AT 30th Anniversary - Q&A with Grong Grong
George Vagas from Grong Grong took some time to email us back this Q&A all the way from Australia.
What is your first memory of Alternative Tentacles?
Alternative Records was and still is the No. 1 punk label. As a DJ myself I collected all Punk Records from America / England & Europe. I started my own Punk / Psychobilly / Trash / Swamp Rock nightclub called The Electric Torture Room in Adelaide around this time, then played drums in a few punk bands before we started GRONG GRONG.
What were you doing in 1979?
In 1979 I was DJing at numerous Punk / Ska / Rock / Rockabilly / Psychobilly events.
What is your favorite Alternative Tentacles band? Favorite release?
Favorite AT Bands would have to be Flipper / Butthole Surfers
When did Jello ask you to put out a record on AT?
Jello came to Australia with the Dead Kennedys in which GRONG GRONG supported DKs in Adelaide, South Australia and we were one of the best live acts he saw in Australia. That's why Jello decided to release us on AT. GRONG GRONG was invited by Jello to Tour America but unfortunately Michael Farkas our lead singer had a major drug overdose & was in a coma for 6 months and our band split up for 23 years.
How would your career/life be different if you hadn't had a record on
Without the introduction to Jello & the support to the Dead Kennedys in Adelaide we would definitely not have any of the international exposure we have today. The best thing that happened to GRONG GRONG was the record release on AT records.
Where do you see yourself in 2039?
By 2039 I see GRONG GRONG having at least another 1 or 2 record releases on AT and finally being able to Tour America and Europe with our band supporting Jello's "Spoken word" Tour.
Anything you want to add?
ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES is not just a record label, but a way of life and a major inspiration to the new acts and artists who can and will have a chance to a record release on the No.1 ALTERNATIVE label in the world.