Who Listens To The Words That I Speak: One Question with K. Russell



TheGourdsNews: With over 1 million hits to date, the most popular homemade "Gin and Juice" video on YouTube now offers the following message: "This song was done by 'The Gourds'. nobody else. now they want me to remove the video...should i? i aint makin any money off it". Just out of curiosity, is any of that true?

Kevin Russell: Yep. I asked him to take it down. It is just stupid and not representative of The Gourds at all. If there was even a shred of wit to it, I'd be okay with it maybe. Not gonna make a big deal out of it. I just asked the guy. The fact that he did not respect The Gourds' wishes shows that it is possible to like a song but not the band that created it. That is the basic problem with "Gin and Juice", the fans who have tunnel vision about this song make us not want to play it. I thought I had asked someone [else] to get it taken down. But, it is still there.

Note: Claude, Kevin, and Jimmy (a.k.a. Chaille B., Shinyribs, and j. gourd) discuss this topic in the comments section.

30 comments:

  1. at a dinner last easter a friend's brother told us he's just found this amazing video called gin and juice by the gourds. my wife just rolled her eyes and told me to go out to the truck and bring in the camera.it was loaded with the typical fan shots: my ugly mug ruining a nice shot of kevin, keith behind the kit, jimmy giving the camera the finger,etc...the guy says "that don't look like the gourds, take a look at the video" "no man, that video is not by the band" i think he may have been disappointed.

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  2. LOVE the Cover, LOVE the Gourds. More than all of that, I LOVE good people who honor a polite request. Should not artists have control over their art? Yes indeedie! Please take it down fella. Much obliged.

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  3. i've been a Gourds fan since about 2005. Started listening to Americana/y'allternative country around '99. I even lived in Austin for 3 years, but just never bothered to check out the Gourds untill just by accident i heard Gin and Juice by them. Hate HIPHOP but when i heard Kevin's voice i was hooked. Now I have all the Gourds recordings and have seen 2 live shows. I can understand them not wanting to play it anymore, hell I don't listen to it anymore, but I'm just saying that THATS the song that turned me onto them, and I will readily say that the GOURDS are by far my FAVORITE BAND. And thanks for this site,BTW
    Greg Mcdermand Lillian, Alabama guitpicker13@yahoo.com

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  4. The comments to that cheesy video speak for themselves. A bunch of clueless douchebags

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  5. wow, I just read a random sampling of the comments regarding the reamoval of the vid from the youtube.......holy shit! we are in some real trouble america

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  6. One way to (possibly) delete that video is to sign up to youtube and "Flag" the video as inappropriate- with enough people doing it, see how long it stays up then.

    Joe

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  7. agreed.

    John Hunt

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  8. Greg in Bama hit the nail on the head. Gin & Juice got a LOT of people turned on to The Gourds. I don't give a crap about videos. To me it is all about live shows. I've been to the last 5 shows in Atlanta and have never heard Gin & Juice live. I will continue to go to the shows but would really like to hear that song at least once in person.

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  9. I still run into people that insist Gin n' Juice is by Phish. Even worse, I encountered someone that thought it was by Big n' Rich. Try to play these people any other Gourds song and they don't want to hear it.

    Jonathan Lee

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  10. You guys should get Prince's lawyer. That shit would be gone yesterday.

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  11. Big & Rich??? good lord, I just projectile-hurled in my mouth

    Buncombe

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  12. I was aware of the video, but never bothered to watch it because I knew it wasn't an official Gourds video.
    That is until today.That is some weakass shite.They should honor The Gourds request and take it down.

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  13. I don't think it needs to be taken down. It's a classic youtube photo montage. It has over a million hits and gets people talking about the Gourds who never would have even heard of us. I think it's an appropriate style video for the song. It's not too "clever" or "artsy" or "good", but we put zero effort into this and still get free press. YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT PRESS! To put it into a survival context, it's like a rabbit snare in the woods. All you're trying to do is catch rabbits, but sometimes you get a squirrel in there, sometimes a fox, maybe a turtle or a gibbon. Hell, all them's good eatin'! I say we don't harsh this guy too much. I'm sure some percentage of the folks who click onto that video check out our other stuff on youtube. How is that bad? This has nothing to do with us, really. A million hits and counting and we wanna take it down? Really? Theriouthly?

    -Chaille B.

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  14. With all due respect to my compadre, he has become so obsessed with survivalist rhetoric that he has took to applying it to inappropriate situations. At a recent fast-food outing he really took it too far and was asked to leave by the manager. We bought his food for him so he wouldn't have to forage for mushrooms in the woods by the hotel. In response to Chaille, what if after viewing the video a majority of people "threw up in their mouth" when they thought about the gourds? Would you regard this as postive just because they were talking about The Gourds as they threw up on their friends? I think the effect has been and is overall detrimental to
    our image that we have so painstakingly hidden and avoided developing over all these years, lovingly so. Hahaha. I say we yank
    it down. I mean it has already done its damage one way or another. They had their fifteen minutes. Now it's over.

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  15. kevin: "...our image that we have so painstakingly hidden and avoided developing over all these years"

    hilarious...but true.

