Favorite bands :
The Clash, Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros, Mano Negra, Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, Gogol Bordello, The Pogues and all the 50's rock n' roll and the 60's rhythm and blues bands, Sam & Dave, Ventures, Beach Boys...
Favorite guitarists :
Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Tom Morello, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Luther Perkins
Favorite bassists :
Paul Simonon, Matt Freeman, Aston Barret, and whoever played on Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock." I love how the bass on that cut is right up front and just clickity-clacks away and really keeps it from coming off the rails.
Favorite books :
1984, Fahrenheit 451, Let Fury Have the Hour, Clash bios, politics and econ. I think you have to know whats going on in the world and keep stretching your brain to write good lyrics. The Beatles wrote all the love songs that ever need to be recorded and no one wants to listen to you whine (Maybe they do, I mean Kurt Cobain made a career of it) so you have to think and be aware. Pick up a newspaper and write a song about what's happening. I think adults should have required reading like they do in school. Maybe then there wouldn't be so many robotic people wandering around with no thoughts of their own.
Favorite movies :
The Harder They Come, A Clockwork Orange, The Good the Bad and the Ugly.
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