Hot Seat: LMF

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The most loved (and hated) Hong Kong band of the noughties is back, and in no mood to play nice. By Edmund Lee

It happened here: in 2000, a Cantonese hip-hop and metal group was roundly condemned for the profanity in their songs. Going from the controversial target of the morality police to the irreplaceable voice of a generation, LMF, short for Lazy Mutha Fucka, has been combining their funny insight into the working class life with a biting sense of social critique – their victims ranging from the hypocritical paparazzi culture to the twisted showbiz industry to despicable politicians. With their tenth anniversary looming, the nine-man band is set to rumble many a stadium in their first tour since 2003. Ahead of their Singapore gig in early December, we caught up with them at a late-night rehearsal at the studio of Beyond’s Paul Wong, where the band’s four MCs gave us a lowdown on their latest plans.

This has to be our most crowded Hot Seat to date. With so many members, how do you usually do your press interviews?
MC Yan: You’re lucky if you get to see most of us together. We ourselves have to be real lucky to see the full band.

How many of you are here today?
Y: All of us.
Wah: Eight of us.
Phat: [DJ] Tommy’s not here.

Where’s he?
P: He’s busy working.
Y: Busy in Taiwan, promoting his new album and his company.

Ah, a Lazy Mutha Fucka is busy. Why that name in the first place?
W: We were too lazy to come up with a proper name [Laughs].

Are you still as lazy as before?
W: We’re getting better. We’re willing to go to work now.
Y: [We] learned that you can actually die from laziness. Like an illness: you can die from being lazy. But then again, it’s also not advisable to be too hard-working – you can die from that too.
Kit: As with everything, you shouldn’t push things to their extremes.

Is anyone of you especially lazy?
Together: Me.
Y: Oh no! Are we competing to be the laziest? We need to write a song and tell you later – who’s the laziest in Lazy Mutha Fucka?
W: I used to be the laziest.
K: But you’re the hardest working now.
P: To be honest, Kit would be the laziest.
Y: Is he really? Laziest in which aspects? I think each of us has to state his case in a song. We’re writing a reggae song with sixty tempos: To be the Laziest [Laughs].

What’s the biggest change since you last played together?
K: We’re more… mature.
Y: Physically, we’re also ‘more mature’ – our bodies are weaker.
P: This reunion feels like the time we just formed the band in 1999. We’re doing this just for fun. We’re happy…
K: And pressure-free…
P: And we recorded a new song – Hold Your Middle Finger (揸緊中指) [a pun on ‘keep to your principle’] – in three weeks.

Has your mentality changed after all these years?
Y: Most of the people who came up to me on the streets were asking me, ‘Why aren’t you playing [music] anymore? So… who’s going to fuck the society for us?’ It really shouldn’t be our responsibility – ours alone – to do this. We’re saying to each other that whatever we fucked [in our past songs], we’ve actually fucked them a bit too early. You can fit the [new hate figures in the society] into our [old] songs, and they’ll still work perfectly.
W: And the people who wronged the society are still wronging the society.

Do you mind if some young people listen to your songs not for the messages, but just for the cool?
W: We don’t mind.
Y: And to be frank, foul-language songs weren’t invented by us.
W: Perhaps we were the same when we were 15 or 16. I used to say to the friend sitting next to me, ‘Why the fuck are you listening to [Cantopop star] Alan Tam? Are you fucking crazy?’ And I was listening to fucking Deep Purple! In the end, we’re all the same.
K: That said, when we read the comments from our supporters, who used to like us just because of the foul language, they’re saying that they’ve now realised how meaningful our lyrics are.

What are your plans for this reunion apart from the two announced gigs?
P:
We want to go into the communities, to guide teenagers onto the right track with our own experience. But we’re not sure that the schools will let us do it. You know, we’re nine formidable guys, full of tattoos.
Y: And we want to go on a one-year global tour.
W: But our long-term plans never go beyond the coming three months [All laugh].
P: We live up to our name: we’re the real Lazy Mutha Fucka.
K: We can’t look forward to something too far away.
Y: The furthest we can go is 2012, anyway. According to the Mayans [Laughs].

LMF play HITEC on Saturday, January 2 as part of The Wild Lazy Tour. Their new song is available for free download at www.wildlazymf.com.

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