Dead Mexican in my Headphones – Soilwork Plays Hams & Organs – Column

Dead Mexican in my Headphones

by Martin Popoff
illustrations by Jonathan Ian Mathers

Phil Lewis from L.A. Guns…
“I like a dead Mexican in my headphones and I’m ready to go.”

I interview rock guys two, three times a week. I use voice recognition software to transcribe these interviews. Works like this: I tape the phone conversation, then take the tape and speak my questions and their answers into a headset and voila, it’s a transcribed text file. It doesn’t always come out as planned though. Fun game: Repeat the wrongness out loud and you might be able to figure out what the guy actually said. Here are some of the more memorable miscues. More than a few of these gems ring truer than the actual words spoken…


Peter from Soilwork compares the band’s last two albums…
“The vocals and the keyboards; that’s something that’s different on this one. The keyboards are a little more modern or fresh, although we’re using Moog keyboards and ham and organs and shit like that.”


Jens Johansson on recording Stratovarius’ Elements Pt. 1
“I think the only difference from the previous records is that from the outset, we said we weren’t going to compromise on anything this time. If it takes Texan mountain days to do this, we’ll just let it drag on.”


Jens Johansson on the early days in Yngwie’s band…
“We had the bass player there already and we had to move house and there were a lot of problems; we got evicted actually, from the house. And they set tours up and we had to start playing digs and rehearsing for cakes.”

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