Inquiring Minds

30 Seconds With Prong's Tommy Victor

Prong is back together and bringing you a brand new dose of their pioneering metal sound to ram down your throat in the form of a new record, Carved Into Stone. We got in touch with founder Tommy Victor to see what he could enlighten us with in 30 seconds.

Rocks Off: What is worst song in the world?

Tommy Victor: That's easy. Rebecca Black's, "Friday." Apart from the "yay yay yays" and "party, parties" that are brutal on the ears, the lyric is depressingly disgusting and horrendous. It celebrates a clueless, spoiled aspect of America that is embarrassing.

On top of it all, I'm ashamed of "supportive" parents trying to make their kids stars. Bad news.

RO: What is the best lyric in the world?

TV: That's tough because there are so many great ones! I think one can judge based on a song's impact on people, and it's originality It doesn't have to be too sophisticated. I think "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones is one of the greats. In a flower and beads time, they captured the pathos of the times. People didn't get a dark vision from pop music back then very often.

RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you onstage. What do you do?

TV: It's happened and it connected well. It left a bottom-of-bottle serrated glass implant on my forehead. I blacked out for about 15 seconds. I got up and finished the song. The Show must go on.

RO: Without worrying about space, time, or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play?

TV: Ok let's say a gig 100 years from now. Just to see what it's like in L.A. then. I would guess that no one would understand the lyrics because they're not in Chinese. Maybe tough to get our gear around. No more cars. Just Metro here.

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Jef Rouner (not cis, he/him) is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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