BAM Interview With Shirlee Temper- Hayward’s Own Rock & Flow Queen
BAM Sits down with Shirlee Temper prior to her hi octane concert at the Empress Theatre for Obtainium Works’ Fifth Anniversary party in Vallejo CA.
According to their website, Obtainium Works, an art car factory, “fabricate art out of repurposed industrial detritus. We call it “Obtainium.” Loosely based on the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and other Victorian-era writers who created an imaginary world where steam technology was considered cutting edge.” The distinctive Steampunk look features men, women and children’s 1800’s vintage clothing, top hats, accessories and the iconic goggles. Think hip “Mad Max” movie chic.
When did you know you wanted to sing on stage?
All right. Ever since I was a little girl, I think I loved to stand in the mirror. And singing and dancing you know, lose yourself in the bathroom.”
You can hear her young and talented band is in the next dressing room going over some of tonight’s tunes.
What are some of your major influences?
“OK I love all kinds of music, all kinds of genres. I think it comes out in my music and everything with me, because I don’t know how to do music other than movement. I don’t exactly have an ear, I’m not a singer and I’m not a rapper, so I count on the energy in the movement from music. So I think everything is kind of information to me. Do you want specifics? I like everything from Peggy Lee to Johnny Cash, to Sublime and Heart and AC/DC. You name it I love it. Ta-Daa!”
What’s the best part of your life show?
“Great question. No one has ever asked me that before. I kinda like the whole show. For me, I like the very beginning and the very end and mainly these things. Because when I first come out, I think people are like, what is going on? And in the middle, people are like, I don’t know what’s going on, but I’m out front. And at the end like yeah!- And I’m like yeah! That’s about it! Was that an answer or my beauty pageant answer?” She laughs.
During our chat about different music genres, I mention hearing years ago what the dj calls, “Eskimo disco dancing music“ driving to Austin Texas. When Shirlee asks for a description, I can only reply “indescribable.” You have no words for it! She laughed and imagined what it could sound like.
“It’s one of those great stories that will pop into your mind at like, 2 o’clock in the morning, and you start to giggle and nobody else knows why. I’m going to get a T-shirt made that says, “Eskimo Disco Dancing.”” At this point, we’re both laughing.
If you could live somewhere else, where would you live?
“Germany! I’m half German and I’ve been there before. I really like the way that the culture is and food is good, beer is good and it’s beautiful and green and I have family there. But that’s not to say that I would live anywhere else. I think everybody that is born in the States should have to go somewhere outside the United States and live for a while-because of the whole wide world out there and discover whole different cultures. And mostly, I want to go and buy a castle because my cousin told me it is less expensive to buy a castle than a house. That’s because nobody wants to renovate because some one beat the crap out of it. Who doesn’t want a castle-I’m a girl, Ta-Daa!”