Talkin’ Greed With Helios Creed
By: Beky Hayes
Rank & Revue Volume 3 Issue 47
I heard he was
staying at the Super 8 Motel. I called down there and nosed around. The
attendant transferred me to “the room with the musicians.” A sultry French
woman answered: “I am Fabienne. Yes I am with Helios, he is here.” Soon I was
on the phone with Helios, who was more interested in a secret beer delivery
than an interview. So, I bombed down
BH: About your UFO sightings, did you see any creatures or just aircraft?
HC: Just your standard saucers, round….mostly lights.
B: What did it feel like, could you feel them?
H: Yeah! It was like electricity.
B: You’ve made tons of records – how many, total, since the 70’s?
H: Ah, I don’t know… first record was 1976 – Alien Soundtracks, with Chrome. I did Chrome till ’82 then in ’83 I made a Helios solo record that didn’t come out till ’85. It didn’t make a big splash, but I just kept making them. I wasn’t in it for the money – if I was I’d be a doctor or a lawyer.
business now? You’ve dealt with a lot of different labels, have any of them
helped you? Chrome worked with
H: Nah, I’m not doing anything with Dossier anymore. Nobody’s ever been loyal to me to the extent that they take care of me. They find somebody else that sells better and you get put on the back burner. It’s understandable, if your product isn’t making money. The independents have limited money. Although, Brian from Cleopatra Records – he released Chrome Anthology, and it’s selling thousands and I’ve been getting huge royalty checks. All of a sudden Chrome is taking off. There was talk that the new Chrome wouldn’t be any good without Damon (Edge, R.I.P.), but we did a tour and it was better than anything I did with Damon. There are a lot of Helios haters, because I took over. A lot of people wanted it to die with Damon. But I didn’t want it to die. Nobody’s ever gonna risk thousands of dollars to put out our shit. That’s one problem with Helios Creed and Chrome. It’s happening now, because it’s time for it to happen, not because anyone promoted it. At least that’s what my psychic says.
B: And who is this Fabienne?
H: She’s doing vocals with me!
F: I was
Damon’s wife. We recorded with Chrome together. I started as a punk rocker,
played with the Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash. I was on CBS with my band
B: And what’s your deal with Helios?
F: I haven’t seen Helios in 24 years. I’ve been in LA. Helios is not even looking for a contract. He needs help! Financially. Dark Side Of The Sun – I said, this album is beautiful. It should be distributed by a decent record company. He should be able to make a decent living. This album is so good, I can’t believe you’re not looking for a record company.
H: I’m not the business man – THEY…
F: Musicians are not business people.
H: Damon and I would show up with carloads of records and it took up all our time!
B: What about Frank Kozik?
H: Yeah, he had that record company, Man’s Ruin, and the famous posters – there’s a real famous one with Helios opening for the Butthole Surfers, but the funny thing was we never opened for the Butthole Surfers. I made Activated Condition and a Chrome album, Tidal Forces, for him. He said he had some Chrome money coming, but I never got it.
B: Jeff Pinkus is on your new album. What have you done together before?
H: We did Activated Condition, he did a few songs on Nugg The Transport. I played on Independent Worm Saloon (Butthole Surfers) – on The Annoying Song, and Clean It Up – which, I never got my name on the record, but you know, my guitar is on the record.
B: That’s not right
H: Yeah I
bitched at him about it. I said hey Paul (Leary), you didn’t put my name on the
record… and he said yeah, we never give credit on our records. Then he said
they forgot. He’s a good guy, they’re all good guys. But he’s a Texan. You know
that song, Naked Man, go back to naked land…. that song makes fun of
B: I heard you
got arrested fir “terroristic threatening” – what’s become of our country? And
why are you living in
H: It’s the
American version of… that cold place in
F: I think
Helios should be famous and he should get a record label in
H: Even big artists don’t get shit for record sales. I don’t like the music business. And there’s nothing credible about being big anymore. We’ve all experienced having our SUVs and Jacuzzis and big fucking deal, it doesn’t mean anything.
F: At least you don’t have to suffer having a job. You can do only music.
It’s a lot harder to tour now, too.
F: It’s finished, huh.
H: Ever since CD’s (the invention), there hasn’t been a music scene.
F: You make
money here, in
H: No I don’t
make money in
On the horribly tragic death of Damon Edge, who allegedly lay dead in his home for 10 days before he was found:
B: Did you see him going down? Did you feel responsible to make him stop using? Is it our responsibility, as friends? How do you feel about drug use, and drug laws?
H: Yeah, I
observed the decline. No, I didn’t feel any responsibility. It was his choice.
I was making my own decline – his was heroin, mine was speed, which I quit
years ago. I think we should be like
B: Your manager Krazee Cyn says there are three good labels interested in you. Are they just glad-handing or is there a Helios resurgence in the wind?
H: Yeah, we do
a show in
B: Do you believe these last two elections were rigged?
H: Yeah. I’ll tell you a story. I got arrested for something I’m not proud of- getting drunk and fighting with my wife. I got pretty cleaned out in jail, and I had a dream (before Bush was elected) and I told my cell mate that I dreamed Bush won but he paid off Gore to lose. Then it happened. My cell mate walked in and said ‘how did you know?’ I didn’t know, it was just a dream. But I knew Bush is a corrupt dude- my spirit guides told me that. I have no doubt the second election was rigged too. And I know a lot of people that will swear to it (but we can’t talk about them). The majority didn’t want Bush to be president. The voting machines were built by the Christian Republicans who voted for Bush. When all that comes into play- their military rightwing Christian corporation- what comes to mind is the story of Barabus. He came up to Jesus and said ‘I know who you are, you’re the king of the Jews. I have an army and we could take over the Romans.’ Jesus told him, ‘I don’t want an army. I want you to go to your enemies and tell them you love them.’ What does Jesus have to do with any of the shit they’re doing?
F: Bush is the anti-Christ.
European countries are more free than we are. Freedom in this country is a
joke. They’re taking away our freedoms-Patriot Act? That means it’s illegal to
protest- they can haul you away and throw away the key. Who knows whats
happening to our freedom of speech, freedom of the press. We’re not even
hearing about these massive protests that should be major news. We’re not free.
Bush most definitely is an anti-Christ. I don’t feel good about five Iraqi
families dying every day, more than our soldiers- we’re killing more Iraqis
than Saddam Hussein did, but we have a right, because we’re bringing democracy.
We wanna make sure there’s a Walmart and a McDonald’s and maybe even a
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