INTERVIEW: SKANKIN' PICKLE - MIKE PARK
Published February 8, 2012
Was born in Seoul, Korea and came to the west coast as a baby.
I wish it was from They Call Me Bruce, but it was just my infatuation with Bruce Lee.
My first punk show was SOCIAL DISTORTION in 1985 at the San Jose Convention Center Banquet Hall. I remember seeing ANARCHY logos, but didn’t know what it meant. But it was after getting 7 SECONDS "The Crew" that I really started my interest in punk. In 1986, I saw the movie "Dance Craze" at a local indie theater. The next day I bought BAD MANNERS “Klass” and my love for ska was born.
Most of us went to high school together, the others I met in my first year of college. And our common love of the band FISHBONE made us want to create a band that was in the same style, but more SKA influenced.
SING ALONG WITH SKANKIN’ PICKLE was my favorite record. I just thought we had become more cohesive as a band when it was time to do that record.
The Blue Meanies were an amazing band. Way ahead of their time.
Lynette passed away 4 years ago now, but I still keep in touch with Lars and Gerry (both trombone players).
Always. Released a children’s album last year and getting ready to release a new solo album.
It was just time. It was no longer fun and instead of riding it out for the money, it was better to call it quits.
Well, the Chinkees were more of a side project. We never did a long tour like Pickle did. I mostly toured overseas as a way to travel and see the world and get paid doing so. We released 3 studio albums, but it was never a full time thing. We never had a regular rehearsal schedule and we have had any lofty goals other than making some music and playing some shows.
Dill was a collective amongst the members of Pickle. Asian Man was just me wanting to do my own thing.
No, but their lawyer told me to change the art. Easy as that.
Bill the dr. asked us to do a 7” and we agreed and then somehow he convinced us to add some more songs and then suddenly it was a full length.
Geez, we’re talking 17 years ago. Hard to remember. It was a very loose feel as we recorded it ourselves in Lynette’s basement in San Francisco. And that was when home recording gear was still pretty ghetto.
I’m sure there was, but to what degree I’ll never know.
I just wanted to do something on my own and have complete control over all decisions.
He was just this old school punk that stayed a fan of Green Day during their major label signing. Where all the other punks were bashing them, he stayed by their side.
It was just an attempt to do something positive with music. During the time we started, the revival Woodstock tour had just finished and bands like Limp Bizkit were controlling the air waves. The rapes of Woodstock, the 'fuck shit up' mentality of the bands were depressing. So that’s the genesis of why we started up plea for peace.
My great great grandfather was one of the first missionaries in Korea. I grew up Presbyterian and currently attend a non denominational church.
Have I? I doubt my history with ska is more than handful of diehard historians.
Everything. But love Reggae/Ska/Rocksteady and enjoying quite a bit of David Bazan.
I think they’ve gone over well with a new audience. The ska fans aren’t keeping on it, but I’ve developed a new fan base through the acoustic music.
I think so. There’s no reason to stop.
Wish pickle just went on a long hiatus. It would have been fun to have played again, but with Lynette’s death it will never happen.
hmmmm… nothing I can think of. I guess start a record label.
The big difference is I was a teenager then and now I’m a 42 year old married man with 2 kids, so everything is just a lot different in terms of how I tour and how often.
My father was my biggest influence. He taught me the ideas of equality.