Excerpts from interview with Bumblefoot's Ron
Thal. by Ron Scalzo
Yellow Rat Bastard magazine, Spring 2001
|In a musical area dominated by boy bands, Pearl Jam-clones that refuse to die, pre-teen divas & angry white rappers, one wonders how a band like Bumblefoot, a New York-based "rock" band with no connection to the sound or trends of today’s "popular" music, survives. In the States, they are refreshingly original and underground. Led by founding member & ringmaster Thal, a Bizarro Elvis who so obviously yearns to be a lounge singer while masterfully & effortlessly wielding a guitar shaped like Swiss cheese, Bumblefoot creates a whirlwind of tongue-in-cheek brilliance. Their latest album, "Uncool," recalls the fearless lyrical quality of Frank Zappa & the musical ferocity of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.|
YRB: Acts like Primus, Frank Zappa
& Mr. Bungle have made a living poking fun at themselves. Do you think
taking a similar stance, as it is apparent Bumblefoot does both lyrically
& musically, is a blessing or an unavoidable burden?
YRB: Ron, you’ve been known to build your own guitars - 2 of these are shaped like swiss cheese, & a big foot with wings, respectively. What was the inspiration for these?
RON: Well, one was inspired by Swiss cheese. Swiss cheese is yellow, with holes in it, and my guitar is yellow with holes in it. The other guitar was hand-made by French guitar company "Vigier" - this one was inspired by a big foot with wings.
YRB: If you had a choice of any band or
artist you could tour with, who would it be &
YRB: What would the name of the tour be?
RON: "BUMBLEFOOT, with special guests Buddy Hackett and Busta Rhymes"
YRB: Bumblefoot is run by Bumblefoot -
producing, engineering, promotion, band business, etc. What do you get out
of being in control of your own destiny?
YRB: What can the masses expect from
Bumblefoot in the 21st century?