It’s very strange, because I’ve never done one of those, so I really didn’t know what it was.
One of the guys in the band had a tribal tattoo and I was like, “Why is this the band song?”
And he explains that it was like this:
It’s called “Black Skinhead.” The whole reason I did it is because I knew this is what the original Black Skinheads is called. But the original name was the original name of a group back in the day who did these horrible, evil things to people, and the name was “Black Skinhead.” If you can’t remember the band name from the early sixties, you might remember the original name of Black Skinhead. [Laughter] That was a cool time.
How did the band get that name?
My first memory of them is when I was young and going to church, with all these other fans of the band.
I had never read anything about them.
I remember going to church, and a big, fat guy came up to me and said, “Hello boys, you just got here! We heard about you!” So I was like, “This is the first time they’ve ever heard of me. What’s going on?” In the next class I went to, there was a girl named Lisa and I asked her if I could talk to her. And she went, “Oh yes, I love your stuff!” I was like, “Uh.” She looked at me like, “No, no I don’t.” No one seemed to know anything, and I went back and got the Bible from my mom and started to read it. It said this song goes like this: “You must beware my brother, beware my brother!” That was the first time I heard of it. My dad says, “That’s the best lyric ever.” I was like, “I have no idea.” He said, “Do you remember when I was your age and you would hear that song?” I was probably twelve or so. So I remember what it sounded like.
So the first time I heard a Tribe song, I was like, “Oh my God, this is my favorite song ever!”
This is when you wrote “The Bitter End.” Do you recall writing the song about your father?
No, I don’t. I know that I put him in there as a child. But I don’t know if