Mad Dog McGillicuddy and his Rabid Band of Howler Monkeys
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Previous Episodes: Episode 5.1 (61) - 8.S5 (120)
Episode 5/8 (68) - Axl
When I was formulating early Howler Monkeys ideas, I read Slash's autobiography, as well as 'Watch You Bleed', a bio of Guns N' Roses (and poor, poor cousin of the far superior Motley Crue bio, 'The Dirt'). Both books discussed the ego of Axl Rose and his obsession with fine-tuning the 'Use Your Illusion' albums, and his recruitment of a massive show band for the ensuing tours. When I decided to have a story arc where Mad Dog himself is the 'villain', I decided to incorporate this Axl-esque megalomania, which culminates in Comet actually using 'the term' "Axl" (I wanted the word to exist in a simulated rock 'n' roll lexicon, where musos use it to describe a lead singer's power trip)... I'm very happy with this Episode, for a number of reasons - Firstly, because of the above-mentioned Axl references. Secondly, because Comet again refers to Karaoke going rogue (THIS MIGHT BE IMPORTANT LATER!), and finally because the final frame is a tribute to an earlier frame (from 4/7 - "She's Leaving Home") - again, I like that I've been able to build up a field of reference to link Episodes together... Anyway, that's probably enough. While I'm here, I'll send a special shout-out to those who've found me via twitter. I was reluctant to use it at first, but it's brought me some valuable new fans and contemporaries... and hopefully some future guest artists/collaborators...