CKY The Interview

Click here for a really HUGE Quicktime Clip of CKY live.

Once in a blue moon, a band comes along that is very closely tied to skateboarding. In the case of CKY, it’s a very random happening. The band consists of Chad Ginsburg, Vern Zaborowski, Deron Miller, and Jess Margera. Does the name Margera sound familiar? Do the three letters C K Y ring any bells? Well, if you’re remotely involved in skateboarding you’ll know Jess is Bam Margera’s brother. Those two, along with all their buddies from Westchster, PA, love to break shit and cause a ruckus. CKY, the band, was intimately tied to the Landspeed video–its soundtrack was made exclusively by the band. The following year, Bam put out another film called CKY2K, and again the band had many songs in it as well as personal appearances. Even today, you can continue to see the members and hear their songs in the new MTV program, Jackass. The band loves to tour, and being on the Volcom label aids in that quest. I caught up with the band on a recent jaunt to the west coast. (Be sure to look for the band on next year’s Warp Tour.) Formerly known as Camp Kill Yourself, then as Camp, and now as CKY. I took the band through the local 99 cents store, and they had this to share:

11*11*00 Corona, CA ¿ Showcase Theater

Jess:
I’d like to ask why Vern smells like an old man when he goes to sleep? When he’s walking around, he looks like a normal guy, and he pretty much smells like a normal guy, but as soon as he goes to sleep, he smells like an old man.

Vern: I secrete old man sweat.

Jess: How would you describe the old man smell?

Chad: it smells like a guy who drives a Granada with vinyl seats, painted with house paint, and way too much shit in the trunk.

Jess: Moth balls and pea soup. All right, so I’d go with twenty percent moth balls, ten percent pea soup, 40 percent Granada old man, and 30 percent Vicks vapor rub.

Chad: The guys who paint their cars with house paint are so f..ked up.

Jess: The smell is indefinable. You can’t really describe it–I’ve tried.

Chad: You smell way older when you’re sleeping. I think it’s all the alcohol that seeps out of you.

TWS: So who gets to sleep next to him?

Jess: Usually, I have to sleep next to him. We’re staying at Chad’s house right now, and I have to stay right next to him–my bed is like right there. I have to sleep next to “smelly old man” Vern. I was trying to watch The Shining the other day, and all I heard was a Vern snoring.

Chad: Have you talked about Vern’s haircut?

Jess: He’s got a Munster cut.

Vern: Well, we may as well talk about it now since I just got it.

Chad: He paid 65 dollars for this haircut. Look at the side. They told him to cut the STLB off, but they didn’t. He still has a STLB.

Vern: We were trying, but you guys were rushing me. If I looked like Moe then this would be all faded, and there would be a lump on the back.

Chad: He looks like Moe upside down.

Jess: Get this, Deron paid 100 dollars for his “Pony Boy” cut. He looks like Pony Boy from The Outsiders.

TWS: Where did all this go down?

Vern: I don’t even remember.

Jess: In Huntington Beach–right on the strip, next to the Inca Girls. It’s called salon something or other. Just because it’s a salon you pay like twice as much.

Vern: Me and Deron were just holding hands, and we just said, “Hey, you wanna go get a hair cut?”

Jess: Vern, I bet you thought it’d be like 30 dollars or something.

Vern: No, I knew how much it was going to be. I wasn’t going to get my hair colored until Deron egged me on.

Jess: Really, ’cause when you walked out of the salon, you looked totally defeated. Jeff, how defeated did Vern look when he left the salon?

Jeffb> (CKY’s manager): He looked like old Shaggy from Scoobie Doo. You know how he walks with his shoulders all slumped? And he’s kicking his feet out. That’s what he looked like.

Chad: What’s in there? Did you get a lube job? Feel his hair.

Vern: A lube job? No, it’s a product.

Jess: I walked in, and there was a coating or dye on his eyebrows. He looked like Max Headroom.

Vern: I looked plastic.

Chad’s trying to light Vern’s hair on fire and there is a scuffle.

