Nine Questions

Jonathan Bond is a freelance music writer who regularly covers the Phoenix area, where he resides, for For the last four years, he has become an honorary Tucsonan each December, when he moves here in order to help his father run his Christmas tree lot in South Tucson.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

I'm thinking it was Merle Haggard at Celebrity Theater in Phoenix when I was 8 or 9. My mom took me, and I was really excited because I was sure the bass player was smiling at me for a lot of the show, but he was really flirting with my foxy, late-'70s-era momma.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

I don't have a changer with me, but I've got my Mac and iTunes with gigs of music. I've been playing a lot of The Arcade Fire and Destroyer lately, though I last listened to a dubbed CD-R of Al Perry's Clambake (radio show on KXCI). When in Rome ...

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

In the area of 400.

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

Never spent a dime downloading. Make whatever inference you wish from that statement.

What was the first album you owned?

The first album I remember buying was either Adam Ant's Friend or Foe or Stray Cats' Built for Speed.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Don't know, maybe "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof, because at this rate, I won't be able to afford my final expenses.

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

I love Marc Almond from Soft Cell's solo work, especially the over-the-top torch songs.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

In music, the first ones were Morrissey and Marr. ... Over the next couple of years, I had the Morrissey overgrown flattop, vanity horn rimmed glasses ... kinda sad. Later I found Dylan ... I never could master his hairdo.

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

Blonde on Blonde, though I think the three albums, Bringing It all Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde all come from the same place.