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25 Jun 2006, 14:25

I'm tired, hung over, and in need of some inspiration today - so I guess that means I should fill in a music survey. Oh come on, everyone should do one at least once :).

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1.What are you listening to right now?
Well, I'm currently waiting for my housemate to get back to our lovely pad with some teabags (woo!), and as I'm pottering round the house, BBC7 seems to be the taste of the moment.

2.What song makes you sad?
Nobody's Fault But My Own - probably more tied to a time than anything else.

3.What is the most annoying song in the world?
Anything by The f***ingCrazy Frog (I refuse to link that). Damn good marketing campaign though...

4.Your all time favorite band?
Damn that's hard. Possibly Radiohead, if only because they not only have an incredible back catalogue, but they can now also basically do what the hell they want - true artistic freedom and separation from the need for cold hard cash. It's between them an Moloko who are just so utterly wierd and wonderful (and listenable).

5.Your newly discovered band is?
Sneaker Pimps and Four Tet.

6.Best female voice?
Ooh. Probably between Tori Amos (haunting with humour), Ella Fitzgerald (mellifluous and rich) and Roisin Murphy (sassy, seductive and original). Hmm, that's a consistant list.

7.Best male voice?
Thom Yorke and Matt Bellamy (separated at birth?) - just impressive. Possibly Mau from Earthling for his smooth tones.

8.Music type you find yourself listening to most?
I'm going through a bit of a Trip-Hop phase at the moment, so there's lots of Bristol-based musos from the 90's in there. That and quite a few unsigned bands whose gigs I've been to.

9.What do you listen to,to hype you up?
Depends what for. If I'm just after a 'reaffirming boost' to 'keep faith in humanity' or somesuch hippie thang, it can be pretty much anything - I'm currently liking St. Mathew's Passion for that - horribly reaffirming and heart rending at the same time. For a simple plain hype-up affair, probably Moloko or The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Oh, and if it's a hang-over morning, everything looks much better with Buena Vista Social Club - it just feels sunny in a not-burn-you-retinas kinda way.

10.What do you listen to, to calm down?
I used to rely on Planet Dog Records to help with that - so Banco De Gaia and more dubby music. Now, it can be anything from DJ Shadow to Air.

11.Do you remember what was playing when you lost your virginity?
Unfortunately not - but considering the kind of stuff I was listening to at the time, it may well have been Banco De Gaia - I still adore Last Train To Lhasa and China (Clouds Not Mountains) now (although it probably wasn't either of those). Gah - looking back at that, I suddenly feel a bit wierd. Shouldn't it have been porn-funk or something?

12.Last gig/concert you went to?
I was down at The Troubadour in Earl's Court last Thursday for a gig - fun it was too, if a little quiet. Before that, I was over at The Horn in St. Albans for some Gypsy Jazz/Blues - very cool.

13.Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
Portishead, Earthling - all sort of mid to late 90's stuff - I think I'm feeling my age ;). Time for some more up-to-date music methinks... Mustn't regress back to my 60's and 70's phase :).

14.Most hated band?
I don't really hate any bands. Oh, hang on, yes I do - Westlife. Oh, and not forgetting Britney Spears.

15.Song that makes you think?
The Firebird - Danse Infernal de Tous les Subjets de Kastchei - Loud.

16.Artist that you think the world should love as much as you do?
Moloko.

17.Coolest music video?
Come on My Selector. Mind you, anything by Chris Cunningham is pretty much perfect anyway...

18.Music video with the most babe watch?
Windowlicker ;). See, it's a Chris Cunningham thing...

19.What "do you play/would you play" in the bedroom to spice things up?
Is anything really needed? Come on, the human voice is probably the most fantastic instrument out there and (god, I feel this getting a little peverted) that should be enough really. No, I lie. Porn-Funk until someone starts laughing too much...

20.Can you play a musical instrument?
Yup.

21.Ever been in a mosh pit?
Quite recently. Went to a metal gig fairly recently, and the whole venue (being quite small) turned into one. Went to see Selfish Cunt a few months ago, and although it definitely wasn't a mosh pit (the place was a little too full of Shoreditch Arty types for that) the lead singer did chuck himself round the crowd. They weren't bad - but Mayor McCa was far more interesting :). He said in his outcast-of-Shoreditch-arty-way - why does everything have to be loud-shouty-thrashy-stabby-guitar-based music to be the 'in-thing' with these people at the moment?