Jess: He’s got hair spray on. That’s going to catch fire just like Michael Jackson.

Jess: Film Deron racking up my phone bill.

Chad: Are you talking to Jess’ girlfriend? laughter

Jess: I can’t talk on the phone with you guys around. You guys are like “oooohohohhoohh.”

Deron: You just don’t want us to hear you saying the gayest f..king shit in the world.

Jess: I do say some gay shit like, “Oh, hey pumpkin,” the way you do when you’re on the phone with Chad? When he wants to talk to you, he’s like, “Yo, tell him this, tell him this.”

Chad: He’s trying to divert the attention away from him on the phone with his girlfriend.

Jess: It’s pathetic and I admit it. OK, so we were talking about how Vern smells like an old man. What does Vern smell like? If you’re within a five-foot radius of him, you can smell it.

We enter the 99 cents store.

Deron: He smells like a 1987 station wagon with a stale vanilla deodorizer, and French fries stuck to the seats.

Jess: All this shit is only 99 cents?–let’s find something in here that isn’t 99 cents. There’s got to be something that is like four dollars and 99 cents. Let’s find whatever it is.

Chad: I was here today, I think–remember? I feel like I’m back home.

TWS: Tell me about the van burning in Kansas on the Volcom Heartland Tour.

Jess: Ohh, that sucked–oh my God.

TWS: Did you lose equipment?

Jess: No, actually we were in the other van. We saw it catch fire. Everybody said the whole thing was filled with smoke. Then the fire department got there in like a second and put it out.

At this point we’re asked to leave the store by a manager. We claim we’re not filming, just recording an audio interview.

Jess: Is everything in here 99 cents? to manager

Chad: I know you guys sell Chinese Bugles.

TWS: What aisle are the Chinese Bugles on?

Chad: I know where they are.

Jess: The little snacks, you know, the wannabe Fritos.

Manager: Aisle 2 and 3.

Jess: Wait, wait, wait, I didn’t tell you about the van burning. In the other lane there was some dude looking at the accident, and he got in an accident too. It was so rad. There were 2 accidents on either side of the road.TWS: What’s your favorite skit in CKY2K?

Deron: The one where all the gay guys are in the hot springs–that’s my favorite. Did you see that part?

Jess: The hot volcanic lake where they’re all washing each other and being gay.

Chad: I want to show you the Chinese Bugles. Bugles … I don’t know if that’s Chinese, it could be Yiddish. You have no idea what that says–it could be poisonous. It says Bugles in English, but as if you can read that … this is Iranian. It says original flavor here, but what does that say?

Deron: Picking up the shrimp chips. These look like circus peanuts.

Jess: I’m buying these, and we’re all eating one. We’re all eating these. They look like Styrofoam or little packing peanuts.

TWS: Get all the fans to eat one of those tonight. There seems to be a little confusion about the CD’s. Can you clarify?

Jess: What happened was we did the first couple thousand with the Bud Dwyer image, (the guy shooting himself in the head)but it was too gnarly for Volcom. They pressed a thousand, but it was just too crazy. So then we … oh wait, I’m supposed to get Mark a Mountain Dew. Jess goes in search of a soda They don’t have Mountain Dew. They have Shasta. It is like wannabe Sprite. He’s just going to have to deal with this.

TWS: Back to the CD saga …

Jess: They didn’t like the name Camp Kill Yourself either, and they wanted to change it to Camp, but we weren’t into that, so we changed it to CKY. There’s two different covers. One is Camp with CKY as the album title. Then we switched the band to CKY, and the album is now called Camp Volume 1: the current CD on sale. All three CD’s have the same songs on them–just different covers.

TWS: Does one of the CD’s have crank calls at the end?

Jess: Yeah, but that’s gone now.

Deron: It was a limited edition thing. We did like 1200 of them, and they went pretty quickly.

TWS: Do you have a new album coming out soon?

Deron: Yeah, we started recording it in Hawaii, and it’ll probably be out by April 2001.

