Quickfire Questions #16: Writer Shari Fedak

By on Wednesday, 31st August 2011 at 12:00 pm

For the last day of August, we bring you the Quickfire Question answers from our Baltimore via Canada writer…

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
Lionel Ritchie – ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’. When I was very small I used to demand that I watch a show on CTV called “Video Hits” – it was the 80s, so music videos were being shown even on mainstream television. I very clearly remember the video, it made an impression on me, I suppose. I remember trying to walk on the walls afterwards. It didn’t work out.

2. What was your favourite song as a child?

Either Blondie’s ‘Rapture’ or anything from Billy Joel’s ‘Glass Houses’. When I was, again, very small, my younger sister and I used to divide up my mother’s record collection – I got Blondie, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, she got Dire Straits and Bryan Adams. I also really liked Corey Hart, had a poster of him that came with his record on my wall when I was 2 or 3. Think it was the first record that I owned wholly by myself. Requested it for Christmas.

3. What song makes you laugh?

The Replacements – ‘Kids Don’t Follow’. The beginning part, particularly. I do an excellent impression of it. I’ve been threatening to do it on stage with my band so many times it’s become a bit of an inside joke, which makes it funnier to me. Then the guitar part starts and I pretend I’m Bobby Stinson minus the drinking in my head even though I can’t play guitar. What a song.

4. What song makes you cry?
‘Married to a Lazy Lover’ by the Auteurs. It’s probably not supposed to make you cry, but there’s this part of the song when it crescendos and the organ comes in and I get weepy. I’m probably repressed. Anything by Journey. Not because I’m actually sad, but because I just would really like you to turn it off.

5. What song reminds you of the first time you fell in love? (It’s up to you if you want this to be sweet, naughty, etc.)
Well, the song that I’ll always attach to my first real boyfriend is the Sneaker Pimps’ ‘6underground’. No special occasion, it’s just the sort of thing I was listening to at the time. As an addendum, Death From Above 1979’s ‘Sexy Results’ is the dirtiest song I know. But that ain’t got nothin’ to do with love.

6. What song makes you think of being upset / angry? (Example: maybe you heard it when you were angry with someone and it’s still with you, and/or something that calms you down when you’re upset, etc.)
Now, my anger is actually a fairly rare thing, but I think !!! (pictured at top) – ‘Pardon My Freedom’ sums it up fairly nicely. Or perhaps Luke Haines’ ever-simmering disdain would be more along the lines of my anger. I hardly ever get to ‘Pardon My Freedom’ levels.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
Absolutely too many to count. Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’? That’s about my songwriting level. I’d be bathing in cash right now. Although I secretly suspect most pop songs are written by computers nowadays anyway.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Neil Gaiman or Robert Jordan! I’m a nerd. I mean, I really do read perfectly scholarly real literature, as I love reading, but sometimes you just want a story. Actually, Neil Gaiman really should be considered real literature (in comic and written form) if he is not. Just brilliant.

9. If you weren’t writing for this blog right now, what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Well, currently I’m a legal secretary now. I’d rather a) like to quit my job and do music full time, b) be the next Martin Hannett minus the drugs and the weight problem, or c) be a synthesiser technician. I cleaned up the insides of a Hammond Condor RSM unit (it’s a frequency to voltage converter, basically, with various footages and vibrato/tremolo control) and tweaked the trim pots and made it sing again the other day. It gave me so much joy. See above comment in re: nerd. I make no apologies.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
I swear this changes ever month. Right now it’s Wire’s ‘Pink Flag’; maybe next month it’ll be the Modern Lovers; perhaps Richard Hell or Talking Heads. Maybe something by the Replacements or New Order. Perhaps I’ll discover a brand new band with a brilliant new album next week. I suppose it would be a bit egotistical to take recordings of my own band to Heaven with me, right? I’m pretty sure I’d miss my band a lot.

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