RTH: What did the Flamin’ Groovies mean to you when you were a young rocker?
Paul Kopf: Saw The Groovies MANY times. Always my faves. Paticularly The Cyril/Chris Wilson era, though Roy Loney was cool too, but I saw The Groovies first in the mid- to late-1970s, when Roy was already out of the band. Used to go home and sing to their records, thinking I was doing Cyril’s parts but in fact I was doing Chris’! Cyril says that’s why we blend so well now, ’cause I was singing harmony with him all those years ago. It’s true I think, too.
RTH: How were they perceived as part of the San Francisco music scene? Were bands like the Groovies and The Beau Brummels swimming upstream, or were they just part of the fabric? From the East Coast, we saw the whole hippie-psych thing and then a handful of band who knew how to tune their guitars and play concise 3-minute rock ‘n roll songs.
Paul Kopf: Yeah ..Both of those bands were not really the norm in the hippie scene that’s for sure. Not liike The Dead, Airplane, Quicksilver, etc. They were more English to most. The Groovies have never really been that accepted in SF to this day…I mean Cyril tells me all the time that for The Groovies to get anywhere they had to always leave SF!! NYC for Teenage Head and London for Shake Some Action-era Groovies are examples. But now their legacy is just as big to some as those other bigger bands.
RTH: For you, as a fan, what do you consider the high points of each of the two phases of the Groovies?
Paul Kopf: Cyril and Chris-era Groovies is tops for me.
RTH: When Magic Christian plays live do you play Groovies songs, or even songs by The Plimsouls and Blondie?
Paul Kopf: No Plimsouls or Blondie tunes quite yet. One Groovies tune is allowed at this point.
RTH: Please note that this question is meant as a compliment, but how big are your balls? Do you ever catch yourself singing in with these guys and say, like David Byrne, “How did I get here?”
Paul Kopf: All the freakin’ time!!! Most be the photos I have on them that keeps them playing, or should I say allowing me to sing with them!!
RTH: What’s the best advice your bandmates have given you based on their extensive experiences on the road and in the studio?
Paul Kopf: Be ready for ANYTHING to happen! Also be careful who you allow into your realm and be less accessible, which is the complete opposite of my personality, if you know me at all. I’ve had that one bite me in the butt a couple times already.
RTH: Your bandmates must have some wild stories to tell. Who’s the best rock storyteller and dirt disher in the bunch?
Paul Kopf: They are all AMAZING storytellers… Cyril has some of the coolest most fascinating stories, as does Clem. Eddie’s are usually jokes or girl related. The guy is hilarious!!
RTH: Any choice stories you’d like to share in the Halls of Rock? You may include XTC stories from former Christian Prairie Prince. We’ll keep it under hat!
Paul Kopf: Cyril is The Walrus!!!
RTH: When’s the new Magic Christian album coming out? The tracks on your site sound great.
Paul Kopf: Thanks. Will be out in September. Hey…that means it’s ready NOW! See us about ordering, if interested.
RTH: Anything else you want the world to know about Magic Christian?
Paul Kopf: The Revolution’s here!! We think rock STILL lives! Come out to a show and rock with us!
At this point, Paul drank a glass of truth serum and agreed to sit down for some DUGOUT CHATTER!