Nine Questions

Robin Johnson is the jack-of-all-trades sound engineer for Club Congress and a guitar player for local bands Greyhound Soul, the Sand Rubies and the Therapists. A Southern Arizona music scene staple, Johnson was a member of the seminal early punk band the Pills, the seminal early glam band Gentlemen After Dark and the seminal early desert rock band the Sidewinders.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Jackson 5 at the Minneapolis Civic Center.

What CDs are in yourchanger right now?

Clem Snide, The End of Love; Smog, Red Apple Falls; Loveland, Pilgrim Soul; Oranges Band, All Around; George Jones, 16 Biggest Hits; Coldplay, A Rush of Blood to the Head.

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

Not that many really, maybe a few hundred. I don't actually play my LPs or cassettes any longer. I don't have anything to play them on. ...

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

Having never made so much as a dime from music I've written over the years, I do understand the concept of not getting paid for my labors of love. That said, I do download music, and I enjoy it thoroughly.

What was the first album you owned?

Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck and Other Favorites.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

A person can feel quite selfish when pondering this one. Today, I suppose it would be "Ex-Con" by Smog.

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

I tend to wear my musical heart on my sleeve ... especially if it's embarrassing. To wit: I heard "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby on the radio today and realized that I've always liked the sound of that irritating and uncool little number.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

... I'll list a few: Hank, Elvis, Lennon, Kristofferson, Alice Cooper, Dolls, Pistols, Replacements, Nirvana. ... My life has been changed fairly easily by authentic and vital music.

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

Let It Be by The Replacements. If it only had "Unsatisfied" and "Answering Machine" on it over and over again, it would still be my favorite.

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