• I just reread the short three-question interview with Evan Dando and UNCUT. It follows the review <http://www.evandando.co.uk/reviews/stuncut.html> of the new self-titled album that GARTH plays Hammond and Steinway on (2 tracks). I find Mr. Dando's interviews quite witty and very entertaining, so don't be surprised if I whisper and wail a few more Dando excerpts here in the future:
From Uncut September 2006
Punk's Not Dead! The Marvellous Return of Evan Dando
by John Mulvey
UNCUT: There seems to be a lot of goodwill directed towards you and the band. Why do you think that is?
EVAN DANDO: I don't know! I think we got enough negative stuff in the past to be exempt now. The band's been going for 20 years - after such an investment of time, why change the name? And Iggy likes the name. No higher praise.
UNCUT: You seem more reconciled to being happy. Did you spend a long time trying to appear "dark" as a reaction to being viewed as a pop lightweight?
EVAN DANDO: I am definitely happy these days. The "dark" thing was a lot simpler than that - a lot of the time I just wasn't happy. Sometimes I forget that the point of the whole thing is to have fun. Otherwise you end up hurting the people around you... or you hurt yourself. That's what I used to do most often. One time a microwave bit me. My drummer turned the beat around and it didn't sound good. I didn't want to get mad at him, so I got mad at the appliances. I was trashing everything in the room, and this microwave grabbed me; ripped the tip off my index finger.
UNCUT: Looking back over the past 20 years, any regrets?
EVAN DANDO: Not one thing. Especially not the horrible stuff. You gotta lose it, at least once. I went to rehab, to please my parents. And when I got out, I smoked a joint, and I'm still here. I've learned to balance my drug-taking. Don't give drugs a bad name by doing too much. All things in moderation, including moderation...
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PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT ENCOURAGE THE USE OF DRUGS, SMOKING OR ALCOHOL. THEY ARE HAZARDOUS! Thanks, Maud H.