Murderdolls : Wednesday 13
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cc: So is the new CD - a cover of Billy Idol's White Wedding - going to take Murderdolls to the next level?

W13: Ahh, possibly . . . and there's nothing wrong with that because - and I'll tell anybody y'know - Murderdolls have had a lot of success in the UK and have risen up since the beginning, but I didn't start a fuckin' band to be unknown and sit in a bedroom. Y'know I grew up idolising Kiss and bands that were all over the place - dolls everywhere. That's what rock 'n' roll is to me. It's not selling out. You wanna be successful, you want everybody in the world to hear you. I haven't been home in nearly a year. I've put my family on hold and I'm out busting my ass. Of course I want to get as much success as I possibly can. I want it all. And if I'm a sell-out for wanting to be successful then fuck off! And it's not selling out because we're doing what we want to do.
    It would be typical for us to do an Alice Cooper, or a Sex Pistols song because that is what we always comment on being our influences. Pulling a song out like this - which in my opinion has always been a kind of weird, morbid song - it just fit. It was just an idea that we had and we pulled it off and it turned out great . . . and we just did it. Then the label got really behind it and loved it, and they pushed it out. And now it's getting a great reaction all over Kerrang! TV and Scuzz TV in the UK. I haven't seen it on there yet but I hear it's on like every five seconds, which is awesome, y'know.

cc: Are you a fan of 80s stuff in general or just Billy Idol?

W13: The thing I like about 80s techno and things like that - like Duran Duran and bands like that - is it just reminds me of when I was younger. And I love to be reminded of my childhood because I had a great time. That's why I collect toys; I collect toys from my childhood. Any horror movie memorabilia . . . I collect tatoos of horror films. I collect stuff from my childhood like GI Joe and He-Man . . . just anything . . . TV shows . . . I have a massive Sylvester Stallone action figure collection. Anything like that man, I'm just a big movie buff. I like everything from horror to comedy to whatever . . . I watch Love Story, I don't give a fuck!

cc: So you obviously like the horror films from that era - Dawn Of The Dead, Phantasm . . . How about the newer stuff?

Murderdolls - Click to enlargeW13: My recommendation is the Rob Zombie film House Of 1000 Corpses. That movie is the fuckin' best movie I've seen in a long time. I watch it over and over and over again. The dialogue is awesome, the characters are awesome, it's so morbid and twisted and hilarious - it's great. If it's on at the theatre when I get home I'm gonna see it again. It's awesome. It's like if you crawled in my brain and said 'Hey, what's your perfect horror movie?', he picked it out of my brain and put it on there. It's like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - I can't really explain to you, you gotta see it. I totally endorse it - he did a great job.

cc: It seems that a lot of the newer films are sequels of the 80s ones, like Halloween, the Jason movies . . . apparently they're still doing Hellraiser sequels . . .

W13: That needs to stop! They should have stopped after part two, I think.

cc: Does that mean Kiss should have stopped before Unmasked?

W13: Yes. [laughs] Y'know honestly, I think the Revenge record was better than anything they had done forever . . . I thought that was a cool record. That was the best they had done since fuckin' Dynasty I thought.

cc: So in years to come when Murderdolls have called it quits, and you have your own comic book and lunch box, how do you think you'll be remembered?

W13: I think we'll be remembered like Alice Cooper: People will go 'Hey, that band was cool, they influenced us', but they'll never be on the cover of a magazine because they'll be too many pictures of Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Led Zeppelin hanging around. Not that those guys weren't important, but I wasn't a big Led Zeppelin fan. The Alice Cooper band blew them away in my opinion. They can fuck right off!

:: Rowan Shaeffer

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