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Hello, is this Viv Savage?
Yes, this is Viv.

So you are alive, then? The guys in Spinal Tap claim that Viv is actually dead.
No, no, I'm alive and extremely well. I'm taking a sort of Tap sabbatical. I had a great gig with the Guttersluts recently at the Cactus Club in San Jose, where my friends started a Save Viv movement. We've got 150 signatures so far, and I'm Xeroxing some more sheets we're hoping this could turn into quite a pesky little monster.

They say you're actually an impostor, making a lot of money as The Viv Savage Experience.
Well, that story would be convenient for them, but reality speaks its own language.

Have you got a new band?
Yes, I'm doing occasional gigs with the Guttersluts, and I'll probably be producing their next record. I'm also involved with the Model Citizenz, who play some excellent originals and some covers. We've been playing around the East Bay, polishing our chops, so look for us to be getting together something soon. Also, I've been a producer at S.F. Beat Studios, with Michael Ingram. Have you ever met Michael Ingram?

I don't know who he is.
If you met him you'd remember him the rest of your life. He's a fantastic person. He's been my songwriting partner since the early Seventies, and—

Have you guys written any songs I might have heard?
Not really, but we have a lot of songs out on demos that are making the rounds. There's a female rapper with a single of ours at three L.A. record companies right now.

The H.E.A.R. adDoes Spinal Tap know about the Save Viv movement?
I don't know. It's possible — I did a public service announcement for H.E.A.R., and we called Spinal Tap's management to get approval. But there seems to be some legal problem.

Any hard feelings towards Tap?
No, no hard feelings at all. I had such a great time with them, I'm just hoping they might consider me coming back. I'll keep plugging away, barnstorming with my various musical projects.

Recent Video of Viv in Action

Interview by Keith Hammond from Issue 12 of The Nose. © 1992 Jack Boulware. Posted with permission.

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