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Sex: Jim Dandy

Do you remember what it was like when you lost your virginity?

I was fifteen, and it was with an older cousin in a hay loft.

Did you have a lot of luck with the ladies when you were growing up?

I was the only long-hair in Arkansas, so girls didn’t wanna be seen with me in public. I used to sneak off with them. A few of them ended up looking very round, and their daddies could never work out how they got in that state, when all the boys they were dating were so clean cut.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve been asked to do in bed?

Well, on my twenty-fifth birthday our road crew tried to get twenty-five girls for me. In the end they had to settle for sixteen. They were lined up outside my hotel room and came in one by one.

Did you ever write a song for a woman to get her into bed?

Lots of songs for lots of women. That’s what we did in Black Oak Arkansas. Read the lyrics – it’s an autobiography.

Ever had a homosexual encounter?

I had a tight butt, and still do, so a lot of gay guys would hang around me. I came close once, but nothing happened.

Ever wanted to bed someone and failed?

There was this backing singer we had on the Balls Of Fire album. She was black, bald and beautiful. But she wasn’t interested.

Is there a sexual fantasy you still have?

I’d love to be able to put on a whole album and last the course. These days I’m lucky if I make it to the end of a single.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica (opens in new tab), published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.