Nine Questions

John Schuster does a lot of things. He monitors TV news broadcasts for Tucson Media Monitoring. He does UA pregame and postgame shows for KCUB AM 1290, aka The Source. And he's the Weekly's Media Watch dude. But we're dying to know: What are his thoughts on music?

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Pat Benatar, 1981 at the old, old Compton Terrace in Phoenix. Fortunately, concert-going experiences got better.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Changer? I don't own a changer--that's way too modern. But the CD I just threw into my car radio player is a self-titled disc by a '70s Swedish band called Trettioariga Kriget, which translates to Thirty Year War. Who knew the Swedes were such a violent lot?

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

About 723, but no 8-tracks. I think I have a scratchy cassette of the Jim Carroll Band's Dry Dreams floating around that I'll endure from time to time.

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

No. That's way too modern technology. But I have no problem if someone downloads something for me.

What was the first album you owned?

Devo, Freedom of Choice. I'm a sucker for planter hats.

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

Hmmm. Possibly Grobschnitt's album Solar Music Live, because it's 50 minutes long and anyone willing to go to my funeral probably has a penchant for torture already.

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

The prog rock thing gives them more than enough mocking ammunition, not to mention the annual drive to Mexicali for the Baja Prog music festival, this usually during the heart of the Pac-10 basketball tournament. Let's see: The Flower Kings, or Arizona vs. Oregon State for the third time? My musical collection probably has more references to Tolkien than most public libraries. Although some friends seem perplexed about my enjoyment of Dire Straits.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Marillion (note the reference to Tolkien), because they made wearing jester's hats cool. OK, so wearing a jester's hat isn't cool at all, and I've never actually worn one, but I know someone who got a Marillion tattoo. I just think their first four albums are pretty sweet.

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

I'd go with Marillion, Misplaced Childhood.

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