Spiders & Snakes circa 1991
Lizzie, Kim Fowley, Tim
FIB MUSIC: You also played in a band with vocalist Rob Rock. Who else was in that band? Did you
anything with them? Play any shows?
Tim: You're talking about the band JOSHUA and Rob Rock had just left the band before
I joined and was replaced by a singer named Robin but he was the main reason I even went to audition for them, due to my
respect for his talent. Yes, we recorded a demo that I still have on cassette somewhere, and I remember we tracked the
Edgar Winter Group song "Free Ride". We did play some shows, most notably opening for DOKKEN in Torrance, California in
early 1990. I was "fired" by the band for a recreational substance issue incident that the band leader, Joshua, didn't
approve of. JOSHUA was a "Christian" band, and even though I am a lifelong Methodist (Protestant), I was way out of my
league and had a difficult time adjusting to the rules, I guess.
FIB MUSIC: Tell us about your days in Forty Thieves? Who was in that band?
How long were you with them? Did you release anything with them?
They actually called me at home when they heard I was "released" by Joshua, since I had signed a contract and everything
with Ron Rainey Management. Once I was cleared, I immediately hooked up with guitarist Jim McMellen (BRITTON), bassist
Kenny Chaisson (KEEL) and power vocalist Dave FeFolt (ALEX MASI). We played sold-out shows in Phoenix in front of people
like ALICE COOPER and ROB HALFORD and also recorded a 4 song demo in the valley at a studio run by Joe Floyd from
WARRIOR. We shared the songwriting 4-ways, the first time a band ever did that with me. It was Jim McMellen who
showed me how to form a publishing company, how to join BMI and to this day I'm appreciative of the time he spent
with me "schooling me" on that part of the biz. Jim was (and is) a real cool person who was also a killer chef -
he taught me how to make buffalo wings and I still use his recipe today!
FIB MUSIC: What is your job at Cleopatra Records? What kind of work does it entail? What does a typical work week look like for you?
Tim: This is almost a separate interview - but in a nutshell, I just started my
7th year at the company and was recently promoted to Vice President/General Manager, a first for me! A typical work week
is busting my ass for Brian Perera and being rewarded for it - he's a great guy who literally changed my life from the
first day I met him when he offered SPIDERS & SNAKES a spot on the Cleopatra Records Tribute to Motley Crue back in 1998.
FIB MUSIC: Who came up with the idea for the Hollywood Rocks Boxset and Book? Did anything inspire it?
Tim: The book was entirely Brian's idea and the idea for the soundtrack /boxset/movie was mine.
FIB MUSIC: How were the songs submitted for the Hollywood Rocks boxset?
How were some of the songs transferred? Cassettes and so on
Tim: The original book HOLLYWOOD ROCKS featured a blurb on the first page
asking bands from that era to submit material for the soundtrack and movie. The only rules were you had to have been a
Hollywood band (sorry NYC) and the cut off date was nothing recorded after 1992. We received everything from vinyl,
cassettes, CDs and even MP3 files on the internet.
FIB MUSIC: Didn't you license some of the tracks on the boxset? Which bands?
Off the top of my head, we licensed STRYPER, WASP, ARMORED SAINT, BITCH, POISON and a few others....