Favorite Bands: The Screamers, Pure Hell, The Dream Dates, Poly Styrene, Xray Spex, Poison Girls, The Dirtbombs, The Dicks, The Ruts, Minutemen, Kleenex, Les Surfs, Crass, The A-Lines, The Objex, The Dead Boys, Can, The Voids, Big Boys, Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Urinals, The Gits, The Freda Rente Band, Crime, Government Warning, The Gaylettes, VKTMS, Black Flag (only the Keith Morris era), Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Hey Girl!, Culture, Autistic Youth, Israel Vibration, Mannequin Men, Nat King Cole, 7 Seconds, The Membranes, Vicious Attack, JFA, The Bags (The Alice Bag Band not the other one), Odetta, Death, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Thee Headcoats and Thee Headcoatees, Holy Shit!, Shotwell, Hortense and Alton Ellis, Stiff Little Fingers, Teen Idles, The Baseball Furies, The Budos Band, Static People, Delta 5, The Bots, Bea Booze, The Rezillos/Revillos, A Patia No, Cococoma, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Electric Eels, The Ramones, Radio Birdman, Black Lodge Singers, Susan Cadogan, Demented Are Go, Peter Tosh, Memphis Minnie, The Devotchkas, The Screws, The Penetrators, Black Uhuru, Theo and The Skyscrapers, Vee Dee, Mission of Burma, Ella Fitzgerald, The Pleasure Kills, Pablo Moses, Lady Bo and The Duchess w/Bo Diddley, The Buzzcocks, Judy Mowatt, Patti Smith Group, Conflict, The Fall, Subhumans, Los Crudos, The Gories, The Cramps, Blackfire, Elliott Smith, Harry Belafonte, Flux of Pink Indians, Penetration, Digital Leather, The Zarkons, Stephen Marley, The Noisettes, The Virus, Nina Simone, 999, A Global Threat, Suicide, The Slits, Zounds, Algebra Suicide, Government Issue, Dead Kennedys, The Adolescents, Youth Brigade, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, The Nuns, Minor Threat, Abrasive Wheels, Blonde Redhead, John Trudell, Siouxie and the Banshees, The Dells, The Varukers, The Magnetic Fields, LeTigre, Lunachicks, Tony Bennett, Bobby Womack, The Weirdos, William DeVaughn, The Pixies, Sweet, Missing Persons, The Selecter, The Boys Next Door (Nick Cave's 1st band, not the other one), The Sonics, Donny Hathaway, Slade, Strange Rebel Frequency, Joe Jackson, Curtis Mayfield, Link Ray, The Seeds, Suzie Quatro, The Horrors, The Rotten Fruits, Grinderman, Diamanda Galas, Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Ian, The Sounds, The Damned, Crime and The City Solution, The Replacements, Husker Du, Joanne Shenandoah, Rema Rema, Glenn Branca, Cocteau Twins, Janis Joplin, Toots and the Maytals, Sam Cooke, APB, Einsturzende Neubauten, Dick Dale, Gang of Four, Texas Terri, Frank Zappa, P-Funk, Thelonius Monk, Johnny Thunders, The Crystals, Dead Can Dance, New Bomb Turks, Billie Holiday, Sonic Youth, New York Dolls, Professor Longhair, MDC, The Muffs, Shonen Knife, Edith Piaf, Jimi Hendrix, Tom Waits, Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, New Model Army, Billy Bragg, Led Zeppelin, The Effigies, The Pogues (with Shane), Agent Orange, English Beat, Op Ivy, Stevie Wonder, The Dils, Madness, Youth Gone Mad (the old punk band, not the newer one), Radiohead, Blondie, Bad Manners, Stereototal, Ted Leo, Iggy Pop, The Waitresses, The Jam, The Bay City Rollers, The Specials, The Toilet Boys, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mephiskapheles, The Scofflaws, Desmond Dekker, E.L.O., Cream, The Who, Fugazi, Television, Vivaldi, Boomtown Rats, Rudimentary Peni, Pere Ubu, The Runaways, Betty Blowtorch, Stereolab, Beethoven and Mozart -- to name a few.
