The Great Music Geek Survey Returns (& Brings Back The Geek)

Only fitting that another Alex survey kicks off another blog.

List 10 musical artists that you like:

1. Robyn Hitchcock
2. Bob Dylan
3. The Velvet Underground
4. David Bowie
5. Bauhaus
6. Lamb
7. Sam Cooke
8. The Clash
9. Madredeus
10. Yo La Tengo

What was the first song you ever heard by 6?

“B-Line” – it was on some German video channel when I was on my honeymoon in Portugal.

What is your favorite album of 8?
Sandinista!

What is your favorite lyric of 5?
Scratch pictures on asylum walls
Broken nails and matchsticks
hypodermic hypodermic hypodermic
Red Fix

(from “Antonin Artaud”)

What are your three favorite songs by 7?
“Change Is Gonna Come”, “Bring It On Home To Me”, “You Send Me”

What are your favorite three songs by 2?
“Love Minus Zero/No Limit”, “Isis (live Biograph version)”, “Ballad Of A Thin Man”

What are your three favorite songs by 9?
“Alfama”, “Haja O Que Houver”, “A Andorinha da Primavera”

What is your favorite album by 1?
I Often Dream of Trains

How did you get into 4?
The video for “Ashes To Ashes” both attracted and perturbed my eight-year old self.

What are your three favorite songs by 3?
“Sister Ray”, “What Goes On”, Lisa Says”

What is a good memory concerning 2?
Being bombed with my friend Ed and finding “See You Later, Allen Ginsburg” uproariously funny.

Is there a song by 8 that makes you emotional?
Not particularly.

What are your three favorite songs of 1?
“My Favourite Buildings”, “Sinister But She Was Happy”, “Airscape”

What is your favorite song 10?
“Detouring America With Horns”

What song is your favorite by all 10 artists?
“Station To Station” by David Bowie

Of all the bands & artists in your collection, which one do you have the most of?
Robyn Hitchcock by a sizable amount, then probably Dylan, Bowie and the Beatles.

What was the last song you listened to?
“Bullet The Blue Sky” by U2

What’s in your CD player right now?
Loveless by Japancakes.

What is your favorite instrument?
Bass guitar.

Who’s your favorite local band?
Ocean

What was the last concert you attended?
Ocean, Panda Bear and three other bands I can’t recall.

What was the greatest concert you’ve ever been to?
Probably My Bloody Valentine with Dinosaur Jr and Superchunk. Greatest amount of damage to my hearing for sure.

What’s the worst band you’ve ever seen in concert?
Worst band I specifically wanted to see – Ned’s Atomic Dustbin. Worst band on a bill was some horrid local hacks that opened for Ocean last spring.

What band do you love musically but hate the members of?
Talking Heads

What is the most musically involved you have ever been?
I was in couple of joke bands, worked in record store, radio DJ.

What show are you looking forward to?
Nothing on the horizon.

What is your favorite band shirt?
Not a big band shirt guy – liked my Beastie Boys one from the Licensed to Ill days.

What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
Julian Cope

What musician would you like to be in love with you for a day?
None

What was your last musical “phase” before you wizened up?
I still love most of the music I ever did. I think the only music-related “phase” I vaguely regret was my Morris Day induced penchant for baggies & suspenders in 7th grade.

Sabbath or solo Ozzy?
Sabbath – though Ozzy circa ’86 with the silk, sequins and Aquanet is infinitely amusing.

Did you know that filling out this survey makes you a music geek?
No less of one than whomever made it.

What was the greatest decade for music?
The 80s

What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Latcho Drom

What’s the most extreme music-related auction you won on eBay?
I got a copy of the Mossy Liquor LP. Not extreme, but I’m not a big memorabilia guy.

What would you be without music?
Someone else.