Phil Lewis still has original lyrics he wrote for classic L.A. Guns songs such as “Rip And Tear”
L.A. Guns frontman Phil Lewis was recently interviewed by Matt Wake for AL (Alabama Life). The long-time L.A. Guns singer posted the following message on his Facebook account earlier today about that interview: “I’ve done over a hundred interviews in the last few weeks. I think this ones my favorite.”
Lewis was asked whether he still has the original lyrics that he wrote down for classic L.A. Guns songs such as “Sex Action”, “The Ballad of Jayne”, “Never Enough” and “Rip And Tear” to which he replied:
“Yeah, I do. And in my scrawny English schoolboy spider writing. Yeah, I’ve got all that stuff tucked away in books and just notepads you buy at the drugstore for a buck. Nothing fancy. No leather bound Renaissance journals or anything like that. Just scribble it down on bits of paper.
All those songs you mentioned, I love them and they’re our legacy and those are the songs that put us on the map. But not to be too cynical, that’s last century’ music. When I agreed to do this reunion, it was never for nostalgia. But we have a responsibility. If you go to an L.A. Guns gig and they don’t play “Sex Action” or “Ballad of Jayne” or “Never Enough,” there’s going to be problems. [Laughs]
And so it’s a balancing the juggling act, how we can include new songs which we are just dying to play. I’d love to play the whole f—ing new record top to bottom because it’s such a strong album. But, you know, that’s completely unrealistic. But we wouldn’t have “Cocked and Loaded” in its entirety when it came out either.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Phil Lewis at al.com.
L.A. Guns‘ “Never Enough” video:
L.A. Guns‘ “Rip And Tear” video: