So how are you feeling today?
Iím in Billings, Montana and I feel like hell/shit.
You sure dropped quite a few bombshells at your recent SXSW performance. The two that hit me the most were the story about ignoring a girlís plea for help as she was about to be raped back in the í80s, and the story about your motherís assisted suicide. What prompted you to bring these up at the show? Was it for shock value? Was it out of guilt?
I wouldnít really call it shock value. I just wanted to tell some stories that would bum everyone out. Neither one of those stories were told out of guilt. They were just tragedies that I have been through. I may have felt some guilt for not trying to stop the rape, but I feel no regret in the actions I took. Had I stepped in I would have probably been killed or beaten to with an inch of my life. Not something I was willing to do when I was 16. The punk scene in LA was really fucking violent. No one tried to stop the constant violence, you just tried to avoid it. That was how you survived.
As far as my motherís assisted suicide goes, helping her was one of the best things Iíve ever done. After all my mother did for me, the least I could do is help her with her dying wishes. That was extremely difficult, but also the easiest decision I ever made. How could I not help her? She brought me into this world and I helped her leave it.
Any other lingering problems youíd care to discuss?
Iíve got a pretty bad case of hemorrhoids, but I can handle them on my own.
How far in advance did you have these stories planned out? Were they off the top of your head? What has the reaction been to them since the show?
I had most of the stories worked out weeks in advance. In fact the whole show was planned out in advance. Iíve never really planned out any performance before. It was kinda fun. The reaction to the stories has been pretty outstanding. Lotsa heated debate. Lotsa people thinking Iíve lost my marbles. I love it.
You started the event by passing out shots of Patron Anejo to the crowd and capped if off with a video of you peeing into the bottle before the show. Did you look into the legality of that beforehand? Anybody throw up? Anybody ask you for more?
I looked into the legality of it. Seemed like I wouldnít get sued. It didnít seem like anyone was too bummed anyway. If you look at kids reactions after they found out about the shots, no one was too bummed, just kind of shocked. Most were just laughing their asses off. Last week I passed out more tequila shots, and guess what? They all got drank. Of course. No one gives a shit about a little extra ingredient.
Youíve been banned from Emoís, the venue that hosted the show. Do you care at all?
I actually think itís pretty cool. Iíve always wanted to be banned from somewhere.
What can you say as Cokie that you canít say as Fat Mike?
I donít know, I pretty much have no filter in my conversation. Iíll fucking talk about anything after I get enough drinks in me.
Can we expect more songs from/about Cokie in the future? Perhaps even a full-length? An animated series? Underoos for kids?
As of now I have no Cokie plans. Maybe an unannounced show now and then, but Cokie is going to stay at his local bar and do what he does best.
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