Have you ever seen Interview Disc out in the wild? I normally steer away from them as they were usually never of any interest. Over the last year, for some strange reason, I have come across two that wound up in my collection. The first was because it was a cool picture disc. The second was this one. I mistaken bought it without paying attention to what it really was. I thought it was a 12″ Single for the Queensryche song “Speak the Word”, but instead it was actually an interview disc.
From what I can gather, the purpose of interview discs were so radio stations around the country could have an interview with the band without the band actually having to go to each city to do an interview. It was all done for promotion. And I believe there are two types of interview disc. One is a disc that has all the answers from the band, but no questions. The questions are given to the radio station so the DJ can read the question and play the answer on the vinyl so it looks like the DJ is actually interviewing the band. That is what this disc is. The other disc is the whole interview with both answers and questions that the radio station can play the whole thing.
This interview disc is the one with only answers and I believe it is Chris DeGarmo, but I could be wrong. It was recorded on the road in Europe in 1988 while the band was touring in support of the amazing album ‘Operation: Mindcrime’. Both sides are the same answers so it didn’t matter what side the DJ played.
Do you want to know what questions were asked? Here they are…
- Operation: Mindcrime is certainly on the most ambitious rock albums in recent memory. What inspired you to make a concept album at this point in your career?
- Many people would have said the “concept album” was a dead issue in rock. Yet both you and Iron Maiden recorded them in the past year. Is that form making a comeback?
- Can you summarize the the basic premise of Operation: Mindcrime?
- Operation: Mindcrime is a challenging album to listen to. Was its complexity—both lyrically and musically—something envisioned before you began recording the LP?
- It was nearly 6 months after the release of the album before you began to tour. How frustrating was that time for you?
- Queensryche has enjoyed a fair degree of commercial success over the last few years. What will it take to get the band to the next level in of popularity?
- Let go back to time a bit. How did Queensryche first come together and who were the band’s main influences?
- You’ve been able to maintain a set lineup within Queensryche—something of a rarity in rock these days. What is it that bonds the five members of the band together?
- What advantages or disadvantages were there in forming the band in Seattle, away from the action in a place like Los Angeles?
- The band has has some great touring experiences over the last few years, touring with groups like Kiss, Def Leppard and Metallica. Are there any road stories that stand out in your mind?
- Tell us about some of you outside interests or hobbies?
I am not going to give you the answers as that is way too much to type, but with that many questions and the answers are only 10 minutes, so it really isn’t in too much depth. The questions themselves were asked by Andy Secher from Hit Parader Magazine.
And there you have it. Isn’t much to it and I am not going to run out and buy more of these unless it may be Kiss or Def Leppard, but it is cool to have anyway. Thanks for hanging around. Next week, I’ll show you the other Interview Disc in my collection…it is a picture disc.