an interview by Bill Johnson
|When the piz> first showed up at the scheduled location for this interview (the intersection of 4th Avenue and 4th Street in their hometown of Tucson, AZ), I thought they were crazy. I also thought I was going to die. Luckily I was correct in both of those intuitions, because only while I am dead can I truly appreciate the genius of these underground legends, the piz>.|
|The piz>, officially known as Insert Piz Here>, have been breaking the rules of the music business since 1995, and have produced an amazing amount of material since then. Too many songs to keep track of, unpronouncable album titles (blsjnlsbalwivbalv, 1998), scary masks, ridiculous instruments; the list goes on and on. They just released their first single, Officer Bobby, which is an hour long and contains 26 versions of the underground punk classic.|
|But this interview isn't about the achievements of this astounding group of lunatics, it is about the mysterious bassist, jonbobby mcfee.|
|Meeting someone like jonbobby mcfee is quite an experience. Of course I had heard his playing on the piz albums, and seen some blurry photos of what people told me was him, but to actually meet jonbobby mcfee, my idol, face to face, well it made me cry. I admit it. But I think that anyone in my place would have done the same. I know I'm just not worthy.|
Anyway, there we were, standing in the middle of the street, cars going by us, hitting us every so often. Other than jonbobby mcfee, I think there are three or four other members of the band or something like that. Whatever.
Me: So, I hear you've got some peanuts.
jonbobby mcfee: What difference does that make?
Me: I like you
jm: I hate you
Me: Let's go to Dairy Queen®
Me: I'm stupid
Me: Will you sign my copy of the zid?
Robbie: Watch out for that car
Me: Too late I'm dead
jm: He's dead
Me: I'm dead
Reuben: You're dead
Me: One more question: do you feel that the success of your songs is based on whatever genre of music happens to be popular at the time, or is it more a matter of how many types of food you mention and how many people die in the songs?
Reuben: What's a song
jm: I don't know