|Sami Yaffa - New York Dolls/Michael Monroe - Interview Exclusive|
|Written by Raquel F|
|Thursday, 08 April 2010 05:00|
If ever anyone wanted to break into ÜRHQ and steal the promo of the new FM album then this week would be the best time. Why? Because we are all going to see, potentially, the gig of the year - Michael Monroe at Islington O2 Academy.
Friend of Über Röck Todd Youth may not be involved anymore but we can certainly live with his replacement, Steve Conte! And, without even touching on our love for all things Ginger(!), we will be seeing two members of one of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands to ever walk the face of this planet - Michael Monroe and Sami Yaffa.
Of course, that's not cool enough for Yaffa. He returns to London a couple of weeks later with the legendary New York Dolls. In anticipation of this pair of righteous rock shows, our Spanish vixen Raquel F managed to squeeze a quick chat out of Sami for your reading pleasure!
It's good - busy as hell with New York Dolls, Michael Monroe and Mad Juana, waiting for cloning to become reality.
I always heard the low rumble first and could hum bass lines - I always loved a big bottom and thought bass was the coolest instrument there was.
Jamming with Hubert Sumlin (Howlin Wolf's guitar player); sitting in a van listening to David Johansen tell a joke for two hours; seeing Sylvain Sylvain play up close; seeing the damage Brian "Fancypants" Delancey did in Glasgow after ten shots of whisky - pukesville......they're the best things. The worst? I can't say there's been anything bad with the Dolls in the past six years.
We just did a UK tour in December with the Dolls, hence just the one gig this time. We are doing some territories that we haven't done in a while which is fun and I'm looking forward to it. We are taking it a little easy on the touring front this year after five years of pretty non-stop travelling, also writing some new material for the next album.
It's cool as hell! Michael and I have always stayed in contact and have remained very good friends through the years. We talked about maybe re-releasing the Demolition 23 album and putting the band back together a while back. I met with Michael in Finland last summer when the Dolls came through and he ended up jamming 'Personality Crisis' and 'Hey Bo Diddley' with us, which was a blast. After the gig we talked about doing something together and started looking for other players last Fall.
I played a private/illegal party with Johnny and Jerry back in '86 in Stockholm, Sweden. Got paid a nice chunk a money up front so I went and bought some fine Italian shoes. Later that night upon entering the cellar/venue a mohawk-haired punk bastard puked on 'em and ruined 'em! After the show the police raided the club, we got away through the back door and ended up spending the rest of the night in a gay club in Stockholm with my puke encrusted Italian shoes.....
Your musical career has been quite amazing, you have played in and with some of the best punk/rock bands ever - how happy are you in a scale from 0 to 1 million?
I'm doing what I love to do and have been blessed with the musicians I've had and have a chance to play with.....happy as a pig in shit.
Karmen and I have spilt up but continue with Mad Juana. The music we make is our own music unlike anything or anyone else around, we use ALL the influences and sounds we have loved and love to create this weird hybrid that is Mad Juana music. Spain played a big part in it in opening up the possibility to use mainly acoustic instruments for what we do.
Loved Joan, Thommy and Dougie (The Blackhearts) - it was a great year and a half. I have nothing but huge respect for the lady, a class act and one of a kind. She's still out there, touring her tush off as usual, hardest working lady in R'n'R biz! I haven't had time to go to movies for a loooong time so I'll probably wait and see when it gets in rotation in airplanes...
I think they would be up for a very difficult movie, as we were Finns, with the language, culture, sense of humour etc...... Sometimes movies about bands can be very, very cheesy and difficult to make - I haven't seen one yet that I liked. I would say Brad Pitt should play me!
From the old ones, 'Jet Boy' - the song is epic! From the new ones, 'Dance Like A Monkey'
I've been in love and infatuated with Gogol Bordello for years and it's not fading....
Über Röck spies will be infiltrating both the Michael Monroe and New York Dolls London shows this month so, if you can't make it to the rock show, you can read all about what you missed right here!!!!