with: DOUG HOWARD
The STUN LEER
(ex.Touch) frontman tells the truth about the BEE story, the music scene
in USA and more !! The new Stun Leer album(Last man standing) will be
released later this year(MTM Records)
Doug ! Can you tell us about the new STUN LEER album,
where was it
recorded & will it be in the same kinda "style" as
your first album
Thanks for your compliment..... and
a big Long Time No See and hello to our fans You should check
(BLATANT PLUG #1) for more info and news on our latest movements. There's
some free full length mp3's for download too. Lars can scream all he
wants.....zzzzzzzzzz. Anyway, as far as the new
album goes.... it was about damn time don't you think? What a lazy
bunch of wankers we can be sometimes! The new album contains
11 all new songs except for one cover of "Black Betty". (12 on the
Japanese version). Most people think Black Betty was written
by Ram Jam... it in fact was not.
It was written by Huddie Letbetter
also known as the legendary "Leadbelly" one of the
original Delta Blues
musicians from the US who was born in 1885 and died in 1945 (as best as
anyone can tell). His life is story is unbelievable. Anyway... it
was pretty typical for rock acts in the 60's and 70's to take old
blues songs and pretend they were original. Ask Bo Diddly about that
sometime..... he'll set your ears on fire about white boys ripping off
black artists... lame ol' same ol' . Now I'm not saying Ram
Jam did that intentionally, but it is prettypathetic that most people
don't even know who Lead Belly was let alone that he wrote the song. I'll
be posting a compete bio on this man and his music as soon as the album is
Yeah...I´ve heard that you´ve
recorded a cover of "Black betty" Why just that song ?
Black Betty is a teaser for the
third album after this one. We'd like to get even more blues
oriented but who knows what will happen. Most of the time we do
things on the spur of the moment. But the song is great and we
thought it would be fun to do a real ass kick version. It came out pretty
smokin' and pretty true to the original blues version. Fate's lead
guitar work sound like some gus is getting his ears torn off.
Stun Leer have a new guitarist " Fate Taylor" (ex-Love
Junkies) How did you guys meet and how come that Michael McCabe
I've known Fate since I was with
Todd Rundgren many years ago. He's one of the hottest and soulful players
I know. It's easy to shred.... it seems anyone can do that... but to
be able to rip peoples hearts out at the same time with just one screaming
note takes "soul". Not may players have that. Fate and I have
always wanted to be in a band together but the timing never seemed to be
right. Right now he's very busy on a few other projects and my
schedule is sort of a mess too. We're trying to talk about a tour in
the Fall at this point.
I absolutely love
"Once" I think it´s a superb album with a great sound a-la the 80´s!
What´s your opinion about the album ? How do you think the response have
been ? and I guess that some of the songs are actually from the 80´s
Thanks for the compliment and it
really does make us feel great, there's a free download from
"Once" at http://www.stunleer.com/
(BLATANT PLUG #2). I really felt that the album
at the time was one of the best I'd ever had the opportunity to to,
but personally I'm really glad the 80's are over..... I hope that answers
your question without sounding too snotty. But you have to
understand that that music was great then...... but,...uhhh....
wakey.... it's 2000. Time to try different things
otherwise you end up doing your "Greatest Hits" is some crappy Las Vegas
lounge like Loverboy. At $200 per ticket I might
add. I just heard the new Bon Jovi single on the radio
other day....... I was embarrassed for him...... "Living On A
Prayer" with Britney Spears/N'Sync drum samples.... I mean how fucking
humiliating is that? He should have taken that re-mix engineer out
in the parking lot and kicked the living snot out of him. Or
maybe he just doesn't care anymore. I remember one time years ago he
compared himself to the "Smurfs".... that was a fucking cartoon ya'
Can you tell
us about your musical history before you joined TOUCH.Did you play in any
I was pretty involved with the CBGB
downtown scene before Touch. I wasn't really sure what I
wanted to do but the energy there was what I liked about it.
Then I met Mark and he taught us all how to write "formula songs".
It workedfor the first album.... but as far as I was concerned the second
one was missing something (like balls for one thing) and anyhow I got
offered the gig with Utopia to replace Kasim Sultan during his hiatus....
then I went with Edgar Winter and a collection of other road acts....I
really had no interest in pursuing Touch anylonger.
