We greeted each other and then got into the interrogation
Me: For those who don’t know, who are Fox Trotsky and the
Fox: umm, Well there’s me of course, Fox Trotsky; famed ex-vocalist for Nancy Vandal then
I have my 3 most elaborately trained monkeys: Fizz Fazz, Turbo and Barry
Me: and what kind of music
will you be playing exactly?
Fox: hmm, spose it sounds exactly the same as Nancy Vandal, but we’re
trying to, with some encouragement and gentle prodding of the 3 monkeys, we’re trying to go in a slightly different
direction. With like a punkier version of Gary Newman and DEVO kind of that early 80s new wave vibe in a sort of punk style
Me: A little off the wall…
what’s your favourite condiment and/or spread?
Fox: Condiment and/or spread. I’m a bit of a vegemite man. I think I’d say
vegemite, maybe given a slight run for its money with apricot jam.
Me: Cool, Why did you make the decision to release songs for free over the X-ray website
rather than through CDs?
Fox: Just me being a sterling good chap and also not wanting to go through the painful process
of actually pressing CDs and having to sell ‘em to get your money back. This was it’s all free and there’s
little in the way of production costs and there’s no cost for the quite beloved punter, so it’s a win win situation.
Me: What’s the chance of a live performance or something resembling one?
Fox: Very slim Andrew, very slim. ‘A’ because I never liked playing live that much,
‘B’ because I’m not very good at… playing live very much … and … that’s it, A &
B. Unlikely, but you never know.
Me: Why the decision to have Apes rather than humans in F.T.E? Surely Jason Whalley is
cheaper to feed and almost as clean as an ape
Fox: That’s true, but he has opinions as do many humans, but apes… they have opinions
too, but they’re easier to mould and beat with sticks and stuff. Plus there’s only the RSPCA to worry about, whereas
with humans there’s lots of organizations that are concerned about people being beaten with sticks, being told what
to play and how to think and so forth.
Me: Yeah that’s true. When will the inevitable merchandise be bestowed, such as
hats, t-shirts, condoms, be released upon the adoring public?
Fox: Umm, as soon as possible but again you get into these differences where you have to actually
buy the actual said merchandise, condoms and so forth, and then you have to get people to fork out their hard earned. That’s
where these things become complicated, like, I wish there was a digital way of transmitting the T-shirt where you don’t
have to actually do anything where money becomes involved. I’m basically being the world’s biggest tight arse
and avoiding anything that costs money. But you gotta have a t-shirt though don’t you?
Me: Yeah, it’s what you do. So when do ya reckon we’ll hear some stuff from
the world’s favourite Uncle, Rich Uncle Skeleton?
Fox: I’ve actually recorded and mastered that stuff. A combination of laziness and not
wanting people to get too confused, people think, “oh, Fox is in a new band… oh hang on…there’s 2
bands and I’m confused I don’t know which way’s up” So I’ve actually got 3 Rich Uncle Skeleton
songs ready to go so maybe in the next couple of weeks when the wild hysteria of Fox Trotsky and the Explosives debut has
maybe calmed down a little bit I’ll get some Rich Uncle Skeleton on the website. It’s kinda ready to go and doesn’t
sound too bad if I don’t say so myself.
Me: What, if anything, is your favourite Misfits release?
Fox: ahhh, you’re a ‘We Are 138’ man aren’t ya? ‘Cos I remember
reading something about you and 138.
Me: I don’t think you can top “All Hell Breaks Loose” from ‘Walk
Among Us’… that’s their best song and their best album is Walk Among Us I reckon
Fox: Well my favourite Misfits song is ‘brain eaters’ but I do kinda waver amongst
other ones. Unlike most people who like the misfits I actually didn’t mind the non-Danzig albums they released.
Me: I like ‘em as well.
Fox: Really? Do you?
Me: You can’t really compare them; they’re too different
Fox: Nah, that’s right. People just think its sacrilege to the name. But like, I really
liked the first one the ‘American Psycho’ one. I really liked some of the songs. And I thought the guy, umm, what’s
his name…Michael Graves, even though no one could replace Danzig and his unique voice if anyone in the world was to
replace him, He was the guy.
Me: Yeah, like, he’s a great singer
Fox: Yeah he’s got a sensational voice
and they still wrote good songs.
Me: They did indeed. Oi did you let Levi’s
jeans use the song “You Rock” from ‘I’ve Wasted my life’, for one of their ads? If so, why aren’t
you living it up in So Cal with other punk rock legends?
Fox: Well it wasn’t Levi’s it was
Jay Jay’s Jeans. Which I’m not sure is better or worse or in between. Yeah they used ‘You rock’ and
they had another song for our ad, which I think was… ‘I smell love’ from ‘I’ve Wasted My Life’.
Like you know those little zany ads they do? Well in our one, there were these guys riding push bikes off a ramp and into
ah ok, like where they ride the dumpster into the ocean or
Fox: Yeah yeah, but in
our ad they got complaints apparently from tree loving people about trees being destroyed so they had to pull the ad, which
was a shit… now what was your question again?
