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The Generatorz vs. Axel via Email
Thanx to the band that we may use their CD pics here!
Axel: When did you start to make music and when did you
form the Generatorz ?
Fred: I started in bands in about 1987
1987 in a band called "Ripping Jacks" that later became
"Sons of Pride" without me, then i played in "Shocktroops"
94-96,and then "The Generatorz" started in february 97.
A: As far as I know your original line up on the "Oi!
Letīs Go Canada" compilation consisted of three
members only and you Jon joined the band later.
When did you join the band and how did you get
Jon: I was in a band called "Jinx" with Manon
and Sebastien before, the band also had 2 other people
in it and broke up in 96.
I was living outside of Montreal when Manon, Fred and
Seb started the generatorz...when i moved back to
Montreal they were looking for a lead guitarist so
they asked me, the rest is history..
A: On your new CD "Straight Outta Sin City" you
slightly changed the spelling of your name from
"Generators" to "Generatorz" . Was this a misprint or
for what reasons did you change the spelling of your
Fred: It's not a misprint of course...we changed the
name because of the american band called the
generatorS. Their album was out before ours, so we
decided to change the name to generatorZ. We had
already been together for two years when we found out
that there was another band with the same name..
it's the same with shocktroops, we found out way later
that there was once a german band also called
shocktroops,in the 80's i think...
A: Jon, on some of the photographs of the CD you are
wearing the typical Clockwork-Skinhead outfit, white
jeans and a bowler hat.
What does the book or the film "A Clockwork Orange"
mean to you and how often have you seen the film or
read the book ?
Jon: the first time i saw it i was about 12 or 13
and i didn't really understand it..but
i lked the violence...and then as i saw it later on
and was able to understand it a lot better having
been put in an institution for juveniles myself, then i
really liked it!! i've seen the movie about 25 times.
Read the book twice..
A) Fred, as you were a member of one of my favourite
bands the "Shock Troops" I have to ask you some
questions about this band too.
The "Shock Troops" split after the release of their
first LP. What were the reasons for the split and why
did you reform the band for just one final concert
last year ?
Fred: Shocktroops broke up because Xavier(the
guitariste who also was in banlieue rouge) wanted to
leave the band to start a family and not live this
crazy lifestyle anymore..me and Xavier started the
band together so I couldn't replace him and keep
playing without him....
We played last year for the "oi! fest" in Montreal for
the fun of it,the people who were organizing the
festival asked us and we said yes. We're all still
friends so we don't mind re-playing for the fun of it.
A) On the "Fun and Fury "- LP there was also a woman
singing. But neither her photograph nor her name
appear on the cover. Who was the female singer ? Was
Fred: Yes it was Manon. When we recorded fun and
fury we were already broken up(we didn't want to loose
all the songs that we had written so we recorded the
album) and i had already started playing in The
Generatorz...so we asked Manon to sing two parts on
A: The motto of the "Shock Troops" on the "Oi! Letīs
Go Canada" compilation was "Destroy Politics - Unity
Now !" Can you tell us something about this motto?
Fred: At the time this comp was put out, there was a lot of
people in our scene(montreal) that were in all kinds
of different political views like sharp
traditional,red,anarchist, a bit more to the right, a
bit more to the left....
It's still like this today... what I meant by that was
..that all the people that are non-racist and are
involved in the scene should stop fighting each other
for different views and unite instead of fighting each
At one point we had like 5 different "gangs" of
skinheads that were all non-racists but they all hated
each other, what's the point?
A) Now back to "The Generatorz".
What do you guys do if you do not make music together
Do you have any favourite sports events where you go
to like ice-hockey or soccer?
Fred: No we just drink!!!
We're not big hockey fans..only when there's a riot..
Skinheads here don't really support any teams. People
have tried to get something started many times in the
past but it never lasts..
If we went to a soccer match here, there would be
nobody on the other side to fight. So no point.
At a hockey match the fighting is between the players
not in the stadiums...
Hockey is very popular here but not that much with
skins or punks.
When we don't play music when just go out to punk and
oi nights or go to concerts or drink in a park or have
A: Your CD was produced by Mad Butcher/KOB. How did
you get into contact with this Italian/German label?
Fred: Mike from mad butcher records came to Montreal with
Klasss Kriminale and we played with them, he saw us play
and asked us to be on the label.
A: Your song "Americanīt" is about problems you,
Manon, had entering the U.S.
Despite these problems have you guys already had the
chance to play in the U.S.?
Fred: Only once for a contest in Boston. Because of our
problems with the border it's hard for us. Manon lived
in New York City for ten years and she has warants, if
we go she's taking the risk of getting arrested at the
border. Me and Jon both have criminal records wich
makes it hard to get accross the u.s border.They are
very strict and have the right to refuse entry to
anyone even without reasons.This is shit!
A: Which bands and which musicians have influenced
your music and with which bands would you like to go
on tour with?
Fred: We have a lot of influences....let's see...The
Clash, Cockney Rejects, The Business, Dead Boys, Joan
Jett, Komintern Sect, Hard Skin, Misfits, Last
Stand, Camera Silens, Newtown Neurotics, Ramones.....to name a few.
A: Have you made any plans for concerts in Germany ?
Fred: We have been invited to go tour in europe by mad
butcher but for now we don't have the money for the
plane tickets. So probably next year.
I hope so!!
A: Many thanks for the interview and allowing us to use the
photographs on your CD for the interview.