10 Questions with ... Steve Jones
May 24, 2016
1) While most Rock fans are familiar with your background as the guitarist for Sex Pistols and Iggy Pop, when did you begin to entertain the idea of doing a radio show?
For some fluke reason I was contacted by somebody at the old Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles when it first came on the air. I found myself saying, "I want to be a DJ there" and the next thing I knew I was on the air. The one condition was "I need to play what I want, and say what I want."
2) What radio stations and personalities did you listen to when you were growing up?
John Peel, Emperor Roscoe, Stewart Henry, Wolfman Jack in LA.
3) Can you give us the specifics of how the Jonesy's Jukebox radio show came together?
I had a history with Dawn Girocco from the Indie 103.1 days, and now she's VP/Market Manager at KLOS. She and PD Keith Cunningham reached out about bringing the show back to LA at the same timeslot - noon to 2p. It was the same as before; my only request was "let me just do my thing." They said okay. It's been fun so far and the response has been pretty good.
4) Congratulations on the early success of Jonesy's Jukebox on KLOS. There's a great buzz in LA about this show. What are some of the intangibles that make this work?
Fartin', burpin', dead air, whistlin' ... is that what you mean by intangibles? Also deeper cuts and respect from fellow musicians.
5) For those who haven't heard the show, give us some highlights of special features and music you feature on the show on a daily basis?
Fartin' Burpin,' Dead air, whistlin', obscure cuts. Did I mention fartin' and burpin'?
I like to take out me axe and play songs, and whistle the melody. I call it whistlin' for winners or T-shirts for riffs. You can't Shazam or Google those things.
6) I'm sure you have some old Sex Pistols stories that you share with your audience every once in a while. How many stories aren't suitable for the radio?
Read my book. It's coming out in November. Anything I can't mention on-air will be in there. But I don't keep many secrets on the air.
7) You have had some awesome musical guests and actors on the show. Who have been some of your most memorable guests and why?
My first day on the job full-time, we had Dave Grohl coming in to talk about the Lemmy memorial. It ended up being the day Bowie died. It was an intense two hours.
8) How is the music chosen on Jonesy's Jukebox? Do you have the final say on everything that's played or does producer Mark "Mr. Shovel" Sovel help as well?
I decide all the music, and Shovel finds me new stuff.
9) How does Jonesy's Jukebox use social media to interact with its listeners?
Have you seen me Instagram? @jonesysjukebox - For an old man, I'm obsessed with social media. I do it all myself. Sometimes I'll make up that I have an assistant when I post something that backfires.
10) Finally, is there any new Steve Jones news you can share with us about future projects? Any other music or acting gigs we can look forward to in the future?
Yes, I have a book coming out in November. I've done a couple of pilots recently. We'll see what happens. But I'm always up for new work if any big shot is readin' this.
What are some of your other hobbies and interests outside of radio and music?
Motorcycles. I love riding me bike out in the middle of nowhere. I like hiking and I like lying in bed watching me TV.
You're stuck on a deserted island and you only have five CDs with you. What are they?
None. There's no electricity. It's pointless....BUT, if I wanted to look at the album COVERS, it would be the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. the first Roxy Music album, Faces - A Nod as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse, the first Queen album, and Never Mind the Bollocks!