Give Me Strength interview with Patrick Wilson - April 2000
Interview with Pat Wilson by Josh Frank and Darin Ranahan in April 2000.
Can you tell us about the different bands you are in and have been in?
I am in The Special Goodness and Weezer and a bunch of other bands that no one is ever gonna hear about because I will never bring them up.
Why did you decide to form the band The Special Goodness after being in the successful band Weezer?
To try and push my songs into Weezer is a little weird because I feel I should play guitar and it wouldn't really work to well if I was playing drums. I don't want to be like Night Ranger or Earth or a band like that.
Has being in bands become a full time job?
In what way do you mean? Like in a bad way like "ahh I gotta go to work?"
Do you have another job or are you always touring...?
Well, this is our second tour. I would say it is a full time job.
You have new CDs coming out for The Special Goodness and Weezer. How are those coming along, and what can we expect?
All of the above are works in progress. Weezer is gonna rehearse at the end of this month. I don't know when we are gonna make another recording but I think it is going to be pretty soon.
Is it true that the new Weezer CD got delayed because Rivers got braces?
I cant imagine that would be the case. I know he got braces. He did an interview on Rollingstone.net and he said, "The record is delayed because I got braces." I don't know? That's what he said, but I am not gonna say no and enthusiastically get behind his version of the events. Maybe its true. Maybe he can't sing. I haven't talked to him in so long.
How is it going back and forth between a band with such publicity to an indie rock band?
Its not that much different. Its just a matter of scale.
Which do you like more?
Its been so long since we've played in Weezer so I don't remember what that's like. I am enjoying this more now. Musically I like this band much more because obviously I have more fun playing guitar and singing.
How do you contribute to the song writing process of your bands?
I write all the songs.
You did a brief stay with The Rentals. Why did you decide to move on from that?
The thing that nobody knows about The Rentals is that it just started out as Matt saying, "Hey I have some songs." He didn't have a record deal or anything. Then we recorded his first record and then he got a big huge record deal. All I did was show up for three days and play drums. That was my extent of being a Rental, and then I sat in the video. No that you bring it up I think I am going to have to sue Matt because I think I am more important than what he paid me. Just kidding.
I heard that Weezer has gone through a lineup change, can you talk about that?
Mikey is the new bass player for Weezer. Matt is not the bass player now.
When the new Weezer CD comes out, are you going to keep The Special Goodness going, or are you going to take a break?
I want to do both at the same time. I think that would be cool. I would like to open for Weezer.
Do you have any touring plans for either band after the Special Goodness tour?
Do you have any interesting tour stories that stick out in your mind?
I have a story about Brian that makes me laugh. He called the other day and said...What was the story? He goes, "I scratched my esophagus on a piece of toast." There's Brian for ya. He doesn't know if he can sing, but he is gonna try.
What are your favorite Weezer and Special Goodness songs?
I can't say. I really can't look at it like that.
What have been your major musical influences?
Probably the Smiths. I like The Beatles. You know, the same old shit that everybody else says. Black Sabbath.
If you weren't a musician what do you think you would be?
A loser probably. I don't know. I would probably be trying to figure out Linux networks and computer bull shit.
Do you feel successful in what you have done in your music and beyond that?
No I don't. I don't feel successful at all. I wish I did. I feel pretty successful. I fee lucky. I don't feel successful. Like if you won the lottery, you would feel lucky, not successful.
Have you ever heard any interesting rumors involving you or any of your bands?
I can't think of any now. I guess the one that Rivers can't sing because of his braces.
Any last words?
Keep on rockin'.