The Devil Makes Him Do It

One-on-one with pop satirist Wesley Willis

D.S.: How did you like working with the Dust Brothers?
W.W.: They're nice people. I like them. I love to carry my musical talent all across the United States. I just love to keep my butt busy and show what's up. But thank God as I'm working hard, I'm just doing work for the Lord of Hosts. That's the way it is and that's the way it's going to be. Thank God as I'm working hard to keep my butt on the right track ... that's the way it is to see out of both eyes. But thank God I'm just doing my job for the first and the second dividend. When I'm busy working hard on my music, I work hard on my artwork, too. I'm a real busy man who runs my mouth just like a clown. I love being here with people because I love to go crazy and laugh just like a crazy clown. But thank God as I'm making music come alive ... that's the way it is to make things go good.

D.S.: Have you heard from any of the bands you have written songs about?
W.W.: I heard from the Meat Puppets; I heard from Drivin' N Cryin'. I hear from many bands. I'm just doing good. I just love to make sure that I'm doing a good job with my music career and staying out of trouble.

D.S.: Which is more important to you, your music or your artwork?
W.W.: I do both because I'm doing things which are in my field. I'm just out here doing something for myself to keep my butt on the right track. That's the way it is because making music and my artwork keeps me out of jail. I'm doing something that is God's work, but I will not break the just law and get myself locked up. I'm just doing well for myself.

D.S.: Do you have an all-time favorite band?
W.W.: I like the Black Crowes. At least I'm doing my job, at least I'm doing my music. [He pauses.] You'll have to excuse me. My demon is trying to shoot my interview down. But I'm not going to let it happen. I'm not going to let my demon shoot my interview down.

D.S.: Okay, we'll try to wrap this up. Are you still allowed on city buses, even after so many incidents in which you have yelled and cursed, having what you call "Hell Bus Rides"?

W.W.: I'm still allowed on every city bus, but the problem is I always have yelling-down "Hell Bus Rides."

D.S.: If having music keeps the demons away on the bus, why don't you buy another portable CD player?

W.W.: I don't have any money in my pocket. I only have around $25. I'm going to try to get one today if I make some damn money. Would you like to buy some CDs from me?

Wesley Willis performs Saturday, February 27, at 9 p.m. at Rudyard's, 2100 Waugh. Brown Whornet opens. Call (713)521-0521 for tickets.

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