At the check out stand

Jess: Has anyone ever died from eating these? They seem lighter than shrimp. It looks like Styrofoam. I’m going to have an ass explosion on stage. Hey look, you cut yourself or something. Oh no, it’s just Santa hat fuzz.

Management tries to get us to turn off the camera again, but we don’t.

Chad: Someday, I’m going to join a gang and then I won’t even care. When that happens I’ll come in here with a camera and I won’t even care.

TWS: That could be a few years off.

Chad: Right now I’m not in a gang, but someday.

TWS: Woah. look at that.

Jess: Jordache deoderant. Do you remember Jordache jeans in the 80s and shit. When I was in middle school, you were the bomb if you had Jordache jeans and high top Pony’s or Velcro Reeboks.

Leaving the 99 cents store everyone is jazzed on the Shrimp Chips.

Jess: All right, we’re going to try the Shrimp chips. Here’s your Santa hat.

Chad: Shrimps are lighter than air.

Jess: “How much are books?” Deron used to work at a bookstore back in the day. There was an enormous sign that said ‘All Books $1′. I came in one day, and there were five old people who were asking “How much is this?.”

Jess: They don’t taste like shrimp at all. They taste more like Styrofoam than shrimp.

Chad: If they tasted like shrimp they wouldn’t cost a dollar, and there wouldn’t be this many. They have a sticker that says ‘shrimp’ on them and that’s the closest thing to shrimp they are. Try this one.

He picks up a pink chip and hands it to Jess.

Vern: It’s like the gayest shrimp chip that you could eat man.Jess: It’s pussy pink.

Vern: Does it taste fishy?

Jess: It doesn’t look like a shrimp. It looks like insulation. These are fuckin’ heinous. Aaauuughh. I got the after taste. Spits chips out.

Chad: If you leave them in your mouth long enough, you taste the shrimp, but it’s not the right texture. You would have had to have seen a shrimp recently to deal with that taste.

Jess: It tastes like Chinatown in Philly. You know how it smells all funky? What were the highlights of recording in Hawaii?

Chad: Sarah.

Jess: There was this girl Sarah that we stayed with and she was super nice.

Chad: Just the nicest girl on the planet.

Jess: She was hot, and Clint was cool too, but he was kind of bummed that we were there. What else–Hawaii was rad. We got to watch Jackass on this theater-size screen.

Chad: Your head was like so big.

Jess: I know, I had like a twenty foot tall head.

TWS: What skit were you doing that night?

Jess: I got slapped and we did jousting shit.

Chad initiates the consumption of shrimp chips by the fans in front of the venue

Chad: These girls think we’re a “skater band”. Laughter. You better watch us, because we’re going to roll by q. oh wait, I’m supposed to get Mark a Mountain Dew. Jess goes in search of a soda They don’t have Mountain Dew. They have Shasta. It is like wannabe Sprite. He’s just going to have to deal with this.

TWS: Back to the CD saga …

Jess: They didn’t like the name Camp Kill Yourself either, and they wanted to change it to Camp, but we weren’t into that, so we changed it to CKY. There’s two different covers. One is Camp with CKY as the album title. Then we switched the band to CKY, and the album is now called Camp Volume 1: the current CD on sale. All three CD’s have the same songs on them–just different covers.

TWS: Does one of the CD’s have crank calls at the end?

Jess: Yeah, but that’s gone now.

Deron: It was a limited edition thing. We did like 1200 of them, and they went pretty quickly.

TWS: Do you have a new album coming out soon?

Deron: Yeah, we started recording it in Hawaii, and it’ll probably be out by April 2001.

At the check out stand

Jess: Has anyone ever died from eating these? They seem lighter than shrimp. It looks like Styrofoam. I’m going to have an ass explosion on stage. Hey look, you cut yourself or something. Oh no, it’s just Santa hat fuzz.

Management tries to get us to turn off the camera again, but we don’t.

Chad: Someday, I’m going to join a gang and then I won’t even care. When that happens I’ll come in here with a camera and I won’t even care.

