BOB LOG 111
APRIL 13, 2003
FUNGUS BOY: LETS TALK ABOUT THE NEW ALBUM, I WAS
KIND OF SURPRISED— ABOUT THREE
SONGS INTO IT YOU GO FROM THE TYPICAL DISTORTED BOB LOG VOCALS TO A CLEAN SOUNDING
“UNDERSTAND THE LYRICS” VOCALS.
Bob: Yeah on Boob Scotch I wanted everyone to understand and comprehend and complete the task of putting their
boob in my scotch. So I figured—well aside from the fact that my cat pissed in the helmet and it smelled really bad,
I figured you know what—’cause I tried this whole thing on Clap Your Tits right, you remember Clap Your Tits
everybody? I sing a song about people clappin’ their tits together and I play guitar to make people want to clap their
tits together but nobody really ever clapped their tits together goddamn it! Every where I went none of you
motherfuckers, except for a very select few of you who I love and cherish to this day, most of you didn’t clap your
tits. So I figured I’d try a new approach and make it completely understandable, lay it down in really simple terms for
the masses to understand it. The masses need to put their boob in my drink, and right now I’m at 57 boob scotch’s
out of 64 shows. There’s only seven places that didn’t put their boob in my scotch so I think what ever the hell I did
worked out pretty good.
FB: WHEN I FIRST INTERVIEWED YOU WHEN YOU WERE STILL IN DOO RAG YOU SAID THAT YOU WERE
NEVER REALLY FOND OF YOUR SINGING VOICE. THAT WAS PART OF THE REASON THAT YOU SANG
THROUGH THE PHONE MICS...
Bob: That’s true, I sing all right but it’s just that the vocals come second. The guitar comes first the vocals come
second and I still feel that way and I still perform that way and that's how I am. I think that's why I get to go to Japan
so much and Sweden and all these places that don’t speak English because if I was a band like U2—let’s just
pretend I’m U2 for second, all my fuckin’ songs are about what ever the hell I’m singin’ about. I mean there’s a beat
and there’s guitar and there’s drums but that all comes second or third or fourth, with my shit the guitar and drums
comes first and everybody in the world speaks guitar and drums. So it doesn’t matter if you speak Japanese you
speak guitar and drums, it doesn’t matter if you speak Swedish you know what guitar and drums are sayin’. So the
vocals come second. But with Boob Scotch it’s not only guitar and drums but it’s also an idea, I aint just blabberin’
about nothing. It’s an idea on how everyone can feel better if we just took a sip of a drink with someone’s boob
dipped in it. Basically I’m in pain man, I’m trying to figure out how to make myself feel better and I found out if a girl
puts her boob in my drink and I take a sip of it I feel better. I’m not one of those bands who’s gonna complain about
shit or whine about how things suck now or tell you what’s wrong with the world, I can figure that shit out at home
you know? I don’t need to go see a band and have them tell me what’s wrong with shit, I want a band that makes
things right so there you go, Boob Scotch.
FB2: WE WATCHED THE BOOB SCOTCH VIDEO.
Bob: You got to see it, all right. That pretty much lays it out on the line too. I want to keep it simple. I mean every
body can do it, you just get someone to put a boob in your drink and you drink it.
FB: ANY ONE WHO SEES THE INSIDE ARTWORK ON THE ALBUM IS GONNA UNDERSTAND WHAT IT’S ALL
Bob: They will probably have a good idea but you’d be surprised how stupid some people are I thought Clap Your
Tits was self explanatorily but there was no pictures for that, you couldn’t really understand me, and nobody did it.
So I’m laying it out there and 57 boob scotch’s out of 64 shows.
FB: SPEAKING AS A BOB LOG 3 FAN I WAS A LITTLE THROWN OFF AT FIRST BY THE CLEAR VOCALS
BECAUSE I WAS SO USE TO THE DISTORTED, IT TOOK ME A GOOD THREE SPINS BEFORE I THOUGHT
“YEAH THIS WORKS”.
Bob: It might be a little bit different for some people but I don’t know what to say. Most of the shit’s still the helmet,
I recorded in my house.
FB: THE LIVE SHOW IS STILL THE HELMET ANY WAY.
