“This album was a lot harder to write than the other ones. On the others, we were a working band, always writing songs and playing them on tour. For the new one we weren’t touring at all, rarely played together and didn’t write together. Obviously Heatmiser is not the zenith of everybody’s career in music; it’s not healthy and it hasn’t turned out to be the career that all of us set out to make it. I don’t know if we’ll make another record and I’m not sure if I want to. Continue reading →
“Tony was the original producer on Mic City Sons and the band’s drummer, and he could not keep the tension between Neil and Elliott out of the room. They were doing songs separately. It was like the last Beatles album or something, like they didn’t want to see each other. When they delivered the album, they pretty much delivered it with their resignation from Heatmiser. The tour was awful, nobody saw it, and that was the end.”
“Who’s Behind the Door was recorded in Elliott’s studio in LA. It was a surreal experience. Long story. Elliott came to our last show in LA and wanted to record, so we schlepped our gear over there, recorded the basics the next day and I hung around for 2 weeks trying to finish one song with him. He wasn’t very healthy, but he was trying. It was the last time I saw him. I left before we finished mixing it. His girlfriend gave me the mix about 8 months later at his ‘funeral’.
“It was embarrassing to be doing acoustic music. Nobody did it. Everybody was rough. There was no pop going on at that time. Elliott and I used to play Peter Paul & Mary, Beatles, and Captain and Tennille covers together in the bedroom with the door closed, hoping nobody could hear us. I will never forget Neil laughing the first time Elliott played him a solo song, the part where his voice goes up on on “No Name #1”. Laughing. It was just shocking.”
“He was my best friend and he became iconic, and people couldn’t get enough of him, and you didn’t know – is he still my friend? But he would show up and of course he was, he’s Elliott, he didn’t treat me differently. Not totally differently. He made sure I knew that our relationship was intact. There was a lot of respect, and humor; but it was very frustrating to be around other people who were jockeying to get in. He would open himself up to them because he was such a compassionate person. He didn’t want to judge, so sometimes he opened himself up to really disgusting people. But he also wanted the attention.
He made his own choices. He chose those weird, dark-sided people. When he bought the myth of being a rock star it was just unbelievably disappointing.”