Watch a Deleted Scene from Bam Margera's Episode of 'Epicly Later'd'
And take in the legendary skateboarder's 11 1/2-step plan for musical recovery.
Bam Margera's episode of Epicly Later'd aired last week on VICELAND (watch a deleted scene above). While he's working through the next moves in his newly skate-centered life, we got him on the phone to share his picks for an 11 ½-step plan to musical recovery. "That's what I'm saying," he validates. "Music is everything."
I first found out about Clutch when I was fifteen. They had a self-titled album, but my friends and I called it "The Moon Album" because it had a picture of the moon on the cover. It was the type of album I listened to on repeat nonstop, and it never got old. Neil Fallon is a poet. I asked him how he comes up with all this brilliant shit, and he's like, "I just watch the news all day."
2. Valient Thorr
Valiant Thorr's from Richmond, Virginia [via Greenville, North Carolina]. They all have long hair and jean jackets with patches on them and shit. The singer, Valient Himself, just goes nuts onstage. He's got a ton of energy, like he's stage diving on the very first song. They're pretty much a skate band. Lemmy from Mötorhead said they were one of his favorite bands. It's like hillbilly metal. He's got that southern-ness to his voice. It's rad.
3. 69 Eyes
They're from Helsinki, Finland. I was flying back and forth to Finland doing music videos with HIM, and 69 Eyes was the same category music—like goth rock, I guess. I found out about them and me and the drummer, Jussi 69, became really good friends. I see him all the time. Actually, I have his face tattooed on my right arm. He's got this crazy, spiky hair, and he looks like Animal from The Muppets when he plays drums.
Graveyard opened for CKY for a whole tour. They're from Gothenburg, Sweden. If they were around in the 70s, they would be the biggest band ever, but they're from today. I think they actually record their albums on tape. People do it digital these days, but they stick to the old school. They have all the old-school shit: old instruments, running old mics and amps, and stuff like it's a band from the 70s…only it's 2017.
Ghost are from Sweden as well. The singer fired the whole original band and now he has a new band. I think they had to call themselves Ghost B.C. for little bit, but they've been touring nonstop. They've toured with Iron Maiden, and they headline the biggest festivals. The singer puts on this makeup to make it look like a Misfits-esque skull, and he wears a total Catholic Pope outfit, but he's like the Anti-Pope. He sings about worshiping Satan and stuff. That's the act of Ghost: they're like a Satan-worshipping band, but they don't take it seriously.
I've known Yelawolf since a Tampa Am contest, when I was like fifteen. We didn't call him Yelawolf then, that's his rap name. His name is Michael Wayne. Once I figured that out and I heard his album called Trunk Music, I was like, "Holy shit! This is so good." He's such a good skater, too. Like tre flips first try, switch tre flips—he's got it all on lockdown. He could've been a sponsored or pro skater but he chose rapping…probably a good choice because it got Eminem to sign him with Shady Records.
I first saw Editors live in Los Angeles and it was a super good show. Ville Valo, the singer of HIM, turned me onto it. They're from Birmingham, England, and kinda got that Echo and the Bunnymen, New Order vibe—just really cool synth noises. Actually the drummer of the band got wasted with me that night, I woke up at the Roosevelt Hotel, I was on the floor, and there's this naked dude in my bed. I'm like, "Holy shit, that's the drummer of the Editors." He got all trashed and just passed out in my bed, naked. Yeah.
8. Lacrimas Profundere
Lacrimas Profundere are from Munich, Germany. They sent an album to my record label called Filthy Notes for Frozen Hearts. I found out that they'd flown into Norway and had John Fryer—the guy who produced HIM's Razor Blade Romance—mix their record. It has that HIM vibe to it, gothic rock. I've listened to it nonstop.
In May of 2000, I flew to Helsinki, Finland, for a contest. Ville Valo was on the front cover of Fin Air magazine saying that their new album Razor Blade Romance was a smash hit. As soon we landed, I went and bought the album. When I opened it up there was this really cool emblem called a heartagram, which is a heart and a star together. I started drawing it everywhere—on my griptape, jackets, and pants. Skaters picked up on it thinking that it was my logo, but anybody who looked further into it saw that HIM was my favorite band, and I was obsessed with them.
I think my favorite Anathema album ever is their new one, Distant Satellites. Sometimes there's a guy singer, sometimes it's a girl. I liked it so much that I actually got Anathema tattooed on my neck. They're from Liverpool: home of Geoff Rowley and the Beatles. Their earlier shit was heavy, black metal, gnarly death doom metal, and now it's completely different. I like both of them, but their older, mellower stuff is more pleasing to the ear. Your mom or grandmom would like it, too.
When I was eighteen, I'd hear CKY practicing in my basement and I thought it was really good then. When I put out the CKY videos, it was like skating mixed with their music, and they blew up big time. But they got in this massive fight, they beat each other up, and the singer quit the band. For seven years they were on hiatus just trying to figure out what to do and Chad, the guitar player and producer, stepped up to the plate: "You know what? I'm just gonna sing." They're tighter now than ever.
11 1/2. Evesdroppers
Maybe I should talk about the Evesdroppers. It's me, this guy Mike Nappi—a really talented musician and singer—and my brother Jess, from CKY, plays drums. We have a lot of guest appearances, like Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy sings a track with me, and then this chick Greta Yeah. Who else? We got Gas Lipstick from HIM who does a track on the drums. It was a fun project. It took a long time to do … about a year. We finally put it out and it's only available on CD. Buying music on iTunes, I don't feel like I actually own it, so I just printed up CDs. You can only get it that way.