PS: In my memory, it was up to Alice what [song] he would perform. I don’t think I would have wanted a hit. I would rather not do that, I’d rather have something fresh and different. I know that performers like to showcase new work. Just to have Alice Cooper was the big bang for our buck right there.
AC: We didn’t want to do "School’s Out" or an Alice Cooper standard. “Feed My Frankenstein” was the perfect song for that movie. It was the right song for that generation, very heavy. "School’s Out" would have taken it back to the '70s, whereas this was early '90s, so I thought something more current was better. I think everybody was working on a prayer right then, hoping that this movie would get made and it would do something. It did really, really well, so it was great.
Georg Dolivo, Rhino Bucket singer (“Ride with Yourself” is on the Wayne's World soundtrack): [The money we made from the Wayne’s World Soundtrack] was a godsend. We were always the band that would rather tour eight weeks in a van than two weeks in a bus. Everything we had we put back into the band. Wayne's World allowed us to stay on the road and still have a roof over our heads when we came home.
TC: There’s a thing called "breakdown service" that your agent gets, it says, “18-23 Asian female, speaks with a heavy accent, but when she rocks, she rocks like nobody’s business. Martial arts.” Literally. I went to Paramount, and auditioned I think for Lorne Michaels, Penelope and Mike Myers and a whole room of people. What’s funny is they wanted to make sure the person could act, so I did that, and showed them some martial arts moves, I think. I just started singing, a cappella, in the audition room [sings], "Heartbreaker/Dream maker/Love taker/Don’t you mess around with me." They said, "Whoa, great, you can sing, we could have dubbed your voice in." That final callback, I was out in the waiting area, and Mike Myers came out and said, "Tia, you’re my favorite. Just keep doing what you’re doing." That put the wind in my sails. When I walked in there, I owned it. I have to thank him for that.
PS: When you’re naming bands like Bulletboys and Rhino Bucket, that was my thing back in the day. I love Rhino Bucket. I choose those songs [on the soundtrack], and I’m proud of it. I had the first music video company back in L.A. , and that was way before MTV, so I shot all sorts of bands back in the ‘70s -- Curtis Mayfield, Fleetwood Mac, Staples Singers, David Essex. When I shot Gary Wright’s video for "Dream Weaver" that was way back in the '70s, and 20 years later I get the Wayne’s World script, and it’s got "Dream Weaver" in it.
TC: I had recorded a few demos; I was always on the path to being a singer. Then I did Wayne’s World, which had the heavy rock influence, but that’s not who I am. If you hear my Hawaiian music, it’s really beautiful, and the tone of my voice is very different, rounded, mellow and chill. I put out [my debut album] Dream in 1993. If I’d come out with a rock record right after Wayne’s World I’d still be doing that, probably, because you know, it was the logical next step to capitalize on it. But I wanted to do a pop/R&B record, because it was more to my sensibility. But there was a disconnect marketing-wise. It’s hard.