Thought I was dead, did you? Thought I disappeared from this world did you? No! I've just been hiding in the shadows...waiting to STRIKE! Parker Jacobs, of GOGO13 and Aquabats fame, was nice enough to take time off his busy schedule to answer a couple of questions I had for him....so read on loyal subscribers, read on!
1. So for the uninitiated…what bands have you participated in?
GOGO13, The Aquabats! [Dao’s Note: He was the original Professor for the Aquabats] The Sandfleas....and other Aquabatty side projects.
I've had so many amazing memories, it's hard to pin it down to one. We should write a book. I really loved it when I used to surprise the Aquabats with who they were fighting. For a while, at their concerts they never knew what they were getting! One time, I surprised them with this fire swallowing woman that came out wearing this Princess Leia slave girl-esque get-up with fangs, a whip and an albino boa constrictor. While the audience thought this was all part of the planned show, the Aquabats were genuinely scared! I laughed and laughed back stage.
3. How did you get into ska?
When I was very young in the 80's I was exposed to heavy, heavy doses of punk and new wave music videos. I remember going to school in 4th grade dressed in a suit with pegged pants because I wanted to look like the guys from the English Beat. It wasn't until the 90's that I realized that my FAVORITE favorite music was either considered ska; English Beat, Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners, The Untouchables, Fishbone or ska related: The Clash, Oingo Boingo, Men at Work, etc. I thought it was all just new wave. I was a ska fan without knowing I was. It all hit me at my first Bad Manners show. It changed my life.
4. What do you think of the ska scene now a days, compared to the “boom” in the 90s?
It has its pros and its cons but the problem with the "boom" was a lot of ignorance and too many awful bands. Today it seems like if you are into to it, it's because you really dig the ska.
5. Let’s talk about GOGO13…How did the band get started?
GOGO13 started in 93. It was my younger brother Tyler's idea. We were
6. Why the spy theme?
The first James Bond movie, Dr. No, took place in
Since we have so many band members coming and going, we've likened us to the original Mission Impossible TV series where you never knew who'd you get each episode. Hence the "Free Agents".
7. Will you guys ever record an album for GOGO13? I mean…damn...I know a lot of people are waiting for a GOGO13 album...
8. Okay, let’s talk about the project you’re currently working on…Yo Gabba Gabba…what exactly is it and how did it get started?
It's a preschool age children's show, focused on dancing, music and fun. We have dancing monsters, guest stars, guest animators, and guest musicians. It started many years ago while we were developing the Aquabats TV show. In fact, a couple of the main characters are originally Aquabats villains...but cuter. We are very excited.
9. When and on what channel will Yo Gabba Gabba be on?
10. I hear the Aggrolites will be appearing on Yo Gabba Gabba…how did that happen? What song (or songs) will they be playing?
The Aggrolites are our friends! If we didn't invite them we might not get a Christmas card this year! They are doing their rendition of the Pyramids classic, "Banana". They also recorded a Yo Gabba Gabba song called, "Look Both ways" for an animated segment about crossing the street.
11. Will you guys have anymore Jamaican music artists play on Yo Gabba Gabba?
Not Jamaican, but Jamaican inspired. Kind of like Taco Bell being Mexican inspired. GOGO13 wrote a song about cleaning up your room called, "Pick it up" which features the vocal stylings of Mr. Alex Desért of Hepcat.
12. Finally, any last comments?
I SO want to include some of these YGG Ska/Reggae tracks for your Podcast, but right now it's a tangley mess with Nick. I know I can't do it until the episodes air, but hopefully?
Yes, hopefully indeed, I am excited to hear the the music of Yo Gabba Gabba!
Here are a few important sites that you guys might want to check out:
http://www.yogabbagabba.com/ The official Yo Gabba Gabba site...
http://brobee.blogspot.com/ The official YGG blog!
http://www.gogo13.com/ The official GOGO13 site...
http://gogo13.blogspot.com/ The official G13 blog...!