The U-Men: Tales From the Road

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Interview Clips

U-Men road trips weren’t like tours in the traditional sense.  They were more like tribal (sorry, Tom) migrations.  In 1985, the band built a tour around the 1985 Woodshock alternative rock festival held that summer in Austin, Texas.  The gig resulted from the U-Men’s kinship with Texas’ own Butthole Surfers.  In addition to the Surfers and the U-Men, Woodshock featured seminal ’80s indie bands Scratch Acid, Tex & the Horseheads, and Tales of Terror.

U-Men bassist Jim Tillman discusses the trip, which began with the band driving down from Seattle in their 1960 Chevrolet school bus with no emergency brake…

Date of interview: January 28, 2009.  Used with permission.

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