22.Are you in a band?
Yeah - Kidney Riddler

23.If yes,what kind of music does your band play and what is your role in it?
I'm the Keyboard player and co-writer - and we play what other people have described as Quirky Alternative Pop.

24.Ever dated a musician?
Thank the lord, no.

25.If yes,what kind of music did he/she/they play/instrument/band?
N/A

26.If no, would you consider?
Imagine the bitch-fights :). No, not really - but do people base their affections around job-descriptions?

27.Do you wish yourself that you were a musician?
God yes ;).

28.Best chick band you know of?
None really jump to mind - again, it's a descriptive thing...

29.Best guy band you know of?
See above!

30.Last song that you heard on the radio/cd...etc...?
Feel Good Inc

31.What do you think of Classical music?
Fantastic - it's probably the richest vein of inspiration out there, but even ignoring that, it's cerebral and full of damn fine tunes.

32.What do you think of Country music?
No real oppinion. Like every genre, it's got the good and the bad - tedious Country is mind-numbingly awful, but when you hear a good song, you hear a good song!

33.What do you think of Death metal?
Fine - not really my cup of tea, but when you hear anyone play something well and with passion, that's good enough for me :).

34.Last BIG band that you saw live?
I spend most of my time at gigs full of unsigned acts - it's where the future lies :). Other than that, I feel awkward (and slightly irritated) forking out £40 for a ticket at a venue that you'll be miles away from the artist, and possibly won't be able to see/hear/enjoy the darn thing. Mind you, they do often make you leave with a smile - so with that in mind - Large Venue was Jools Holland earlier this year; Small Venue was Jimmy Smith on his last tour of the UK.

35.Are you a groupie?
Of course ;).

36.Do you listen to music in foreign languages?
Absolutely. Music is music, and although language helps it stick, it's not a requirement!

37.What famous musician would you like to fuck!?
Well, I can think of quite a few I'd like to fuck up.

38.Worst concert moment?
Lynyrd Skynyrd, standing at the bar in the Albert Hall, surrounded by big blokes in leathers, when I noticed that someone had sprayed sparkle in my hair.

39.Funny Concert moment?
Lynyrd Skynyrd, standing at the bar in the Albert Hall, surrounded by big blokes in leathers, when I noticed that someone had sprayed sparkle in my hair - and the big blokes were lovely about it. Either that, or supporting a lesbian rock band with an accoustic act, convinced we were going to be lynched by the giant leather-clad rockers infront of us, until we launched into a Dusty Springfield cover. They were lovely too!

40.Sad Concert moment?
None really. The realisation that Jimmy Smith will never tour again was a bit heartbreaking, but ultimately will help me never forget that gig.

41.Best local act you can think of?
Kidney Riddler of course ;). Slightly more seriously, Rémember rock and are gents, and I have a soft spot for Pete and the Pirates - a very cool band. Dirty funk from Funyamum is always a pleasure as well... Definitely keep your eyes out for keiretsu as well - they're stars in the making.

42.If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
Church Organ. Lots of wind. ;).

43.Do you listen to the radio?
Yes, continuously.

44.Do you watch music TV?
Very very rarely - only if there truly is nothing else on.

45.Do you follow the music charts,like the top 40?
No. I do, however, work in a school, and there is a constant barrage of chart music from the students' mp3 players. Still, keeps you up-to-date with the kiddies, and you never know, might be able to educate them on the history of Hip-Hop... Probably not.

Oh, and just as an aside - Worst.Invention.Ever. - Mobile Phones that can play music out loud through their speakers without any other attachment. Bane of my life.

46.Have you met any famous musicians?
I chatted to the guys from Daft Punk for an hour or so at a party in Camberwell fairly recently - they were absolute sweeties :).

47.Are any of your friends/family etc musicians?
Lots. In fact, I'd say at least half my friends are musicians, and probably more. Family wise, there hasn't been a professional musician in my direct family for three generations (but damn he was good), but I have cousins who are classical musicians.

