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“People are probably thinking, ‘That’s the record you put down for Terry Bozzio?’ But this is the album that introduced me to Mr. Bozzio – I didn’t know about his work with Frank Zappa or UK or any of that stuff. I was 12 years old and clicking on MTV, and I saw the guy with the crazy hair, the roto toms and the wife with the see-through plastic bra. A 12-year-old boy was intrigued.
“When you listen to Spring Session M, you realize what a ridiculous amount of playing he does on a pop album. That’s really what this is – ‘80s synth pop – and he’s shredding all over it. Any kind of linear speed fills that I do, I stole that from Terry. It’s like what Mike Portnoy does, and he took it from Terry, too.
“The beat from U.S. Drag is still one of my favorite drum riffs ever. I have a DVD of the band playing the US Festival in 1983, and Terry is killin’ it! A monster player. People gotta check this record out.”