1. Jethro Tull.
2. The Band.
3. Dire Straits.
4. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.
5. The Randy Bandits.
6. Tom Waits.
7. Warren Zevon.
8. Bob Dylan.
9. The Austin Lounge Lizards.
10. The Subdudes.
What was the first song you ever heard by 6? Technically, "Jersey Girl," although it was Bruce Springsteen's version. Hearing Bruce's version made me seek out his other work, and I became hooked.
What is your favorite song of 2? "The Shape I'm In." The studio version's okay, but my favorite is the version on The Last Waltz -- Richard Manuel's junkyard growl was at its finest in this, and the song just moves....
What is your favorite lyric of 5? From "People Change":
Under Chekhov's cherry trees
Balzac's birds and Bessie's bees
There's some people that are free when they're bound.
Under swinging pendulum
By the drum before the drum
We are so often overcome before we're found.
How many times have you seen 4 live? Half a dozen times at least. The first was in 1984 during the Born in the U.S.A. tour in what is now the Continental Arena, and the second was a year later on the same tour next door at Giants Stadium. I've since seen him at Madison Square Garden twice, again at the Continental Arena, and again at Giants Stadium.
What is your favorite song by 7? "Quite Ugly One Morning." ("From dawn to sundown, it's a long long way / And it's a hollow triumph when you make it to the bottom of another day / There's a fever rising when the evening comes / And when the battle's over, there'll be nothing left but the sound of drums.")
Is there any song by 3 that makes you sad? "Brothers in Arms" always chokes me up a bit.
What is your favorite lyric of 2? From "Rags and Bones":
Trolley car rings out the morning
Whistle blows at noon
A cat fight breaks open the night
While watch dogs bay at the moon
A preacher on an orange crate
With a Salvation Army Band
And clicking along the cobbled stones
That's the sound of the ice-cream man
Comin' up the lane callin'
Workin' while the rain's fallin'
Ragman, your song of the street
Keeps haunting my memory
Music in the air
I hear it ev'rywhere
Rags, bones and old city songs
Hear them, how they talk to me
What is your favorite song by 9? "Jesus Loves Me (But He Can't Stand You).")
When did you first get into 1? Honestly, I don't ever remember not being into them. I think it was my aunt Monica who first played Warchild for me when I was wee, and it was all over....
How did you get into 3? My parents playing their eponymous debut album all the time. *laughs*
What is your favorite song by 4? "Lost in the Flood." Not the most obvious choice, but it's an intense song about the Bronx, what do you want from me? *grin*
How many times have you seen 9 live? Never, to my regret, though I do own their live DVD.
What is a good memory concerning 4? Seeing him live in 1984 with my parents, which was my first arena show.
Is there a song by 10 that makes you sad? Hm. Not really -- they're a very upbeat band.
What is your favorite song of 1? Gyuh! My favorite song by my favorite band. Yeesh. Uh, er, uhm -- for now I'll say "Some Day the Sun Won't Shine for You."
How did you become a fan of 10? Don Daley, the some time drummer for the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, introduced me to them because they're a percussion-only band with almost no drums, and he thought they'd be good for me to listen to as a percussionist. He was very right....