Rodney Linderman aka Rodney Anonymous /September 28, 2013
Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Rodney Linderman aka Rodney Anonymous of The Dead Milkmen (and many other bands and musical projects). At nearly 89-minutes, this is not the longest interview in the series. I can assure you, however, that there are more words said in this interview than in any other, and perhaps in all of them combined. Rodney loves to talk-talk-talkand he has many strong opinions-opinions-opinions — and that’s why Philadelphia loves him! A complete catalogue of what Rodney discusses in this interview would be impossible for me to detail without my fingers falling off, but here’s a bit of what you’ll hear: Rodney’s young life in a working class steel town, the early days (aka “The Fictitious Years”) of The Dead Milkmen, how the Dead Milkmen became a real band, the unlikely hit that was the song “Punk Rock Girl” and how the band sabotaged their appearance on Club MTV, the state of music criticism and the music scene in general, twee beardy bands and the undue attention paid to them, why drugs are bad, some well-known folks Rodney hates, etc. Get ready for an aural speedball!
P.S. For the record, I love the breezy ’60s harmony pop band The Association.