Paul Thorn Unleashed--What the Hell is Going On? - Page 4
That's right. Not only did he write the song, he played on the record. And it's extremely cool because when I was a kid I saw Elvin Bishop on Wolfman Jack's Midnight Special. You remember that show?
You know what dude, I was right there with you.
Yeah. He was doing "Fooled Around and Fell in Love." So, there I was sittin' around in my living room, eating cereal at midnight... (laughing) Eating Captain Crunch and watching Elvin Bishop--and years later he's playing on my record.
Sometimes I feel like the Forest Gump of song writers, you know?
(laughing) I don't even know what to say to that.
Well, I just keep going and these great things keep falling in my lap like that, you know? I swear they could do a movie about my journey and there's a lot of moments I've had where I've just wound up in the strangest places--in a good way.
You have a family history in music, right? You wanna tell me a little bit about P-Funk?
Well, my first cousin Stan Thorn was the keyboard player in Parliament and Funkadelic and he came to our family Christmas one year and heard me playing my little songs that I had written in my room when I was about 17. That's when he introduced me to Billy Maddox who was a friend of his. And that's when my song writing partnership started with Billy Maddox--because my cousin who was in Funkadelic introduced me to him. I'm 47 years old now and Billy and I have been working together ever since I was 17.
Wow. That is way longer than most marriages isn't it? You've cleared out room in your crawl spaces for each other from time to time?
Well, when we ain't doing music we try to stay away from one another. That's the best way to get along--time together and time apart.