Mostly Other People Do the Killing Interviewed

MOPDTK at Bergen Jazzforum
MOPDTK at Bergen Jazzforum (Photo credit: svennevenn)

From All About Jazz:

Mostly Other People Do the Killing is frequently typecast as one of today’s most humorously irreverent young jazz groups, based in no small part on their provocative name, which was inspired by a quote attributed to inventor Leon Theremin—a survivor of the Soviet gulag who exonerated Stalin because “mostly other people did the killing.” Bassist and founder Moppa Elliott (born Matthew Thomas Elliott) has repeatedly insisted in interviews that the band isn’t actually intended to be irreverent however, as much as it is anti-hero worship.