I hope you play along with 2007’s final edition of Dugout Chatter. If you don’t know how it works, just share your gut answers to the following questions and you can’t go wrong!
What band or album that you’d previously not cared for or got finally hit you in 2007? In other words, what was your most significant “rock conversion moment” of the year?
I’m trying to remember the name of a 1-hit wonder circa 1980 who was formerly a roadie for The Who. I seem to recall an American flag guitar and a gray pompadour. I’m almost certain it’s not Jon Butcher Axis I have in mind. Who is this artist whose name I cannot remember?
Solo or coda?
Here’s one for the musicians (of any ilk – don’t be unnecessarily humble): When you’re being introduced to a new song by a songwriter, what parts of the song and/or which fellow musician do you typically key in on?
How long of an instrumental intro to a song should be allowed before the song has to “declare” itself an instrumental? Think of Television’s “Little Johnny Jewel”, for instance: by the time the vocals enter, do you think to yourself, “Why bother?”
What’s your favorite song by a fictional band?
What musician’s onstage beverage most recently made you sit up and take notice?
What 2007 release did you work hardest to understand and/or like?
Harmonies or percussion?
What’s your favorite movie named after a Beatles’ song?
Was Camper Van Beethoven ahead of its time? Has the band been forgotten, to some extent?
Any thoughts, yet, on the rock-biopic spoof Walk Hard?
What fake-rockumentary has the best soundtrack?
Which musician projects, for you, the most endearing enthusiasm?
Strings or horns?
Have you ever sung along with the crowd during the chorus of a song, such as when the singer holds the mic out into the audience? If yes, please specify which artist/song.
Has a band’s fanbase ever helped you get into a band that previously had been outside your comfort zone?
What band that you love should have followed the Beatles’ example and stopped touring long ago?