After my 3 years stint at the Righteous Bros. Hop, I traveled with several "Rock N Roll Legends" shows all around the US & Canada for a few years. Then one day. an agent that I had worked with in the past, called me for an audition for a movie. Well, I wasn't very excited because they always seem to use "Elvis's". Besides I would have to get in costume and then travel to Century City, CA from Orange county. I didn't want to go. --- But I thought, "Well what are you in this business for, if you won't go on an audition?" So, I forced myself to go. --At the time, I didn't even know who Quentin Tarantino was. There was a woman casting director present, so I gave my attention to her.
I walked into the room in costume and Quentin asked me if I could sing. I said "sure, I do a live show". So he asked me to do "Waitin In School," "Lonesome Town," Believe What you say," etc. So I started singing and playing those songs. He started jumping up & down. So, I asked him to please tell the director what he thought,... well he looked at me kind of weird...
As I was leaving, he said that he would like to see a show. So, I said, "great give me your number and I'll let you know". He wrote it down on a piece of paper. --Unfortunately, I didn't have anything locally coming up soon. As I left, girls surrounded me and asked me if Quentin Tarantino was in the room, I said, WHO?...
Two weeks before filming, I was told that I was going to sing,... so what kind of mic would look like RICKY NELSON's they asked? (They used the wrong one) -- Then they set up a recording date. When I arrived, I asked the engineer where the band (players) were. He said, "Was there a band with you when you auditioned?" - "I said NO!" - "Well then, it's just you!...
QUESTIONS I AM ALWAYS ASKED:
1. Why was "WAITIN' IN SCHOOL" so SHORT?
Two reasons,... that decision was made on a spur of the moment. I felt that if it was only 2
choruses, then it might not get cut up like they often do in films. (Ended up not being cut.)
Then, I would have wanted a backup band if it was to go longer. (Engineer convinced me to do it
the way Quentin first heard it, etc.)
2. Why wasn't I on the ALBUM?
First, Quentin had nothing to do with it. I should have had a good manager. You can't promote yourself with that industry. You need someone to talk for you, who KNOWS what they're doing. I never really thought that it was going to be that big of a hit anyway. - And,... I was the only one who did an original recording for the movie, etc. The classic oldies are very inexpensive to use in movies. The record people probably figured that "PULP" was going to be a monster hit and really didn't need a short live recording to sell millions of records.
If I had been on it, it would have changed my life.