PHILIP ANSELMO: 'I don't like guns'
In a recent interview with Brazil’s Inside With Paulo Baron, former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo spoke about the lyrical inspiration for “A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred”, the 2003 album from his SUPERJOINT RITUAL project. “I was calling America out,” he said: “That’s what that record’s about. The ignorance of the warmongering America. I’m against it, man.
“I was raised toward the end of the Vietnam War. I saw what Vietnam did. My mother told me explicitly what Vietnam was and what America was doing. She was a very young person — by the time she was telling me about all this stuff, she was probably 23 years old. And I was very young. And I lived, at the time, in the French Quarter of New Orleans]with my mother, my aunt and her boyfriend. And her boyfriend had just come home from Vietnam. And he would wake up in the night screaming. So my mother had to explain to me the horrors of war early.
“I wasn’t allowed to have toy guns,” he continued. “I wasn’t allowed to have war games — I wasn’t allowed to have any of that shit. And to this day, it did rub off on me. I’m anti-war. I don’t like guns either. I know some people are into guns. I’m not knocking ’em. That’s just the way it is. And I’m also a realist. I live in America. America’s got fucking guns. So, I’m not delusional. So, it’s just living with the guns — what’s the smart way to do it?
“So, with the SUPERJOINT record, yes, I was bashing America because we had just… I forget which war it was; it might have been Desert Storm or whatever. I might be wrong, but it’s one of those damn wars, never-ending wars. I hate it. I hate it. And I hate that my home country are the biggest fucking bullies, man. I hate it. I fucking hate it.
“So, that’s what that SUPERJOINT record was about,” Anselmo added. “Yeah, man, that’s how I feel about that stuff. I don’t like oppression. I don’t like fucking classes — lower class, upper class; I don’t like all that. I like people. And I want people to be happy, and I want people to have the opportunity to live their fucking lives in happiness — the way they want to live.”
SUPERJOINT RITUAL eventually shortened its name to SUPERJOINT for legal reasons.
The band’s latest album, “Caught Up In The Gears Of Application”, was released in November 2016 via Anselmo‘s Housecore record label. Since then, Anselmo and SUPERJOINT bassist Stephen Taylor have focused primarily on Anselmo‘s PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS solo project, which released its second album, “Choosing Mental Illness As A Virtue”, in 2019.
Back in June 2019, Anselmo told Metal Underground that he didn’t “really feel like doing SUPERJOINT anymore.”
SUPERJOINT‘s most recent lineup included guitarists Kevin Bond (CHRIST INVERSION, ARTIMUS PYLEDRIVER) and Jimmy Bower (DOWN, EYEHATEGOD), drummer José Manuel Gonzalez (WARBEAST, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS) and Taylor.
Anselmo told Decibel magazine that SUPERJOINT was forced to drop the “RITUAL” from its name was “because there’s a bloodsucking leech out there who took advantage of a situation. But we’re all at fault as well for signing a document that basically has a zero sunset clause, meaning that this person is privy to a cut of any money a ‘SUPERJOINT RITUAL‘ would make. Hence getting rid of the ‘RITUAL,’ coming back as SUPERJOINT and cutting out that cancer.”