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Sun, Nov. 6th, 2005, 10:32 pm
Damn You All (1998 studio tracks)
01 All We Need Are Guns
03 (I had) Sex With Your Daughter
04 Long Tall Texan
Ausgangs-/Kopfhorerbuchse (1997 rehearsal)
05 Red Blood
06 Undivided Attention
07 You Gave Me
09 God Complex
10 Grass In The Infield / S.W.Y.D.
11 The Girlfriend Song
12 Long Tall Texan
Escape From Neverland Ranch (1998 Live)
01 Donna / Undivided Attention
03 The Girlfriend Song
04 God Complex
05 Red Blood
07 Grass In The Infield / S.W.Y.D.
08 Fight For Your Right
09 Long Tall Texan
10 All We Need Are Guns
11 Death Of Me
12 F@#k Me For The Fun Of It
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NEW YORK (AP) - Ossie Davis, an actor distinguished for roles dealing with racial injustice on stage, screen and in real life - and perhaps best known as the husband and partner of actress Ruby Dee - has died at the age of 87.
Davis was found dead on Friday in his hotel room in Miami, where he was making a film called "Retirement," according to Arminda Thomas, who works in his office in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Davis, who wrote, acted, directed and produced for the theater and Hollywood, was a central figure among black performers of the last five decades. He and Dee celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1998 with the publication of a dual autobiography, "In This Life Together."
Their partnership called to mind other performing couples, such as the Lunts, or Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. Davis and Dee first appeared together in the plays "Jeb," in 1946, and "Anna Lucasta," in 1946-47. Davis' first film, "No Way Out" in 1950, was Dee's fifth. They shared billing in 11 stage productions and five movies during long parallel careers.
In 2004, he and Dee were among the artists selected to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
When not on stage or on camera, Davis and Dee were deeply involved in civil rights issues and efforts to promote the cause of blacks in the entertainment industry. They nearly ran afoul of the anti-Communist witch-hunts of the early 1950s, but were never openly accused of any wrongdoing.
Davis, the oldest of five children of a self-taught railroad builder and herb doctor in tiny Cogdell, Ga., grew up in nearby Waycross and Valdosta. He left home in 1935, hitchhiking to Washington to enter Howard University, where he studied drama, intending to be a playwright.
His career as an actor began in 1939 with the Rose McClendon Players in Harlem, then the center of black culture in America. There, the young Davis met or mingled with some of the most influential figures of the time, including the preacher Father Divine, W.E.B. DuBois, A. Philip Randolph, Langston Hughes and Richard Wright.
He also had what he described in the book as a "flirtation with the Young Communist League," which he said essentially ended with the onset of World War II. Davis spent nearly four years in service, mainly as a surgical technician in an Army hospital in Liberia, serving both wounded troops and local inhabitants.
Back in New York in 1946, Davis debuted on Broadway in "Jeb," a play about a returning soldier. His co-star was Ruby Dee, whose budding stage career had paralleled his own. They had even appeared in different productions of the same play, "On Strivers Row," in 1940.
It marked the beginning of a collaboration on and off the stage.
In December 1948, on a day off from rehearsals from another play, "The Smile of the World," Davis and Dee took a bus to New Jersey to get married. They already were so close that "it felt almost like an appointment we finally got around to keeping," Dee writes in "In This Life Together."
As black performers, they found themselves caught up in the social unrest fomented by the then-new Cold War and the growing debate over social and racial justice in the United States.
"We young ones in the theater, trying to fathom even as we followed, were pulled this way and that by the swirling currents of these new dimensions of the Struggle," Davis wrote in the joint autobiography. "Black revolutionaries fighting, just like the Russians, to liberate the workers and save the world, against the black bourgeoisie fighting, at the behest of rich white folks, to defeat the Communist menace and save the world."
Davis says he "had no trouble identifying which side I was on." He lined up with black socialist reformer DuBois and singer Paul Robeson, remaining fiercely loyal to the singer even after Robeson was denounced by other black political, sports and show business figures for his openly communist and pro-Soviet sympathies.
While Hollywood and, to a lesser extent, the New York theater world became engulfed in McCarthyism and red-baiting controversies, Davis and Dee _despite their leftist activism in causes ranging from labor rallies to saving the accused atom spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg - emerged from the anti-communist fervor unscathed and, in Davis' view, justifiably so.
"We've never been, to our knowledge, guilty of anything - other than being black - that might upset anybody," he wrote.
They were friends with baseball star Jackie Robinson and his wife, Rachel - Dee played her, opposite Robinson himself, in the 1950 movie, "The Jackie Robinson Story" - and with Malcolm X.
In the book, Davis told how a prior commitment caused them to miss the Harlem rally where Malcolm was assassinated. But Davis delivered the eulogy at Malcolm's funeral, and reprised it in a voice-over for the 1992 Spike Lee film, "Malcolm X."
