"I CAN'T BELIEVE I'M DOING THIS!"
Posted by Sid Smith on Nov 18, 2017

There's a lengthy interview with Jakko Jakszyk available to read. In addition to covering his background with the group, there's a mention of a little-known 1980s project, The Kings Of Oblivion, and their album Big Fish Popcorn which featured Jakko and Gavin Harrison.

Originally released on the Bam Caruso label in 1987, Jakko explains its origins...

Bam Caruso was the brainchild of one of my best friends, a guy called Phil Smee. One of the things he was doing was licensing pretty obscure music from the '60s and putting them out on his label, and doing it with Phil's customary care and attention, with beautiful sleeves and such. I was chatting to him about this one day, and he'd got the rights to a '60s band from L.A. called the Accents. Gavin and myself are big Frank Zappa fans, as was Phil, and I said we'd love to do a Frank Zappa pastiche record, and he said, "Well, why don't we do something and record it so it sounds as if it was made back then? Create some fake history about this group, and release it as if it were one of these kind of reissued obscurities from the '60s? So that's what we did. This was in that period after trying to go the commercial route and not getting anything out. It was the most fun I'd ever had in a recording studio. We laughed our heads off, and we would write these ridiculous and record them. We spent a day improvising dialogue, all this kind of quasi 'Suzy Creamcheese' stuff. The liner notes said that Phil had accidentally found the tapes of this legendary album that was never released because all the material got lost in a fire.

Read the whole interview with Jakko here.

 

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