Nine Questions

Amy Shapiro grew up outside of Washington, D.C., and was influenced by both its museums and its riot grrrl scene. A graduate of the University of Arizona MFA program, she currently spends her time tattooing at Black Rose Tattooers, skating for her fifth season with the Tucson Roller Derby and playing drums for both Winelord and The Creamys, a new project that will appear on Jan. 22 at the Poblano Hot Sauce Factory, 648 W. Lester St. You can see her artwork at

What was the first concert you ever saw?

Paula Abdul. I was in the sixth-grade and totally elated.

What are you listening to these days?

Shonen Knife, The Monks, Mika Miko, Nobunny, The Ronettes, the new Black Heart Procession and other people's iPods at work.

What was the first album you owned?

Motley Crüe, Decade of Decadence '81-'91.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

Bands that sound like they're ripping off Sabbath. Why not just go to the source?

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I'd love to go to one of the Team Dresch reunion shows where girls are crying and fainting. I wonder if the band fully grasps the impact they've had on people.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Musical soundtracks like Sweeney Todd and Fiddler on the Roof, Bollywood ... anything dramatic like that! I'm partial to Sondheim.

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

Something hopeful and uplifting, I'm sure.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Bikini Kill—the year was 1994; I was in the ninth-grade, and it was the beginning of my love affair with DIY culture. Discovering bands like the Red Aunts and Lunachicks really made an impact, too: punk girls who loved being funny and over-the-top grotesque.

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

Team Dresch, Personal Best.

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