[Interview Transcript from the book "Psychedelic Psounds"] JOSEFUS: CRAZY MANJosefus originated in Houston, Texas in 1968 and consisted of the following players: Pete Bailey (vocals), Dave Mitchell (guitar), Ray Turner (bass) and Doug Tull (drums). They were like a brilliant star that went nova leaving only fond memories and one great album. The Dead Man LP received extensive airplay including the title track "Dead Man" (despite its length of 17:30) as well as "Crazy Man." A second LP called Josefus was recorded for Mainstream Records, but a hasty recording resulted in a terrible album which didn't even sound like the group.Internal problems led to the break-up of Josefus in 1970 whereupon Pete and Ray started a group called Stone Axe. The group' s new members were guitarist Mike "Wolf" Long and drummer Jerry Ontiverez. Stone Axe released a single called "Snakebite" locally on Rampart Street Records in 1971 which proved popular, but the group disbanded within a year when their equipment was stolen. "Wolf" Long later died when he was struck by a vehicle.Testimony to the band's ability included having ZZ Top open for them, but the music of Josefus is rarely heard on the radio---even in Houston. Even so the Dead Man LP has become a collector's item after a bootleg album appeared whereupon Josefus has attained a cult image in Europe reserved for those Texas bands of the 6Os who never made it---l3th Floor Elevators, Fever Tree, Bubble Puppy, Moving Sidewalks, Southwest F.O.B., Sir Douglas Quintet, and Neil Ford and the Fanatics.If you can ever find a copy of Dead Man, and you want to hear some great hard rock with a touch of blues, pick it up, play it. You may find more talent and quality sound in a family funded $3,000.00 recording from the 60s than most any album manufactured with megabucks and state-of-the-art equipment.The following interview was conducted in Seabrook, Texas on 12/27/85 with Pete Bailey and Ray Turner in an A-frame house overlooking Galveston Bay.