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by Martin Popoff

"I think, that, first of all, the terminology is lazy journalese, like glam rock or punk rock or whatever. All of these labels I disavow, because I don't believe in any of that. You know, you make music. In terms of heavy metal, I like non-violent violence.(laughs). I like aggressive, sexy music. For me, rock 'n' roll is... it's not a synonym for meditation, you know? Rock 'n' roll is about making love and relationships, and revenge and passion. You can couch it in any style you like, but at the end of the day, it gets your heat racing, blood pumping and your body moving. You know, Zeppelin... I was born into a culture of The Yarbirds and The Animals, so, there was no difference: it was just louder. Sabbath and that sort of drudge, that sort of half-time thing that Detective did, was incredibly powerful. But for me, I like music that swings. I toured with Purple and URIAH HEEP , and you know, many, many, incredible bands that had this almost... especially Purple, with Jon Lord, who is this incredible classicist musician, who married riffing rock 'n' roll with classical music. That was pretty awe-inspiring, but for me, John Lee Hooker, on one chord, really, is as powerful as the most powerful heavy metal band. I've never really made those distinctions. All of those characterizations are generalistic, rather than emotional."

And speaking of Zeppelin, Des Barres' second big band, Detective were on Swan Song, with none other than Jimmy Page slated to produce their album (didn't happen). Other than the Page bit, was Michael happy with the Swan Song experience?

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