By Mendelson Joe and Nadia Halim
He believes that conversing out could make a distinction, that girls are the one desire for the long run, and that there is fact in a superb blues tune. He does not think in God, compromise, or schmaltz. Meet Mendelson Joe: musician, artist, activist, and avid author of letters to Canadian politicians and editors. Alien brings jointly the very best of Joe's paintings, besides huge interviews with the fellow and the folk who recognize him. Joe holds forth at the issues that fascinate him: the feminine physique, bikes, rabbits, nature, paintings, and song. He tells of traveling the area along with his blues-rock band Mendelson McKenna Mainline within the early '70s, sharing live performance phases with burlesque strippers, and researching a fondness for artwork after rescuing a collection of acrylic paints from a trashcan. He additionally talks in regards to the issues that make him indignant: the stupidity of people, who "piss the place they drink," destroying the surroundings via greed and carelessness; the therapy of ladies by means of males; racism. And Joe's buddies and co-workers speak about understanding this humorous, proficient, and deeply principled man who is by no means afraid to talk his brain.
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If you sing a song and it's already stuck in the file up in your head, then it's in you, and you can just be a singer, you can deliver this thing however you think it's supposed to be. Unless someone else interprets your work. I interpret my own stuff, and because I am a very very developed musician, as well as the writer and the composer of the song, it's a pleasurable experience to extend myself. To give complete vitality to something that may be 30 years of age. When I sing a song from the '60s called "I Think I'm Losing My Marbles," I can still sing it with complete authority, because I'm still living on that edge.
Middle of the Road. He was wearing a construction helmet, construction boots, and he was sitting by himself, stomping his foot and playing his guitar. At that point he was Joe Middle of the Road. He was looking around for a name. He was going to call himself Elvis Joe, or something, but then he just changed it to Mendelson Joe rather than Joe Mendelson. So I saw him do his solo stuff on City-TV, and I really, really liked the guy, I thought he was a real character, different than everybody else, and not afraid to be different I met him for the first time, actually talked to him and got to know him, around 1983 or '84, at the Bamboo Club.
The best bikes on the planet are Japanese, in my opinion. I am a hypocrite, because I ride a polluting machine, and I allege to be an environmentalist. But I try very hard not to be a hypocrite. I never go for a ride for pleasure; I only use it as a utilitarian machine. If I go for a walk, it really helps to have good shoes — it's better for comfort and for health. If you're going to ride a motorcycle, it helps to ride a good one. It's like having a good pen, and good paintbrushes. My motorbike is like the ultimate 150-horsepower brush that I ride.
Alien: The Strange Life and Times of Mendelson Joe by Mendelson Joe and Nadia Halim