So perhaps fuzzy-wuzzy nostalgia is part of TKK’s motivation for reaffirming their commitment to vice. Both Groovie and McCoy describe the direction on their next record (working title: Death Threat) as revisiting the murky, slightly unsettling sleaze from the bad old days. Dubious? Check out “Invasion,” a new track on the Internet. Still, I detect a hint of social responsibility behind this resurgence of semi-retro-wickedness.
“We started out with the imagery of Satan and drugs and everything because America was so conservative at the time,” recalls McCoy, who grew up on Cape Cod. “The PMRC and all this stuff was going on 20 years ago, and 20 years later, it’s getting all conservative again, or at least half of the country is.“
Adds Groovie, “There’s no difference between Jesus Christ, Santa Claus, and the Devil. To me, they’re just images, just characters. There’s no shock there. It’s all for fun. I like exploiting everything and not caring, and breaking rules, because that’s what rules are for. Even 20 years later, I look at things people are afraid of. How ridiculous. Live!”
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