PZO: As a band, what do you think your best qualities
Joe: We try to improve our songs with every album and we try not to take
shortcuts with our music. <long pause> We put out lots of
records--maybe too many.
PZO: What is the most misunderstood song lyric in one of your songs?
Joe: Oh maybe the song, "Oi to the World." A lot of people don't
know what Oi music is. Do you guys know what it is?
PZO and PZO_Camera_Friend: No.
Joe: Oi music is music from England from like the 1970s--it was like skinhead
music. It's not racist music, but skinhead type of music where they all
go, "Oi, Oi, Oi!" Oi music is a type of music and we have a
song called "Oi to the World" and everyone should get into that
music even though that's one of our only Oi songs. We have another song
called "N.I.M.B.Y." and that's kind of an Oi song. But we sing
Oi songs and that's misunderstood. No Doubt recorded it and they had to
come to us and ask, "Is this racist?" We said, "No, it
isn't." and they said, "Okay." and they recorded it.
PZO: But you lied.
Joe: HAHAHA. I lied. [*Before some of you go emailing The Vandals keep
in mind Joe was just joking and playing along.]
PZO: What is one of your favorite lines from one of your songs?
Joe: My favorite line in the song called "Take It Back." The
song is about taking your food back-sending your food back at a restaurant.
The waitress says, "I'm studying to be an actress." and the
customer says "Start acting like a waitress!"
PZO: What was the last good deed you did?
Joe: I rode around on my bicycle in Phoenix during the show. Paul Frank
gave us all bicycles.
Joe: Yeah, even our manager got a little pink one 'cause she's a girl.
So I rode mine around. Just having fun riding my bike put me in a good
mood and some guy's car was broken down and I helped him push it back
into the parking lot. We tried to fix it. I did the best I could do. Then
I gave him a check for $20,000 to go buy a new car.
PZO: Yeah, right.
Joe: That last part is not true. Just goes to show you no matter what
good deed you do it is never good enough.
PZO: What band or artist would you like to call it quits?
Joe: I don't really have anything that comes to mind. <thinks>
Walt Disney. What's wrong with that guy? That talented bastard why doesn't
he just give up?
PZO: Dude, he's dead.
Joe: Oh, I'm sorry. <smiles> I'm just kidding. I love Disneyland.
PZO: What is one thing you would not do no matter how much money you
Joe: I wouldn't break the law. That's a pretty boring answer, huh? That's
why I don't do drugs except I take some mushrooms every once and awhile.
PZO: What's your favorite childhood memory?
Joe: The day Magic Mountain opened up. My dad got us tickets to the opening
day of Magic Mountain. I wasn't old enough to go to the opening day of
Disneyland 'cause that was in the 50s.
PZO: What event on your life had the greatest impact on you?
Joe: These are all serious questions. <smiles> They're good,
but very serious. I guess going to law school.
PZO: Which one?
Joe: Loyola Law School.
<Joe gives insight on law schools and types of law>
PZO: If you could pass a law what would it be?
Joe: To legalize bull fighting in California.
PZO: What do you have in your pockets right now?
Joe: That's a great question. I usually have something good. <pulls
out stuff> A business card, a receipt, maybe $200 bucks, phone
and chapstick. I usually have good stuff.
PZO: Like what?
Joe: <pulls out more> Like earplugs, I have a backstage pass,
but I left my wallet in the bus.
PZO: What's the worst advice you've ever been given?
Joe: Yesterday I asked someone where the Smart Punks stage was and they
told me it was at one end of the place and it was somewhere else. I missed
the three Underminded songs and it was a guy in River City Rebels who
gave me the advice. I'm still holding a grudge. Here's what I have to
say to people. It's okay to say no. It's okay. I don't know is a valid
<Joe starts to wonder what he looks like on the camera and what
famous star he resembles>
PZO: What are your thoughts on the upcoming presidential election?
Joe: I think all of these punk people are sell outs if they don't vote
for Ralph Nader. Bush and Kerry they're related and they're in the same
fraternity. People think there's a difference between these two guys for
my purposes there is a difference and I will probably vote for George
W. Bush, but if these people had any soul, integrity, they would be campaigning
for Ralph Nader. A person that would really embrace the differences they
really have with society, but they don't 'cause they think the enemy is
the President of the United States. That's pretty short sided. I'm all
for them having their enemy or whatever, but it's kind of amateur hour
around here, open mic night in the political world. I usually don't answer
political questions, but since you are cool I figured I'd give you one.
PZO: Given the opportunity, who would you kidnap for a day?
Joe: Vitamin C.
PZO: Are you serious?
Joe: Do you know her?
Joe: She was the host of the WB Superstars. All the people who made that
should be led away in handcuffs, but it was so good I watched every episode
like three times. I made my own DVD of them and I play it on the bus.
PZO: I don't think you want to say anymore.
Joe: What? It was so good. Vitamin C was very good in it.