Me: Did you make much money from
that? Say enough to live it up in Southern California?
*laughs* Oh, we do live it up no question about it. We made a lot of money from Nancy Vandal. All of us sort
of live in a fairly luxurious state, I mean, in terms of that specific impact of that ad; not much ‘cos when you’ve
got the vast piles of riches that we do it’s kind of like a little pittance. Like change, I probably took whatever money
from that ad to the shops and purchased a plasma screen for my toilet, I can’t remember now. My spending habits are
so spectacular that the actual details are a bit hazy.
up those ‘Crunchie’ chocolates? One side is always hard and shit compared to the other delicious side. I assume
that you’d know, being the guru that you are.
Fox: Good question ay,
these days I’m more of a Milo man. They’re awesome. And the old Milo bars are great too. You know that they changed?
They used to be just Milo with chocolate around them. But now, someone at Milo headquarters said ‘no, let’s mix
it up and they mixed it up’ and they just completely changed the whole recipe for the bar but I think it works.
Me: Yeah, same.
I think it’s the new extreme version, with a capital X and no ‘e’
Fox: True, yeah, I think
it is, yeah. That doesn’t answer your question at all does it… food for thought none the less.
Interesting facts that for sure…why do you think that your classic film “Gate Crasher” failed to
impress the tropfest judges?
Australia has a bit of a record of setting itself on controversial filmmakers. When the material is really inflammatory
and it shakes the very values that they hold dear and Gate Crasher was one of those films. It was kind of a “you can’t
handle the truth” situation. They were so overwhelmed with the power and unique vision of the film that they couldn’t
handle it so they crushed it. But you can’t crush the truth.
Me: What, for the
uninformed, will be on the X-ray DVD, Sales from the crypt?
Fox: Well there’s
2 discs, the first disc is just X-ray studio stuff such as the said Gate Crasher as well as “you are so dead”
which was the tropfest finalist film, The God’s Ugly Children episodes which was some stuff I did with Frenzal Rhomb’s
manager Chris Moses. Which was an animated short, featuring creatures, characters rather, based on the real life Frenzal Rhomb
fellows. Umm, and my first short film which is called Fuzzy’s Day Out about a psychotic teddy bear. And music videos
like the new Fox Trotsky and the Explosives one as well as Frenzal Rhomb, the Tenants so forth. Disc 2 is a purely Nancy Vandal
experience it contains all of our music videos which are all pretty rubbishy quality, but there’s some nuggets of gold.
And plus a shit load of live performances from our catalogue of crappy video taped footage. Which has been digitally …
enhanced, not remasters, that’s pushing it, it’s been enhanced slightly. But basically it’s a DVD full of
Nancy Vandal rubbish. And also the name has changed, it is no longer “sales from the crypt”. I did a little bit
of a search and found out that there is a shop called “sales from the crypt” I thought it was my bright idea but
Me: Damn, so what
are you calling it now?
Fox: It’s now officially
called “Ow, my eyeball” which is a Simpson’s grab, which is on the first Nancy Vandal EP
Me: Ah yes, from
the end of “I slam therefore I am” I believe
Fox: Ah yes, well remembered.
Either Rod or Tod Flanders gets a paper plan flown into his eye and goes “Ow, my eyeball”
Me: Yeah, I remember
that now. When, if ever, do you reckon the Nancy Vandal reunion gig will be released on DVD?
Fox: We accepted a punters
offer of video taping the gig…
Me: Yeah, it was
the old guitarist from Unpaid Debt
Fox: Oh really? Do you
know the guy?
Me: Not really,
but I’ve talked to him.
Fox: Well they said that
they were gonna do it and we thought, yeah, saves us from doing it. But we haven’t really been pressuring them but maybe
now the time is right, it was like 2 years ago. I can’t really say for sure but it’s bound to see the light of
Me: Ok then, penultimately,
if you were going to be stuck on an island who would be the person you’d wanna be stuck with and who would you hate
to be stuck with?
Fox: I like this question.
Presuming I can OK it with my wife: Denise Richards, but that might not fly so if I had to pick a non-spunky female, it’d
be Jack Black.
quality stuff. And you’re last choice?
Fox: Umm, hmm, there’s
a big field. Do you know who Piers Ackerman is? He’s a journalist
for the Daily Telegraph and he’s a cunt. But it’s a big, big field.
Yeah, gosh, aww fuck, Maybe a more well known pick would be the singer from Good Charlotte.
Whatever his fuckin name is.
Fox: Yeah, I don’t like him. But honestly it’d be a pretty
Sure would be. And finally, if you have a parting message for the
millions, thousands, 138 fans out there,
what is it Fox?
Umm *laughs* Stop listening to any new music because that’s only going to hasten the time in which you
don’t find me interesting umm and keep on Rockin’
Fox, thanks a lot for your time and I’ll get back to ya soon.