INTERVIEW: Underground 98: Questions & Answers in Verse

U98 – Questions, and Answers in Verse

This is a call to all you lovers of music – twisting its way towards us this Saturday is the sole Underground show this month, and in its 98th incarnation no less. So, we decided to really throw a curveball to the five performing bands this time round. We asked them a bunch of questions, with just one simple rule – they could only answer using lyrics of existing songs (even their own, if it so applied.) We culled out some pretty fascinating interpretations of the questions, and interesting answers (including separate sets from two of the David Bowie Knives). Read on to find out more…

1. What was your life like before you started playing music?

Bank Job:

I don’t wanna be an old man anymore

It’s been a year or two since I was down on the floor

Shakin’ booty, making sweet love all the night

It’s time I got back to the good life – Weezer, The Good Life

The David Bowie Knives

Gabe: …In the kitchen, mixin’ with pots and pans – Sharon, Lois and Bram

Shaun: I’m a firestarter, twisted firestarter! – The Prodigy, Firestarter

Kisses from My Grandpa:

You tried so hard to be someone that you forgot who you are
You tried to fill some emptiness till all you have spilled over
Now everything is so far away that you don’t know where you are
You are – Hold On, Jet

Space Edge:

I’m bored
I’m the chairman of the bored… – Iggy Pop, I’m Bored

ToNick:

To Be a Better Man - Robbie Williams

2. What has music meant to you in your life?

Bank Job:

He said, “How many songs did you write?”

I’d written zero, I lied and said, “Ten.” – Lou Reed, Work

The David Bowie Knives

Gabe: Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down – Mary Poppins

Shaun: A wom ba ba lula, a wom bam boo! – Little Richard

Kisses from My Grandpa:

Grace – Eskju Divine

Your Hand In Mine - Explosions In The Sky

Space Edge:

Whoohoo! – Blur – Song #2

ToNick:

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi

3. What’s the best part of being a performer for you?

Bank Job web.jpgBank Job:

I’m waving my dick in the wind… – Ween, Waving My Dick in the Wind

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The David Bowie Knives

Gabe: Crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their women – Conan’s Greatest Hits Volume Yauuuughhh!!!

Shaun: These are crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy nights! – Kiss

Kisses from My Grandpa:

So Far Away – Staind

Space Edge:

I found my thrill on blueberry hill… – Blueberry Hill, Louis Armstrong

ToNick:

Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

4. Describe your happiest feelings…

The David Bowie Knivesthe david bowie knives web.jpg

Gabe: I was made for lovin’ you baby, You were made for lovin’ me – KISS

Shaun: That face, that kiss. All covered in my sticky white love piss! – tDBK

Kisses from My Grandpa:

“Love is watching someone die” – Death Cab for Cutie, What Sarah Said

Friend of the Night – Mogwai

Space Edge:

In Napoli, where love is king, when boy meets girl here’s what they say

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore…” – Dean Martin, That’s Amore

ToNick:

What a Sunny Day – ToNick

5. …and your saddest ones.

U88_226.JPGThe David Bowie Knives

Gabe: I’m So Ronery, So Ronery, So Ronery and Sadry Arone – Kim Jung Il [from the movie Team America: World Police]

Shaun: Everytime we say goodbye, I cry a little – Irving Berlin

kissesfrommygrandpa_web.jpgKisses from My Grandpa:

Enlightenment – Totalselfhatred

Hægt, kemur ljósið - Olafur Arnalds

Space Edge:

I’m a-gonna raise a fuss, I’m a-gonna raise a holler
about a-workin’ all summer just to try to earn a dollar.
Well one time I called my baby, tried to get a date
my boss says, “No dice son, you gotta work late!”
Sometimes I wonder, what I’m agonna do
but there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.

– Eddie Cochran, Summertime Blues

ToNick:

It’s comedy and tragedy – Green Day, St. Jimmy

6. Imagine you’ve always wanted to re-work a line in a song, and you are now getting the chance to – what would your improved lyrics be?

U92_018.JPGBank Job:

“Memories of drinking…” becomes “Marinated chicken…” – Halfdave, Blinder

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The David Bowie Knives

Gabe: From “There once was a man from Nantucket…” to “there once was a man from Kent, who’s **** was so long it was bent – he put it in folded and when it exploded, Instead of coming, he went!”

Shaun: From- I, I see my ship come in.

But I don’t get in.

No I don’t get in. – tDBK

To

I, I see my dick go in.

But not all the way in.