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  16. 'this type of shit happens all the time you gotta get yours before i get mine'- i was in 3rd grade. some nieghborhood kids and i formed an air-band called the cool cat's. we named ourselves after kitty stars in cat food comercials. i was morris. tennis raquetes for guitars, trash can lids and buckets for drums.we decided to put on a show after school. we made tickets out of construction paper and passed them out during classes. we moved a hi-fi- out into the garage and air jammed sgt. peppers to a dozen or so elementary schoolers. the beatles never came up but the cool cats certainly got some high fives in the hallways. queer to see this play out again in my adult life. j.gourd

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  17. Ok, the video is indeeeeed nauseating. But the song, that's a toughie. I even have a love/hate relationship with it. I remember way back when the boys were first playing it at gigs in Austin and all the frat boys would come out and freak out to it. They were a bunch of douchebags, one poured a 32oz beer on my head once. But it has gotten alot of play and made a bunch of Gourds fans. Ribs, I think you should lean harder on the guy who is trashing up your work, man. Get that damn video down. As for G & J, I always elbow my friends in the ribs, or tell them to shut up when they request it at shows. I remember when the Gourds were not very fond of playing that song....

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  18. I have been a fan for a long time. Never thought I would see the day that I would hear that song live and it did last year at the 7th street in minneapolis. I never request it. But I like it.

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  19. Honestly..... as far as GnJ goes... y'all shouldn't have done such a good job of it. I truly love all Gourds music. I don't requst GnJ at shows but I know why people do. Snoops' version doesn't even sound right anymore.

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  20. We are all right with the song, generally. It is the video we are talking about here. It is not so much that we hate playing it as
    much as we HAVE been playing it for so long. We cannot play it every night. That is what some folks don't understand. Of course it might be their only show of the year and they wanna hear that song. Or they
    brought their friends and told them about the song.

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  21. The Gourds are like an adult bookstore and novelty shop with no sign out front and no way to find us other than word of mouth. The G&J video is like a massive neon XXX right out there on the interstate with a big arrow pointing directly to our front door. Occasionally you get the riff-raff coming in who just want to buy whipped cream charging capsules. Most of the time, however, you get the honest-to-goodness salt of the earth types who are willing to spend a little of their hard earned pay to purchase tokens for the booths. Um...I'm abandoning this and going back to my survival analogies.

    -Chaille B

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  22. I have been a die hard Gourds fan since 1997 and after first hearing Gin and Juice in 2001 for the first time, I was unimpressed with that song up against the first 4 albums I had heard (Dems good Beeble, Stadium Blizter, Ghosts of Hallelujah and Bolsa De Agua). The Gourds have so many original songs that are SO MUCH better than G&J and G&j had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with turning me onto the Gourds. And if so many people got turned onto The Gourds through G&J where are all these ppeople at theshows. Seems most people at shows are people that love their own material and not one hit wonders
    JR - Missoula, Montana

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  23. It's a matter of common courtesy, the boys asked and the video should of been removed. Besides the video isn't anything to be proud of. A little respect could do this world some good.
    Jaime

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  24. As much as I hate to lose the street cred, I must admit, I was turned on to The Gourds by a bootlegged copy of Gin & Juice handed to me on a jump drive full of music. It even had a filename crediting it to Phish. Fortunately someone in our circle of friends did some research and revealed the truth. It has made me very happy to learn of the band behind that cover tune. The impression I had of the song after reviewing and falling in love with the rest of The Gourds' discography was that G&J is probably one of those songs that a percentage of their audience comes to a show to hear and these poor guys are probably sick of playing it. The first Gourds show I went to, I heard G&J as the encore. Quite honestly, I was disappointed that it wasn't Pill Bug. I was very happy that the next couple of shows I attended that not only did I hear Pill Bug, but DIDN'T hear G&J. I suppose my point is as long as the band is playing the song live only when they want to, then great, you're not stuck doing a chore of playing a song you don't want to every night. However, a lame ass video like that can make me cringe when I see it must be other people's blood nearly boil...

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  25. I've seen about 7 shows over the years (not from tx). I've never been disappointed when the song wasn't played, but if the song brings the pervs into the building for the show.... then it's worth it. For I have never brought a friend to a gourds show who hasn't said, "Call me next time their in town".

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  26. Not to sound like a douche butApril 7, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    you bitching about someone making a video to go along with your song would in essence be the same as if Snoop came and bitched to you for making different music to go along with his lyrics

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  27. Really everyone is bitching about this video that has received 2+ million views. Its not your original song anyways. It got your sound and name out there. I don't think anyone thinks you made the video. There are so many videos of the same nature on youtube and people don't complain about them. Really it was just a few friends having a good time.

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  28. I see a video about a group of friends having a good time with a song, that really makes fun snoop dog for the for the country remake. And of you knew long beach in California those still images are the orignal gin and juice dummies. The song was about getting high, drunk, laid and relaxing. I had never heard of the gourds until now. You fools are putting down a creative fun video that is on point. Don't hate or be jealous about it. Laugh and enjoy that you did not have to do a thing and more people hear about the gourds. There are so many songs used in YouTube videos and you harp on this one?

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  29. okay people leave it alone. Do we all remember snoop dogg made it first? forget about the artist? Yes,I remember snoop dogg did it first. I hate the gourds version. I heard it about 2 too many times.we should all delete their version out our brains and go back to the og do double g. I just wish any other video I was in got this many views. Yes thats me playin a lame homemade banjo with jewelery wire for string just havin a good time. here is a idea. make your own video and see if get some views. the few fans you got can watch it 1,000 each or something-good luck

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