CIRCUS OF POWER ALEX MITCHELL INTERVIEW

This interview was conducted by Carlo Mazzoli. He has translated it from Italian to be posted on this site. The interview was for the Italian website SLAM!. You can check that out here. Thank you Carlo!

Ladies & gentleman Ö "The Man" has returned. A big shout to ALEX MITCHELL!!!

Alex: HEY WHATíS UP,THIS IS ALEX MITCHELL. I USED TO SING IN CIRCUS OF POWER, NOW I SING FOR ĒFAT NANCYď.
I LOVE TO WORK OUT - I GO TO GOLDíS GYM IN VENICE BEACH, CALIFORNIA EVERY OTHER DAY. IíM LEARNING TO SURF, LOVE MUSCLE CARS AND MOTORCYCLES. LOVE SPORTS, ESPECIALLY FOOTBALL. MIAMI DOLPHINS IS MY TEAM. LOVE LIFE IN GENERAL. SINCE BUSH AND HIS BAND OF FREAKS HAS BEEN IN POWER, IíVE BEEN LEARNING A LOT ABOUT POLITICS, I THINK EVERYONE KIND OF HAD TO AFTER SEPT 11. THE WORLD IS FULL OF ANGRY MEN WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF GODS.

Carlo: Hi Alex! Iím really glad to interview you Ö Since the C.O.P. split there havenít been a great deal of informations about your other musical projects. We do know about the plastic gator machine and the uncle maxís cosmic band CDs but little else. Is there something else you think our readers need to know? Recently, you told me about your new band Ö"Fat Nancy". Tell us something about it.

Alex: IíVE BEEN IN OTHER BANDS BUT AFTER A GIG OR TWO YOU KNOW IF ITíS ON OR IF ITíS OFF. "FAT NANCY" FEELS LIKE ITíS GOING TO BE FUN AND SO FAR, IT ROCKS HARDER THAN ANYTHING IíVE BEEN IN. WEíLL SEE! THE MUSICIANS ARE GREAT: BILLY TSOUNIS ON GUITAR, STEVE SLEEPY THE NEW GUY ON GUITAR, FRED METT ON BASS, JOHNNY LOVE ON DRUMS. THEY ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. IíM DEFINITELY THE WEAK POINT OF THE BAND!

Carlo: Have you planned a tour for the near future?

Alex: NO PLANS FOR TOURING,JUST GETTING THIS BAND TOGETHER.

Carlo: Well, letís talk about the C.O.P. years Ö Why did Circus Of Power disband?

Alex: CIRCUS DISBANDED FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS, WE WERE YOUNGER AND DUMBER, SO ITíS ALMOST HARD TO REMEMBER. AND BESIDES, IT DOESNíT MATTER. TO PUT BLAME ON ONE GUY OR ANOTHER IS A WASTE OF TIME.

Carlo: Anything you regret, musically, or that you would have done differently?

Alex: WELL Ö I LIKE A LOT OF THE VICES ALBUM, ESPECIALLY JUNKIE GIRL, TWO RIVER HIGHWAY, VICES Ö A COUPLE ON THAT ALBUM I NEVER WANTED TO DO EITHER, BUT CíEST LA VIE.
MAGIC & MADNESS, I ONLY LIKE SOME OF THE SONGS. SOME OF THEM WERE KIND OF SHOVED DOWN MY THROAT AND BY THAT TIME WE WERE A BAND IN PIECES.

"REGRETS, I HAVE A FEW, BUT THEN AGAIN, TOO FEW TO MENTIONÖ" - FRANK SINATRA.

Carlo: What Bands do you like in the same vein of Circus?

Alex: I LIKE LYNYRD SKYNYRD, THE FOUR HORSEMEN, ZODIAC MINDWARP & THE LOVE REACTION, STEPPENWOLF, FIRST GUNS Ní ROSES, FIRST COUPLE OF RAGING SLAB RECORDS, THE CULT, MOTORHEAD Ö YOU GET THE PICTURE.

Carlo: Do you still get a hold of Gary Sunshine, Ricky Beck Mahler, Ryan Maher, Zowie, Marc Frappier & Victor Indrizzo?

Alex: I STILL HANG WITH MARC FRAPPIER,CONSIDER HIM A BROTHER. RYAN MAHER, THE SAME. I GOT ALONG WITH MARC AND RYAN THE MOST AND CURRENTLY ALL THE GUYS IíM WITH.

Carlo: Any chance of a C.O.P. reunion anytime soon? Like Bob {webmaster of circusofpower.net} says, 5 was not enough! Eh,eh,eh! ;-)

Alex: C.O.P. RE-UNION UNLIKELY.SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BURY THE DEAD,UNFORTUNATE BUT A PART OF LIFE.

Carlo: Youíve always cared to actually communicate something with your lyrics, who influenced you the most?

Alex: INFLUENCES? I LIKE SO MUCH DIFFERENT MUSIC. IíLL NAME TWENTY, IGGY, DOORS, LOU REED, JOHNNY THUNDERS, BEATLES, STONES, DYLAN, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SINATRA, TOM JONES, THE CLASH, THE DAMNED, SEX PISTOLS, ROXY MUSIC, JONI MITCHELL, JIMI HENDRIX, BAD BRAINS, PUBLIC ENEMY, MARVIN GAYE, SOUIXIE AND THE BANSHEES.

Carlo: What do you think about the current rockíníroll scene? Is there any new band you particularly like? What are your thoughts about the music business.

Alex: I LIKE THE DARKNESS A LOT, LIKE JET, LIKE DEADBOLT (ROCKABILLY). THE MUSIC BUSINESS IS LIKE ANY OTHER, ONLY MORE SO!

Carlo: Iíd like to talk about a hero of mine, the late Frank Starr. I know you kinda knew him. Share some thoughts with us ...

Alex: FRANK WAS A FRIEND OF MINE, I WORKED CONSTRUCTION WITH HIM AND I MISS HIM A LOT,IT SUCKS WHEN PEOPLE DIE YOUNG.I VISITED HIM A FEW TIMES WHILE HE WAS IN A COMA.IT WAS HEAVY,IT MADE ME SAD.BUT IT MADE ME WANNA LIVE MY LIFE IN A GOOD WAY. HE WAS A FUCKINí CHARACTER THAT GUY.

Carlo: A message to your Italian fans ...

Alex: THE THING I REMEMBER MOST ABOUT ITALY IS A PUNK ROCK GIRL I MET AFTER A SHOW.SHE WAS SHORT AND BEAUTIFUL AND WAS WEARING BLACK STOCKINGS AND SHE DROVE ME NUTS. MARONE.

I THANK ANYONE WHO EVER BOUGHT MY RECORDS. I AM A SMALL MAN IN A BIG WORLD. QUICK PLUG - "PLASTIC GATOR MACHINE" AT CDBABY.COM WATCH OUT FOR FAT NANCY, I LOVE YOU ALL.

ALEX MITCHELL
TOPANGA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 17TH 2004

By Carlo Mazzoli (Rockiní Hawk)

Thanks to Pacino for helping me and a big shout to Moreno Lissoni who has made all this possible. Thanks brothers.