The Untitled Interview #202: Starring Justin Hoben (The Deadmen)
I made some queries to Deadmen HQ, and Justin Hoben (one of the band's two guitar-playing and singing Justins) had the following replies. Obviously, Justin knows the correct answer to question 5. Make sure you take a gander, and if you're local, make sure you're at DC9 on the 16th of this very month when the band does their thing.
Fuzzy Logic: How the hell are you?
Justin Hoben: Hangin' in there.
FL: What was the last song you listened to?
JH: GnR - "Sweet Child o' Mine" (not by choice but I'm not complaining).
FL: Playing music is:
JH: Hit or miss.
FL: What album most made you realize you wanted to make music?
JH: Dead Milkmen - Big Lizard in My Backyard.
FL: Beatles or Stones?
JH: Stones, again and again.
FL: Top 5 albums (of now, of this week, of ever):
JH: Bob Dylan - Bringing it All Back Home; Violent Femmes - self titled; The Replacements - Let it Be; Canyon - Empty Rooms; Jawbreaker - 24 Hour Revenge Therapy.
FL: Favorite music-related movie?
JH: I'm still hoping for an adaptation of Our Band Could Be Your Life. So i suppose The Decline of Western Civilization, by default. Or Don't Look Back. Or Losers Take All. Is there a Shaggs documentary?
FL: Half-full or half-empty?
FL: Which of your peers do you think is making the best music these days?
JH: Fellow Deadmen excluded, I've got my money on Brandon Butler, as usual.
FL: What's the first thing you think when you wake up in the morning?
JH: "Five more minutes."
FL: Little-known Deadmen fact?
JH: We put Bill Murray on the guest list of every show we play.
FL: The greatest record store in the world is:
JH: Joe's Record Paradise.
FL: Your boots were made for:
JH: Making me feel inferior when I see Josh Read's boots.
FL: Shaken or stirred?
FL: Favorite venue (either to play or to visit)?
JH: 9:30 Club.
FL: Best piece of advice you've ever been given?
JH: "Deal with it."
FL: If you weren't in a band you'd be?
JH: Complaining a lot more.
FL: If you were so inclined, whom would you form a tribute band in honor of?
JH: Rick Springfield. My first two concerts were his Working Class Dog and Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet tours. Hartford Civic Center. '81 and '82 respectively.
FL: Best song ever written?
JH: The Drones - "Sixteen Straws."
[photo copyright Megan Petty]