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Quickfire Questions #19: Hannah Clark (FOE)

 
By on Friday, 9th September 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Hannah Clark, aka the woman behind FOE, gave her answers to the TGTF Quickfire Questions…

Read John’s review of ‘Deep Water Heart Breaker’ here.

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
Playing Beatles covers with my dad

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
For some reason I can only remember ‘Park Life’ by Blur.

3. What song makes you laugh?
‘My Only Fascination’ – Demis Roussos.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPzgnH1mPCo[/youtube]

4. What song makes you cry?
‘Exit Music (For a Film)’ – Radiohead.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZqtntqskd4[/youtube]

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.)
‘Exit Music (For A Film)’ – Radiohead.

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.)
‘Senza Fine’ – Gino Paoli. Cheers me up.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCAb1swvDcs[/youtube]
7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
I simply cannot answer that!

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)

Roald Dahl

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I’d probably be busking on the street.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
Anything I’d choose would probably get me sent to hell, hahaha.

 

Quickfire Questions #18: Dylan Rau of Bear Hands

 
By on Thursday, 8th September 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

The singer / guitarist / keyboardist of Bear Hands, Dylan Rau, was kind of enough to answer our Quickfire Questions, and his answers are below. Read on.

he band will be going on tour with We Were Promised Jetpacks in the autumn here in DC – not sure if they’re supporting WWPJ in Britain.

1. What song is your earliest memory?

‘Walk Like an Egyptian’ by The Bangles. My pops was always into female singers and this was pretty early on. He was a big Alanis Morrisette fan too. He’s a gynecologist.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?

‘Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand’ by Primitive Radio Gods. Lots of alternative one hit wonders I guess. I used to bootleg songs off the radio with a tape recorder. I’m fucking old (26).

3. What song makes you laugh?

‘Fake Patois’ by Das Racist.

4. What song makes you cry?

‘Parasite’ by Nick Drake.

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.)
I get down to ‘Heartbeats’ by The Knife I guess. ‘Motivation’ by Kelly Rowland with Weezy also very sexy but no personal experience.

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.)
Oh dear. I don’t really like to feel angry; it makes me anxious. I mean, spite is fun and all, but real rage is just overwhelming. That being said, ‘War Pigs’ by (Black) Sabbath is dope. ‘Raining in Blood’ by Slayer. ‘The Times They Are A-Changing” by Dylan, because they didn’t.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Cry Baby Cry’ by the Beatles.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Camus, Fanon, whoever writes the Gawker Jersey Shore recaps.

9. If you hadn’t become a musician, what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Walking around and looking for coins in parking lots.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
‘Ready to Die’ by the Notorious B.I.G.

 

Quickfire Questions #17: Michael Palmer of We Were Promised Jetpacks

 
By on Friday, 2nd September 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

Autumn is shaping up to be a very busy time for Scots We Were Promised Jetpacks. Their hotly anticipated second album, ‘In the Pit of the Stomach’, will be released on the 3rd of October on Fat Cat, after which time the band will go on tour in both the UK and America. Before the madness hits, we managed to pin down guitarist Michael Palmer to answer our Quickfire Questions. There’s a song that makes him quite angry…read on to find out which one it is…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?

Watching a tape my dad’s band playing on The Old Grey Whistle Test, and me accidentally taping over a little bit of it. Whoops.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
My gran once shouted at my mum because I was running about singing ‘Teenage Kicks’ (the Undertones).

3. What song makes you laugh?
‘1942’ by George Dawes.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfAco1Vs_p8[/youtube]

4. What song makes you cry?
‘Woe is Me’ by Mr. Krabs (of Spongebob Squarepants fame).

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rasZzenuYxI[/youtube]

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.)
‘Business Time’ – Flight of the Conchords. Sorry.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGOohBytKTU[/youtube]

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.)
‘If I Were a Boy’ by Beyonce. it makes me quite angry. It’s just so fucking horrible from start to finish. Who let her do that? Who?

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?

Ooooh toughy. You’d want it to be a pop number, for sure. but something classy. Hmmm. ‘Trick Me’ by Kelis, maybe?

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
i’m going for film/tv writer here and saying Aaron Sorkin.

