.
The people take our lyrics as the deranged rantings of
disturbed, yet they like to sing along to the chorus¹.
What does punk mean to you, is it only a word or is it
-It is both insult and accolade, it is simultaneously
pride and shame, it is
pink with one letter different, it is a good way to
shut people up in the
Which is the most important punksong ever done?
-White Riot, because everybody wants a riot of their
own, ...well I do
And the most important punkband except your band?
-The New York Dolls of course
Is there any good bands in England today?
What do you know about Sweden? What´s typical swedish?
-Even though we are decended from great Nordic warriors
ourselves, we know
little of your country and its ways, We have visited
your shores, We have
been to IKEA, We know of the greatness of ABBA, We hear
of the fairness of
your maidens, The magnitude of your healthcare services
and we marvel at
your love of wood, but otherwise things are a
smorgasboard of enchanting
Have you heard any swedish bands worth to mention?
-No, ...well maybe ABBA
Have you ever been here and played? When will you come
here the next
-I have played in Stockholm when I was a member of The
Human League, The
Rezillos have played in Norway but not in Sweden, so we
look forward to
visiting your lands one day.
I wanna be your man s one of your covers, have you done
or do you
do any more covers right now?
-We started out doing covers, and we still like to do
one or two. At the
moment we do Edwin Starrs “25 Miles” and The Velvet
Light White Heat” -and, oh, we do like that.
Not any new songs on it´s way?
-Yes, we have several new songs, and several on the
New album soon?
-We wish, verily we wish
Which of your songs is the most frequent one?
-As in most played live or most performed in the media?
well I would suspect
“Top Of The Pops²”would be played most frequently on
the radio, and the
others as frequently as we perform.
Which of your songs is your own favourite?
-To have a favourite is to exalt one above all others,
a true master cannot
do this to his children. As he must walk each and every
step on the journey
to his destination, so he must love all his children
equally or else he
cannot know the beauty and strength of their diversity,
Please rank your five favourite concerts, five
favourite records and
five most important things in life?
-Oh really, ...must I? how simply tiresome
First, last and most expensive record ever bought?
Most embarrassing record in your collection?
-“Can´t Stand The Rezillos”
Which type of audience comes to your concert?
-The old, the new, the borrowed, the blue. The wild,
the free, the fast and
the furious. the lost and the found.
Where is the best place to play?
-Oh its all good ...well mostly it is.
Futureplans with the band?
-Shows, Records, Wild Parties, The Fellowship of The
Rezillo. For this is our
way, this is our destiny, ...at least we hope so.
For yourself as a human being?
-To survive and flourish, like the wild orchid thriving
in the desert as
others parch and crumble to dust around it, withering
in the incessant heat
for which they have no defence,”No shade, no shade”
they cry, “The heat, the
terrible heat...”. I remain therefore in the kitchen, I
can stand the heat.
Well, failing that, just to have a good time and try to
be nice to people I
Something to add?
-A calculator ?
Jo Callis November 2006