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(added November 2006)
INTERVIEW WITH MARK " MAD DOG " COLE
( LEAD VOCALIST OF KREWMEN )
made by Wildhank
Firstly, how did you come to get your nickname "Mad Dog" Cole?
There were a loads of gossip and rumours about Mark Cole for about two decades. What have you done, since you left Krewmen in late 1987?
Have you tracked the Psychobilly movement over the last years? What do you think about the current scene?
Krewmen was some sort of authentic Rockabilly outfit at the very beginning. All of a sudden, the band psycho´d up. Do you remember how do you get ahead with Krewmen? What was your inspiration to join the band?
I first met Tony Mcmillan through a mutual friend. We seemed
to hit it off immediately. Tony was the creator of the Rockabilly
trio, and I knew him only as a "local" band member. He was
looking to move forward, but in a different direction.
I was a Psychobilly-Or-Nothing kinda guy, so he decided to take me on and see what happend. We began writing the first album within a few days.
The band released a trio of quality albums in less then two years. What is your favourite one and why?
I will never forget the day when I saw Krewmen --featuring Mark Cole-- for the first time in my life--,supporting The Pharaohs. The audience were swept off their feet. What was your most memorable gig?
I have been dreading this question!!
We did so many gigs, I honestly can't name a favourite. Tony and myself were constantly looking for new aspects, so alot of the inspiration
came from where we had played, people we had met etc. If I had to choose, I would probably say our very 1st gig in Reading, UK.
I had sung on stage before that night, but had never been part of the main focal point before!
IT BLEW ME AWAY.........
You´re probably the best Psychobilly vocalist of your time. Do you agree with that? I always wondered if you ever have attended a special vocal training or something like that?
I would never comment on a statement like that. I just did what I did, the best I could at the time, but it had to be enjoyable for us AND the fans, otherwise, whats the point? I have never had voice-coaching, but I would have thought that was obvious by the way that I sung....
I always got the impression that the Krewmen were more popular on the European mainland than in the UK. What´s your opinion about it?
Let´s talk about the time before you eventually joined the Krewmen. How did you first become interested in the Neorockabilly / Psychobilly thing?
The split? What happened? Why did you leave Krewmen?
How are you and Tony McMillan getting along these days?
What about the Krewmen-reunion rumours? Are there any concrete plans for future releases and/or future gigs?