Andrew Webb – Season 03 / Ep 09

The deepest of hearts,
Forged in cruel adversity,
Emerged, strong and true

Where to begin with this remarkable man. Well, I can mention that we met at work, in our cauldron of our emergency department, but to dwell there would be to do a great disservice to our near-immediate bond and deep friendship. For I was taken very quickly with this mysterious American dude in scrubs. Behind sparkling gentle eyes I sensed a kindred spirit, and so it has turned out.

Like so many interesting, complex people, there’s a wealth of life experience, difficult and magical, behind the face he presents to the world. Like so many Heliosphere conversations, I was aware, via the pre-interview pro-forma, that there were some shadows that would need care and delicacy to discuss. I was almost circumspect in addressing these, but, yet again, I was humbled that these shadows were brought so bravely into the light of our discussion.

Andrew knows many of my shadows too, and that speaks of the trust I have in him, the kindness and compassion that lives in his heart. I’ll thank him again here and now, for reading my nascent book chapters, for running through forest with me, and, most of all, for being there through some dark days of my own.

(Captain’s note: it was Don Rickles whose name I could not recall during this interview!).


03 09


1) Triumph, Wu-Tang Clan (00:27:59)

Taught me how to listen to metaphors and lyrics.

2) Kashmir, Led Zeppelin (01:11:06)

I owe a lot of music appreciation to my cousin who I lived with for a few years – Nate.

3) Fade Into You, Mazzy Star (02:07:17)

I listened to this while basically living in my friends attic for a summer. It really takes me back. It’s so blacklight poster weed smoke looking out on the street through a spider web covered grate.

4) Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana (02:42:46)

Very influential sound of a 90’s skate grunge teen. I can remember going to record stores to get the cassette and the cd.

5) Nuthin’ but a G thang, Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dog) (03:36:03)

I loved this song and it brings back so many memories. It was so West Coast.

6) Paint It Black, Rolling Stones (03:57:23)

My first skateboard video soundtrack.

7) Cherry Twist, The Crystal Method (04:14:35)

This type of music felt so different. It opened up a new sound to me.
I actually remember where I was when I skated to this cd store to get this album. I traded seven cd’s for this one album. I think I traded Boyz 2 men, and a few weird al albums.

Now finally, along with all Douglas Adams’ written works (Google if you’re not familiar with him), please tell me:

Your choice of book

Musashi By Eiji yoshikawa “I am Takezo.”

Your choice of film

The Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa.

Your luxury item (that may be neither alive nor an aid to escape)

Skateboard. I’d re-learn. I’d find endless comfort in the activity.

The one piece of music or album you would choose of your seven if you could have only one

Oh what! Vegas by the Crystal Method. It is a perfect album. Like Radiohead In Rainbows. A perfect album is so rare. Tool got close with a few. Wu-tang enter the 36 chambers is a perfect album and collectively the most perfect album in my life. If I could only take one album it would be 36 chambers without a doubt. This album is so amazing. Rap poetry. Solid composition. Great beats. It’s why I got a Wu-tang tattoo when I turned 18.

Quote or proverb

I’ve got a few but nothing particular stands out. Maybe this Latin phrase my Grandma would say; ‘Illigitimatum non carborundum’, it means ‘don’t let the bastards get you down’. But she would say the negative voices in your own head are the bastards.

Finally, to stave off madness, should that be your choice, which vista, which single place in all the world would you choose to have surround you in the Virtual Reality Pod (VRP). Open the pod bay doors…

Probably Bells Beach.