Mark McGrath he thinks he’s the latest of a dying breed affectionately nicknamed “nineties jerks.”
The former Sugar Ray leader said Page six that while he embraces the rock star personality he cultivated during that decade, he is no longer the same guy who can be found perpetually with icy tips, goatee, and no spinning top. “It certainly is a part of me, [but] Do I see myself that way? No way, ”he said. And while McGrath admits that he had many “unfortunate haircuts” and “bad moves” in his day, he is still extremely proud of the music his band released and that he was able to participate in this era “that we can really define.” He continued, “At the end of the day, we wrote four amazing songs that we can still travel the world to today, not because of my hair, not because I took my shirt off, but because of those four incredible songs. So I’m very proud of the songs we wrote. “
But despite Sugar Ray’s sonic contributions, the singer says he understands why he’s been typecast as this particular type of guy. “I’m a bit caught up in this, like the emptiness of being the ultimate jerk, so to speak,” he joked. “And there have been no doubters who will replace me, so I am the person to turn to for that.” McGrath also confessed that his wild demeanor throughout that decade, which included regular trips to the Viper Room, certainly earned him that unflattering title. “Listen, I was in a rock and roll band and I gave myself a long strap to hang on to,” he explained. “And I went straight to the end of that leash.” He explained, “You know, when you see a dog in a junkyard and it barks at something… like, I got to the end of that leash and was lucky enough to bring it back. He was surrounded by good people. “
Fortunately, he was also able to stay away from heroin, which claimed the lives of many of his fellow rock stars of that time. “It never appealed to me,” McGrath said. “I’m a guy who likes to get up to get down. Do you know what I’m saying? So I was able to navigate those murky waters. “
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