Bob: Yeah I don’t take the helmet off for nothin’. The record is different than the show and uh basically I just wanted
people to—there are to be no questions about the fact that they’re supposed to put their boob in my drink. Like, “I
didn’t understand you”, bullshit you understood me, put your boob in my drink.
FB: ANOTHER THING THAT WE HAD TALKED ABOUT WHEN I INTERVIEWED YOU YEARS AGO WAS THAT
YOU WEREN’T REALLY THAT FOND OF RECORDING STUDIOS. HAVE YOU CHANGED YOUR STANCE ON
Bob: Uh no, I still record at home mostly. On Trike I used a studio for like four songs or five songs and on this record
I used a studio for two songs. But mostly I recorded it at home and that’s the way I like to record. This time around
I put my guitar in the bath tub and I put the other guitar under the desk, the other guitar amp. So I got a new way to
do it but its basically I still record at home mostly and I like it that way. It’s fun going and fuckin’ around and seein’
what happens in the studio but I don’t prefer it though, not at all.
FB: I’VE BEEN READING A LOT OF STUFF ABOUT YOU BEING HUGE IN JAPAN.
Bob: I don’t know if huge is the right word. Everybody takes things out of context. I mean Tokyo’s got 18 million
people so if two thousand people come see me play you know that still technically I suck. Do the math I fuckin’, I
ain’t shit you know. But two thousand people’s a lot for me.
FB: LET ME TELL ME SOME OF THE THINGS I’VE HEARD. YOU’RE ON SONY JAPAN...
Bob: Yeah, that’s true.
FB: YOU’VE HAD SONGS IN TV COMMERCIALS, YOU’RE WRITING THESE THINGS FOR THEIR (SONY
JAPAN) WEBSITE. I ACTUALLY READ A FEW OF THEM THE OTHER DAY THAT WERE PRETTY AMUSING.
Bob: They’re for a guitar magazine actually, I’m a professional journalist for a guitar magazine in Japan. Yeah I’m
on Sony I use the same interview office as Celine Dion and Ricky Martin...
FB: HEY THATS FUCKIN’ GREAT THOUGH.
Bob: It’s totally ridiculous. They put flowers in the dressing room, I pretend like that’s normal.
FB: I DID READ YOUR NICE JOURNAL ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE IN FRANCE AND THE DONNAS AND
SAHARA HOTNIGHTS WERE BACK STAGE AND YOU HAD A LITTLE PROBLEM.
Bob: Yeah the fat French girl broke my ass open and I bled all over the place. That was my own fault, I don’t bring
a drum stool to Europe and I kinda just assume someone’s gonna let me use a drum stool and uh, that was one of
those nights where no one was lettin’ me use a drum stool so I had to play using a fuckin’ wooden chair. I gotta just
buy a drum stool for Europe because that really—and it’s funny but a drum stool is probably number three on the
important list for the show to be good—if I got a crappy chair I’m mean I’m gonna hurt myself and half way through
the set I’m kinda limpin’, a bad chair fucks up the show it really does. So I make sure to bring one with me in America
but I’ll get one for Europe. Yeah that was funny, I’m not technically fired from Guitar magazine in Japan but I’ve
written like twelve stories for ‘em and I think only two of ‘em have had guitar in it at all. It’s all about bleeding asses
and the tour masseuses...
FB: AND YOUR GRANDPA GRABBING TITS.
Bob: Yeah and my dad washin’ the pony dick, and no guitar in it whatsoever but it’s like you guys want some stories
here. I’m not fired but now they want me to do it every other month, you know. But that’s okay.
FB: HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU TOURED OVER THERE (JAPAN)? IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY SIX MONTHS
YOU’RE GOING BACK.
Bob: No, but I do go like twice a year almost. I don’t know how many times.
FB: ALL EXPENSES PAID?
Bob: They pay me. I don’t have to fuckin’ lift a finger. That’s what touring is man, they gotta pay me or you can’t go
usually unless you’re some rich guy buying a tour. I don’t do that.
FB: SO CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG, YOUR DAD PLAYS KAZOO ON THE ALBUM IS THAT RIGHT?
FB: WHAT DOES HE THINK OF YOUR MUSIC?
