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In Memorium, Rock You To Death: An Interview with Murderdolls Guitarist, Joey Jordison

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Joey Jordison (Center) WithThe Murderdolls in 2003 (Image Source)

Musician Joey Jordison, best known as the legendary original drummer for Slipknot, and guitarist for The Murderdolls, passed away on Monday, July 26th, 2021 from the neurological disease transverse myelitis, which he had suffered with for many years.  This is very sad news, not only because Joey was an extremely talented musician, but because he was a cool guy who was just too young to go.

This interview, which was conducted in person by me for the now defunct MK Ultra Magazine, took place in 2003, while Jordison was doing press for The Murderdoll’s debut, Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls. I pulled this from my archives this morning, to re-post here on The ‘Gig.  It is not available in its complete form anywhere else on the web, so I thought it would be a nice remembrance for the enjoyment of Joey’s fans, and those who loved him. Goodspeed, Joey.

Rock You To Death

An Interview with Murderdolls Guitarist, Joey Jordison

By Gail Worley

The most important lesson I learned from conducting the following interview with Murderdolls guitarist Joey Jordison is to never, ever do an interview in a conference room that has no ceiling, especially when the floor outside said conference room is a highly polished wood floor. Because here’s what happens whenever someone walks by the room: not only does your tape recorder pick up the clomp-clomp-clomping of their shoes as they walk the hallway, but the echo from their clomping footsteps rises up over the walls of the room in which you’re trying to do the interview, creating an echo chamber wherein, upon playback of the recorded tape, every single one of my questions and every single one of his answers sounds like the chorus to a Morbid Angel song. Live and learn.

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Instagram Post Of The Week: Gail and Al Jourgensen

The year was 2003, and I was enjoying myself immensely at an after-show party at Lit Lounge in NYC’s East Village, partying hard with the members of Ministry and their entourage, having just seen the band kill it at the late, great Roseland Ballroom. That’s where this photo of me and Al was taken, probably by Paul Barker. I had become friendly with Paul and Al at the time, and you can see the love on Al’s face in this shot and he wraps his arm around my shoulder and smirks for the camera. I was fortunate to interview Paul and Al several times back in the day and they were always fantastic guys to speak with. Good times indeed. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more celebrity Rock Star stories from the vault!

Eye On Design: Circumspect Neckpiece By Kiff Slemmons

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Kiff Slemmons‘ neckpiece Circumspect (2003) is an object that does what it is and is what it does. Composed of lenses and mirrors collected and categorized for a purpose that the collecting itself reveals, it is both a tool of taxonomic assessment and a record of a taxonomic class of useful and evocative things.

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Denying the role of jewelry as something only to be looked at, it meets and counters the gaze — returning agency to those being seen. It also asks us to emulate what it facilitates: the art of careful looking as a way of understanding.

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Photographed in the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan.

Eye On Design: Ettore Sottsass, Cabinet No. 56

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Ettore Sottsass’ late furniture for Gallery Mourmans liberated the artist from the ordinary constraints of the market and quantity. The collaboration gave him license to pursue the vast poetic and sculptural potential of perhaps his favorite of all design archetypes, the Cabinet.

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As with Cabinet No. 56 (2003) these pieces read as prototypes, concepts and sculpture. Each cabinet in this series is a study in materials, structure, form, color, and visual and sculptural effects — homages to his friends and design masters.

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Photographed in The Met Breuer in NYC as part of the 2017 – 2018 Exhibit, Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical.

The Worley Gig Celebrates Seventeen Sensational Years on The Web!

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Hey what’s up. Today we are celebrating the 17th Birthday of The Worley Gig, the Blog Of Neat Things that I launched on this very day, June 10th in 2003 – wow!  While many of my peer blogs from back-in-the-day have fallen by the wayside  (RIP: Skulls and Bacon, Modern Urban Living, According2G, etc) The ‘Gig is surviving and thriving as we adapt to changing times. Another birthday for The Worley Gig gives me pause to discuss what an incredible year it has been for us.  While no one will argue the fact that 2020 has (for reasons that take too long to talk about)  been far from the year that we’d hoped it would be, the cancellation of almost every event for the year gave me plenty of time to examine the state of things and make this little home on the web all the more enjoyable for you. Having recently surpassed some 5.9K posts, I’d like to share the site’s most notable modifications with you.

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Kicking Ass and Taking Names

In the words of the late great David Bowie, we have gone through numerous “Ch-ch-ch-changes” since the start of 2020. In a quest to up the radness of the blog, we consulted our friend and fellow scribe Ken Pierce; a media genius and founder of both PiercingMetal and The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken. With Ken’s keen guidance, we re-evaluated everything that you’ve been clicking around on for these past 17 years. Ken was able to suggest a multi-tiered facelift that not only improves the look of the blog, but also makes the entire site run cleaner and meaner.  Most of the heavy lifting went into the creation of a streamlined menu, found at the very top of the page, which neatly categorizes all posts into their most relevant themes. In the sidebar, the tag cloud and historical archive-by-date have been replaced with a helpful listing of all posts by categories, along with our currently most-popular blog posts, and excerpts from our Instagram feed! It just keeps getting radder.

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You’re probably saying “Wow, Gail, I can’t imagine this getting any better” and I’d have to stop you right there, because another level of radness is in process as you read this. While we’ve been going strong on the web for 17 years, a number of the outlets that I once freelanced for are either no longer in existence, or my articles are missing from their historical archive.  As a result, I’ve decided to introduce many amazing interviews and articles into The Worley Gig as added content to increase your levels of media euphoria. Be sure to follow The Worley Gig on our social media via Facebook and Twitter, where these posts are announced, and do drop by our Instagram and Pinterest to make sure you aren’t missing anything.  If you like what you see here, please share The ‘Gig with friends. There’s strength in numbers, as they say.

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It’s The Real Thing

Oh yeah, before we go, let’s talk about additional upcoming radness. According to our WordPress statistics, The Worley Gig is closing in on one-million users having visited the site.  With more than 1.9 billion websites currently online as competition, I think that’s pretty cool! We will also likely hit 6K posts before 2021 rolls around, but we shall celebrate each of those milestones as they come to pass.  As you can see, many achievements mark this anniversary, and I invite you to spend some time on the site and check out all of our upgrades and improvements to The ‘Gig. Thanks as always for your readership, and for finding inspiration and amusement in our unequaled coverage of art, design and pop culture in NYC. There is more to come!

Eye On Design: Butterfly Headpiece By Philip Treacy

Butterfly Headpiece By Philip Treacy Photo By Gail Worley
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This Butterfly Headpiece (2003) by Philip Treacy epitomizes the milliner’s untethered and imaginative approach to design. A swarm of butterflies is assembled from exquisitely worked turkey feathers that were cut, painted and hand-fashioned into delicate, fluttering forms. Butterflies are one of the most potent symbols of collecting. Rooted in taxidermic systems yet resplendent with poetry, the insect occupies a prominent spot in most European Wunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosities. Because of its transformative nature, the butterfly has inspired infinite metaphor, and within the realm of fashion the analogy has particularly flourished. It easily applies to the accessories in the collection of Sandy Schreier, which is full of items that hold the potential for dramatic metamorphosis.

Butterfly Headpiece By Philip Treacy Photo By Gail Worley

Photographed as part of the exhibit In Pursuit of Fashion: The Sandy Schreier Collection, on view through May 17th, 2020 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Happy Birthday, Johnny Cash!

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Legendary Country singer/songwriter Johnny Cash was born on this day, February 26th, in 1932. Cash passed away of respiratory failure on September 12th, 2003, at the age of 71, just four months after the death of his wife June Carter Cash.