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Unlike most Nine Questions candidates, The Provocative Whites chose to answer the questions collectively, which gives you a fair idea of how they work as a band. Singer/guitarist Mike Rowden, guitarist Kane Flint, drummer James Few and bassist Tadj Roi play rock which they have described as being influenced by Weezer and Led Zeppelin, although their cover of Fugazi's "Waiting Room" is mighty damn fine.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Vandals.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Mike: Detatchment Kit, Of This Blood. James: Radiohead, The Bends. Kane: NIN, With Teeth. Tadj: Iggy and the Stooges, Raw Power.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

15,000.9426666666666666666666666666666666666.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

No, but we download illegal porn.

What was the first album you owned?

James: Motley Crue, Too Fast for Love. Mike: Fat Boys, Crushin'. Kane: The Police, Synchronicity. Tadj: Prince, Purple Rain.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Kane: The Beatles, "Carry That Weight." Mike: The Beatles, "Across the Universe." Tadj: Kermit the Frog, "Rainbow Connection." James: MASH theme, "Suicide Is Painless."

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

The Walker, Texas Ranger theme.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Kane: Jimi Hendrix. I never would have played the guitar. I would have continued with my first love: prostitution. James: The Who. They changed my perception of what drums could sound like. Tadj: Smashing Pumpkins. They changed the way I approached the guitar, atonally and beyond. Mike: I would have to say Beck, because I saw him do shit I never would have the balls to do. Now, I don't care if people back away in disgust.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Kane: Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland. Mike: Radiohead, The Bends. Tadj: Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream. James: Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin.

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