Their guitar man had fishing boots, rubber fucking. That's what I think happens in Bill's brain. The hand in the back pocket and sing. Back then it would, like, The Addicts had a look, the Buzzcocks had a look. We were gonna get a chance to see the Descendents actually play, because I had never gotten a chance to see the Descendents play. .
It is trippy that they were a drummer-run band. The mic's all set up. You'd rather go off and do smart shit somewhere? He's totally a mystery to most people. There's just not another one. I'm lucky to be here, and I'm happy to be here. Let's just get Milo to sing these fuckin' things! There was no guarantee that taking this tumor out was going to bring back his personality. Where is it said that every band has to be huge like Michael Jackson? But he was very demanding.
He had high expectations of Bill. He doesn't care what people think of him, which is a good thing. I don't know a lot about important socio-economic things. Very easy to embrace the idea, right? Then I drew the polo shirt Milo. You had to work for it. I wanted to sound like they were sounding. That was Mira Coasta High School.
The songs were so strong. You have to keep moving forward as a band. I sat just facing the audience the entire time, because I just couldn't get over it. What cooler thing can you be? They broke into the set and he was playing guitar so hard and so angry that his pants fell down. Since the late '70s, the revolving-door lineup of gung-ho musicians in the pioneering, highly caffeinated pop-punk band the Descendents — or the band's other incarnation, All — has kept fans on their toes. It was just impractical for us to live in California, and we weren't there that much anyway.
Bear in mind all this while that our fortunes rose and fell together. And you can put Bill Stevenson in that category. In '87 I left the band, and we did the final tour. What do we do now? You have this idea that started in seventy-something, and to see it still going? Shortly after proving themselves to the burgeoning Los Angeles hardcore scene, guitarist Frank Navetta sets fire to his gear and disappears, bassist Tony Lombardo rejects life on the road in favor of a suburban home, and iconic nerd frontman Milo Aukerman goes to college to become a scientist. This was a clot about a foot and a half long. But he and I had a very deep friendship in the end and that says it all.
It was like fucking Van Halen or something. Suddenly I had no wife and no band. He was in my Spanish class, so I already kinda knew what he was like. Interviews with adoring contemporaries Dave Grohl, Mike Watt complement an archive of great video footage. It was like, how are we gonna pare this down to the critical number? And I think we got out of it a lot lighter than a lot of people.
I won't say that I entirely ripped it off, but heavily influenced. Right when I wake up in the morning, the first 30 seconds, the melody will come with the lyric, something that I have been ruminating upon in the subconscious. I got a fucking record! He was a good man, but he was very cruel, very cold. Why didn't I think of that? I literally had the tennis racket, pretending to be in the Descendents. There's nothing wrong with that.
He'd just stop the tape. Everyone was screaming about Reagan or whatever. A lot of what people listen to obviously owes itself to the fact that those guys made records all those years ago. I wanted to keep experimenting and that's it. At the end I just wanted so badly to go do something else. I played the bass by myself. That's not the way it is! We eat hamburgers and stuff.
What are you fucking talking about you're not gonna sing in the Descendents? And that made it really to have a father-son relationship. He said Milo Got great. Just that eighth-note downstroke powerful foundation of the melody. You just gotta deal with it. And they worked very few days off. That's a fucking amazing record.