FIBM: Former London bandmate Lizzie Grey had co-writing credits on Public Enemy #1, from the Motley Crue, Too Fast for Love Lp. Has he ever received any
payments for his contribution? If so, do you remember a typical payment?
yes he did and probably does and NO I dont know the $$ part of the question.
FIBM: Tells us about the first time you ever saw, or met Nikki Sixx. What did you think of him at that time?
Nadir: First time i met him was at his house in the hills and what I thought of him
was that he was very cool to me and had great dope. Stayed up all night looking at his rifles and guns basically
talking and gacking.
-Nikki Sixx in London-
FIBM: We did an interview with former Sweet Savage vocalist, Joey C. Jones. Were you aware of Sweet Savage and if so, any memories come to mind?
Nadir: No I did not know much about him or the band.
FIBM: When you were a club act with London, were you able to survive,
on record sales and gigs alone, or did you have another job? How did you survive in LA back then?
Good question, NO WHAT JOB! we lived off our fame believe it or not. I look back and still dont know how we did it but
did have lots of investors and people who loved the band. Never got a royalty
check. the gigs paid for the party materials, clothes and stage props etc. We loved to put on a great visual
show and sound great.
Alternate photo for "Don't Cry Wolf"
FIBM: Describe a typical DAY-IN-THE-LIFE-OF Nadir D'priest back in your days ('85 to '88) in London. From the time you woke up, to the time you fell asleep. What was a typical day like for you?
Shot at Hustler Magazine studios, Althea Flynt helped on this one
I never did know were I was going to sleep. I knew I would sleep with a girl
somewhere in Hollywood but I did not have a clue. I would stay up all night
drinking and doing blow, listening to music, talking to people then i would
end up with one or two sometimes three girls having a bit of outrageous sexual
fantasies, girl with girl and girls with me. Morning comes, I am still in
bed with these girls, more dope and more drinks, toys etc. Go til 4 pm, sleep til 10 pm and
start all over again. Wow, i am still alive, it's incredible.
FIBM: How many copies of Don't Cry Wolf were sold? What about Non-Stop Rock?
THAT! I would like to know myself. We never got any accounting from Varney at Shrapnel. Cry Wolf not much, no distribution.
Decline director, Penelope Spheeris
w/ Sean Lewis & Nadir
FIBM: Were you paid for your appearance in the Decline of Western Civilization? Did your life change any after that movie came out? If so, how?
Yes we did get paid. I think about $2,000.00 for the whole thing. It changed a lot. Everyone wanted
to talk to us, we were rock stars man hahaha. I think it put us on the map for
the rest of our lives and beyond; we are here for a loooooong time.
FIBM: I read somewhere that some of the bands were angry with you after that movie. Who was upset with you & Why?
Nadir: i know that many of the smaller bands did not want LONDON on
the movie but the director Penelope Spheeris did cause of our antix and bad rap among other local bands. The
ones that did not like us never did have the balls to confront me about it and still dont, fuck them they know who they are.
FIBM: What's going on with "Don't Cry Wolf" never being released on cd? I once saw a bootleg copy of it, sell for over a hundred dollars on Ebay.
Why has it never been released?
Nadir: Well, that album was never licensed to the right company so it never did get
the chance to be exposed correctly. I am the owner of it, so if anyone is interested then they can contact me. I would
like it to be a CD/DVD deal not just the music.
FIBM: What about Non-Stop Rock? It was in print and has now disappeared? How long was it in print and why isn't it any longer?
Nadir: Again, Shrapnel has the masters and is hanging on to it but! if this continues than I would
either buy the masters or get my attorney to handle it. I recently spoke to Varney and sounded like he may?? be into it, but to be
honest with you I think that Varney regrets his involvement with LONDON. Why would you hang on to the music and not release it.
Noise records has done the same for D'Priest why isn't the record available, beats me. They basically are not interested in
re-releasing but! it wont end there, I guarantee you this.
FIBM: Why did London never sign with a major label, during 1985 to 1988? Were there any close calls, did you almost sign with someone? Please explain.
Nadir: Plenty of offers but they never signed us, you gotta remeber
LONDON prior to me being the singer did not have any music published as far as vinyl or tapes, never. When
I joined things started to happen immediately. I don't want to mention labels, because they never did
anything for us or me so i wont promote them at all they dont need it. LONDON had the curse almost
like being blackballed from the industry but people still wanted to know all our moves. No one could
erase us from the map, nobody! and never will.
The Last of London
The last promo photo the band ever did under the name London,
it soon after, to D'Priest
FIBM: Later the band London signed with a major label, but changed the name of the band to D'priest. By that point, what had happened to
Lizzie? Why was he not a part of that band?
Nadir: I still dont know what happened with Lizzie but he went on to do his deal so I congratulate him for that. The change to D'Priest was done because of the long history of LONDON and names and bullshit that came with all these rock star musicians. So the president of Noise in NY Bruce Kirklad suggested the change and we did it and it worked.