9. If you hadn’t become a musician, what job do you think you’d be doing right now?

Something pointless, for sure.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
‘All Day’ by Girl Talk. Truly great album! He’s a genius, that dude (Gregg Michael Gillis).

 

Quickfire Questions #16: Writer Shari Fedak

 
By on Wednesday, 31st August 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

For the last day of August, we bring you the Quickfire Question answers from our Baltimore via Canada writer…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
Lionel Ritchie – ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’. When I was very small I used to demand that I watch a show on CTV called “Video Hits” – it was the 80s, so music videos were being shown even on mainstream television. I very clearly remember the video, it made an impression on me, I suppose. I remember trying to walk on the walls afterwards. It didn’t work out.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?

Either Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ or anything from Billy Joel’s ‘Glass Houses’. When I was, again, very small, my younger sister and I used to divide up my mother’s record collection – I got Blondie, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, she got Dire Straits and Bryan Adams. I also really liked Corey Hart, had a poster of him that came with his record on my wall when I was 2 or 3. Think it was the first record that I owned wholly by myself. Requested it for Christmas.

3. What song makes you laugh?

The Replacements – ‘Kids Don’t Follow’. The beginning part, particularly. I do an excellent impression of it. I’ve been threatening to do it on stage with my band so many times it’s become a bit of an inside joke, which makes it funnier to me. Then the guitar part starts and I pretend I’m Bobby Stinson minus the drinking in my head even though I can’t play guitar. What a song.

4. What song makes you cry?
‘Married to a Lazy Lover’ by the Auteurs. It’s probably not supposed to make you cry, but there’s this part of the song when it crescendos and the organ comes in and I get weepy. I’m probably repressed. Anything by Journey. Not because I’m actually sad, but because I just would really like you to turn it off.

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.)
Well, the song that I’ll always attach to my first real boyfriend is the Sneaker Pimps’ ‘6underground’. No special occasion, it’s just the sort of thing I was listening to at the time. As an addendum, Death From Above 1979’s ‘Sexy Results’ is the dirtiest song I know. But that ain’t got nothin’ to do with love.

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.)
Now, my anger is actually a fairly rare thing, but I think !!! (pictured at top) – ‘Pardon My Freedom’ sums it up fairly nicely. Or perhaps Luke Haines’ ever-simmering disdain would be more along the lines of my anger. I hardly ever get to ‘Pardon My Freedom’ levels.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Absolutely too many to count. Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’? That’s about my songwriting level. I’d be bathing in cash right now. Although I secretly suspect most pop songs are written by computers nowadays anyway.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Neil Gaiman or Robert Jordan! I’m a nerd. I mean, I really do read perfectly scholarly real literature, as I love reading, but sometimes you just want a story. Actually, Neil Gaiman really should be considered real literature (in comic and written form) if he is not. Just brilliant.

9. If you weren’t writing for this blog right now, what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Well, currently I’m a legal secretary now. I’d rather a) like to quit my job and do music full time, b) be the next Martin Hannett minus the drugs and the weight problem, or c) be a synthesiser technician. I cleaned up the insides of a Hammond Condor RSM unit (it’s a frequency to voltage converter, basically, with various footages and vibrato/tremolo control) and tweaked the trim pots and made it sing again the other day. It gave me so much joy. See above comment in re: nerd. I make no apologies.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
I swear this changes ever month. Right now it’s Wire’s ‘Pink Flag’; maybe next month it’ll be the Modern Lovers; perhaps Richard Hell or Talking Heads. Maybe something by the Replacements or New Order. Perhaps I’ll discover a brand new band with a brilliant new album next week. I suppose it would be a bit egotistical to take recordings of my own band to Heaven with me, right? I’m pretty sure I’d miss my band a lot.

 

Quickfire Questions #15: Writer Luke Morton

 
By on Friday, 29th July 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

For today’s writers’ Quickfire Questions, we have our Lincoln native / recent London transplant, Luke Morton ruminating on his musical upbringing…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
I think it might be Meatloaf – ‘I’d Do Anything For Love’. I remember it being on a rock compilation my parents always had on in the car when I was a kid.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Depends how young you mean by child. When I was about eight it would have been Spice Girls – Say You’ll Be There, when I was 11/12 it would have been Slipknot – ‘Wait And Bleed’. And I still have both of those songs on my iTunes, don’t say I’m not eclectic.

