interview with Mike Blank
interview by Crash
photo by Radical
If you live in NYC you probably know all about the Blanks and their embodiment of the punk rock spirit. If not, let singer Mike Blank let you know what’s on his mind.
So you’re at work? They don’t care?
No, its cool.
What do you do?
I print shirts.
Printing anything subversive? Subversive?
Yeah. Scott’s Barmitzvah!
So what was the deal with the punk rock lesbian contest?
That was this thing we did on the Internet. We were looking for girls to be on the record cover, so we got a bunch of pictures of girls fondling each other.
That’s cool. So, who won?
There were two winners.
What did they do that made the cut?
Well, they were just real cute.
You’ve got a new record and thanks to that big Radical budget, Daniel Rey produced it.
Yeah, he actually asked us. I thought that was real cool ‘cause I always liked the Ramones.
And you’re on the Exploited tribute record?
Yeah, we did “Punks not Dead”. Have you heard it?
Well… I wasn’t that big an Exploited fan to begin with but I did have a copy of Troops Of Tomorrow.
Yeah, well, that was my favorite Exploited record.
So, what’s the punkest thing you’ve ever done?
Once we rolled a joint with Bible paper That’s pretty good. How about this? Our band all got scabies one time. We had this bus we were using and we found this couch and put it inside. Little did we know it was this ghetto couch and it was infested with scabies.
Whoa, everybody got it?
Everybody, the band, our roadies, everyone we knew and everyone we had sex with!
You were on tour spreading it?
Yeah, all 50 states! No, I mean, just the lower 48.
You’re billed as NJ’s favorite drunk punx. Name yer poison.
Vodka, I like vodka and I like specials.
Yeah, well no ‘That’s on special? Okay, that’s what I’m having!’