TWS: That could be a few years off.

Chad: Right now I’m not in a gang, but someday.

TWS: Woah. look at that.

Jess: Jordache deoderant. Do you remember Jordache jeans in the 80s and shit. When I was in middle school, you were the bomb if you had Jordache jeans and high top Pony’s or Velcro Reeboks.

Leaving the 99 cents store everyone is jazzed on the Shrimp Chips.

Jess: All right, we’re going to try the Shrimp chips. Here’s your Santa hat.

Chad: Shrimps are lighter than air.

Jess: “How much are books?” Deron used to work at a bookstore back in the day. There was an enormous sign that said ‘All Books $1′. I came in one day, and there were five old people who were asking “How much is this?.”

Jess: They don’t taste like shrimp at all. They taste more like Styrofoam than shrimp.

Chad: If they tasted like shrimp they wouldn’t cost a dollar, and there wouldn’t be this many. They have a sticker that says ‘shrimp’ on them and that’s the closest thing to shrimp they are. Try this one.

He picks up a pink chip and hands it to Jess.

Vern: It’s like the gayest shrimp chip that you could eat man.Jess: It’s pussy pink.

Vern: Does it taste fishy?

Jess: It doesn’t look like a shrimp. It looks like insulation. These are fuckin’ heinous. Aaauuughh. I got the after taste. Spits chips out.

Chad: If you leave them in your mouth long enough, you taste the shrimp, but it’s not the right texture. You would have had to have seen a shrimp recently to deal with that taste.

Jess: It tastes like Chinatown in Philly. You know how it smells all funky? What were the highlights of recording in Hawaii?

Chad: Sarah.

Jess: There was this girl Sarah that we stayed with and she was super nice.

Chad: Just the nicest girl on the planet.

Jess: She was hot, and Clint was cool too, but he was kind of bummed that we were there. What else–Hawaii was rad. We got to watch Jackass on this theater-size screen.

Chad: Your head was like so big.

Jess: I know, I had like a twenty foot tall head.

TWS: What skit were you doing that night?

Jess: I got slapped and we did jousting shit.

Chad initiates the consumption of shrimp chips by the fans in front of the venue

Chad: These girls think we’re a “skater band”. Laughter. You better watch us, because we’re going to roll by quickly.

Once inside the venue, I find Chad chopping off Vern’s STLB with a tiny pair of scissors.

Chad: This is sick–you’ve got like … uuuhhhhh. This doesn’t feel good does it? Dutch Boy cut–you already had it.

TWS: How long have you had t-shirts for sale?

Deron: Since the WARP tour in July. We had these t-shirts for sale, but that was a couple years ago. Now they are collector’s items. We just designed a line of CKY clothes for Volcom that’s coming out in December.

TWS: Do you have any other sponsors?

Deron: Adio, Electric sunglasses, and Fender.

TWS: Is there an official CKY Web site?

Deron: No, not an official one yet. But I think it’s going to be campkillyourself.tv.

Jess: You know, I don’t even think were going to mess with that–it might be ckytheband.com.

Deron: There are two really good fan sites: cky.8k.com and cky2k.net, and there are two other ones that are OK.

TWS: Where will the fans be able to get that new line of Volcom CKY clothing?

Jess: From Volcom.com and through skate shops. All Volcom dealers will have it.

TWS: What are your plans for 2001?

Chad: Survive the next holocaust.

Deron: We’re putting out a new record in April, unless our old record gets a broader distribution, ’cause if we put out a new album and people are just picking up on the old album, that’s confusing. We’re doing the WARP tour again.

TWS: Jess, is Bam getting tons of videos from kids doing crazy pranks?

Jess: Well, most of them went to Tumyeto, but they suck, so we don’t talk to them anymore. Volcom is getting a lot now. There are a couple good ones. One kid took his bike and just ran it full speed into some huge water fountain. He soaked this old man just sitting in a park.