Bob: He likes it. Yeah, he can’t really hear too good anymore but he sees the girls jumpin’ around, he likes it.
FB: DO YOU THINK THAT OVER THE YEARS THE CHANCE OF ANOTHER DOO RAG ALBUM IS GOING TO
DIMINISH? BEING THAT SO MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED.
Bob: I think more years have to pass for it to happen but I still think it’s gonna happen man. But I don’t know he just
had his second kid now it’s Backsy?? and Basil and uh touring’s pretty much out of the question I think.
FB: LAST TIME YOU SAID HE HAD A BAND CALLED COIN, IS HE STILL DOING THAT?
Bob: Yeah, he’s still doing that with his wife. And who knows man you never can say, never can say. I ain’t in no
hurry for it and I’m sure he’s not either right now.
FB: I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE PAJAMA PARTY VIDEO. DO YOU PLAN ON DOING ANYTHING
ELSE LIKE THAT, POSSIBLY GOING MORE HIGH TECH WITH A DVD FROM BOB LOG 3?
Bob: Yeah yeah, we did the Boob Scotch one and that same guy’s gonna help me make a bunch more and uh, I
don’t know I want to film another live show but I don’t know what yet. I already filmed in a tiny bathroom so maybe
I’ll do some big show. Yeah they’ll definitely be another video and I ain’t afraid of DVD, why not.
FB: THAT BRINGS ME TO THE NEXT QUESTION, WITH YOUR LABEL BLOAT YOU’VE DONE YOUR LIVE CD
ON THERE, YOU DID A SEVEN INCH RECENTLY AND YOUR OPENING BAND YOU PUT THEIR ALBUM OUT
Bob: Yeah yeah, that’s BeBe and Serge.
FB: SO HAS THAT KINDA EXPANDED BEYOND THE REALM OF JUST YOU?
Bob: No no, it never was just me. Actually I was in a band with Serge when were like 21 and we put probably the
first record out on Bloat. And then there’s other people on it too in Tucson there’s Pork Torta, Duarte Six??, Rainbow
Groove. All these people that I ain’t got nothing to do with, but it’s only like we got maybe ten albums, eight to ten
records I think. It’s kinda which ever band wants to do it, you gotta get up your own money and put it out yourself
and you can put Bloat on it. It ain’t really a real label but we’ve sold a bunch of records we really have.
FB: HOWS THE REACTION TO THE SHOWS HERE IN THE STATES? I’M SURE YOU’VE HAD MORE AND
MORE PEOPLE COME OUT NOW THAT THEY REALIZE...
Bob: Yeah, no, you guys saw Kansas City both times, I went from like 30 people to 300. And that’s what you want
but now look at tonight, it’s Sunday night in Lawrence and this ain’t even half the people that was here last time. You
never can tell man. This last tour was unpredictable, I mean half of it—the whole East Coast was right when the war
started so I can blame it on that. I mean New York was packed but Boston was empty, that didn’t make sense at all.
But uh, Canada was packed, I mean all the big shows were packed basically so, good enough.
FB: I KNOW THERE WAS A DELAY BETWEEN THE TIME THE NEW ALBUM WAS RECORDED BETWEEN
THE TIME IT ACTUALLY CAME OUT, SO DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF NEW STUFF READY TO GO FOR THE
Bob: Not really man, a little bit. There’s a bunch of things I’m still kinda workin’ on. This is pretty much the Log Bomb
tour so that’s kinda what I’m concentrating on right now and getting a boob scotch every night, that’s important for
me, I’m in pain.
FB: HAS ANYBODY EVER CALLED YOU THE RUSS MEYER OF ROCK ‘N ROLL YET?
Bob: No, but I’d appreciate that, that’s all right.
FB: YOU KNOW HOW A LOT OF INTERVIEWS HAVE A CAPTION THAT DRAW YOU INTO READING THEM?
I THINK THAT’S WHAT I’LL PUT: BOB LOG THE THIRD THE RUSS MEYER OF ROCK ‘N ROLL.
Bob: I like that just fine.
FB: I’D PUT SLIDE, GUITAR, RIDE PUT MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY WOULDN’T KNOW WHAT THAT WAS SO
I’LL PUT THE RUSS MEYER OF ROCK ‘N ROLL.