How did you
meet Mark Mangold and do you have any contact with him nowadays or any of
the other members ?
I saw his picture on the back of a milk
carton asking 'Have You Seen This Man".... so I called the number and it
was connected to a 1-900-Chat-A-'Ho line..... I ran up a bitch of a bill
with a tart by the name of Wanda.... but never got
through to Mark
unfortunately. I have no idea what he's doing....Craig and Glen I
stay in "touch" with though.
TOUCH was also the
first band to ever play on "The Monsters of Rock" in England 1980 ! What
did you guys think about it back then and PLEASE tell us the real story
about that BEE !!!
What "real"story do you want to
hearYou can't be"stupid"enough to think that I staged that :-) What
happened was I picked up a beer with a bee inside of it and the
little fucker stung me in the throat on the way down. I'm allergic
to insect bites to begin with so I started puking all over the back stage
area and then my throat closed up so I couldn't breathe.Having someone
shove a plastic tube down your throat in an ambulance is a pretty crappy
way to celebrate a great show like that.So any over the hill publicity
starved has been who thinks that was staged should suggest that directly
to my face and I'll gladly hand them their teeth in a bag. Believe
me... it may have been funny afterwards.... but when it happened it was
Then Records released the second TOUCH album a couple of years ago What´s
your feelings about that ? I guess that you by then thought it would never
be released ?
I thought the second album was weak
then and my opinion hasn't changed since. Rock and roll is about
revolution..... Copying Leo Sayer licks and thinking that will finally
make you a star regardless of your mediocre abilities won't do the
trick.... get my drift? One of the main reasons I left
the band was because I knew that album was unlistenable to any good head
banger and the idea of playing in a band that appeared to be
progressing into another version of Air Supply made my skin crawl......
Correct me if I´m
wrong but STUN LEER "Once" 1998 was the first album with you since 1979
(TOUCH).You wanna tell us what you did the years in between ???
I toured allot...I mean
ALOT... Edgar Winter, Todd Rundgren, Roy Buchannan and others..... I
did alot of session work as a back up singer and bassist for more stuff
than I care to remember. Lately what I do now is film
remastering audio.... production of original music....
and write, write, write.... make babies.... get divorced...
get married.... do it again..... you know.... the typical. But I'm
very anxious to get back onto the road. Problem
being it would
seem that the talent pool of musicians is seriously depleted these days.
Paul is having some health problems and it's not clear if he'll be
able to do it. Mike is trying to be Buffalo Bill or some shit in
I really want Fate in the project
but...schedules...schedules!!! Anyway I'm currently based out of New
York and will probably put out the word that we're looking for new members
very soon. Anyone interested and think they can
cut this stuff should email the band at the website http://www.stunleer.com/
(BLATANT PLUG 3#). Bozo's need not apply.
What do you think
about the whole music industry in USA today ?
Can you find any new,good
music that you like and What about AOR/Melodic Hardrock in the states ?
Dead or still alive ? Maybe you all should move to Europe? It´s not huge
here either but it´s for sure coming back again ! (a bit
There is no music scene in the
States today. You have about 12 artists selling a gazillion
records controlled by 5 major record labels. There is a ton of
great music dying on th vine because of this monopoly. Thank
God for MP3,Napster and Gnutilla...... this should maybe not completely
change the rules altogether.....but it will hopefully put an end to this
warmed over Disney Mouketeer shit they've been feeding us for the past few
years. I'm praying for bands like Filter or Rage to place in the top
five as these bands talk about shit that really means something in peoples
lives. If you want to sell masturbation materials for underage
girls..... then just get it over with and include a personal vibrator with
the next 98 degrees album....might as well....that's the only thing they
HAVEN'T done yet.
Anyway, I'm seriously considering coming over and
spending some time in Europe..... particularly Germany or England.... the
stuff I hear coming out of there rawks the house! But .... who
knows.... if it's meant to happen it will. I hear the Queen of
England isn't home often.... and chance for a reasonable sublet while
Urban Wallström - originally published in Catchy Hooks.