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As a label, you have to treat every group and every record as a unique entity. I think that that has been our success, rather than relying upon a fan base.
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Black Flag was formed in 1977. We first recorded in 1978.
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I didn't have a lot of overtly political songs. I think it was more the actions of the group that were threatening to the authorities, and also our political philosophies apart from the music.
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I didn't want to wait around for some business entity to come around and give me money and tell me what to do. We just started releasing records as best we could.
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I don't talk a lot about the things that happened because people don't believe that stuff from rock bands. There are so many bands who play bad-boy and are completely phony. They weaken the impact of the people who do real things that the authorities are actually afraid of.
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I had business experience. I had made my living designing and building electronic equipment. Basic business was not new to me, but the music business was completely new to me. I knew nothing about distribution, or any of those things.
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I like a lot of electronica. I like older jazz rather than newer.
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I listen to everything that comes in. I'm not real worried about demo sound quality. I can hear through that sort of thing. If a band can play, then they can play.
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I still think the best metal bands have a blues feel. The first Black Sabbath album is kind of a bludgeoning of blues. Deep Purple also started out as a blues band.
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I think it's a misconception that SST has a certain kind of fan base. So much of the music that we do has different audiences, and I didn't see the same people at all of the gigs, even early on.
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I'm not that nostalgic. I've never seen any punk band reunions - although maybe I'd go if they were playing new music.
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If people are really excited about their music, and that's their primary motivation, then that comes through in demo tapes. That's the most important ingredient.
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In LA you have all of these record companies, and the bands feel that if they can hold out, they can get this big record deal.
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It took us two years to get our first real gig. That was a big dream. We ended up booking a lot of our own gigs and putting on a lot of our own shows. We were trying to get our actual music across, trying to make a connection there.
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Most good things happen with time; especially music, which needs time to breathe and to find its own way.
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Most of my writing has been about personal areas rather than political grandstanding.
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People from major labels were afraid to go to Black Flag gigs throughout most of the band's existence. They treated our gigs as something threatening. I'm sure that it probably was. They probably had reasons to be scared.
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Punk rock really came out of N.Y. as a philosophy before the groups were ever recorded. I had a kind-of intellectual interest in the idea of creating a new scene that could be a grassroots thing.
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Putting out the things that I like best hasn't been the easiest way to run a label, and it still isn't because it requires finding an audience for each record.
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SST was formed to put out the first Black Flag record. Basically, there wasn't anyone else to do it. I felt that what I was doing with Black Flag was very worthwhile, and I wanted to get it out there.
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Stores can be indifferent to something new.
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The biggest disappointment has been seeing the number of people in this business with very shortsighted views.
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The English scene got more media attention with their emphasis on fashion, with the safety pins and all. There were some really good bands over there. The Sex Pistols were great.
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The last thing that I want to do is to hold on to some 30-something rock bands that are way beyond their creative peaks.
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The Minutemen were seen as more of an art thing than Black Flag, although I didn't see them that way. It confused people when we put out Saccharine Trust, too.
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The public is usually slow to catch on to new things, and it's important that musicians stick to their guns and not look for that instant gratification.
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The REM and Nirvana successes don't mean much to me except as a potential distraction for bands who want to cash in on the trend. Don't try to sound like someone else. REM and Nirvana don't sound like anyone else.
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The small companies who feel that the majors are a threat, or are predators, will use that as an excuse for their eventual downfall. Don't blame others for your own inadequacies.
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There are several books out on punk history, but I haven't read any of them. I was there.
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There aren't enough people who are scaring the kind of people who work at these record companies.
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There's not much music I'll listen to if it doesn't have pretty heavy swing. Rhythm is so important. Punk rock would have more power and feeling if it had swing.
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We aren't as concerned about the live aspect as other labels. The best live bands are the easiest to record.
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We didn't tour Europe until 1981. We hadn't heard the English punk bands. Our influences were the Stooges and Black Sabbath.
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We had a lot of riots. We came under attack from many of the police departments. It certainly wasn't some publicity thing. I was afraid for many years. We couldn't play in LA for many years. A lot of people got very cynical.
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We were excited when we sold our first 10 records. I always felt that if we could get the music out there, and if people became accustomed to it, then a substantial number of them would enjoy it.
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We weren't very fashion-oriented. We had long hair at all of the wrong times; we had short hair at all of the wrong times. Our clothing didn't fit into any kind of N.Y. thing.
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We're not good at propping up old carcasses. We want to be on top of what's vital at any particular time, and not just hold onto something because it has a name.
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We've gotten involved in cat rescue - we take them in and find homes for them. I've always loved cats. I saw how homeless cats were living out there. We take them in, put out flyers.
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We've never had any gigantic hits, or anything like that. Perhaps that has helped us because nothing has come easy. We've had to work consistently.
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We've never signed anyone to a long-term deal because we don't want to work with anyone who doesn't want to be here.
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When the Minutemen opened for Black Flag shows, people hated them. We had to develop a Minutemen audience from different people.
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When we released our record there really wasn't any support in LA aside from Slash magazine. We were outside of that trendy, fashion-punk scene that they espoused. We booked gigs by just calling clubs.
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You have a very creative period which generates a name for the band, followed by a long decline where the band tries to cash in on the name.
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You have to keep the business side together as well as the creative side. We have constantly surprised people and stayed with bands until they have grown on people.
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