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    Default Andy Johns Interview from 2004

    No. Obviously not. Tell me about one of my favorite albums of all time, is Van Halen's For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.
    Yeah.





    How did you get roped into…because that was a pretty important album for them.
    Yes, I really had a grand time doing that. I met Eddie once at the Madison Square Garden and we hung out and did a lot of silly things and then I was working over at the old Warner Brother's annex called Amigo with this band called Broken Hobs. And there was Eddie. And we started chatting. And then the next thing I know, he called me up, “Well, you want to come in and work with us for a few days and see how it goes?” I think Alex mainly…Alex really wanted…He always wanted to sound like Bonzo. And I remember the first time he plays me this one fill of 'Stairway to Heaven', he goes, “Make my snare sound like that.” I said well, you know, yeah right! Sure, no problem. So we went from there and it took a very long time.

    Yeah, that album was put back several times wasn't it, for release?
    Well it took a year. Because it's Eddie's house and as far as producing that record went, they would do like a demo because he was writing as we went. We'd do a demo, then we'd do another demo and then we'd actually start in on it. And I wouldn't really start making suggestions until we'd done a couple of demos on it because the thing is still evolving. When it stopped evolving, then I started putting my 2 cents worth in. OK, now you've got me here, you're going to stay there. How about this and this? So I'd have to keep quiet for 10 days, 2 weeks. The only song I really got in on from the very beginning was the…'Right Now.' We demoed that on just the piano and I think I changed the B section and the verse around. And I had the idea for the Hammond. I wanted to make it a bit Steve Winwoody.

    Yeah.
    And then we tracked that 3 or 4 times just to get the drums spot on, looking for the fills. Looking for the right fills. And we really nailed it in the end. It was a blast working with those guys. It' just…it sort of went on and on you know?

    Yeah, yeah. They're a band which…well they seem to run on tensions don't they?
    Yeah.

    Would that be true to say?
    Well, I wasn't quite aware. Sammy wasn't around much. Sammy would come in 1 or 2 days a week to see how we were doing. Give him a rough mix. Sammy and I didn't really hit it off you know. So that's why he wanted Ted Templeman to come in to finish the record. Ted ended up doing the vocals with Sam, which was fine with me. Fuck this, you guys go to the Amigo and do the vocals and I'll keep working with Ed. And Sammy really thought I'd freak out and split because he brought Ted in. And Ted and I just became fast friends you know and worked really well together. So it sort of backfired on him a bit. But Eddie and I were really quite close then. I was his new best friend.

    Yeah OK.
    And we worked together brilliantly and I got along great with Alex. Had a grand old time doing that record.

    Ted Templeman is a name I've been struggling to find anyone who knows too. Is he still kicking around?
    Well Ted is no longer at Warner's. I mean after 25 maybe 30 years all that shit over at Warner's. The old guard are all gone. He's sort of semi-retired, lives up in Santa Barbara and I do not have a number on him.

    Good to know that he's still kicking around.
    Well yeah, Ted, he had a barrel chunk of stock with Warner's because of all those years. So I don't think he really has to work.

    Ok.
    Great bloke though.

    Yeah OK. Great producer for sure. You said the album took a year, you mentioned Eddie's health there, what was the concern there?
    Well there was no health problem on that record.

    Ok.
    He was fine. Valerie would get a little concerned sort of about seven o'clock and eight o'clock at night when Eddie and I would be sort of cavorting, shouting and screaming.

    Yeah sure.
    So she put an end to the day, off you go type of thing. But everything was fine. Eddie's had a few problems lately but he seems very convinced he's got it sorted out.

    Yeah, that's what I've heard. Positive. Positive. Very good news.
    Had his hip replacement thing and then this awful other thing came up but he tells me he's got it beat.

    That's great news.
    Yeah it is good news.

    That's what I heard. Do you…well there's a lot of stuff going on with the band. Are they working, whatever now. Are you working with them in any capacity?
    Well you know, they're a bit cagey about all that stuff. I know what's going on but I can't talk about it because that's for them to talk about.

    Yeah, for sure.
    There's one or two things that nearly happened to them, there's some other stuff they've got up their sleeve and it's all kind of up in the air right now, you'd have to ask them.

    Yeah, that's fine, that's fine. They did produce or they did record three songs with David Lee Roth last year, you weren't the producer for those tracks?
    No. And they were going to put a whole thing together but it fell apart.

    That's what I heard.
    They were going to do a whole thing and then it was, money and stuff. It all went down the tubes.

    That's where I hear things are pretty much now, just sort of…
    That's where they're at. They've got a shit load of stuff recorded. They've got enough stuff for a couple of albums down on tape. It's just, who's going to sing it, you know?

    Yeah, that's what I heard. They can't seem to get to terms with Sammy or Eddie.
    No.

    And I don't think Warner Brothers wants a singer number 4.
    No. So we shall see. I'm sure someone will come to their senses at some point.

    Yeah, well I hope so.
    'Cause they can't just go on like that. But Eddie is still kind of watching his health as much as any thing else. That's what's going on
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    Nice read, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HailNgirl
    Yeah, that's fine, that's fine. They did produce or they did record three songs with David Lee Roth last year, you weren't the producer for those tracks?
    No. And they were going to put a whole thing together but it fell apart.
    i'm not so sure that's from 2004...
    Anyway, good read!! thanks for sharing. Where does it come from??
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    Quote Originally Posted by batch
    i'm not so sure that's from 2004...
    Anyway, good read!! thanks for sharing. Where does it come from??
    http://www.melodicrock.com/interviews/andyjohns.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by batch
    i'm not so sure that's from 2004...
    Anyway, good read!! thanks for sharing. Where does it come from??
    I think the actual interview was from a few years ago. I believe it was first posted on VHlinks in 2003 or 2004, however.

 

 

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