1. What was the first song you remember hearing and enjoying on the radio?

    I used to make mix tapes off the radio starting when I got my first “boom box.” It was black with teal and pink piping, and matched the hideous flower-and-sea-foam-green decor in the room my mother decorated for me. I used to listen to the nightly top 10 on G105, and excitedly tried to catch the songs at the very beginning. Maybe this is the cause of my sometimes-impressive ability to identify songs by the first few opening notes alone.

    This was sometime in the early 80s, so it was A-Ha, Wham, Cyndi Lauper. We are the world was in there. and Prince, Van Halen, Culture Club, Michael Jackson, Hall and Oates.

    I had to look through Billboard lists to try and figure out what tunes came when. And the very earliest songs I can remember taping , though embarassing, were Oliva Newton-John’s Let’s Get Physical and the theme song from The Greatest American Hero. Believe it or not.

  2. If you could only listen to five CDs for a year, which five would they be? (Boxed sets can count as one CD. Sigh.)

    Connect the Dots (the Cure b-sides and rarities boxset). The Top, Japanese Whispers, the boxset version of Faith, the boxset version of Disentegration.

    Or, alternatively, a set of 5 CDs packed with all the Cure’s albums. Compressed. ;)

  3. What was your favorite year, music-wise?

    No clue. I often came to bands or albums long after their release, so time is kind of meaningless.

  4. If you could witness one historical music event through all time, what would you pick, and why?

    Oh, I would have totally seen Pink Floyd when they were doing The Wall, or any of the Cure’s shows prior to Bloodflowers.

  5. Do you have a song that never fails to cheer you up? What is it and why does it do that for you?

    Well, it used to be Rainbow Connection, but then Jim Henson went and died. The Cure’s Let’s Go To Bed is pretty silly. Any song that begins “Let me take your hands, I’m shaking like milk. Turning, turning blue all over the windows and the floor. Fire outside in the sky looks as perfect as cats.”—you gotta be a little amused.

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