|This Los Angeles
punk band broke up in the mid nineties, but many though they were instrumental in bringing
a return of the 1977 punk sound to the USA. They released two albums 1) Join The
Resistance on LP & CD and 2) Anti-Generation on CD and three seven inch singles
Singer Paul still lives in Los Angeles, while co-songwriter Mickey is studying classical guitar.
NRA: What was the genesis of Corrupted Ideals? Was it always you and Mikey in the drivers seat?
Paul: It was always me and Mike right from the beginning. I was in a really bad punk band and me and Mike were pretty good friends. So the idea of playing with him was really good.
NRA: What was the deciding factor to brake
with Corrupted Ideals?
Paul: Yeah pretty much, we started out as a
hardcore band, which I wasn't into. Then on the second record we started playing the kind
of music I was into, more of a rootsy punk rock. After that we wanted to start delving
into the proto punk stuff, but everyone was into hardcore and we couldn't keep a line up.
NRA: Bookend cameos of a Bouree by Robert
De Visee appeared on Anti-Generation - what did you fans make of that?
NRA: Similarly, what do the other classical musicians at Indiana
University know about your dark past?
Paul: Basically I kept going backwards.
NRA: For the record what's your new band called
Paul: The Neurotones. Our first CD is about to be released on Sonic Tone records it's called "My Baby Howls.
NRA: Talking about your baby howls - I know you lived with Andi Beltramo Snap-Her's lead singer for a long time - any band rivalry there?
Paul: No not at all, we're both very supportive of each other. We're still really good friends and talk to one another a couple of times a week.
NRA: Snap-Her's last record was a bit of a move towards proto punk sound too.
Paul: I liked the 2nd record a lot better than the first - more rhythm and beat. It's nice to see Andi showing off her influences more.
NRA: I liked Anthony, your last drummer, a lot. I thought he fit in very well and was not some anonymous guy at the back playing drums. He put out a record right after Corrupted Ideals broke up - do you think he wanted more creative input than was available in Corrupted Ideals?
Paul: Ummm yeah, Mike, had sort of branched out and was playing classical, I wanted to branch out and play more garage, rockabilly, R&B. I think Anthony, wanted to explore more a mix of older new wave and progressive pop.
NRA: Anything to add?
Mikey: Yes, I would like to thank Phil (who sadly passed away)
from Naked Aggression and Nicky Garratt for influencing me in classical guitar. Both these
people play classical guitar and are as
Paul: It was fun while it lasted.