Nine Questions

Washington, D.C., native Billups Allen is an aspiring writer who produces an underground comic book called Cramhole, plays bass for the Basement Apartments, and hosts The Groove Tomb on KXCI FM 91.3, Tuesdays at midnight. He is currently enrolled in the English Department at the UA. Learn more at Allen's Web site.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

I think it was Kiss. It's always Kiss, isn't it? I saw the lame, neon-dressed Kiss without Ace (Frehley). It was years before I was allowed out again. The next show was Government Issue.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Overkill, Feel the Fire; Billy Fury, Billy Fury; a Chiffons collection; Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, L.A.M.F. ; a mix from my friend Crystal; and something with a frog on the cover that I don't recognize.

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

Enough to make me hate moving.

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

I downloaded the song "Rhinestone Cowboy." It was nice and legal.

What was the first album you owned?

The Jungle Book soundtrack.

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

"Partytime" by 45 Grave.

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

Besides "Rhinestone Cowboy?" The Carpenters, and any Genesis featuring Peter Gabriel dressed as a vegetable.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

The SST (Records) band the Minutemen changed how I looked at music drastically. I had to work to get my head around them. When I first moved to Tucson, I did not know there was a militia group called the Minutemen. That put me in a couple of awkward conversations.

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

Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime, with a copy of Dictators, Bloodbrothers, crammed in the gatefold.

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