ATN's Jennie Yabroff reports: An unassuming little band
from Southern California, 1,000 Mona Lisas never expected to be thrust into the
spotlight quite as abruptly as they were a few months ago, when their
aggressively fast version of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know" began
rivaling the original for radio airplay. Startled by the attention, the band
nonetheless remained true to their roots, and commenced a national tour to try
and earn recognition for their own songs, taking time out to speak with us
about sudden stardom. We spoke to frontman Armando Prado about the band, life
on the road and oral sex in theaters.
Addicted To Noise: What's the
1,000 Mona Lisas story?
Armando Prado: We've been together about
three years. We got together in LA, and started playing in clubs there, and
started traveling up and down the coast quite extensively, and we got signed to
RCA. We were really just relieved, it was what we were aiming for.
ATN: And how did you decide to do the Alanis Morissette
Prado: We were sitting at Bottom Of The Hill in San
Francisco, and we were thinking, what can we do to mess with people, and we
decided to do that one. It was at the end of July, and she was starting to get
popular. I really just thought maybe a college radio station here or there
might pick it up, but it's been playing all over the country. I didn't change
the gender in the lyrics because I wanted to stay true to what it was, I didn't
see any reason for messing with her lyrics, it's her song. I definitely respect
what she's done. It's funny -- I was interviewed by this Toronto newspaper
yesterday, and they were totally trying to get me to dis Alanis, and I
couldn't. I mean she's paid her dues, she definitely deserves what she's got.
But I guess she was like the Tiffany of Toronto, so their view of her is pretty
ATN: Any other covers coming up?
Prado: We don't
want to be known as a cover band, so we may be ending that pretty quickly. This
one cover has gotten us more notoriety for doing covers than we care to have,
but it's also really gotten us where we are. We did do another one for our full
length, but I can't tell you because it's the hidden track.
come on. You can tell us.
Prado: We did "Jet" by Paul McCartney and
Wings. But you can't tell anyone.
ATN: How do you see the band
Prado: I see us getting noisier, moodier -- I'd like to do
a Sonic Youth/U2 type thing, but also keep our pop thing.
you having a good time on the road?
Prado: Yeah, it's us and Red
Five and Mr. Meringue, and it's just like a big incest-fest. It's a big fucking
mess, but we're having a great time.
ATN: You guys got thrown off
stage at Huntington Beach.
Prado: Yeah, I swore. I swore at the
promoter from on-stage, and said this is fucked, because people were moshing on
the sand, and it's like, they're on the beach. If they fall, they fall on sand.
But they wouldn't let them mosh, and they wouldn't let us throw T shirts into
the crowd in case someone got hurt. Huntington Beach is like the punk rock
capital of Orange County, and we're an aggressive, loud band, and it's like,
what do you expect? It was just stupid shit.
ATN: Has the humor gone
out of rock and roll?
Prado: I take my music very seriously, but I
think a certain irreverence is necessary. I mean, we don't do humorous, like,
jokey music, but you should have fun with it, which is what we were doing with
the Alanis Morissette thing. But that is not necessarily indicative of our
music. I wouldn't write "Would he go down on you in a theater."