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Inside Outside Lands: Republic Records wasn’t sure Mondo Cozmo could play his own songs


This is the sixth episode in our Inside Outside Lands series of interviews. We found bands that took the stage this year at Golden Gate Park that we think are worth checking out.

Josh Ostrander (aka Mondo Cozmo) first signed with Republic Records when he entered the music business. Recently he re-signed with the record company, but when he did they had an interesting request.

“They sent an email and they were like, ‘Hey can you like just record a video of you playing your songs to make sure that you can play them?” Ostrander told Arthur. “I got really drunk, I set up my camera, I put a TV behind me, I put pornography on the TV.”

That’s one way to stick it to the man. Check out the rest of the story in the video at the top of this post.

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