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- Posted on May 7th 2010 2:00PM by Kenneth Partridge
As the punk legend tells Spinner, however, he's more than just the person he portrays in his songs and plays onstage.
"My writing and my stage stuff, that's just one side of me," Ness says, calling from a payphone in Southern California. "There are so many others people don't know -- being a vegetarian, my spiritual beliefs. There are dimensions to anybody."
So, is that character, the inked-up tough with the heart of gold, an accurate reflection of the real Mike Ness?
"I try to keep it as near as possible," Ness says. As a result of his lyrical frankness, he says, people he meets sometimes think they know him, and some feel compelled to act a certain way in his presence. Case in point: a former neighbor who would become instantly more vulgar whenever Ness was around, cursing like a sailor to win his approval.
"It just changed," Ness says. "I was like, 'Who are you?'"
Although Ness' songs are autobiographical, and many of the struggles he sings about are rooted in reality, he likes to keep part of himself hidden. He's not about to challenge John Mayer for Twitter supremacy, in other words.
"You don't need to know that my favorite show is 'Everybody Hates Chris,'" Ness says.