Tuesday, June 13, 2006
A Biography In Music (Now With Added Chess Club)

Somebody sent me this stupid twenty-questions thing, and I need something to fill some space today, so here it is.

What was your first album?

That's a hard question... I had a lot of "first" albums. I think my very, very first was Snoopy vs. the Red Baron. I loved that damn thing. Or maybe it was Harry Nilsson's The Point. I had them at about the same time, so I don't know which came first.

My first non-kiddie album was probably one of the ones my dad foisted on me in an attempt to mold my developing musical taste during my pre-teen years: Elton John or Billy Joel or something like that. There was a lot of Beatles around, and a lot more interesting stuff playing in the background of my childhood, but I was never formally introduced to any of that.

The first album I ever bought myself without direct influence from anyone else was Talking Heads' Little Creatures. I think I was about 14 at the time, which meant I came to it about four years after it was released.

What band were you obsessed with as a teenager?

Oingo Boingo. I still know every lyric to every song they ever recorded. I also had an extensive Talking Heads collection, and an impressive selection of old Dead Kennedys albums. Basically, I was into anything that was big ten years earlier.

What band are you obessesed with now?

Errrr... I've been listening to a lot of the Modest Mouse back catalog. And my 30-year-old self is digging the Shins. But I wouldn't call either of them an obsession. I've maintained an ongoing obsession with the Pixies, but it's hard to stay obsessed about a band that's only produced one new song in ten years.

What's in your music collection that you're proud of?

All of my John Zorn.

What's in your music collection that you're embarrassed by?

Boney M -- Greatest Hits. And my Robbie Williams CDs. The latter more than the former, really.

Did you grow up in a musical home?

Theoretically. It was a lot more talk than action.

Do you play an instrument?


I did play the flute in high school marching band, but I don't think that counts -- I never wanted to play the flute, and I always hated the damn thing. I wanted to play the cello. But my dad already had a flute, so that's what I got. Anyway, I couldn't march and play at the same time to save my life.

Have you ever been in a rock band?

Playing what, the flute? Do I look like Ian Anderson to you?

What are your ten favorite songs?

That's like asking what my ten favorite movies are -- it's a constantly changing list. But I can give you ten (or perhaps slightly fewer) songs that I have resolutely persisted in loving over the course of my life, no matter what anybody says about them or does to them:

U2 - With or Without You

Harry Nilsson - The Coconut Song

Nirvana - Drain You

P. Williams/K. Frog/MF&tGGs - Rainbow Connection

Primus - Tommy the Cat

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart (so there)

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

And I can't think of any more off-hand.

What songs do you absolutely hate?

That's easy: Girl From Ipanema. Unless it's played by Chess Club.

I'm not going to tag anybody, but feel free to pick it up if it makes you happy.

PS: Actually, I was saving this for when they finally put out that album they've been sitting on for like two f'n months, but it's true, I was neglectful in leaving out my absolute favorite local band: Chess Club. Chess Club rawks so hard they need SIX bass players*. Chess Club is like Lucero without the booze, backstage sex and tour dates. Chess Club is a band you can take home to your mother, and to the S&M bar. They weren't my first, and they won't be my last, but I'll always have a special place in my heart for Chess Club.

Now don't blame me if I come up short in the bon mots department when it's time to plug the album.

* Not all at once, obviously.
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