1. Did you have any 'Spinal Tap' moments this year?
Barry: We don't really have Spinal Tap moments anymore because we have a Spinal Tap existence as a band. To us, the Spinal Tap moments for other bands can be the most exciting shows. We played a party in a small Appalachian mountain town with people who don't get a lot of outside visitors, that was fun. Great moonshine and a window into a new way of life. To me, a Spinal Tap show is the type with the barricade and the security guards. Unfortunately, you have to do those kinds of shows anyways, to sell your whole package to everyone, and we do it, but the club show or the house show is the superior experience, and the more bizarre and inappropriate the audience, the better of a challenge and the more fun it is.
2. What were some of your favorite releases from 2008?
Barry: I was pretty disappointed with every release that came out this year. there wasn't really anything that I would imagine playing again and again the rest of my life. the musicians are getting lazy. I don't care if that pisses everyone off at this point, sometimes you need tough love.
3. New Year's resolution?
Barry: I will resolve to give up having expectations that the world will ever start making any sense, and to have fun with it.
4. Plans for the holidays?
Barry: I plan to convince my friends and family to buy canned food, firearms and to start storing water.
5. What's on your ipod?
Barry: Merle Haggard "are the good times really over for good", skeeter davis "the end of the world", too much talk radio, and comfort staples like Shudder to Think and Quicksand.
6. What was the craziest fan you encountered? What made him/her so crazy?
Barry: All of our fans are certifiably crazy. So are we. We have cool fans like recent iraq vets, mountain men, crazy chicks who do meth, people with terribly anxious schizophrenia, real, average people, and we love them for who they are. It seems like every woman i meet got raped a couple of days ago and every guy just lost all of his money and wants to stab someone. bring it on, lets smoke a joint and just realize that life is what it is and be proud to not be living through the PG - 13 points in history.
7. If you could bring back one musician from the grave for a day, who and why?
Barry: GG Allin, no brainer. I would bring him back now because it would totally not be controversial. I think if GG Allin came back and came out today he could practically be a pop singer doing the same stuff he does, because we've slid down the road that far. I just would like to see people seeing that and not being offended. I'm not sure how I'd feel about it, probably pissed because I only liked his strategy BECAUSE it was unacceptable and offensive, but, Hell, it'd be weird.