3. What song makes you laugh?
The Lonely Island – ‘Boombox’ or ‘Like A Boss’. I probably love their album a bit too much. Also Flight Of The Conchords – ‘Hiphopopotamus Vs. Rhymenoceros’.

4. What song makes you cry?

There’s no song that actively makes me cry, but ‘No Surprises’ by Radiohead probably does leave me feeling a bit sadder.

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.)
Buckcherry – ‘Crazy Bitch’? Spinal Tap – ‘Sex Farm’? Dead Kennedys – ‘Too Drunk To Fuck’? I have no idea, I’m just saying songs.

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.)
Quite a lot of my music is angry or heavy, so there’s a fair few. But for a quick cathartic release, at the minute I’d say Rolo Tomassi – ‘Party Wounds’ or Blackhole – Forever.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Any song which would have made me money? Probably anything by Black Sabbath, so I could have invented heavy metal.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Songwriter? God knows. Itch from the King Blues (pictured at top) has some fantastic lyrics, but then there’s people like Wednesday 13 who have some hilarious words in their songs. In terms of author, it’s got to be Douglas Adams.

9. If you weren’t writing for this blog, what job do you think you’d be doing right now?

I’d probably still be working as a chef and trying to scrape together enough money to go to loads of festivals. Either that or befriending a famous band and touring with them constantly and doing nothing.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
I literally have no idea. I could be ironic and take AC/DC ‘Highway to Hell’ or something, but I’d get bored of the joke quite early into the whole ‘eternity’ thing. I’d probably take an album I hadn’t heard yet, just to give me something new. Otherwise I’d take one album I’d love and then get angry I didn’t pick a different one.

Luke Morton was our first regular Lincoln correspondent until he moved to London last month. (Well done Luke: living the dream! And believe me, we’re planning to take full advantage of Luke’s new location when it comes to covering gigs.)

 

Quickfire Questions #14: Romily Alice of Japanese Voyeurs

 
By on Monday, 25th July 2011 at 12:00 pm
 

London’s Japanese Voyeurs released their debut album, ‘Yolk’, earlier this month. It’s described on their press sheets as “filthy loud”, which is definitely a first, I think. We were lucky to have lead vocalist/guitarist Romily Alice answer our Quickfire Questions, including her fond remembrance of hearing a particular album on vinyl over and over again, including the noise of the needle. Intrigued? Read on…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
My Dad playing gypsy songs on the fiddle. There was a lot of music in my house when I was growing up, as my Dad is a wonderful classical violinist.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?
Probably the Beatles’ ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’, although I really don’t like the song now!

3. What song makes you laugh?
I don’t know whether it’s a massive personality flaw, but I don’t find music funny. I like music to be moving in some more visceral way, make me sad or angry or want to break things; funny isn’t really something that happens to me when I listen to music.

4. What song makes you cry?
Billy Joel’s ‘Vienna’. Haha, I can’t believe how unrock all my song choices are…

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love?
The whole of Van Morrison’s ‘Astral Weeks’ on vinyl, complete with the sound of the needle going round and round when you can’t be bothered to get up out of bed and turn the record over.

6. What song makes you think of being upset/angry?
The whole of the first Nirvana record reminds me of being 12/13, discovering heavy music and trying to grow up. Feeling pretty frustrated at being a kid and living at home and not being able to make my own choices.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Bruce Springsteen’s ‘I’m on Fire’. Its so simple and short but that’s what makes it such a beautiful song. Its that kind of uncomplicated structure and production that requires really brilliant songwriting.

8. Who is your favourite writr? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Its a toss up between Alan Moore, Mervyn Peake, Harmony Korine, Mikhail Bulgakov and Salman Rushdie. I couldn’t chose between them.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
I would’ve loved to be a ballerina; I still love the ballet. If music failed now though I’d still make sure I did something where I could make things: art or writing, something like that.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
I don’t think I’m going to heaven!

Below, you can watch the band’s video for the song ‘Cry Baby’. ‘Yolk’ is available now.

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