The 1984/1985 Sid Terror and the Undead lineup
L-R: Sid Terror, Hans Hunt, Trent Addams & Joe Dirt
#13 (natch!) 1988
Interview by Devorah Ostrov
Like their namesakes, Sid Terror and the Undead returned to life a year ago to bring some excitement to a decaying local music scene. Now, with their job still incomplete, the Undead have decided to call it quits and quietly slip back into their grave.
While there was still a semblance of life in the band, Rave-Up got together with Sid and bassist Hans Hunt to discuss the task they'd chosen...
Rave-Up: It's interesting that Sid Terror and the Undead is breaking up only a year after reforming. What's the reason behind the split?
Flyer for the last show ever!!!
Sid Terror and the Undead with
The Phantom Creeps - 1/16/1988
Rave-Up: There was quite a lot of time between the break-up of the original Undead and this new version [of which Sid was the only original member]. What happened during that time?
Sid: I just wanted to take some time off and work on my films. I do a lot of special effects work for films and I wanted to get that better established.
Rave-Up: It seems like the first version of the Undead was a lot more punk, maybe even hardcore, than the new band.
The 1987 lineup
L-R: Hans Hunt, Sid Terror,
Luis Valentino & Joe Dirt
Hans: Well, sometimes... Actually, we had a problem on our last tour of getting booked with a lot of hardcore bands opening up for us.
Sid: Which did not go well at all. I'd say half the shows on the tour were misbooked. They really didn't know what to do with us. In Portland, we actually got on the bill with a speed metal band. They came up to us after the show and said, "How do you guys keep playing so long and so hard? " And we're not the kind of band that plays super hard or super fast.
Rave-Up: You mentioned your film work earlier and I know you have a real passion for film and video. Is your music more influenced by films than by other bands?
Sid: Sometimes. I listen to everything and I just assimilate it all. I don't set out to write one particular song, but for some reason I'll see a film and the title will sick with me, or whatever, and I'll use that for a song.
Rave-Up: What were the most influential films for you?
|Sid Terror's Undead - Coffin Buster CD reissue|
Rave-Up: Don't you have a family history of involvement in B-grade horror films?
with Social Unrest & the Afflicted
at the Tool and Die - Oct 2, 1982
Flyer artwork by Sid Terror
Rave-Up: I want to talk about your video work for a minute. Didn't you do some award-winning work for a Greg Kihn video?
Sid: I was nominated for Best Effects in a Rock Video for "Jeopardy." That was the first video I did with him.
Rave-Up: What kind of special effects did you use in it?
Sid: Tons of zombie stuff. It took place in a church and everyone turned into zombies or mutated Siamese twins!
Rave-Up: Do you have a favorite special effect?
Sid: In this one film I did called Disciple of Dracula [not yet released], at the end of the film, when the vampire finally gets it, we did a lot of things that haven't really been done on film - kind of like a meltdown!
Rave-Up: Is it true that the Undead were asked to do some songs for the Return of the Living Dead Part II soundtrack?
Sid Terror - 1986
Posed with headstone of
Sophie M. beloved wife of
Rave-Up: Now that you've had a chance to look back on the career of Sid Terror and the Undead, do you have any regrets?
Sid: The Undead was a hell of a fun band to be in. I wouldn't trade all those good times for anything. We may never live down all the stuff we did, but by the same token I don't necessarily want to relive it all either! I mean, who wants to be Sid Terror "Teenage Vampire" forever? Not me!
Rave-Up: Your last show featured the "onstage suicide" of Sid Terror. By that, did you mean to bring an end to the character you've become one with over the years?
Sid: "Sid" committed suicide when he stepped off the stage at the end of the final show. He no longer exists except in our fond memories and worst nightmares. There is a lot of Sid still in my personality, naturally. It's like Bruce Wayne and Batman. But from now on, you'll see only me onstage and I'll be using my real name which is... *
* In the original article, I transcribed what I heard as "Bobby Omen." I've since found out what Sid's real name actually is, and it seems I got it slightly wrong. But I still prefer Bobby Omen!