Because you’re Asian! (J)

Kisses from My Grandpa:

The Human Condition and Quantum Catastrophe – Kisses from My Grandpa

Space Edge:

Original:

You’re just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off of you
You’d be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much…
And I thank God I’m alive…etc…

Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli

Improved Lyrics:

I’m just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off of me
I’m just like heaven to touch
Don’t you wanna get your hand on my crotch?
And I thank God I’m alive…etc

ToNick:

Change “Smoke on the water” to “Smoke in the Restaurant”

7. Your favourite set of lyrics expressing the following:

a. Anger

Bank Job:

Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me – Rage Against the Machine, Killing in the Name

U88_238.JPGThe David Bowie Knives

Gabe: Into the core of self, the neuro-axis, I fade
Within the fading core of self I am…..
Gone-bound, lost, away, phased out, non-existing – Concatenation

, Meshuggah

Shaun: Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah – Meshuggah!

Kisses from My Grandpa:

Hammer Smashed Face – Cannibal Corpse

Space Edge:

You’re just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off of you
You’d be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much…
And I thank God I’m alive…etc – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli

ToNick:

Don’t Look Back in Anger - Oasis

b. Confusion

Bank Job:

Super acorns think they’re coconuts – Bank Job, Newsbeat

U88_254.JPGThe David Bowie Knives

Gabe: Kickstand you got loose and I threw up — Soundgarden

Shaun: I know what I am and I bet I’m a man and so is Lola – The Kinks

Kisses from My Grandpa:

Bleed and Rational Gaze - Meshuggah

Space Edge:

You’re just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off of you
You’d be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much…
And I thank God I’m alive…etc – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli

ToNick:

Get Over it – Eagles

c. Indifference

U88_206.JPGThe David Bowie Knives

Gabe: I went down to the beach and saw Kiki, she was all like EHHH and I’m like whatever – Liam Lynch

Shaun: You know they don’t give a fuck about anybody else – Super Furry Animals

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Kisses from My Grandpa:

I Don’t Care – Apocalyptica

Lost Angels – Lamb of God

Space Edge:

You’re just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off of you
You’d be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much…
And I thank God I’m alive…etc – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli

ToNick:

I want to be the minority don’t need your authority

Down with the moral majority

Cause I want to be the minority – Green Day, Minority

d. Attitude

U92_007.JPGBank Job:

We’ll choke on our vomit and that will be the end

We were fated to pretend – MGMT, Time to Pretend

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The David Bowie Knives

Gabe: That’s the way, Uh-huh uh-huh, I like it — KC and the Sunshine Band

Shaun: I am a rock. I am an island – Simon & Garfunkel

Kisses from My Grandpa:

Stand up for rock and roll, forget about the neighbours and let them cry all night – Stand up for Rock ‘n’ Roll, Airbourne

Sound of Muzak – Porcupine Tree

Space Edge:

You’re just too good to be true
Can’t take my eyes off of you
You’d be like heaven to touch
I wanna hold you so much…
And I thank God I’m alive…etc – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Frankie Valli

ToNick:

We will Rock You – Queen

8. Just for fun, a weird set of lyrics that you happen to like:

Bank Job:

I say tomato, you say don’t drop it on the floor – Bank Job, Strait Jacket

U88_193.JPGThe David Bowie Knives

Gabe: Lay that pistol down, babe, lay that pistol down. Pistol-packin’ momma, lay that pistol down – Bing Crosby

Shaun: Oooo rye, toooo rye, oooo rye, tooo rye, A! – Dexys Midnight Runners

Kisses from My Grandpa:

Lazarus – Porcupine Tree

Space Edge:

I got my head checked

By a jumbo jet

It wasn’t easy but nothing is

No

When I feel heavy metal

And I’m pins and I’m needles

Well, I lie and I’m easy

All the time but I am never sure

why I need you

Pleased to meet you

I got my head done

When I was young

It’s not my problem

It’s not my problem – Blur, Song #2

ToNick:

Woo….. Woo….. Woo…… – Music breaks of many songs

9. Finally, lyrics you think describe you perfectly:

U92_008.JPGBank Job:

He wants to be an actor, now he’s acting really strange – Montana, Closing Time

The David Bowie Knives

Gabe: Like a rhinestone cowboy — Glen Campbell

Shaun: Stop! Hammer time!!! – MC Hammer

Kisses from My Grandpa:

Irreversive Entropy and In Retrospect – Dying Process

Fade to Black – Metallica

Space Edge:

To change the mood a little

I’ve been posing down the pub

On seeing my reflection

I’m looking slightly rough

I fancy this I fancy that

I wanna be so flash

I give a little muscle

And I spend a little cash

But all I get is bitter

And a nasty little rash

And by the time I’m sober

I’ve forgotten what I’ve had

And everybody tells me

That it’s cool to be a cat

It’s cool for cats. – Cool for Cats, Squeeze

ToNick:

Creep - Radio Head

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Interview by Shashwati Kala

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