Nine Questions

Jim Waters is the man behind local studio Waterworks Recording West, where the likes of Jon Spencer, R.L. Burnside, Lucinda Williams and various local artists (Calexico, Solace Brothers, La Cerca, the Deludes and the Jons, to name a few) have put their songs to tape.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Dave Clark Five (when I was in third grade). My older sister dragged me along. I thought they sucked.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

I listen to a lot of books on tape. Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code, The Bridges of Madison County and, of course, G.G. Allin.

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

Maybe 25-30 albums (vinyl). I usually get rid of CDs after I've listened to them once or twice. They're like poison or something ...

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

Absolutely. If the radio would play new music, we could check it out and decide if we want to buy it or not. Until radio gets less retarded, I'm downloading.

What was the first album you owned?

Most likely something by the Beatles. Help!, possibly.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Anything by Yoko Ono where she's in a bag, screaming!

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

My friends don't have the slightest idea that I listen to a lot of old jazz. Duke Ellington, Fats Waller ... stuff like that. I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it, actually.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Sleater-Kinney. They taught us all how to "R.O.C.K."

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

Tarkus by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Not for the music, but for the graphics.

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