Interviews no image

Published on July 27th, 1995 | by Gerry Galipault


John Doe’s ‘Lying in the Road’

John Doe isn’t nostalgic for punk rock. Why should he be? Punk still exists.

“It’s hard to allow yourself to get nostalgic,” the X frontman said recently, “because then you run the risk of thinking what you have done is greater than what you will do.”

The bassist/singer/songwriter touches on that subject in “Lying in the Road,” a track off X’s acoustic best-of live album “Unclogged” (issued June 13 on their own label, Infidelity).

“Some people have this image of what X was in 1980, which they weren’t there to experience,” Doe said of punk’s new breed, “and it becomes mythical to them. In some ways, it was greater in their minds than it ever could be now and probably never was then.

“That’s why there’s a line in there, ‘You think the best I ever did I did for someone else.’ We still have so much more to say and do.”

“Unclogged” was recorded in November during two shows at a church in San Francisco. The scene was reminiscent, Doe said, of X’s early punk days when folk singer Phranc organized acoustic shows for punk groups at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in Los Angeles. Back then, X members – Doe, singer Exene Cervenka, drummer DJ Bonebrake and guitarist Tony Gilkyson – often shared stage time with players from The Gun Club, Circle Jerks and The Plugs, among others.

“We did it just for entertainment of ourselves,” Doe said, “but the audience kind of saw it as interesting, ‘How could they do this?’ At that time, there was a lot more generosity in the audience. … You didn’t have to play one kind of music. The variety of music, in L.A. anyway, was huge. So this just showed how versatile these bands could be.”

Doe displays more of his own ingenious work on his Forward/Rhino debut album, “Kissingsohard,” due Aug. 15.

Technically, it’s a solo album – his first in six years – but he’s billing himself The John Doe Thing because of the impressive group he assembled behind him. The unit consists of guitarist Smokey Hormel (The Blasters), bassist Brad Houser (Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians) and drummer Joey Waronker (Beck, Walt Mink). Cervenka, Bonebrake and Sandra Bernhard also make guest appearances.

“Doing The John Doe Thing was exciting,” Doe said, “and they (the record company) sort of left us alone, which is great. Sometimes it’s hard to balance the time with all the things I’ve got going with X and my band, but you figure out a way. Anything that we do that’s creative, you learn from and you can apply those things you learn to X and vica versa. It’s healthy for everyone.”

Tags: ,

About the Author

Gerry Galipault debuted Pause & Play online in October 1997. Since then, it has become the definitive place for CD-release dates — with a worldwide audience.

Comments are closed.

Back to Top ↑


    Entertainment Weekly names Pause & Play one of “the 100 greatest Web sites”

  • Album Release Dates

    * Release dates are subject to change due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

    April 16, 2021 » Paul McCartney, Eric Church, Greta Van Fleet, The Offspring, NEEDTOBREATHE, Fitz, Escape the Fate, Engelbert Humperdinck, Saint Raymond, London Grammar, Andy Stott, Midland, Liquid Tension Experiment, Julia Stone, etc.

    April 23, 2021 » Tom Jones, Peter Frampton, Todd Snider, Dinosaur Jr., Sir Sly, Dumpstaphunk, Steve Cropper, Imelda May, Tracy Lawrence, The Immediate Family, Justin Moore, Pærish, etc.

    April 30, 2021 » MONSTA X, Julia Michaels, Marianne Faithfull, Mick Fleetwood & Friends, Thomas Rhett, Birdy, MercyMe, The Dropkick Murphys, Guided By Voices, Shovels & Rope, Teenage Fanclub, The Coral, Royal Blood, Róisín Murphy, Miloš Karadaglić, Tony Allen, etc.

    May 7, 2021 » Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, Van Morrison, Weezer, New Order, Nancy Wilson, Judy Collins, Aly & AJ, Travis Tritt, Sarah Jarosz, Procol Harum, Staind, Mandy Barnett, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Iceage, etc.

    More New Releases » May 14 and Beyond: St. Vincent, The Black Keys, Del Amitri, Paul Weller, Alan Jackson, The Chills, Juliana Hatfield, David Gray, Blake Shelton, Olivia Rodrigo, twenty one pilots, Gary Numan, John Hiatt with The Jerry Douglas Band, Mat Kearney, k.d. lang, Moby, Ashley McBryde, Texas, Shannon McNally, Rise Against, Black Veil Brides, Crowded House, Liz Phair, James, Tristen, MARINA, Garbage, Wolf Alice, AFI, Cold Cave, Gary Kemp, Paul McCartney, Joshua Radin, Tom Odell, John Grant, Beartooth, Laura Mvula, The Wallflowers, Ida Mae, The Wandering Hearts, Maggie Rose, Candlebox, and many more.

    More Upcoming Releases » Albums coming in 2021 but yet to be scheduled

    Elton John loves Pauseandplay.comDeals of the DayBest SellersSennheiser MOMENTUM 2 Wireless Over-Ear HeadphonesIE 400 Pro In-Ear Monitors

  • New Merch at Hot TopicSave on Tablets at Walmart.comBand T-ShirtsTurntables & AccessoriesHome Audio SystemsAmazon Tap $40 OffSave up to 90% on Textbooks

    NOTE: is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. We also participate in other affiliate programs.

  • Love We do, too … Help us keep it going. (Every little bit helps.) We ♥ u.

  • Recent Posts

  • Connect on Facebook

  • On Twitter