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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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Video Clip of The Week: IAMX, “Stardust”

Making his impressive debut in the Video Clip of The Week this Sunday is Chris Corner’s IAMX, with the Performance Art-oriented clip for the track “Stardust.” Featuring celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D, this clip captures everything that makes the gothic/industrial scene so mesmerizing, while managing to keep this much-fetishized genre (which arguably, saw its commercial peak in the late 90s) fresh and intriguing. Mostly, it reminds me of my club days, when NYC venues like The Bank and Limelight were the places to go to dance yourself silly from midnight to dawn while communing with the other creatures of the night. Good times.

“Stardust” can be found on IAMX‘s recently released album, Alive In New Light. Recommended if You Like: Nine Inch Nails, Goldfrapp, Sisters of Mercy. Spring Tour Dates are below! Watch the uncensored clip at This Link. Enjoy!

IAMX Alive In New Light Cover

IAMX SPRING TOUR DATES

4/19 Washington, DC @Rock&Roll Hotel
4/21 Brooklyn, NYC @Rough Trade (with Kat Von D)
4/22 Brooklyn, NYC @Rough Trade (with Kat Von D)
4/24 Boston, MA @Middle East
4/26 Montreal, QB @Le Belmont
4/27 Toronto, ON @Lee’s Palace
4/28 Chicago, IL @Bottom Lounge
4/30 Denver, CO @Bluebird Theatre
5/1 Salt Lake City, UT @Metro Music Hall
5/3 Vancouver, BC @Biltmore Cabaret
5/4 Seattle, WA @The Crocodile
5/5 Portland, OR @Aladdin
5/7 San Francisco, CA @Great American Music Hall (with Kat Von D)
5/9 Los Angeles, CA @Fonda Theater (with Kat Von D)
5/23 Guadalajara, MEX @C3 Stage
5/24 Mexico City, MEX @Lunario

IAMX STARDUST

Video Clip of The Week: Boss Hog, “Ground Control”


I believe that if you happen to be a famous person — and good-looking famous person at that — it is worthwhile to reinvent your look every so often, if only to keep people from getting bored of looking at you. Take The Beatles as an excellent example; a band whose members’ personal styles and sense of fashion evolved wildly from album to album, just as their sound morphed from the Backstreet Boys to Radiohead. No wonder they continue to serve as such significant cultural touchstone. But what started me thinking along this path on a Sunday morning is this week’s Video Clip, “Ground Control” from the legendary NYC band, Boss Hog. For those not in-the-know, Boss Hog’s core members are husband and wife team Jon Spencer (of the eponymous Blues Explosion) and Cristina Martinez (ex-Pussy Galore). As you will see by this video, since we last saw them, Martinez has adopted a sort of Pris from Bladerunner persona, while Spencer is rocking a classic Andrew Eldrich look which, I  think you will agree, works for him. Bravo, you two.

Keeping things close to home, the video for “Ground Control” appears to have been shot on early-morning location at Coney Island, as you will see the band members pass by the How & Nosm mural at the Coney Art Walls as well as recognizing the unmistakable sky line of the Luna Park thrill rides. The complete desolation of the landscape works well for this modern, dystopian protest song, on which Martinez and Spencer share vocal duties in their own unique  styles. “Ground Control” does not disappoint as a minimalist, punk-blues aural assault, punctuated by with James Bond-soundtrack flourishes. Pretty awesome.

“Ground Control” can be found on Brood X, the band’s first album of new music in 17 years – wow! – which was released in March. Read a true New York Story about the last time I spotted Martinez and Spencer wandering anonymously on the Streets of NYC at This Link Right Here! Enjoy!

Boss Hog By Jeri Lampert
Boss Hog’s Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer By Jeri Lampert

Video Clip of The Week: “Said The Night” By Solemn Meant Walks



Since we last saw/heard them here on The Gig, Chicago’s dark-wave powerhouse Solemn Meant Walks have paired down from a quartet to the formidably talented  duo of Ami Gloria and Andrew Sole. They’re back this week with their latest video for “Said The Night” and it is really something!

