Popeye (Farside)





1.) Statistic Stuff


    - Name:     Michael John Vogelsang

    - Nickname:    Popeye

    - Band / label / zine:    Farside (vocals, guitar)

    - Birthday:     November 28, 1970

    - Sign of the zodiac:    Sagittarius

    - Place of birth:     Columbus, Ohio

    - Occupation:     Magazine Editor

    - Residence:     West Hollywood, California

    - Shoesize:     11

    - Colour of eyes:     Brown

    - Colour of hair:     Brown, but I dye it blue-black

    - Brothers or sisters:     1 of each, both older than me.

    - Girlfriend:    FiancÚ

    - Pets:     2 cats



2.) Favourite Stuff


   - movie:    This Is Spinal Tap, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Repo Man, Bottle Rocket.

   - book:     American Tabloid by James Ellroy

   - animal:     Dog

   - author:     James Ellroy

   - food:     Pizza

   - drink:    Coffee

   - t.v.show:    The Simpsons, Ed, The West Wing, Friends, MST3K

   - brand:     ?

   - actor / actress:     Tom Hanks

   - number:     5

   - artist:     Vincent van Gogh

   - flower:     Rose

   - fragrance:    Cashmere by Donna Karan (for women)

   - best record ever:    The Very Best of Elvis Costello

   - stuffed animal:     Panther

   - band:     Bad Brains, Descendents, 7 Seconds, The Clash, The Jam, Elvis Costello

   - label:    Revelation

   - song:     Hope (Descendents)

   - country:     England

  - straight edge band / song:     7 Seconds - Walk Together, Rock Together



3.) Various Stuff


    - First and last record you bought :     First: Sex Pistols, "Never Mind the

Bullocks..." Last: Gigolo Aunts, "Minor Chords & Major Themes"

    - Idol of your childhood / teenage years / nowadays:    Childhood: Peter Criss (Kiss). Teenage: Milo Aukerman (Descendents). Now: Elvis Costello.

    - As a child what did you want to be when you're grown up?     A Rock Star

    - Favourite toy when you were a child:    Anything that involved cars or guns.

    - Name any 3 persons (alive/dead) that you'd love to meet:     Elvis Costello, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Evel Knievel

    - Do you consider yourself a spiritual person ?     No.

    - If you were sent to a deserted Island and you'd only be allowed to take three things (anything, food/water is provided!!!) with you, what would they be?     My fiance, my guitar, eyeglasses.



4.) Personal Stuff


    - Your first kiss:    When and with whom? It was 1980, I was 10 years old, and she was my girlfriend at the time. I was her first boyfriend, and when she grew up she became a lesbian (No joke.)

    - Your first time:    When and with whom? It was 1990, I was 20 years old, and she was my girlfriend at the time. It lasted about 2 minutes.

    - What do you like in particular about yourself?     I honestly don't care what anyone thinks about me.

    - What don't you like about yourself?    I'm a procrastinator.

    - Where would you like to live?    The Isle of Man.

    - Do you like tattoos / piercings? Do you have any?     2 piercings (my ears).

    - First and last HC-show ever?     First: A bunch of local bands in 1985. I was 14 years old and the only band I remember is one called Animosity. Last: Samiam

    - If a fairy granted you the choice between Sporty Spice and Britney Spears to be all yours, whom would you take?     I would rather let them fight each other and I would run off with my fiance.



5.) Musical Stuff


    - How did you get involved with music / sXe?     My older brother got me into punk rock when I was 10 years old. I learned how to play guitar from him.

    - Which instruments do you play?    Guitar, bass, drums, and a little piano and harmonica.

    - Who gave life to Farside? When was their first show?    We all "gave life" to the band together. Our first show was in 1990.

    - Who writes the lyrics and music in Farside?    Myself and Kevin Murphy.

    - Releases?     "Keep My Soul Awake" 7"; "Rochambeau" 12"; "Rigged" 12"; "Scrap" 12"; "Self-Titled" 7"; "The Monroe Doctrine" 12".

    - Who else is in Farside?     Kevin - guitar, vocals; Bob - drums; Rosey - bass.

    - What was the best and worst show you've ever played:    Opening for Smash Mouth (we never imagined playing in front of that many people.) Worst show: Tallahassee, Florida. Two people came and we were paid $6.

    - Is there anything you like in particular about being on stage?     I forget all of my problems.

    - Anything you hate about being on stage?     I get tired.

    - What are the bands plans for the future?    We're working on new songs and we're planning on eventually recording a new record and begin touring full time.

    - In case you can think of a good closing statement feel free to tell the world.    Nothing comes to mind. Sorry!