Hey Fartheads! Dig this. Every month this year I will randomly choose a Farthead of the Month. I have some truly awesome, dedicated, and awesome readers and I consider you all friends. Anyways, every month I am going to randomly choose a Farthead of the Month and if chosen, you will do a 12 question Q&A that will be featured as a post on the blog! This is your way to get semi-famous or at least give you the ability to brag that you’re on a shitty metal blog!
Making the honor roll this month is my best friend (and sometimes contributor) James. James and I have been friends for, well, a long fucking time and he was there long before The Great Southern Brainfart was even a thing. I bounced the name of this blog off of him and we even at one time co-hosted a podcast called The Heavy Metal Lunch. James is a kick ass dude, he hates Blaze Bayley, and loves metal that doesn’t suck! C’mon and get your award, son!
What’s your name and what the hell do you do with your life?
James – I play music and work in IT at a university. I tend to spend way too much time listening to music and arguing with the Brainfart about the bands he always champions.
How did you discover the Great Southern Brainfart?
We met through a mutual friend and exchanged Iron Maiden bootlegs. We eventually started a podcast called The Heavy Metal Lunch where we’d eat Baconators, drink Bushmills and make fun of Vince Neil and Lars Ulrich.
What’s your favorite thing about the Great Southern Brainfart?
He’s passionate about the music he listens to and writes about. I appreciate how honest he is whether it’s love or hate. He throws himself in 100% and stands by what he writes. It may not seem like it, but he does a pretty good job of being open-minded and giving bands multiple chances. Esp, when it comes to bands I love…HINT HINT.
How did you first get into heavy metal?
In 1989 when I was 13 my best friend and brother were into Iron Maiden and listened to Live After Death every day. Literally. That summer we listed to LAD every single day. I started off being indifferent to them, but I soon came around and found out I really loved the music. From there we all got into Metallica, Anthrax, Ozzy, Megadeth, King Diamond, Dio, Scorpions…basically anything with good guitar playing and good songs.
What are your Top 5 metal bands?
Iron Maiden is the greatest band ever. Then…Anthrax, 80’s Metallica, Megadeth, Bruce Dickinson solo.
What is currently your favorite metal album?
Christian Mistress’ Possession. Brainfart and I caught them a couple years ago and they were an amazing live band. Black to Gold was the first track I heard from them and it blew me away. The rest of the album was just as awesome and it floors me every time I listen to it. They’re definitely my favorite newer metal band.
What is the least metal thing about you?
I love KISS’s disco phase. Great songs.
If you could have dinner with any metal musician alive or dead, who would it be, what would you talk about, and what would you have?
As much as I’d love say Frank Zappa, Cliff Burton or Randy Rhoads…the real answer is Bruce Dickinson. He’s probably the coolest motherfucker alive. Well, I think beer would be in order and would probably take up a good portion of the conversation. Wouldn’t have to be Trooper Ale, I think we’d try many different kinds and just get shitfaced.
What is one metal album that everybody should own?
Ozzy/Randy Tribute. It’s the fucking bible for guitar playing and I love how Randy reinterprets the Sabbath tunes and totally makes them his own.
What is your favorite metal t-shirt and why?
I’ll always have a soft spot for my Maiden Tailgunner shirt that I got at the No Prayer show (my very first concert…Anthrax opened…fucking amazing). It says “shoot that FOKKER”, but the idiot teachers in my high school got all scared because they thought it said “fucker” and wouldn’t let me wear it. Didn’t matter if I showed them the dictionary entry for Fokker. Then again, they also got on my case for wearing a Pantera shirt because it said “cowboys from HELL”. SMH
In your opinion, who is the worst metal band out there?
So many bad ones, but I don’t listen to them so I couldn’t care less. One who does piss me off is Sebastian Bach. He’s generally obnoxious and instead of being gracious he talks shit to his fans and anyone that critiques him. If you’re a professional musician and you get into internet arguments with fans and call them names, you’re a fucking shitbag. Especially when you haven’t been relevant for 25 years and you sound like shit live. He’s lucky that anyone still remembers him, much less cares.
Finally, what does being selected as Farthead of the Month mean to you?
It’s the best thing to happen to me so far today.