Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rocker Steve Poltz Has Lots of Funny Feelings

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rocker Steve Poltz Has Lots of Funny Feelings

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Byline: EYDER PERALTA, The Times-Union

Steve Poltz travels around the country in typical rock 'n' roll fashion, driving his EuroVan from one RV park to the next.

Such an existence is cheaper (10 to 15 bucks a night, he said), and easier, though perhaps a little less comfortable than the chartered jets the big names travel in, but it's certainly full of stories you would otherwise never find in a place like San Diego -- his hometown.

Poltz is a funny guy. He had finished his latest release, Chinese Vacation, a couple of days after 9/11 and a short time after the murder of a close friends.

He scrapped the whole thing, wrote five new songs and released a surprisingly comical album, filled with dark wit, cynicism and clever rhymes.

Usually people this funny aren't taken seriously, such as Tenacious D, who made one of the most compelling albums last year, but were overlooked by everyone.

"Who's to say what serious art is? I think one of the finest films and one of the finest actors and acting performances that is so sorely overlooked is Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber.

"I hate it when something funny is looked down upon. I don't agree with it at all. I think it's not true," he said.

Poltz does actually have one hit. It was sung by his then girlfriend, Jewel. Everyone knows Poltz, whether they know it or not. He co-penned You Were Meant for Me.

As for Jewel's new pop and-short-shorts version of herself, Poltz takes the safe route.

"You know what's funny is that my friend, he never liked Jewel's stuff and he loves her new stuff. It's a catchy riff," he said imitating the guitar part. "She's going for the gold; she's going for the title. I'm not really into it -- it's not my thing, but maybe if somebody was waving a suitcase full of a million dollars in front of me, who can say what they would do? …

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