My esteemed colleague Salvi C. brought this illuminating interview with former Dictators bassist, and current Twisted Sister, Mark “the Animal” Mendoza to my attention. From the Twisted Sister website, the article — of indeterminate age — features a wealth of nuggets from possibly the only person on the planet who refers to Andy Shernoff as “the keyboard player.”
On hearing The Dictators Go Girl Crazy! for the first time:
“I listened to it and thought it was the worst crap I ever heard! And I said that there’s no way I’m playing in this band. I’m sorry. I’m just not playing this crap.”
On how he impacted the band:
“When I joined the Dictators I kind of changed their style of music. All of a sudden these guys had to play pretty hard to keep up with me. It was like all of a sudden ‘super charging’ the band.”
On his two-plus years as a Dictator:
“It was just chaos and mayhem. I wrecked 42 cars in two years. Completely wrecked rental cars, destroyed I can’t tell you how many hotel rooms. Put M-80s on door knobs and blew out windows. It was just mayhem and destruction.”
Mucho mas in the whole article here.
P.S. Can anyone find Part 2?
One response to “Talking to the Animal”
I used to have a video tape with a Dictators show with Mark “The Aninal” Mendoza on bass for the whole show, from the 80’s.Can somebody tell me the date and place of that show?? Would love to have on dvd-r???
Thanks in advance.