Chad: I got one where a kid from Ashbury, NJ was asking for directions with his mouth full of water. When he’d ask for directions he’d spit the water into people’s faces. One guy punched the kid through the car window.

TWS: What’s Bam’s involvement in Jackass?

Jess: He’s just in it. He licensed footage from the videos, and we filmed a whole bunch of new stuff.

TWS: Has the band been featured on Jackass?

Jess: Yeah, yeah–they’ve played three or four songs. We’renot that involved with it.

TWS: What are the perks of being on the Volcom label versusbeing on some regular record label?

Chad: We get to do what we want: we get free clothes,and we have a new family.

Jess: Volcom is way better than any other label because wedon’t have some fat f..k that signed Milli Vanilli tellingus what to do. Those guys would be like, “Dude, take thischorus out and put this in there.” They don’t know what’sup. They’re old as f..k.

TWS: Any thanks?

Jess: Yeah. Thanks to you, skateboarding.com, Volcom. Jeff,Mark, Adio, Electric, and shrimp chips. Yeah, I said Jeff.This is our man here–he gets everything done. Jeff, Mark,and Ryan Immegart get everything done.

Click here for a really HUGE Quicktime Clip of CKY live.

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Once inside the venue, I find Chad chopping off Vern’s STLB with a tiny pair of scissors.

Chad: This is sick–you’ve got like … uuuhhhhh. This doesn’t feel good does it? Dutch Boy cut–you already had it.

TWS: How long have you had t-shirts for sale?

Deron: Since the WARP tour in July. We had these t-shirts for sale, but that was a couple years ago. Now they are collector’s items. We just designed a line of CKY clothes for Volcom that’s coming out in December.

TWS: Do you have any other sponsors?

Deron: Adio, Electric sunglasses, and Fender.

TWS: Is there an official CKY Web site?

Deron: No, not an official one yet. But I think it’s going to be campkillyourself.tv. <

Jess: You know, I don’t even think were going to mess with that–it might be ckytheband.com.

Deron: There are two really good fan sites: cky.8k.com and cky2k.net, and there are two other ones that are OK.

TWS: Where will the fans be able to get that new line of Volcom CKY clothing?

Jess: From Volcom.com and through skate shops. All Volcom dealers will have it.

TWS: What are your plans for 2001?

Chad: Survive the next holocaust.

Deron: We’re putting out a new record in April, unless our old record gets a broader distribution, ’cause if we put out a new album and people are just picking up on the old album, that’s confusing. We’re doing the WARP tour again.

TWS: Jess, is Bam getting tons of videos from kids doing crazy pranks?

Jess: Well, most of them went to Tumyeto, but they suck, so we don’t talk to them anymore. Volcom is getting a lot now. There are a couple good ones. One kid took his bike and just ran it full speed into some huge water fountain. He soaked this old man just sitting in a park.

Chad: I got one where a kid from Ashbury, NJ was asking for directions with his mouth full of water. When he’d ask for directions he’d spit the water into people’s faces. One guy punched the kid through the car window.

TWS: What’s Bam’s involvement in Jackass?

Jess: He’s just in it. He licensed footage from the videos, and we filmed a whole bunch of new stuff.

TWS: Has the band been featured on Jackass?

Jess: Yeah, yeah–they’ve played three or four songs. We’renot that involved with it.

TWS: What are the perks of being on the Volcom label versusbeing on some regular record label?

Chad: We get to do what we want: we get free clothes,and we have a new family.

Jess: Volcom is way better than any other label because wedon’t have some fat f..k that signed Milli Vanilli tellingus what to do. Those guys would be like, “Dude, take thischorus out and put this in there.” They don’t know what’sup. They’re old as f..k.

TWS: Any thanks?

Jess: Yeah. Thanks to you, skateboarding.com, Volcom. Jeff,Mark, Adio, Electric, and shrimp chips. Yeah, I said Jeff.This is our man here–he gets everything done. Jeff, Mark,and Ryan Immegart get everything done.

Click here for a really HUGE Quicktime Clip of CKY live.

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