HE’S A LIVING, BREATHING PARTY, BUT WHAT MAKES HIM LOSE HIS COOL? A CUP OF WEE…
ON ROCK’N’ROLL… ASIDE FROM THE COVER FOR YOUR ALBUM I GET WET, HAVE YOU SHED BLOOD IN THE NAME OF ROCK?
“A couple of times, but not on purpose like that for a very long time, other than tearing off a hangnail on my finger.”
WHAT’S THE MOST OUT-OF-CONTROL YOUR PARTYING MADE YOU?
“It usually involves the destruction of someone else’s property. Once, in the midst of that maniacal enthusiasm that the power of partying had generated in me, I couldn’t see the difference between empty space and material space. I was whirling around with a euphoric abandon, and if I made contact with any type of matter, be it a toilet seat or a sandwich, that object was likely to be dismantled.”
WHERE’S THE WEIRDEST PLACE YOU’VE HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH A FAN?
“I was walking in a large, empty space by myself, and far in the distance I noticed someone else. That wasn’t disconcerting, but the person began coming towards me, and as they approached I thought there was something foreboding about them. Then this person told me that they’d been following me for about an hour because they wanted to tell me that they believed in the power of partying. I was relieved that they were just showing their support.”
Is two people a party?
ON FAILURES AND FUCK-UPS… HAVE YOU EVER ACCIDENTALLY INJURED A BANDMATE?
“Very early on, before I’d mastered the art of being chaotic onstage, I was doing a special jig which made me very light on my toes, while swirling a guitar around my throat. On one particularly intense swirl, I hit the headstock into the other guitarist’s face, which cut right open.we finished the show and I called an ambulance. He was angry, as he didn’t have health insurance, but I paid for it.”
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR WORST SHOW EVER?
“There have been several shows where I made the decision to go against the will of the party gods and challenge their good nature. If someone throws a rock at you, or a cup of urine, it can take a super-human level of patience and commitment to not lash out. I’ve tried to negatively engage the culprits, and it’s been a disaster.”
Nothing dampens a party like a cup of hurled piss…
LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS… WHO’S THE MOST FAMOUS PERSON TO TELL YOU THEY’RE A FAN?
“I guess [TV personality/drag queen] Rupaul. We did an interview on a TV news programme in the U.S., and I was shocked that Rupaul was already familiar with my work.”
WHAT’S THE MOST MONEY YOU’VE EVER SPENT ON PIZZA?
“My own wedding day, where, late night, we bought pizzas for all of the remaining guests. I believe it was 100 pizzas, which cost about $2,000. It’s a lot more cost effective than a traditional catered dinner.”
Calzones > canapés
ON THE HYPOTHETICAL… HOW LONG DO YOU THINK YOU COULD PARTY FOR CONTINUOUSLY WITHOUT NEEDING A BREAK?
“My entire life! I started partying around four-and-a-half, consciously. Part of the realisation of that conscious decision to start partying was accepting that I had already been partying from the moment I left the womb. Then around age 19-20, I became a professional partyer. I once considered stopping partying for a split second, and it was such a terrifying premise that I squashed the thought. Even now, just talking about that idea makes me feel nauseous.”
WHO’S THE ONE PERSON YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO BE STUCK IN A LIFT WITH?
“I guess myself, if I wasn’t me.why? Because I’ve already spent way too much time with myself, and it would probably be highly unnerving and irritating.”
We’re not sure it’d be a good idea to have this whirling mass of party in a confined space…
SPIRITUAL HEADMELTER… COMPLETE THE SENTENCE: THE MEANING OF LIFE IS…
“Partying. But, as an alternate answer, I’d say the meaning of life is to try and find the meaning of life while you’re partying the whole time. Let’s have both answers!”
It’s an unsurprising answer, but what else would you want him to say?
“I BOUGHT $2,000 OF PIZZA FOR MY WEDDING DAY…” ANDREW W.K.