The Lounge Lizards were relating with a tradition and it was like I was playing within a musical context. The guitar playing stood out as being different in some way. That was a real education for me.
It was a turning point in the sense that as a scene, we can up with a lot of new ideas.
I had this idea for a while to do mix this Al Green vibe with a samba thing. I tried to do that in many different ways. Peter added his own modern notion of funk and his own deep background in classical music.
There was a generation of people who moved here to make something of themselves. They had to really struggle and created really something on their own apart from a lot of attention. It was a really exciting time here.
We were really interested in music from all over the world. We realized that what we were doing was very close to contemporary classical music because of the lack of tonality in the guitar- the fact that I play guitar the way I play.
I had friends in this band called Mars and they used to play a lot.
It was very interesting for me because DNA made music without much technical knowledge at all.
My parents were missionaries - I was born in the States but I grew up in Brazil.
Playing with Kip I definitely learned a lot playing with these incredible guys and hearing them.
The period right before punk rock where people like Lou Reed and Iggy Pop were really strong.
Years ago when DNA was going on, I produced a record in Italy but I didn't think I'd do another one.
Certainly since then many people have taken a lot of those ideas and ridden them for years and years and made careers out of them. Part of that is willingness to do the kind of work that I wasn't willing to do. Get into a van and cover the country.
I just had this notion that I wanted to do the most extreme thing I could and I also very consciously wanted to do something that was very different from Mars because we were all very close.
It was a scene in the sense that we were all close and we all knew each other before the different bands had really formed. We used to rehearse in the same place.
Then the early punk rock period with Television and the Ramones. That's what I loved- that's what I was listening to immediately prior to when I started to play.
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