M. Clark - Suicidal Tendencies
Early last month Suicidal Tendencies released - 'No Mercy Fool!/The Suicidal Family' - Featuring re-recorded tracks from 'Join The Army' as well as the music of No Mercy, a band which featured long time guitarist Mike Clark, and for which Mike Muir also sang.
I recently spoke with Mike Clark about his long history in the Suicidal revolution, and what it means to be controlled by hatred, while waking the dead, and to be still cyco after all these years. Pledge your allegiance, laugh and smile, then join Mike and me in this light candid conversation.
MettleAngel: Hey Man, how is it going?
MettleAngel: I am a strong supporter of Suicidal Tendencies. I am from California. I just received a digital copy of the new album. I have always been a fan of 'Join The Army', ever since I first bought the cassette in 1987.
MettleAngel: They used some of your No Mercy songs when ST released the 'Controlled By Hatred / Feel Like Shit... Deja Vu' EP. Your song "Waking The Dead" and the video that followed is when ST truly crossed over.
MettleAngel: I am a fan and just know these things. Your first album with ST was 'How Will I Laugh Tomorrow When I Can't Even Smile Today'. This is when ST really began to become a Metal act.
MettleAngel: Suicidal were always a tough band to define. Were you Punk, Metal, Crossover, Funk, other? You are the only musician affiliated with the band to not participate in Infectious Grooves.
MettleAngel: Playing the new album, the one thing it does lack is Rocky's touch. I appreciate Dean's efforts, and I spoke with him a while back about being in ST.
MettleAngel: Some ST songs are in that vein, like "Send Me Your Money". The '97 version of "Join The Army", and even the new version called "Join The S.T. Army" are a bit funky.
MettleAngel: Your ignorance of that means you were not paid when Sony put out 'Playlist: The Very Best of Suicidal Tendencies'.
MettleAngel: Do you know what is up with Rocky George, he seems to have fallen below the radar. Last I heard he was still with Fishbone.
MettleAngel: Does the ST vibe today feel like it did back in the Venice Beach days when you all looked like extras in the film "Born In East L.A."?
MettleAngel: I know Dean stems from a more R&B milieu.
MettleAngel: That is good to hear. I see you are about to embark upon a US Tour. You will be in Cleveland on Halloween the same day as the new Helloween album '7 Sinners' is due out. I would love to see you, but my son will want to go trick or treating.
MettleAngel: Unfortunately, I have never seen ST live. That is saying a great deal about your current bassist, as you once played with Robert Trujillo.
MettleAngel: I think you are a killer thrash guitarist. You took ST to the next level.
MettleAngel: So with all this bottled up talent, when can we expect a new ST CD, of all new material?
MettleAngel: Will it be more Metal, than Punk? On your most recent DVD - 'Live At The Olympic Auditorium' - the song selections are mostly from your earlier works. The last two studio albums were also more crossover.
MettleAngel: That is one of my favourites too.
MettleAngel: I am pleased to see that you are not asleep at the wheel, but rather reinventing it then.
MettleAngel: You were truly cutting edge. I recall when Slayer covered "Memories Of Tomorrow". Now, Hatebreed is covering Slayer. Is it true that the song "I Saw Your Mommy...." off your debut is based on a true story?
MettleAngel: Man the lyrics are so gruesome, yet somewhat funny, in a dark morose way. Hell, you pre-dated Cannibal Corpse with shocking lyrics.
MettleAngel: Do you miss all the big time success? ST were once on the Euroleg of "The Clash Of The Titans Tour". I remember when you toured with Megadeth on "The Countdown" Tour, too.
MettleAngel: So you have risen and fallen, and are now climbing back up again. You have gone from humble beginnings to stellar stardom.
MettleAngel: Suicidal Records is an example of the band taking charge. It is like the song says, "You Can't Bring Me Down!", right?
MettleAngel: Thanks Mike for taking the time to indulge a long time fan.
MettleAngel: Amen! Now I can laugh tomorrow,and smile today!