Why did benji webbe sell his toy soldiers to buy bondage trousers?
Skindred’s mainman might be a diehard maggot, but he also gets drunk to Nat King Cole
WHEN I WAS a little boy, I was sitting in my house watching TV, and a BBC documentary about the SPECIALS came on. I loved the fact they had black guys and white guys in the band together. they were making music from jamaica, but they were doing it in a very british, punk rock style. I started dressing like them. the specials made me into a little rude boy! I also watched a movie called purple rain, and there’s a band in it called MORRIS DAY AND the TIME. they play at the club with prince, they’re a rival band, and they’re taking the piss out of him. the clever thing was, prince made up the band. the way morris day moves and the way he combs his hair onstage… incredible. I saw the SEX PISTOLS and wanted to be them. but i’m black, I can’t be them, you know what I mean? ohhhhh, it’s not fair! I sold my soldiers and toys to buy bondage trousers. I sold my bike to go and buy [1980 rockumentary] the great rock ’n’ roll swindle.
I’m a maggot for SLIPKNOT. I love ’em, and I love ’em, and I love ’em. And to tell you the truth, I love ’em. Corey Taylor is a genius. Shawn the Clown is a fucking cool dude. When we played in America, Shawn came backstage and talked to me. You know those fucking glasses I wear? He gave me a hug and I stabbed him in the face! He said I was an inspiration, which is a beautiful thing from a band like that. The JaCKSON 5 also made me stand up and pay attention from the first time I heard them. My whole household was in love with them
– a black kid with the spirit and voice of a soul well past his years dragged me in big time! But it was when little Michael became MJ that his style and look really gripped me, and
I was fortunate to see him in concert twice on his Bad and Dangerous tours. Michael, you’ll always rest in power for me.
eLVIS was the first rock’n’roll god. I’ve been to Graceland four times. In all the years I’ve been playing shows with Skindred, there’s a time during the set that I think, ‘What would elvis do?’ his hits are never very far from my record player. that southern kid will always be a motherfucking cool cat to me, even in his bloated vegas years. my next choice is NAT KING COLE. his voice to me is like silk, and I listen to him every day. and when i’m pissed it’s even worse, ha ha ha! after a skindred show, you would definitely hear nat king cole.
then there’s PUBLIC enemy. oh my god, I love public enemy! the first time I saw them, they were supporting
run DMC. they came onstage and they had fake uzis and they were dressed in black and they were militant and they looked like fucking black panthers. and their message was incredible. every time I see chuck d, I feel like a fangirl.
I also love LIMP BIZKIT dearly. it’s not everybody’s choice, but i’m not everybody, you know what i’m saying? they got massive and then they lost that buzz, but every time I see
wes borland, DJ lethal, fred durst, i’m such a big fan. my favourite song is pollution, off their first album [1997’s three dollar bill, y’all$].
i’ve seen limp bizkit supporting KORN. everywhere I was going, I was seeing these fucking korn t-shirts. I was thinking, ‘what the fuck is korn?’ it’s not even spelt right, you know? so anyway, I was a fan of helmet, and they were playing in newport where I live, in south wales. I watched them, and limp bizkit, and then there was korn. they came onstage and I was like, ‘i wanna be in a band like thaaaaaaat!’ i’ve even had the privilege of singing with korn. when jonathan davis was sick at download in 2006, I sang a.d.i.d.a.s. they said, ‘do you wanna do two songs?’ and
I said no, just in case I sucked. imagine if everyone was chucking piss at me and all that. I would have loved to do twist as well [sings twist to metal hammer]. but I did it for you, I did it for you, baby.
“I sold my toys to buy bondage trousers”
Benji Webbe: look. at. that. hat.