Well, Black Flag was serious business. I love them for it, but most kids just want to laugh, scream at people and be loud.

Yeah, you're a kid! That's what to do. That's what feeling good is all about! So it all just seemed funny to me. The fact that there were causes also seemed funny to me. For people to try to say that their band really stood for some sort of political movement or something? I didn't believe any of that shit for a minute, either. I thought that the band stood for, you know, trying to make some money — if it was getting paid $17 or $10,000. And we wanted to put across entertaining shows musically and verbally, you know, the banter between the band members and the back-and-forth with the crowd.

That's why it was so great! Because you never knew if you were joking, and it made it very confusing and very excellent.

Lee Ving: Not your everyday punk-jazz-rock-pop-blues-inspired guitarist/vocalist.
Lee Ving: Not your everyday punk-jazz-rock-pop-blues-inspired guitarist/vocalist.


Lee Ving
8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4.
Deluxe, 2733 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood.
$15 advance, $17 day of show. 314-646-0370.

Yeah, that's right! That's exactly where I wanted it! I wanted the boneheads to think that I was completely serious, that I really wanted to "have a war," and I wanted those that were capable to see the satire in those sort of ridiculous statements and song titles. That way, everybody could go home happy!

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