Dec 122008

Again another week or two go by with days agreed on but then followed with:

Sorry guys it gets dark so early now. The day just disappeared b4 i
could get to ya.
Tomorrow? ..Tuesday.will give the hours notice..JkL


I’m sure we’l
manage it this week. If you ask the right questions i might find out
what i’m doing these days.

P.S. I found this in my draft box. Thought i sent it. Fyi

And then regarding the election:

Hope you were aS happy as Shelly..she feels there’s hope
for the America we’ve all known and love..

Weeks turned into a month and eventually I just thought I’d try to get anything I could from him:

Hey Keith. Would still love to do something with you. We can try phone again. Or you can record your answers. Or write your answers…Any and all will be published.


But the response this time was not the excited eccentric I had come to know:

I’m so tired of talking about Pil or the past in general..would you do it?

You could’ve found out something new but like all in music you want
the sure thing.JkL

But?… I replied:

We didn’t ask any questions about PiL? Our readers surely know all of that over and over again. The gist was more about your interest in reggae/dub, your hard to find post PiL output and most importantly what is coming up. I really dig that song you sent and hope that more like it is on its way.

I have reposted the questions below for your review.




  14 Responses to “The Official RTH Non-Interview with Keith Levene”

  1. Tragic.

    I was reminded of a song by Schnell Fenster titled “When You’re Heros Let You Down”.

    My sympathies sammymaudlin.

    Sure would have been a good interview though.


  2. dbuskirk

    Love the new SECOND EDITION cover. Sounds like you’re lucky he didn’t invite you over for fava beans.

  3. BigSteve

    Sammy has the patience of a saint. This guy’s brain is obviously fried. How do people like this function in the real world? These exchanges make Richard Lloyd sound accommodating.

  4. Keith Levene sounds annoyingly eccentric but Reggie Jackson sounds like a flat out douche, especially given your age at the time. This kind of behavior is why I have no interest in meeting my idols.

  5. sammymaudlin

    An aside on the Reggie story- Some guy who witnessed the exchange between us yelled after Reggie “You sign autographs with your foot?!”

  6. Big Steve wrote: “These exchanges make Richard Lloyd sound accommodating.”

    Actaully I was thinking these two need to be interviewed *together* – that would be a trip

  7. hrrundivbakshi

    What did you guys expect? Dude plays a Travis Bean guitar, fer chrissakes!

  8. Mr. Moderator

    I never liked Reggie Jackson – in fact, he’s one of the only superstars in any field from Philly that no one here cares about (for instance, even Kobe Bryant has maintained his share of hometown fans) – but now I like him less for dampening your love for baseball during the time when we first met. I had no idea you knew who Paul Linblad was until I read this piece. Good thing we had enough other shared interests way back when.

    As for how you handled this Levene interaction, way to make lemonade from the lemons he handed you.

    Hrrundi, your wisdom and maturity are to be admired. The Travis Bean guitar should have been all the information Sammy needed to know regarding the diminishing chances of this interview taking place.

  9. So did you ever find Commercial Zone? If not, I can help you out.

  10. sammymaudlin

    I did find it. It was very interesting but I doubt I’ll listen to it again. Loads better than what Lydon released though.

  11. You say you’re a fan and yet you print this – even private emails that were meant to be private? Your non-interview is lame at best. Take another look at your questions dude, almost all of the questions relate to a time 20-30 years ago. Shame when he has stuff going on today. Looking at your questions, makes me wonder how many artists you have interviewed – Dugout Chatter? And fyi, I heard through the London musicians grapevine that Keith’s wife has been quite ill and maybe he just didn’t find the time to do your interview. Looks like you’ve been punk’d by one of the original punks. Rock on.

  12. hrrundivbakshi

    I for one am thrilled that we now have a member who’s hip to the “London musician’s grapevine.”

  13. […] kick out the mucous membranes before getting annoyed with former PiL guitarist Keith Levene, his 2008 non-interview, and a commentator named Charles. It’s an unfortunate, uncharacteristically unclassy end to […]

  14. jeangray

    How do I get in on this London musician’s grapevine????????

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