Interview with Kenny Hickey, Guitarist for Type O Negative By Patrick Douglas
Kenny: Yeah. What's going on? What do you want from me man? (yells into the phone then laughs)
Patrick: I want to bug you! (yells)
Kenny: That's allright. There's always someone.
Patrick: Are you guys in Pennsylvania right now?
Kenny: Yeah man, I'm like two hours away from home.
Patrick: Where's home?
Kenny: It's like . are we doing the interview yet?
Kenny: Allright. I'm like two hours away from home, so this is like the end of a nine week run.
Patrick: How's the tour been?
Kenny: I'm tired and I miss my ladies. (cell phone breaks up a bit) and my wife. Hello?
Patrick: I got you man.
Kenny: Oh you got me? Okay.
Patrick: Are you getting a lot of good feedback from "Life is Killing Me?"
Kenny: Oh yeah. Definitely. It's been great man. Tons of sell outs. We average like 11, 12 hundred people a night. Major markets. It's been great. I'm very shocked considering that the single only got so much airplay, you know. The usual shit. But the kids come out. The kids that come out are fanatical you know.
Patrick: I think it's one of the most well written and enjoyable albums to come out this year. How do you stack it against the other Type O records?
Kenny: Um. I'd probably put it . I think it's like the happiest sounding Type O album. You know? Cause there's a lot of positive sounds in it. Maybe the lyrics ain't so positive, though. I'd put it probably like third favorite.
Patrick: But you think it's a happy album.
Kenny: Yeah sounding, there's a lot of major melodies and stuff in it. It goes to a lot of different places.
Patrick: Do you guys set goals when you go into the studio to record new material?
Kenny: Don't have a goal. You know, it's just a bunch of licks thrown out in the air, you know. They've been arranged together in pieces and nobody knows what the hell it's going to sound like until the last lyric is written, you know.
Patrick: "Less Than Zero" has a real Beatles vibe to it. How influential is that band to your music?
Kenny: Probably influences us 80 per . na, I'd say about 60 percent influence of the entire music of the band. The rest is Black Sabbath.
Patrick: How fun is it pulling songs like "I Like Girls" and "Angry Inch" out during a show?
Kenny: We haven't played those live.
Kenny: Uh. I mean it took us a long time to prepare any songs. We've only played . I think we've only played like three songs off this album. Now we're only playing two. We got to just two, we got "Anesthesia" and "I Don't Want to Be Me." You know I'm outside the gig right now and I'm getting surrounded by fans right now.
Patrick: Do you sometimes see people shocked by the humor in this band? I mean you guys look like some scary dudes.
Kenny: I wouldn't say they get shocked. They either get disappointed because they thought we were serious, or they just don't get it at all.
Patrick: I mean, you have a really serious sounding song in "How Could She" and it's about chicks on TV. I think it's brilliant.
Kenny: Well, we try not to take ourselves seriously, man.
Patrick: When the album came out, I popped it in at work and we heard "I Like Girls" and had to rewind it, cause it was so damn funny and so shocking at the same time. How have others reacted to it?
Kenny: You mean as far as the press goes?
Kenny: There was something uh .some gay men's magazine wrote about it (background laughing) and they kind of made Peter out to be like, a closet fag you know (laughs). I guess they were angry at the lyrics or whatever. The interview was really funny though.
Patrick: I'd ask you your hobbies, but I noticed you have shitting your pants down on the web site as one. Is that an inside story?
Kenny: (laughs). Well, yeah. You know. I was known to get out of control in the past. But, I'm all better now.
Patrick: You're all better now? That's good. You got that taken care of?
Patrick: Do you guys do anything together as a group besides playing music?
Kenny: Not anymore. We used to, you know, in the beginning. We used to go out to East 5th Street and Alphabet City, you know, back in the late 80s. We'd go to this bar called the Mission, just to have like, to have free drink cocktail hour from like 7 to 9. We used to drink the whole bar out, hang out all night. We don't do that stuff anymore. You know, we've been together for like 12 years, (laughs) something like that. So, we've seen enough of each other (laughs).
Patrick: So you guys don't like hang out on Sunday's and watch football together?
Kenny: (laughs) Naw. I mean, me and Johnny hang out once in a while, that's cause he lives so close to me.
Patrick: If all four of you guys were hanging out together, which one of you would likely be the one getting everyone else a beer?
Kenny: Probably Johnny. I don't drink anymore though.
Patrick: You don't?
Kenny: No. No.
Patrick: Does that go back to the whole shitting your pants thing?
Kenny: Yes it would. Shitting my pants. Ending up in ditches, you know, fuckin . I've had a problem for years, you know.
Patrick: Well good for you for taking care of it.
Kenny: Well I gotta. I've got a family now and stuff. I can't end up at fuckin strip bars anymore with junkie chicks and all that shit.
Patrick: What do you think of the Internet and the ability to fileshare? I know you guys were bitten just before your album came out.
Kenny: What bugs me man, is like, there's no real solution to it. You're just gonna have to adapt and deal with it.
Patrick: I just read that record companies are finally going to lower CD prices. Do you think that'll be a solution?
Kenny: They should because CD's cost too much, man. You know they cost as much as a fucking DVD sometimes and that's ridiculous.
Patrick: What do you think of mainstream radio and the part it plays in music these days?
Kenny: I think it sucks. I mean, I don't like all this fucking post, post, post punk shit. You know. It's like fucking give me a break already man. This half-assed pop-rock. A lot of it is just like, fucking gay. This happy fucking . I can't stand it. There's a few bands I like. I love System of a Down. There's a few bands that are doing some stuff that's vital, that's actually on the radio. Very few though.
Patrick: Yeah, it's weird hearing The Ataris on the radio, followed by Type O.
Kenny: We don't hear that in New York.
Patrick: Our corporate radio losers here mix legitimate bands with shit bands.
Patrick: If you could share the stage with any bands past or present, who would they be?
Kenny: Jimi Hendrix, just to meet him. If I could go back in time, I'd see him at the Marquee in London, 1968 or something.
Patrick: Any other bands?
Kenny: Yeah. Probably Black Sabbath. Well I have seen Black Sabbath, I've actually played with them. I can't say that. The original lineup.
Patrick: So you're show would have Hendrix and Sabbath?
Kenny: Probably Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and fucking Zeppelin.
Patrick: Thanks for taking a moment to talk with me Kenny.
Kenny: That's cool. That's allright man. Thank you.
Patrick: And remember - stay off the booze.
Kenny: I will man.
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