|CREME SODA Q&A 1974
Clockwise from upper left: Ron Juntunen, Jim Wilson,
Billy Tanon, Art Hicks.
Soda was a mid-70s garage/hippie kinda band based in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. I became a rabid fan based solely on their still-amazing
1974 single "(I'm) Chewin' Gum"/"Roses All Around" (Trinity Records;
with eye-in-pyramid logo). They also put out an earlier single, "Keep
It Heavy"/"And That Is That." In 1975, they released a great
full-length LP called Tricky Zingers, and then seemed to
disappear from the face of the earth (or the rock underground anyway).
What follows is a Q&A I sent them in 1974, gathering info for an
article which eventually ran in mangled form in a crappy Chicago
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EDDIE: How long has the band been
together, and what brought you all together in the first place?
JIM: It all started years ago in the dusty depths of
Billy's mind, but the members of the band started drifting in from
other bands about two years ago. We were brought together by a '64
Chevy, a '67 Mustang, a '60 Stude, and a '65 LeMans with lots of dents
EDDIE: Where did the name Creme Soda come from?
RON: Well, it all started years ago in the dusty
depths of Billy's mind. . . .
EDDIE: What are each of your individual musical
RON: Pat Boone.
JIM: The sky, the clouds, the mountains, and the
depth of beauty.
ART: I had violin lessons in school, so I dropped
took up the drums.
BILLY: I was born with a silver guitar in my mouth.
EDDIE: Was your single "(I'm) Chewin' Gum" a
conscious cop from the old Stick McGhee/Jerry Lee Lewis tune "Drinkin'
EVERYONE: A cop from who? what? how? when?
EDDIE: Why have you never performed together publicly?
RON: Next question?
EDDIE: Why do Art and Jim live 300 miles from Billy
ART: We moved from the city to enjoy the peace and
friendliness of Sturgeon Bay, a slow-paced community where we can know
ourselves and our friends.
EDDIE: What do you think of your "Chewin' Gum" single
in terms of what you're capable of?
ART: We're capable of a variety of sounds, from folk
to heavy rock. When we find a form of expression we work well in, we
don't cut off the other styles--we let them influence us.
EDDIE: When you start playing together live, will
there by any type of stage act?
BILLY: Yeah, but our fans will come basically to hear
EDDIE: What kind of music do you consider what you do?
JIM: We do a variety of things, we don't like to get
bogged down with one style.
EDDIE: Just out of curiosity, do any of you listen
to, or have you ever listened to, the 13th Floor Elevators? Can? The
Stooges? Amon Düül? The Godz?
RON: After listening to "(I'm) Chewin' Gum," who
wants to listen to anyone else?
EDDIE: Where do you call hail from?
ART: We all come from Milwaukee. Jim and I come to
play. We'll be moving back down shortly before Creme Soda goes on the
EDDIE: What instruments were used on "(I'm) Chewin'
BILLY: Lead, rhythm, and bass guitars; drums; and
various percussion instruments, including a sink. (You thought it was a
Left to right: Art Hicks (drums, vocals), Ron
Juntunen (guitar), Billy Tanon (guitar, vocals), Jim Wilson (bass,