Favorite Movies: Repo Man, Rock n Roll High School, Lady Snowblood, Basquiat, Life and Debt, Let The Right One In (Swedish version), Howard Zinn --You Cant Be Neutral, The Wings of Desire, I Need That Record!, the Swedish versions of Stieg Larsson's Millennium series ("Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, etc.), Howl's Moving Castle, Diva, Once Were Warriors, The Orphanage, Spirited Away, The End of Poverty?, Hotel Rwanda, V for Vendetta, The Most Dangerous Man in America, Exit Through The Gift Shop, Run Lola Run, East of Eden, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 (all the Joel episodes, but not the Mike era), Consuming Kids, A Place of Our Own, The Hours, Dance Me Outside, The Lost City, A Bronx Tale, Super Session, Drugstore Cowboy, La Femme Nikita, Lucky Number Slevin, The Maltese Falcon, Broken English, The Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth, Monster's Ball, Pulp Fiction, Waiting for Guffman, Amelie, The City of Lost Children, Smoke Signals, Sexy Beast, Wag the Dog, Snatch, Donnie Brasco, Fight Club, All About Eve, Nightmare Before Christmas, Babycakes, Mad Max, Wild In the Streets, Sunset Boulevard, Times Square, The Godfather, Slaves of New York, Spirited Away, The Warriors, Angelheart, Mystery Men, The Hunger, Dogtown and Zboys, Another State of Mind, Suburbia (the old punk rock movie, not the newer one), MILK, Waking Life, Sling Blade, Trick 'r Treat, My Bodyguard, Bless the Beasts and the Children, Valley Girl, Welcome to the Doll House, The Matrix, Alien and Aliens, Like Water for Chocolate, Rebel Without a Cause, You Weren’t There -- A History of Chicago Punk, 1977-1984, Quadrophenia, Tank Girl, What the Bleep Do We Know, and many more.
Favorite Television: I don't watch a whole hell of a lot of TV, but I've been known to tune in to Ugly Americans, Frontline, Dexter, Fringe, Nurse Jackie, South Park, Project Runway, Nova, True Blood, The Simpsons, The Daily Show, Late Night w/David Letterman and LA Ink. The Bob Newhart Show, The Munsters, The Mod Squad, WKRP in Cincinnati, The Cosby Show, Bewitched, Welcome Back Kotter, The Nightstalker, The Twilight Zone, Hawaii 5-O, Julia, Lost in Space, The Partridge Family, Room 222, The Monkees, HR Pufnstuff, Banana Splits and Sigmund and the Seamonsters are among my faves in classic TV.
Favorite Books: Cane, Artists in Times of War, This Bridge Called My Back -- Writings by Radical Women of Color, Passing, Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression, Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times, A Room of One's Own, Stieg Larsson's Millennium series ('Girl With the Dragon Tattoo', et al), Notes of a Native Son, A People's History of the United States, Working, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Love and Rockets, 30 Days of Night, Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, To Kill a Mockingbird, What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Thru The Fire, A People's History of American Empire, Wild Seed, The Neon Wilderness, Burning in Water-Drowning in Flame, Snowcrash, Twisted Sisters, Parable of the Sower, The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry, Working, Mrs. Dalloway, The Collected Poems of Jean Toomer, On the Road With the Ramones, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Baker Street: Honour Among Punks and Children of The Night, and many many more.
Open minds with a yen for equality and social justice are especially welcome. Lovers of punk, garage, ska and reggae from the 60s, 70s and 80s get extra brownie points. And extra, UBER points if you went to shows at CBGB's back in the 80's in NY and Club COD and Space Place back in the early 80s in Chicago (or even remember when Exit was on Wells street).
Hey, how are you doing? Thanx a lot for the support, we really appreciate it. Live for freedom, live for music, no gods, and no masters! Let's keep Punk Rock underground and independent away from big money investors that drain art by its source. Thank you for supporting your local scene.