From his home in Stockholm, Sweden, Conny Bloom
of the Electric Boys
and Hanoi Rocks
talked with me about his music, the new Electric Boys album out April 30th, touring--past and future--the secret to staying young, whether the global pandemic was his fault, and the scariest moment in his life--that time he played Led Zeppelin
in front of Led Zeppelin and thought Jimmy Page
was going to knock him out.
01:00:00 - Start
02:00:06 - Introduction
02:35:10 - Touring and Playing with the Dan Reed Network
03:40:09 - Same fashion sense--Keith Richard's ring
04:07:10 - Coming up with the Electric Boys sound
04:39:18 - Musical influences growing up
05:36:16 - "We need to put a band together and find our own thing."
06:03:24 - Coming up with "Lips N' Hips"
06:19:04 - The inspiration for "Psychedelic Eyes"
07:11:18 - What motivates the distinctive Electric Boys sound?
09:03:18 - "It's not something you can practice, read about, or watch on YouTube."
09:39:10 - The song "You Spark My Heart"
11:08:12 - "I'd rather be too experimental than too safe."
12:00:23 - They're not AC/DC
12:48:00 - Two differences being a band now versus in the 80s and 90s
14:14:08 - Feeling the loss of MTV
14:35:06 - "Every band has this same question."
15:09:15 - Crowdfunding albums
15:28:06 - One of the few lines Conny Bloom has ever borrowed
16:14:08 - The sickly sound of greed
16:43:05 - Music? Not if you want to make money
17:17:14 - Game, Set, Bloom, a casualty of 2020
18:19:08 - Is the global pandemic Conny Bloom's fault?
18:39:17 - Or was the global pandemic Motley Crue's fault?
19:11:13 - "Everyone is hanging on the edge, just waiting."
20:44:22 - Niklas Sigevall missed out on the new album
21:23:13 - The Electric Boys is now a 5-piece band
22:07:00 - An Electric Boys live album
22:46:04 - New album, Ups!de Down
22:58:24 - Getting back to touring
24:04:06 - The 30th anniversary of Groovus Maximus
24:48:01 - Whole-album concerts and songs there were never written to be played live
25:51:03 - Playing Led Zeppelin... FOR Led Zeppelin
27:04:24 - Experimenting with a Led Zeppelin tribute for the Royal Family and the royalty of Led Zep
27:40:07 - "Jimmy Page is going to knock me out now."
28:27:05 - The musicians' secret to staying young
28:54:01 - Alice Cooper and playing where the Beatles played
29:46:10 - "You don't have to get old and boring."
30:24:04 - The music of today
30:57:21 - Reggae and older Rock N' Roll
31:37:21 - "A wall of sound."
32:20:19 - A musical conversation
33:38:08 - Covering ABBA's "King Kong Song"
34:20:08 - It's all about the riff
34:54:07 - "Sweden was always a Pop [music] country."
35:43:22 - Did you have to bring up that song?
36:53:14 - "It was about the melodies and the right words to go with the melody."
37:26:01 - The opposite of Bob Dylan
38:11:22 - "They always start their songs with the title."
38:47:22 - Interesting openers to the Electric Boys songs
41:24:17 - The advice of Bob Rock
42:12:06 - Coming up with "Captain of My Soul"
42:32:17 - New song release dates
43:23:07 - Ups!de Down: Harder, edgier, more varied
44:23:02 - Building a supergroup around Conny Bloom
45:42:20 - Mitch Mitchell
45:57:20 - Dan McCafferty so I can be really annoyed
46:13:14 - John Entwistle
46:20:19 - John Lord
46:26:21 - Soul singers and horns
46:36:21 - Pariah Burke, Executive Producer for Conny Bloom's supergroup
47:34:15 - Where to find the Electric Boys
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