Mike Muir of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES recently answered a number of questions that were submitted via Twitter for Vans. Watch the question-and-answer session in nine parts below.
Since their beginnings in Venice, California in the early '80s, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have led the charge in the skate punk/thrash metal movement, consequently influencing an entire generation of bands along the way.
Fontana Distribution has announced "Live At The Olympic Auditorium", SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' first-ever DVD release. The DVD will street January 26, 2010 via the band's own imprint, Suicidal Records. The approximately 80-minute DVD features 16 tracks, including ST classics "Institutionalized", "War Inside My Head" and "Possessed To Skate" and captures the band in their most natural environment: onstage, uncensored and ready to tear you to shreds.
Commented SUICIDAL TENDENCIES founding vocalist Mike Muir: "The band started getting emails from some crazy guy that always said, 'I know you'll probably think I'm crazy, but I'm not. I'm wanna book ST for a show and I got this idea...'. Well, one by one we shot down the 'unique' ideas until one time he emailed and said the Olympic Auditorium was being bought by a Korean church. Shouldn't it be sent off with a special last gig? The band agreed and then the work began. The promoter — Evel Dick Donato who went on to win Big Brother — tells a bit about the show, making of etc. on the intro. Lots of drama, none more than the day before the show when I woke up and couldn't walk. But the show must go on and the back surgery would have to wait till afterwards. SUICIDAL recorded live at the Olympic Auditorium in front of 4,000 Cycos... but now you can enjoy it in the safety of your living room."
The track listing is as follows:
02. I Shot Reagan
03. War Inside My Head
05. Ain't Gonna Take It
06. Suicidal Failure
07. We Are Family
08. Possessed To Skate
09. I Saw Your Mommy
10. Waking The Dead
11. Show Some Love...Tear It Down!
12. Cyco Vision
13. Two-Sided Politics
14. Won't Fall In Love Today
16. Pledge Your Allegiance
SUICIDAL TENDENCIES in January 2009 released a video for the band's new single, "Come Alive". Muir told the Great Falls Tribune about the song's lyrical content, "There's a lot of people ... their heart's beating and they've got brain waves, but they're not livin.' It's about taking control and standing up and realizing that you're always gonna have an excuse to sit back and wait and see what happens. You've gotta take control. I've gotta take control. I don't want someone else to have that control, and I'll do my best to fight to keep them from having it."
"Come Alive" is included on "Year Of The Cycos", the first album from the SUICIDAL crew featuring all-new tracks from the "cycos." The CD is available from ST's "Suicyco Street Team" web site.