Your Name: WAMMO
Your Nickname: Sir
Born (place and year): New York Fuckin' City, 1961
Day Job: The Asylum Street Spankers
Formative Childhood Experience: Parents wouldn't let me play drums in Junior High school band. I had to play Trumpet because we already had one.
Your Interests include: Fumbling, Gurgling, Wet Spotting
Last Book Read: Trainspotting, by Irvine Welsh. Currently reading: The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake
Ambition: World Domination or maybe and old GTO
Recent Accomplishment: Put a quart of oil in my 1965 Imperial Crown (Black with black and white interior)
Prized Possessions: 1970 Purple Telecaster with 1957 Plymouth Fury logo, signed by Link Wray, Junior Brown, Eric Johnson, Hamell on Trial, and Timbuk 3.
When you started Slamming: 1991. NYC
One-sentence description of your Slam style: Drink, Fuck, Drink some more.
Influences (poetic and otherwise): Porter Waggoner, Mercedes Simone, Rossini, Paganini, The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, Rick James, Holst, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gougauin, Judy Garland, Butthole Surfers, James Brown, Mott the Hoople, Judas Priest, Lefty Frizzell, Einsterzende Neubauten, Hamell on Trial, Hank Williams, Devo, Kiss, Marvin Gaye, Red Sovine, The Doors, Beatles, Stones,Otis Redding, Ukelele Ike, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, Anne Sexton, T.S. Elliot, Cormac McCarthy, Evan Dorkin, Blondie, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Prokofiev, Black Sabbath, Miles Davis, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, The Golden Gate Quartet, Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs, Southern Culture on the Skids, Bob Dylan, Buck Owens, N.W.A., The Ramones, Nashville Pussy,Washboard Sam, Marty Robbins, Public Enemy, Van Halen (David Lee Roth only), Snoop Doggy Dawg, Bob Wills, Doctor John, Edwin Starr, Desmond Decker, Bob Marley, Soul Coughing, The Specials, Pixies, Johhny Paycheck, Ennio Morricone, Metropolitan Opera Star William Walker, Dick Dale, The Chantays, The Vicounts, John Zorn, John Lee Hooker, Duke Ellington, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, 'X', the Rezillos, Black Flagg, Karen Finley, Eric Bogosian, Bill Hicks, Beck, Violent Femmes, School House Rock, Kool and the Gang, Jimi Hendrix, Bix Beider Beck, Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachel, Spike Jones, Spike Lee, Spike Gillespie, Quentin Tarantino, Homer and Jethro, Maddox Brothers and Rose, Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Sidney Bichet, Jonathan Winters, Monty Python, Mississippi John Hurt, Firesign Theatre, Emmitt Miller, Frank Zappa, Yellowman, Batman, Spiderman, Milk and Cheese, Dead Kennedys, Harry Reser, Roy Smeck, Jr. Parker, Nina Simone, The Farmer Boys, Skillet Lickers, Ween, Willie Dixon, Mojo Nixon, Louvin Bros., Roy Acuff, Sol Hoopii, Hank Snow, Richard Thomspon, Glass Eye, Daniel Johnston, Ray Price, Tampa Red, Little Walter, Memphis Minnie, Furry Lewis, Washington Phillips, Vic Chesnutt, Blind Willy Johnson, Big Boys, Dead Boys, The Damned, JfFA, Pat MacDonald sleeps with his guitar and other things, Bob Brozman,Pee Wee King, Louis Jordan, Tex Williams, Kathy McCarty, Bad Livers, Geechie Wylie, R. Crumb, Coleman Hawkins, Bessie Smith, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, Billy Holiday, Art Tatum, Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson, Django Reinhardt, Count Basie, Memphis Jug Band, Leadbelly, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Dr. Seuss, Beastie Boys, Chet Baker, Boredoms, Johnny Cash, Esquivel, Thelonius Monk, Coltrane, The Willem Bueker Kollektief, Merle Haggard, Dean Martin, XTC, Bongwater, Frank Sinatra, Circle Jerks, Louis L'amour, 1/2 Japanese, Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant, Charles Bukowski, Sly and the Family Stone, Sam and Dave, Queen Esther, Clara Rockmore, The Lone Ranger, Quisp, Quake, Astro Boy, Allen Ginsberg, Mills Bros, Ice T, Getto Boys, Kronos Quartet, B.B. King, Albert King, Freddy King, King Vitamin, Tom Jones, The Cramps, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Talking Heads, George and Ira Gershwin, Marilyn Monroe, Ludwig and Camper Van Beethoven, Nat King Cole, Fear, Fang, Germs, Ed Hall, Scratch Acid, AC/DC (Bonn Scott only), Jim Carrol, Patti Smith, Stravinski, Soundgarden, Bob Kane, Nirvana, Jesus Lizard, Meat Joy, Television, Pretenders, War, B52s, Breeders, R.E.M., Ike and Tina Turner, John Spencer Blues Explosion, Paraiment Funkadelic, Perry and Kingsley, Morphine, Jane's Addiction, Fats Waller, Steven Jesse Bernstein, Koko Taylor, Mozart, Tchikovski, Swamp Zombies, Don Walser, The Derailers,Los Lobos, Jazz Butcher, Dick Tingler and Jack Sabbath, Santana, Tura Satana, Hamk Thompson, Webb Pierce, Earnest Tubb, Taylor Mahli and Danny Solis locked in a big sweaty 69, Tool, Joe Meek, John Lennon, Adam West, Mr. T, Alexander Calder, Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstien, Harry Crews, A.A. Milne, The Ohio Players, Barbara K, The Mississippi Sheiks, The Tubes, L7, Junior Brown, Johnny Horton, Buster Keaton, Mancow, Jim Jarmusch, William Blake, Boogie Man, Patricia Smith, Renegade, Bongo Don, Bozo, Emmet Kelly, Wanda Jackson, Beer.
Favorite Slam Poet: Jesus.
Favorite Cartoon: Oh my God, they've killed Kenny! You Bastards!
Favorite Comic Book Characters: Milk and Cheese.
Favorite Episode of M.A.S.H.: The Movie
E-Mail Address: email@example.com
The Asylum Street Spankers Website - Featuring Wammo's Online Diary.
Read Wammo's Memoirs of a Slam Poet
Read Wammo Under Fire - an interview from The Austin American-Statesman by Chris Riemenschneider, 11-21-1996.
"Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me." -Chuck D
"Elvis is everywhere" -Mojo Nixon
"The ignorant and the brave smoke blue dirt from Elvis' grave." -Minus Grace
Me and Tommy
Wammo, Age 5
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