Quickfire Questions #32: Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro of Savoir Adore

By on Wednesday, 25th July 2012 at 11:00 am
 

Brooklyn’s Savoir Adore have given the world their special brand of fantasy pop. But after not being able to hook up with them in person at the Great Escape, we thought it was time to touch base with Paul and Deidre this summer and ask them some questions. First, here are their answers to the TGTF Quickfire Questions. We’ll be bringing you another band-specific q&a soon.

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
Paul Hammer – Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’. It’s my mom’s favorite song so she used to put it on in the car all the time.
Deidre Muro – ‘All I Ask of You from the Phantom of the Opera; singing it when I was 7, with my Dad accompanying me on piano in our living room.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Paul – The intro theme song to ‘The Mysterious Cities of Gold’.
Deidre – ‘Hero’ by Mariah Carey.

3. What song makes you laugh?
Paul – ‘You Know My Name (Look up the Number)’ by the Beatles.
Deidre – ‘Poupee de Cire Poupee de Son’ by France Gall (Luxembourg’s winning entry to 1965’s Eurovision).

4. What song makes you cry?
Paul – This has definitely changed over time. Jeff Buckley’s ‘Last Goodbye’ used to get me teary eyed every time. Now it’s Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’.
Deidre – ‘Strange Fruit’, Billie Holliday.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Paul – Mariah Carey – ‘Always be My Baby’.
Deirdre – Alanis Morissette – ‘Head Over Feet’.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Paul – Pretty much all of Hank Williams’ songs.
Deidre – Patsy Cline has the saddest of all voices.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Paul – Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.
Deidre – Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)’

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Paul – Elliot Smith, Ryan Adams, Roald Dahl.
Deidre – John Lennon, George Gershwin, the collective anonymous group that developed early American blues and gospel.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Paul – I’d definitely be a chef.
Deidre – A professional organiser.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Paul – Ryan Adams – ‘Heartbreaker’, because I’ve probably listened to it a thousand times and still find new things to enjoy.
Deidre – Jeff Buckley – ‘Grace’. It’s an album I’ve been listening to since I was 15, and it can transport me to many different times in my life, so I’d bring that for the beauty and the memories.

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