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Origins of speed metal

Origins of speed metal
March 23, 2014, 07:20:25 PM

DID YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A HEAVY METAL BAND AT THAT TIME?

J: Yeah.  None of us were really into the punk stuff, except maybe the Ramones
or the Pistols.  We were not real hardcore punk fans.

K: That's the thing that a lot of people don't know, when we first started we
weren't heavily into punk.  It was very, very slight.  Motorhead and the
Ramones.

WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA TO PLAY THE RIFFS THAT MUCH FASTER?

J: Motorhead.

http://morehouse.org/hin/cdc/cdc067.txt

Re: Origins of speed metal
March 24, 2014, 06:57:33 AM
WHERE DOES THE PUNK EDGE COME IN?  ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE ARE PHOTOS OF YOU
GUYS WEARING GBH AND DISCHARGE SHIRTS...

K: Well, what happened was we were playing this music no other metal bands were
playing and then all of the sudden one day we heard a punk band that was
playing as fast as we were.  We said, 'Hey, this is cool.'

YOU HAD NO IDEA THIS PUNK SCENE EXISTED?

J: Not too much.  Punks would come to our show and say, 'Hey, have you ever
heard of this band or this band.'  'No.  Give me a tape, let's hear them.'  We
started getting into it that way.

WHAT IS THE FIRST BAND YOU HEARD FROM THAT SIDE?

K: Discharge, for me.

J: It was either Discharge or GBH.

DID THAT CHANGE THE WAY YOU DID MUSIC ONCE YOU HEARD THAT?

K: It changed the way we played.

IT OPENED YOUR MIND?

J: Yeah, it did, we started getting into listening to stuff from different
moves.  Instead of just going, 'Ho, we're going to play some metal now.'

K: When we started listening to punk stuff then we started listening to other
things too--I hate to say this but, The Police, or...

J: Kirk listens to the Police.  (laughs)

WHY DO YOU HATE TO SAY IT, ARE YOU EMBARRASSED?

K: No, I'm not really embarrassed, it's just that a lot of people won't
understand that.  What I'm trying to say is that we started listening to
music other than heavy metal, we broadened our musical horizons.

UP UNTIL THAT TIME YOU WERE LISTENING TO METAL-TYPE BANDS?

J: The metal scene was so small back then that everyone was just fighting
for metal.  There were hardly any bands, so we had to make a mark.

DID YOU LISTEN TO WHAT THE PUNK BANDS WERE SAYING OR JUST THEIR RIFFS?

K: Everything.  It all helped.

J: It opened up a lot of shit.  It gave us, I think, some more heavy topics to
write about.

K: It was a truer gut feeling I think, on James' behalf.

also from http://morehouse.org/hin/cdc/cdc067.txt

Re: Origins of speed metal
March 24, 2014, 08:19:19 AM
I thought this was fairly telling...

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DO YOU WRITE THE MUSIC FIRST OR THE LYRICS FIRST?

J: Both first.  We come up with song titles and riffs first.

K: We come up with a basic concept first.