THOUGH ERIC may prefer to refer to himself as simply “guitarist / record producer / songwriter / bar owner / American,” his musical resume is in fact as wide as it is deep. From Joan Jett’s Blackhearts clear on through to Roscoe’s Gang (by way of The Del Lords, Killbillies, Mojo Nixon, The Bottle Rockets and almost even The Ghost Rockets), here’s one guy who’s long since established himself as one of the nation’s greatest-ever Guitar Men …no matter what side of the recording studio glass he may be toiling through. Eric recently sat still for a second, however, to reveal to us all:
1. Munsters or Addams Family: Which one’s for you, and Why?
Munsters. Better theme song, better cars.
2. Who in the world, living or dead, would you most like to play a game of Twister with?
Right now it would be Elizabeth Hurley, but I have to say thoughts of Twister come to mind for me very often, and the participants change.
3. How many Sid King & The Five Strings records do you own?
Not a single one.
4. If you had been working the front gate at Graceland that night back in ’76 when a drunken Jerry Lee Lewis showed up, shotgun in hand, to “put that damn Elvis outta his mis’ry”, what would you have done?
I certainly would not have argued with him when he said “I’m the King of Rock and Roll, not that fat sonofabitch junkie up there” !
5. ‘Ginger’ or ‘Mary-Ann’: Which one’s for you, and for How Long?
I guess it would be Ginger …and if I could re-make her as Mary-Ann, it could be forever.
6. What single song, living or dead, do you most wish you’d written… and Why Didn’t You?
‘The Star Spangled Banner’. It is our national anthem and I find it to be completely fascinating. Every time I hear it I weep in awe of this country and its greatness …which includes my right to tell you to fuck off if you don’t agree.
7. Whose guitar would you most like to be reincarnated as?
Scotty Moore’s guitar (I believe he was playing a Gibson Super 400) from the Elvis ’68 comeback special. And I would try like hell to not let Elvis take me away from Scotty during the rockabilly portion of the show. I would also make sure that the roadie who forgot Elvis’s guitar strap that day never worked in this business again.
8. In 2000 words or less, Your Hopes, Aspirations and Goals, musical and otherwise, for your life and your country?
To really appreciate the United States of America I feel it is necessary to travel abroad. I really hope that the future will take the wasteful power away from litigators and speculators. I hope that new ideas will flourish and that I’m still around after the pending stock market crash. Musically, as a person who lived through the ’70s the first time, it has been a real drag to see so much of the worst crap come back again. I look forward to being involved with fellow committed artists and hope to find the time to relax with my wife.
© Gary Pig Gold, Jumping Fences, 2002