From the depths of the big hair buttrockin
80s spewed litters of squealy voiced pop metal
bands who were forced to compete with each other for
record deals, radio play and promo money within the
narrow parameters prescribed by the corporatized hollow
suits who ran (and continue to run) the big record
companies. The more outrageous than thou
gross-out contest that ensued carries on to this day
as washed up, hair-metal-spandex queens like Poison,
Motley Crue and Quiet Riot engage in pathetic, retrospective
one-upsmanshiparguing among themselves about
who did the most blow, threw the best parties and
bagged the most Hollywood sluts.
Enter former Jackyl frontman Jesse James Dupree, who
with his new solo release Foot Fetish, on V2
records, brings to the picked over table a CD of screaming,
industrial strength rock with fetish overtones. Having
forever preserved his legacy in the Rock n Roll
Shitkicker hall of fame (along with the late Wendy
O. Williams of the Plasmatics) by employing a chainsaw
as part of his big rock show concept, Dupree continues
to direct his career from his Kennesaw, Georgia home
(the only town in the country where it is unlawful
not to own a firearm......no kidding). In conjunction
with his tour, a nationwide foot fetish
competition is underway, searching for the sexiest
foot and the gnarliest foot in existence. The winners
in each category will get a free round trip whirlwind
vacation to the fetish club capitol of the world London,
England, courtesy Virgin Airlines. [Photos should
be sent to FOOT FETISH c/o V2 Records, 14 E. 4th st.
NY.NY, or visit JJDs website at jessejamesdupree.com
for contest info.]
In our interview, Dupree comes on with a backwoods
drawl and the manic, straightforward vibe of a southern
construction workerwho could be your best friend
or your worst enemy. Displaying a Rock n Roll
work ethic uncharacteristic of most 2nd generation
LA wussy rock poseurs, Dupree continues to grind it
out both on the road and in the studio. Put the angry
white pussy boys Kid Rock, Fred Durst or Eminem with
JJD in a cage match smackdown and my money goes on
Jesse. With the post-grunge era wounded and quiet
hipster art vibes falling out of favor, JJD and his
ilk float to the surface as markers to a generation
of disoriented doom meisters, trading in their fading
black garments for a new wardrobe of denim, leather
and Iron Maiden T shirts.
Exotic: Tell me how you got into rock n
Jesse: It beats the hell out of pouring concrete
and the women are better. I have poured the hell out
of some concrete and Im not above doing it again
if I have to. Its all good and you do what you
gotta do and I rock as hard as I can either way.
Exotic: Why did you start using a chainsaw
in live shows?
Jesse: There just isnt a more definitive
instrument for rock n roll than a chainsaw.
Its loud, its abrasive, its aggressive,
its destructive. Its stinky. Its
everything that rock n roll should be. Why everybody
isnt using one is my question.
Exotic: When you were in Jackyl, you did like
100 shows in 50 days and 21 shows in a 24 hour period.
What was the deal there?
Jesse: We started at 7:30 in the morning and
would play a 30 minute show, take a 15 minute break
to do a meet-and-greet with the people. Change the
audience out for another fifteen minutes and then
play another show. We started at 7:30 in the morning
and ended up at 7:30 the next morning.
There just isnt a more
definitive instrument for rock n roll than a
chainsaw. Its loud, its abrasive, its
aggressive, its destructive. Its stinky.
Its everything that rock n roll should
be. Why everybody isnt using one is my question.
Jesse James Dupree
Exotic: Where the hell did you do that?
Jesse: In Abilene, Texas.
Exotic: What was the idea?
Jesse: We were doing 100 shows in 50 days and
we had some political stuff that came up with radio.
We were averaging 2 shows a day and when that happened
it meant that we werent going to be able to
get 100 shows in 50 days. We were doing 90% of the
shows on a flatbed tractor trailer and at 7:30 in
the morning we would be in Kansas City. That evening
we would be in Topeka and the next morning be in Lincoln
and the next evening be in Omaha. It was going to
mess our average up and it looked like we were only
going to be able to get like 70 shows and we thought
we were screwed. Instead of giving up I called the
Guinness people and they gave me parameters to do
21 shows in a 24 hour period and make that part of
the 100 shows in 50 days.
Exotic: So what was the Guinness World record
that you set?
Jesse: The most shows in a 24 hour period and
the most shows in a 50 day period.
Exotic: Talk to me about Foot Fetish.
Jesse: Im proud of it. It is what it
is. Its just a rock n roll record and
its music to get booty by. I didnt try
to chase any trends and I didnt try to be something
Exotic: How did the foot fetish concept come
about? Are you a foot fetishist yourself?
Jesse: I dont have to have one shoved
down my throat to enjoy an encounter. But if you look
down and see that those things are all taken care
of and everything is in order then you know everything
else is good.
Exotic: Talk about the TV appearances youve
had with the Foot Fetish tour.
Jesse: Well, Cynthia Garrett was cool on Later
and she did a great interview. She wasnt overly
controlling and she was really cool. Then on Craig
Kilbourn we were just the musical guest and I
smashed up the drumset and stuff and that cost me
$3500. They charged me for microphones, drums and
Exotic: What is the deal with this foot competition?
Jesse: Were looking for the prettiest
pair of feet and the gnarliest pair of feet and it
doesnt have to be your feet. Whoever sends in
the photograph is eligible to win the trip to London,
England and there will be separate winners in each
category. Of course, the photos of the pretty feet
are not hard to check out but the gnarly feet are
pretty brutal. There have been some crusty knobs sent
Exotic: Are you the final judge?
Jesse: Myself and the other guys in the band.
I guess well be the ones who end up making the
final decisions, but so far its just hitting
stride and I think its got a long way to go.
I think when we start getting toward the end of it
we are going to start to see some really crazy stuff.
You can go to my website at jessejamesdupree.com for
instructions on how to enter.
Exotic: Are you getting any radio off of this
record at all?
Jesse: The first track was like a top 15 rock
track. It went to number 11 or something like that
on the R&R charts. The new single Losing
my mind came out a couple weeks ago and a little
over a dozen stations are already spinning it.
Exotic: What do you listen to?
Jesse: The new Fuel CD is really good. But
Im a big Who fan and I love Quadrophenia.
Exotic: What do you think of the state of rock
n roll right now?
Jesse: Unfortunately I think its controlled
by the wrong forces. Its always been the same
problem with record companies manipulating things.
I think that there is going to be a huge backlash
because of all of the NSync kind of stuff and
everything. I just think that tension is going to
build up and rock will explode again. Brian Johnson
from ACDC told me that the reason kids were not playing
good rock n roll anymore is because its
all already been done by good guys before them. Pretty
Exotic: So what is the future for Foot Fetish?
Jesse: Were going to do some tour dates
and just rock until the end of the year and see what
Exotic: Are you going to do another solo record?
Jesse: I dont know. Right now might be
the time to do another Jackyl record.
Exotic: Do you have any outrageous war stories
from the road that you can tell me?
Jesse: None that my wife couldnt use
against me in court.