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HAUNTED GEORGE


THE WILD, WILD WORLD OF HAUNTED GEORGE!!!


By Jens Hellroute

The full interview with Haunted George (aka Steve Pallow) was aired sometime ago on my Lowcut Rock'n'Roll Radioshow, but since y'all can't hear that channel I thought it should be put down in writing. So here's a shorter version of the interview I did with Haunted George at Elværket in Helsingør prior to his show. Topics involve his previous bands like The Beguiled, Necessary Evils, no-fi production ethics, his time as a park ranger in the Mojave Desert, and his love of classic horrorfilms. In case you wonder who the hell Haunted George is...well, let's just say his no-fi horror punkabilly makes The Cramps and Misfits sound like Emerson Lake & Palmer, haha.


WORMWOOD CHRONICLES: You're a one-man band when you record, but on tours you sometimes got a bass or guitarplayer with you?

HAUNTED GEORGE: Jimmy Hole, we both were in Necessary Evils, he plays guitar with me right now. About a year ago he played bass with me. Anything I've done on record, so far, has just been myself. Jimmy's on the 2 new songs for a 7 inch, the first recordings he's on. And it's the first recordings ever that I've tried to do clean. Everything else is done by myself; "Bone Hauler", "Pile O Meat", "Panther Howl" and the singles.

WC: How do you get that 'sound' on your records?

HG: "Panther Howl" and "Bone Hauler" were just done on a 1 track cassette recorder in my garage. It has nice stone walls like this (knocks on the wall), it's a good sound. I just put the amps and mics in the right spot, and it'll get the sound right. I walk up to the cassette recorder, push 'play', and walk back to my guitar...and play. "Pile O Meat" was done a 2 track cassette recorder, the first broke down, and somebody gave a new one. The next record I'm gonna record on a 4 track! All live of course as usual, this time with Jimmy. The next LP's gonna be released on In The Red Records, so we gonna take the recordings to a studio and mix it there. I hope it will have the same sound, but with Jimmy in it.

WC: First time I heard of you was The Beguiled and that great Crypt album, "Blue Dirge" (1994).

HG: We had a few records before that one, "Gone Away" (1988) on Dionysus Records, and an EP on Estrus in 1993. With "Blue Dirge" we toured Europe. When we came back 3 months later ,that was when Mike Ball was killed on September 17th 1994. That was the end of The Beguiled, then I had a band called The Black Panthers that went on for a short while, and I had these songs, and then somebody me told that Fireworks had broken up, and James Arthur was looking for a band. Then James moved to Los Angeles and we started The Necessary Evils. We released "Spider Fingers" in 1997 without a bassplayer, and added Jimmy Hole on bass with "The Sicko In Me" the year after, also on In The Red Records. In 2000/2001 everyone in the band just moved to different parts of America, and the band split up.

WC: You became a park ranger in the Mojave Desert?

HG: Not anymore, but I was for awhile. For a long time I worked in Hollywood, but I moved out to the desert, and it was a long drive back and forth to Los Angeles from the desert. 2 hours. The Mojave desert is huge, it's spread over California, Arizona and Nevada. Basically I was a maintenance man during the week. Fix toilets, clean trailers, fix electrical stuff...but I always had to wear a uniform, so I dressed like a cop, haha. Did that for 3 days in the week, and at weekends I worked at an Indian Museum, teaching kids like how to crush corn and start fires. (Teaching arson to kids...interesting avocation!--Dr. Mality)

WC: Musical influences...obviously Hasil Adkins and The Cramps come to mind, you covered Johnny Horton.

HG: "Broken Hearted Gypsy", yeah, I listen to a lot of different stuff, mostly old stuff. Hank Williams, Gene Autry, and more obscure stuff from the 20s. But recently I put on the first The Damned record, haven't heard that in years, and oh my god, that shit is good! Played it 15 times in a row.

WC: Heard you're a somewhat of a horrorfilm buff?

HG: Oh yeah, I love horrorfilms. This one, "Mill Of The Stone Women" (1960), is quite good, you get it from...

WC: Mondo Macabro, great dvd company. My favorite movie of all time is Mario Bava's "Black Sunday".

HG: He is incredible, his first stuff "Black Sunday" and "Black Sabbath" are just great. That last one totally freaked me out as a kid. I've been watching a lot of silent horror movies lately, you get addicted to those films. Do you know "Haxan"?

WC: Oh yeah, that's by a Danish director, Benjamin Christensen.

HG: It' very good, witch hunts, the Inquisition...that's an incredible movie, from 1922, man! Cooking babies and shit, haha.

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