Bob: I approve man, and I like boobs you know but I like other things too but I just don’t have boobs so when I get
‘em I get all excited and try to think of things to do with ‘em.
FB: SO WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON BESIDES THE JAPANESE TOUR? REST UP FOR A WHILE?
Bob: I don’t get to rest until August man. I go to Europe for two months then I come home and then I go back to
Europe for two weeks or three weeks for some more festivals and then I do Australia and New Zealand, and then I’ll
have boob scotched the fuckin’ world and I’ll give you a full tally of how many boob scotch’s I got.
FB: HOW MANY SHOWS DO YOU DO A YEAR? YOU TOUR LIKE CRAZY.
Bob: I don’t know, every year is different. This year has been a bunch so far. I guess North America is like 70 shows,
FB: YOU STARTED TOURING IN JANUARY AND MAYBE HAD TWO WEEKS OFF?
Bob: A week or two weeks, I don’t remember.
FB: SO YOU’VE DONE SOME 60 SHOWS THIS YEAR ALONE?
Bob: Sixty five shows I think, tonight. And Europe’s two months in a row and Japan’s like a week in a row, I only get
like two days off in between this one.
FB: HAVE YOU HAD ANY TV APPEARANCES IN EUROPE? I KNOW THEY’RE A LOT MORE OPEN TO THAT
TYPE OF THING...
Bob: Yeah yeah, Europe and Japan, Australia, New Zealand.
FB: THAT’S SOMETHING YOU CAN PUT ON THE DVD.
Bob: Some of them I’m sure I probably could. The Japanese one they actually put a boob in my scotch on TV, they
can do that there. For some reason the woman had a horse mask on her head, so it was like I was gettin’ a horse
tit in my drink. And then I didn’t even get to drink it, the host took it and drank it and I didn’t even get a fuckin’ sip, it
was like “Oh thanks, I wrote the goddamn song.”
FB: THE LIVE CD, THERE ARE SOME INTERESTING PHOTOS ON THERE. I THINK ONE IS FROM THE
STUDIO AND THERE IS A PICTURE OF A LADY WITH A BEEHIVE AND CRAZY GLASSES AND A PURSE..?
Bob: That’s Bellingham, Washington. I can’t give her name out but Bellingham, Washington is the most insane fun
place in the world for me to play and that’s about all I can say legally I think at this point with out getting any body in
trouble. Yeah, they know how to party and the next day I have to shampoo my guitar cords because there’s so much
beer on my shit, it’s insane. Yeah but the front is a picture of the girl clappin’ her tits in the studio, I actually snuck
video of that, which will be on the next video that comes out.
FB: IS THAT LIMITED TO 1000 COPIES?
Bob: The videos I make as many as I want.
FB: THE LIVE CD.
Bob: The live CD is actually two thousand now. Two thousand total. It’s funny it got the top ten Blues album of the
year in Japan in this Blues magazine, it was right up there with like Eric Clapton and BB King and it’s like the record
nobody can fucking get. I think I sold maybe 600 in Japan because I only sell ‘em when I play, you know that’s it,
and you can get ‘em on the web site.
FB: I’M GLAD TO SEE YOU CONTINUED YOUR MERCHANDISING WITH ALL TYPES OF PRODUCTS THAT
YOU CAN GET.
Bob: That’s fun to do man. I like to eat.
FB: I HEARD MORE PEOPLE TALK ABOUT DOO RAG, THEY DIDN’T TALK ABOUT THE MUSIC THEY
TALKED ABOUT WHAT YOU GUYS SOLD. YOU CAN BUY A HAMMER.
Bob: That really worked at the live shows for sure. But most of the time it’s funny, we played on a bucket and a box
and sang through a telephone and all that but the whole tours we booked I mean I just sent out the CD, no one new
what the hell we were playin’, you know “Oh, this music’s cool, let’s book this band”, “Holly fuck look at that!”. ‘Cause
like we got all the shows and the radio and everything from the music and then we’d show up and show ‘em how we
FB: ANY PARTING WORDS FOR OUR READERS?
Bob: Well I guess basically make sure you get someone to put your boob in your scotch and take a sip of it and if
you smile send me a letter saying, “Thank you Bob Log”. You know I did something right.