Questions, as always, are from Sunday Stealing.
1. Which bands/artist do you own the most albums by?
I have everything that The Pixies have put out and most of the Hoodoo Guru's albums. I reckon most people who are reading these from out of Australia will never have heard of The Hoodoo Gurus - and they probably haven't heard of The Pixies. The Pixies are God. The Hoodoo Gurus are just wonderful fun. I give you one of my many favourite songs by the Hoodoo Gurus.
2. What was the last song you listened to?
I saw the film "Pride" yesterday, which I can't recommend highly enough. The story about a group of gays and lesbians who supported the Miner's during their strike action in the 80's. Brilliant, life-affirming film and well worth a look. The soundtrack took me back to high school - and the last song of the film was an old Billy Bragg favourite - and yes, I can sing along with it easily. My politics are showing.
3. What’s in your CD player right now?
You mean what's on my iPhone? A mix of of alternative music that I can work to - Damian Rice, Alt-J, Laura Marling, Nick Cave, the Amelie soundtrack and lots of Philip Glass. Yes, I know, ecletic.
Here is a bit of Philip Glass that I use to wake myself up when working on dull documents.
4. What was the last show you attended?
Oh, this is taking me back. I think it was when I went to see The Pixies with Alice and Dougall a few years ago. I left my run to see Sixto Rodriguez to late. The Pixies, as always, were superlative and they did the Doolittle album from cover to cover.
I give you The Pixies:
5. What was the greatest show you've ever been to?
Oh, that one has to go to David Byrne from Talking Heads playing at the Brixton Academy with a 45 piece mariachi band back in the early 90's. Fan-effing-tastic. As a lover of Talking Heads, how could you go wrong. Also saw Hunters and Collectors at the Tivoli in Adelaide in 1991 - I still remember that show. Brilliant. The Pixies at the V Festival on the Gold Coast were brilliant - especially as they had never played in Australia before.
See, more foreign music for those out of the country. Here's one of Hunters and Collectors finest.
6. What’s the worst show you've ever been to?
Thankfully I haven't been to many bad shows. Nothing stands out. Mind you, it's been ages since I've been to a show.
7. What’s the most musically involved you have ever been?
I did music all through school and played the flute. Does this count?
8. What show are you looking forward to?
The return of Rodriguez - and I reckon in Alt-J were to come out, I'd be there. I've really got into Alt-J but I don't think they do concerts somehow.
9. What is your favorite band shirt?
I scored a pink t-shirt from a Jason Mraz concert with the word "Geek" on it. Love that t-shirt.
10. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
I'd really love to see how Philip Glass works. Incredible composer.
11. Who is one musician or group you wish would make a comeback?
I miss The Police. And Sting. Used to love them.
12. Who is one band/artist you've never seen live but always wanted to?
Rodriquez. If he comes out again, I'm there. He's amazing.
13. What was your last musical “phase” before you wisened up?
I don't think I've ever had a musical phase. However, I did stop owning up to liking Phil Collins for many years. Now he's retro and it's okay to like him once again.
14. How many music related videos/DVDs do you own?
I have no idea - somewhere in the 200-300 region. Most if it is digitised now.
15. How many concerts/shows have you been to, total?
In my lifetime, somewhere around 50 I reckon. My memory is a bit vague on this, but this seems right.
16. What’s your “guilty pleasure” that you hate to admit to liking?
My trainer, Slap, has the bad habit of playing really dodgy 90's boy band music when we train. Really, I should not like it, but it makes me dance. Here are two of his dodgy collection that had us dancing in the gym on Thursday (I best take my Pixies mix in to get my street cred back). In my defence, I will dance along, but not sing along. Slap likes to sing along to the Kriss Cross... baaaaaddd.
17. What is your favourite movie soundtrack?
There are so many to choose from. Pulp Fiction, Bull Durham, Pretty in Pink, The Graduate, Almost Famous, Magnolia - all great sound tracks.
However, only because it was on television last night, I am giving this one to Beetlejuice. Just because you can never get too much Harry Belafonte.