Along with film, stage and television, their careers extended to a radio show, "The Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee Story Hour," that ran on 65 stations for four years in the mid-1970s, featuring a mix of black themes.
Both wrote plays and screenplays, and Davis directed several films, most notably "Cotton Comes to Harlem" (1970) and "Countdown at Kusini" (1976), in which he also appeared with Dee.
Other films in which Davis appeared include "The Cardinal" (1963), "The Hill" (1965), "Grumpy Old Men" (1993), "The Client" (1994) and "I'm Not Rappaport" (1996), a reprise of his stage role 10 years earlier.
On television, he appeared in "The Emperor Jones" (1955), "Freedom Road" (1979), "Miss Evers' Boys" (1997) and "Twelve Angry Men" (1997). He was a cast member on "The Defenders" from 1963-65, and "Evening Shade" from 1990-94, among other shows.
Both Davis and Dee made numerous guest appearances on television shows.
Cheers for the interview, here are the questions
F&G: Firstly, what's the band up to right now?
Fred Ped: Putting together material for the 10 year anniversary.
F&G: How would you describe the Peds sound?
Fred Ped: We like to think of our sound as a new creation called rasp.
We have often been described as Gwar without the costumes. I had someone tell me
I sounded like the bastard child of Zakk Wylde, Ace Frehley and Johnny Ramone.
There are so many titles labeled on music today I can't keep up. Like the Billy
Joel song says "It's still rock n' roll to me".
F&G: How did you get involved with the band?
Fred Ped: At the time Dunbar and I were in this band called 4 Speed
Overdrive. We were very unhappy with the musicians in that band and it was just
a stepping stone to get where we wanted to be. One night some friends got
together to drink and jam. After the band played a couple songs P.J. and Mark
joined us on Black Sabbath's War Pigs. It sounded so good we tried a few 4 Speed
songs, that was it, the line up was complete. Then all we had to was convince
Mark & P.J. to do it.
F&G: Can you remember your first gig (how did it go)?
Fred Ped: Our first gig was at a small club called Triple B's near
High Point NC. The club was owned and ran buy this family. The booking agent was
this crazy girl named Alicia. Every time you would call her on the phone she had
some crazy tale to tell you. I'm sure they had to be true because who could make
up such things? One time her gold fish jumped out of the tank and her cat had it
in it's mouth, meanwhile something was on fire and her friend was just in a car
accident. It was always a very long conversation involving her crazy stories.
One time she booked us, and when we got there she forgot about it. They let us
play anyways, Ha Ha that place brings back funny memories. We played there quite
a few times during our first year.
F&G: Are you involved in any other projects and if so how do they compare to the Peds?
Fred Ped: I finished working with a local cover band called the
Nugghawks. We played "Long Tall Texan", with me doing the lead vocals.
Very similar to the Peds when it comes to how much beer we drank during a
F&G: What are your favorite Peds tracks?
Fred Ped: My favorite recorded track would have to be
"Guns". I'm very happy with the way everything sounds on that one. The
only thing I would change are the gun sounds. I don't feel they need to there,
but overall that is a great sounding song and I love playing it live.
F&G: What are your favorite all time songs?
Fred Ped: The Beatles "You never give me your money" from
Abbey Road. It also happens to be me and my wife Jennifer's song. I turned to
her onetime in a bar and said "this is our song" for no reason at all.
It was suppose to be funny, then it just kind of stuck. My favorites change all
the time, this month it is Metallica's "Escape" from Ride The
Lightning. Last month it was "Shedding Skin" by Pantera off the album
Far Beyond Driven. I've been listening to that song nonstop since that crazy
killed Dime. I met him back in 94, he was such a great guy and an early
influence on me as a player.
F&G: What was the first record you ever bought?
Fred Ped: It was Quiet Riot's Metal Health on cassette tape. That was
the first one I bought and also the first given to me. My dad gave me the record
for my birthday one year for my 9th birthday. He left that same year and I never
saw the record or him again. I missed that one so much I had to buy it on
cassette years later.
F&G: Which album was it that got you into metal and can you explain why?
Fred Ped: It was probably that Quiet Riot album. That was the first
one I owned and I loved the guitar solos on that album. But as a kid I grew up
listening to lots of Kiss and Def Leppard. Guns N' Roses Appetite For
Destruction was also an early favorite. I remember cranking the shit out of that
and turning it down every time Axel said the F word so my mom wouldn't get mad
at me. My first step into the darkside of metal was Death's Scream Bloody Gore
and Slayer's Seasons In The Abyss. A friend made me copies and brought them to
me in school. I would sit in the dark listening to headphones with Seasons
playing. The little kid on the end of Dead Skin Mask use to scare the crap out
F&G: What's the last album you purchased and what did you think of it?
