Dizzy Reed Joins Nine Inch Nails and Blink 182 Member on NOFX Frontman’s Solo Record
According to Chron.com, Guns N’ Roses Keyboardist Dizzy Reed plays on the new Cokie the Clown record, which is NOFX frontman’s solo project. According to Chron.com
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The Cokie The Clown moniker is more than just a Fat Mike solo project, but a deep, dark dive into Mike Burkett’s demons.
The front man of the famed punk band NOFX, Burkett has enlisted Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails) to produce, Travis Barker of blink-182 on drums, and Guns’N’Roses Dizzy Reed on keyboards for the biggest departure tonally and musically of his career. Themes of depression, addiction, and death make for “You’re Welcome” a tense listening experience. Even the title “You’re Welcome” is jarring once you think about what it means in relation to what you hear on the record.
“Punk Rock Saved My Life” is the only NOFX-style song on here, as the rest of the record shows what Burkett learned working on the “Home Sweet Home” musical, which helps with the dramatic feel of the album. “You’re Welcome” is an absolute downer of a record, but that is exactly what it was advertised as.
You can listen to the full album below. In addition to that, Dizzy Reed is hard at work on his upcoming record, which will be released through Golden Robot Records. It’s believed the record will be a covers album similar in some respects to the 1993 Guns N’ Roses Album the Spaghetti Incident!? Duff also released the music video for the title track from his solo record Rock N’ Roll Ain’t Easy earlier this week.
Speaking about his solo record, Dizzy Reed said the following:
“I started playing rock and roll because I didn’t wanna work; I didn’t wanna have a 9-to-5 [job]. And I realized at some point… Now all I do is work. If you wanna stay busy out there and [remain] relevant, you have to work harder.
“There’s a lot of times when, especially at that point in my life, where I was wondering why I was doing it still, and there was nothing coming in, and you don’t have anything to fall back on. If I went to a McDonald’s right now to apply for a job, they wouldn’t take me. What am I gonna do?
“It’s a story about how difficult things were and how much time I had to spend sticking it out, wondering where I was gonna go to sleep that night, wondering where I was gonna get a shower and get something to eat,” he added. “I mean, that went on for years. And I think when I did write that song, I thought I had kind of come full circle. My first marriage had split up and my stuff was literally in my truck. I was staying in an apartment with the girl who had become my wife now. And I was sitting out on a balcony playing guitar, and that song just started coming [to me]. It was raining and I didn’t know what I was gonna do. But a lot of it is kind of tongue-in-cheek too. If you know me, I’m not that serious. But I think people will get the point. People can make of it what they would like, basically.”