FIB MUSIC: Who signed the deal with Retrospect Records? It looks like they have done a
release of TKO's, 70's release, "Let it Roll" and also "In Your Face".
Do you receive any payments from them? Do you know anything about the label? Who owns it? Etc.
Scott: I don't know anything about it.
FIB MUSIC: Who owns the rights to the TKO recordings?
Scott: Rick Keifer
FIB MUSIC: Let me first say that just off the strength of "Give into the Night", I thought you
guys were going to be huge. I really loved that song as a kid, I can remember
listening to it over and over. Why did TKO, in your opinion, never reach multi platinum success, or score a major label deal.
Bad timing. If the band was from LA and it would have been released right after it was recorded it would have been huge.
FIB MUSIC: Why did TKO break up? Did anyone leave first? How did it fall apart?
Scott: I left to LA after we opend for DIO on New Years eve in Seattle. 16,000 people.
I knew music was changing and I needeed to get to LA. Nobody would take you seriously if you lived in Seattle at the time. The
idea was I was to go down first and
scout it out and the rest of the band was to follow. Brad took to long to get it together so KJ and I started The BAng GAng.
FIB MUSIC: Who released "In Your Face and Up Your Ass"? Do you have an opinion on that being released?
Scott: That's some Adam Bomb thing he did to make a few bucks.
FIB MUSIC: 3 fond memories of your days in TKO.
Scott: Japan, Hawaii, Detroit
FIB MUSIC: Brad later formed a band called War Babies. What happened with you and
his band at the A&M recording studio. Strippers an all. Lay it down please.
Scott: God how do you know about that? I don't really remember...honestly. jUST ALOT OF BOOZE AND STRIPPERS AT CRAZY GIRLS.
FIB MUSIC: You later formed a band called Bang Gang. How did that band come about?
Scott: KJ and I were writing songs for the next TKO album. Brad was still fucking
around in Seattle and I met
this guy Jet Silver who wrote lyrics to the music and wouldn't stop bugging me until we started a band together.
FIB MUSIC: You were guys very popular in LA.
Scott: Not really. We had a few cool gigs but mainly did show cases for record execs.
Clive Davis, Jimmy Iovine, some real heavyweights.
FIB MUSIC: Bang Gang?s first cd, Love Sells, has never had a re-release.
Are you aware of the money it sells for on Ebay? Will there ever be a re-release for it?
Scott: No I heard it does well and I doubt it will ever be re-released. I would love
for it to be done.
FIB MUSIC: Any memories come to mind from those recording sessions?
Scott: It was the first time I felt comfortable in the studio. We worked
16 hours a day for about 3 or 4 weeks to get it done on a very small budget. I got to co-produce and it was really
fun to do. I am most proud of this record. recording BMG late one night just for the hell of it. Traci Guns my old rommie coming to lend a hand on Dangerous.
FIB MUSIC: In 2001, Bang Gang released, Vanity Kills, was that a band reunion, or were they previously recorded tracks?
Scott: Those were demos that were recorded at my apt. in Hollywood. It was to be the
next record. Some guy
talked me into putting it out. Those songs would have been great done in the studio. (read the liner notes dude)HA!
FIB MUSIC: Why did the band break up?
Scott: The Seattle grunge scene. How ironic. I guess I should of
stayed up there. That music is more what I'm about as a player, but I wanted to go to Hollywood. Bad timing again.
FIB MUSIC: Out of all the bands you ever played
shows with. Who were the coolest and who were the biggest jerks?
Scott: A band called Rail from Seattle were by far the biggest jerks. Can't think of
anybody else. Everybody else has been great. I would say the
coolest was Paul D'anno from Iron Maiden. We did a reunion gig in Germany with him a few years ago and he was really cool.
FIB MUSIC: Scott Earl is transported back to the year 1981 is there
anything you would do differently?
Scott: Of course, but i don't have any regrets. I probably would have moved to LA a few years earlier.