Fred Ped: I can't remember the last album I purchased. I have to admit
I'm a pirate, I download everything or burn it from a friend. I went clean about
6 month ago, Dave from the Nugghawks said I might need to check into a download
clinic. I actually just bought Gardy Loo's Socially Unacceptable on ebay
yesterday again. Those guys are great I recommend checking that out. "We
like shit" is a classic loo tune! El Duce would be proud.
F&G: What would be your dream band line-up?
Fred Ped: My dream line-up would suck because I would fill it with all
these bad ass guitar players. It would just be a bunch of guys wanking on solos
all day, it wouldn't work.
F&G: If you could do a cover for a tribute album to any band, which song of which band would you pick and why?
Fred Ped: The Ramones "Death Of Me". Most tribute albums
feature bands playing the same songs over and over again. Everyone wants to do I
wanna be sedated or if it's Ozzy, crazy train etc... Most people don't know that
Ramones song and when they hear us play it, they think it's ours.
F&G: What do you think of the position of metal and music in general today?
Fred Ped: Metal today is still strong, it's just laying low waiting to
come out in another form. I'm really into the Dark/Black Metal stuff and Stoner
Rock these days. Music in general these days overall sucks. I think that's the
reason everyone likes to download. I like the new Green Day track
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" but I'm scared to buy that album. I've
never been a big fan of that band, so I'm not sure I would like it all.
F&G: Which other bands stand out for you at the moment?
Fred Ped: The Haunted, Darkness & Dream Evil.
F&G: Do you have any funny stories about the band you can share with us? and finally, what do you see in the future for the Peds?
Fred Ped: I pulled a Gene Simmons at Tremont Music Hall in Charlotte
NC one night. I had a flash pot explosive thing Dunbar made mounted on my Les
Paul's headstock. When it exploded, it shot into my hair and caught fire. I ripped
the burning stench out of my head and threw it down onstage. That same night he
had this thing he made called the tiny crapper. It was loaded with fireworks,
gun powder and flash paper. After that thing started going off the smoke buried
me. I could hardly breathe from all of the smoke. The club owner was pissed but
said we sold more beer than most acts so we were welcome back, but no more pyro
shows. We were lucky we weren't the first Great White incident. Then again we
still have many more years ahead of us to create destruction and mayhem across
Thanks for the Interview, good luck for 2005 and Stay Insane!
-F- & -G-
39 Lincoln Road
Tyne & Wear
Dimebag Darrell R.I.P. 1966-2004
The Peds website shutdown from the volume of people going to view the photo of me and Dime getting drunk with Ace Frehley Kiss paint on our faces. I will try to get it back online here http://www.myspace.com/thepeds. The news of Dime's death is a huge shock for me. I had the opportunity to meet Dime at Rocky's nightclub in Charlotte NC many years ago. My friend Tripp McNeil of the band Seducer invited me to this knowing Dime would be dropping by after his Pantera gig. He was a huge influence on me as a young guitar player. I got see to see Pantera with Type O Negative on my birthday at LJVM Coliseum in Winston Salem NC. After the show I got to hang out with Dime a second time at Ziggy's nightclub. Dimebag Darrell was a great guitarist and one of the nicest people I have met. The Heavy Metal community has lost a great musician.
Dec 9, 2004 07:40 PM
RE: you suck from rock hill
first off lemme say you are a cock strocking thunder cunt. you guy suck you guys suck ass. the band broke up like 6 years ago. let it go, just LET IT GO. oh yeah i talked to dunbar, i know. I am like God here.
fuck the gov't.!!!!!!!!
Dear God Like,
First off let me say, isn't it amazing that a band that broke up 6 years ago and never released anything can somehow remain so popular. The Peds song "Sex With Your Daughter" gets around 200 plays a day from the many websites that contain Peds music. The website shuts down often from too many visitors. The song Dark was used in a movie and one TV show just recently. When I play live, I still get requests for Peds music. All this from a band together less than two years.
You talked to Dunbar? Congratulations! It's been awhile for me, I need to again. I need to tell him we are reaching status of one of our favorite bands Fear. He would laugh so hard at the hype surrounding The Peds these days. Did you know I get an average of two emails a month from bars wanting to book the Peds? ( a band that broke up 6 years ago, hmm weird ) Did you know original drummer Tech Head Ped died in the year 2000? That's what I read online. Or that I was the new bass player for Marilyn Manson when Twiggy left the band. I need to tell Dunbar about Gardy Loo listing the Peds in their last CD credits. We were heavily influenced by Gardy Loo so that was very exciting to see.
Let it go? LET WHAT GO? I'm trying to let go of the fact that you have poor grammar skills and type like an eight year old child.
The Peds are the Godfathers of Rasp. According to a young punk I ran into at a local bar, we are "Punk Rock Legends". We will never die. Like someone told me at a bachelor party one year "Once a Ped always a Ped"!
Fuck You and Goodbye.!!!!!!!!