Vocalist/songwriter Ami Gloria reveals that the mysterious and enchanting video was shot inside the astonishing House on the Rock, a regional tourist attraction in Spring Green, WI. “It’s widely known for having the most creative, thematic rooms,” she explained. Built by the eccentric outside artist Alex Jordan Jr, the house itself sits atop Deer Shelter Rock, a column of rock approximately 60 feet across on the top, which stands in a forest nearby. The video starts with Ami in the Infinity Room, which features over 3000 windows and juts out 218 feet from the house, with no supports, and only the forest below! Also featured in the video is a room full of twinkling lights that houses the world’s largest indoor carousel — and that is but one of many fantastic features of the house. “The House on the Rock is truly exhilarating and captivating to all minds,” Ami enthused, “and it’s a must-see attraction for anyone wanting an experience of the magical and mystical underworld!”

Aurally, Solemn Meant Walks  recall the classic, sonically seductive sounds of Siouxsie and The Banshees or Sisters of Mercy. Ami offered a bit of insight to her very personal lyrics, “In the chorus, I sing, “And now, Said the Night, all walk inside of me. At night, oh you walk and wander, what’s inside of me” — which is something of a monologue that describes the spiritual connection between souls that are the same, and what it’s like to undertake a higher purpose through a spiritual journey.” “Said The Night” can be found on the band’s 2014 debut album which can be downloaded at This Link right now, while also being available on iTunes, CDbaby, Spotify, Youtube and wherever fine music is procured! Watch for a new album from Solemn Meant Walks coming soon! Enjoy!

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Carousel Image Courtesy of Ami Gloria

Video Clip of The Week: “Highway” By Solemn Meant Walks



When I say that something reminds me of “back when I was in college,” it’s almost universally meant to be a compliment. In this case, the song “Highway” — and its accompanying video — by Solemn Meant Walks recalls fond college-era memories in two ways. First off, the creative video, based on the tale of Resurrection Mary (a well-known Chicago area ghost story) embraces the best aspects of a enthusiastically produced student film, which means it was made with sincerity and love. And when it comes to effective storytelling, you’ll “get it” right away: Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts, or something, whatever. Scary!

Secondly, as a recovering goth, I appreciate this band’s rich and evocative sound, which recalls bands like Siouxsie and The Banshees jamming with the Cocteau Twins — two seminal groups that were playlist staples during my tenure as a College Radio DJ. Ah, sweet nostalgia. The debut from this Chicago-based, mixed-gender quartet was co-produced by Ashkelon Sain of Portland’s Trance to the Sun (a legend in the American Dark Wave scene) and front-woman Ami Gloria. Gloria, who also writes the majority of the band’s music, plays keyboards and guitar and is joined by bandmates Allie Frost on bass and vocals, Doug Tompkins on guitar and Andrew Sole on drums. I bet they kick some ass live.

Find out more about Solemn Meant Walks and download their self-titled debut album — released on March 27th — for just $7 at This Link. Enjoy!

Solemn Meant Walks Band

Nosferatu’s Rest Pendant Necklace

Nosferatus Rest Pendant Necklace
Bela Lugosi’s Dead

Ooh, a little vampire-containing coffin on a chain! What Goth aficionado wouldn’t want to wear this, I ask yez?

Nosferatu’s Rest Pendant Necklace Details:

  • Pendant shaped like a Coffin
  • Smoked glazed pewter coffin reveals the image of resting Nosferatu
  • Lobster claw clasp
  • Official Alchemy Gothic Necklace
  • One size fits all
  • Size (Pendant): 3/4″ x 1-3/4″
  • Handcrafted in England

Pick one up now for yourself — or to give as a gift to your favorite fan of the undead — for just $25.95 at This Link! (Sorry but this item is no longer available).

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Skull and Lotus Flower Knee Socks

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OK, these socks are mad stylish, am I right? Skulls, Lotus Flowers, in fashionable Black & White: these socks have it all going on. Plus, it’s an extra coverage knee sock to go under those rain boot that you can’t seem to retire quite yet in this very wet, extended spring we are having (I am looking at you, NYC).

The Details:

  • Knee socks featuring a Skull and a Lotus Flower Design
  • Size: 9 to 11
  • Machine-washable, warm water with like colors
  • Material: 70% Acrylic, 20% nylon, 10% spandex

Skull and Flower Knee Socks Detail
Design Detail

Sale Priced at just $9.95. Sadly this item is no longer available.