48.Song that best describes your feelings right now?
Tired, a little hung over, and busy. Nightlife it is then!

49.Song that Describes your life?
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50.Do you know the names of all the band members that you listen to?
Wouldn't that be the most impractically huge list? What if you only listen to Orchestral music? Wah!

51.Does a musicians physical attractiveness play a role in the music that you listen to?
Absolutely not. I guess, being a man (and a weak one at that) it might help me stay and watch a live act for longer than I might otherwise

52.What famous musician do you want to marry?
See earlier (Qq 26 & 37). At a push, Roisin Murphy would probably be a laugh and a half, and Skin would be fascinating (but I have a feeling that that may be even less likely than the previous one).

53.Favourite movie sound track?
Tricky. I kinda hate to admit it, but 'Schindler's List' has a fantastic soundtrack, but for the more 'modern' soundtrack, I'd have to go with either Donnie Darko (the orchestral score just fits that so well) and 28 Days Later (thanks for the introduction to Godspeed You! Black Emperor).

54.Any musician pet hates?
Long pointless guitar solos in songs that don't need them (it's about the WHOLE song, not just the w**kfest - save it for where it works best), 'Attitude' when you don't have the skill/material/personality to back it up,

55.What do your parents listen to?
My dad is a Classical man, so lots of Rachmaninov, Berlioz and Tchaikovsky. My mum doesn't really listen to a lot of music, but she's also into her Classical, and pop music from the 60's. The usual things really, but full respect to the both of them for turning up at our gigs, enjoying them, and exposing themselves to anything from Punk-Rock to very odd electronic-keyboard-bashing.

56.What are you listening to right NOW?
Still BBC7 I'm afraid, although I haven't really been paying much attention.

57.Do you wear band etc T-shirts?
No, not really. I own a few, but they all seem to come from that weak point after a good show when you think buying one will be cool ('look what I've been to', or 'my god, that was so cool I'll obviously forget everything about tonight if I don't buy some memorabilia now') - but they stay mostly in the bottom of the drawer. I do, however, own one Planet Dog/Club Dog T-Shirt (Feed Your Head) that actually is pretty cool.

58.What do you think of people who do?
Nothing that I wouldn't think of anyone else - I try not to judge. Hey, at least it gives you an idea of what kind of music they're into - be that a welcome sign or a warning ;).

59.What music sub-culture do you feel like you belong to?
Animals->Humans->The ones with the knowing Grins. Either that or Alternative or Trip-Hop

60.What song is stuck in your head right now?
Theme From New York, New York.

61.Do you sing in the shower?
No.

62.If so, what? if not, why not?
I get up early in the morning, and wouldn't like to wake everyone else up with my Sinatra impression. Poor sods.

63.Would you rather marry a musician or be one yourself?
Gah - (See Qq 26, 37 & 52). Be one.

64.What is in your walkman/discman right now?
My iPod has been playing a lot of podcasts recently - mostly things like In Our Time or I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Other than that, pretty much the same as my computer :).

65.How important is your partners taste in music to you?
Unimportant. If I like what they like, then we can both enjoy it. If I don't, I can quietly feel superior, and try to subvert their taste subliminaly, or even in a way that would make Pavlov proud. Mmm - I feel good today :).

66.Hanson moves in next door to you,do you go introduce yourself,or do you arrange to beat them up?
Introduce, then check out how many drug problems the little bastards have got ;).

67.Sex,Drugs and Rock n Roll,you dig?
Yup.

68.Do you cook to music?
Ocasionally, although I prefer BBC Radio4 on at that kinda time.

69.Do you sing in the toilet?
Absolutely not. Imagine the effect of Q62 if they knew I was sitting on the toilet. Disturbing.

Comentarios

  • sonicwurst

    As you've given a lot of time to answer those 69 questions, I thought I'd let you know that I enjoyed reading them.

    25 Jun 2006, 19:04
  • The_Button_Man

    Hehe - thankyou :). Hangover now passed too, and tea is being drunk. Result!

    25 Jun 2006, 19:05
  • emma_mcabe

    woooooo. They rock!

    20 Sep 2006, 13:25
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