Nine Questions

Ted Nesseth plays guitar and sings in his band The Heavenly States, from Oakland, Calif. He'll let you know when they are playing here next.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

My first was the Circle Jerks. Gen's was The Cars; Jer's was Bon Jovi and the Hooters. Our new bass player Mark's was The Replacements.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

You'd have to ask the crackhead who stole my radio three weeks ago.

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

By own do you mean borrowed, lifted, rented, found, discovered, recorded or merely purchased? We like to buy records with nice covers and lyric sheets when we can.

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

Do you think I'm going to expose myself just to promote our show March 8 at Club Congress at 9 p.m.?

What was the first album you owned?

Van Halen, 1984 for Jeremy; Kool and the Gang, Ladies Night for Gen; Beach Boys, Surfin' USA for Mark; Men at Work, Cargo for me.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

"Soup Is Good Food," Dead Kennedys. Jeremy would like the transcript of this interview read. Gen says she thought this interview was our funeral. Mark finishes strong with "Ride of the Valkyries," Wagner.

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

The classic indie rock answer is to pick something outside of one's apparent genre, like Frank Black revealing a library full of Burl Ives. Today, I am featuring bootleg recordings of Frank Black's sleep apnea; Jeremy offers Sounds of the Humpback Whale; Genevieve is jogging to the ethnographic film soundtrack of a 1950s French sociologist, and Mark's been into Mister Nasty Raps.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

We've all been moved by particular artists over the years. Recently on tour, we saw a picture of Will Oldham in shorts that changed our lives forever.

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

We are none of us musical monogamists. ... When we made Black Comet, we were into certain Cajun music, Patti Smith and the less fashionable strains of '70s guitar rock--like the un-T-Rex.

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