(Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City TGTF stage 2012 flavoured!) Quickfire Questions #29: Dan Armstrong of Clock Opera

By on Thursday, 10th May 2012 at 11:00 am

Clock Opera will be busy the next two Fridays, playing Brighton Dome at the Great Escape this Friday (11 May) at 20.30, then playing the TGTF stage at the Liverpool Academy of Arts on Friday 18 May, where they will go on at 20.30. We asked Dan Armstrong, sticksman for Clock Opera, to answer our Quickfire Questions. His answers follow.

1. What song is your earliest musical memory?
The theme tune to the original Moomins. It’s beautiful. If you search for it, all you’ll find are later, inferior pieces. But here it is, starting annoyingly in the middle but still right enough to reach into my earliest synaptic pathways.


2. What was your favourite song as a child?
‘Say A Little Prayer’ – Aretha Franklin. It’s still right up there for me.

3. What song makes you laugh?
‘Jenny’ – Flight of the Conchords (live). There’s also a song in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace episode ‘Skipper The Eye Child’ which is hard to beat.

4. What song makes you cry?
Too many. It’s a form of emotional self-medication.

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.)

‘No. 41’ – Dave Matthews Band. They’re not respected much in England but for me as a writer, a singer, a performer, a man and as a band they are phenomenal.

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.)
When I was at secondary school a boy in the year below died when he fell onto a greenhouse while retrieving a football. It was a shocking tragedy. He was extremely charismatic and popular and the whole school was devastated. For some reason I was imprinted by Annie Lennox’s ‘No More I love Yous’ and ‘Just Another Day’ by John Secada which I assume were both being played on the radio at the time. If I ever hear them now, I only think of him.

7. Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Always On My Mind’ (Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson…whoever they were). Or ‘Lover You Should’ve Come Over’ – Jeff Buckley.

8. Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Terence McKenna, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan Watts. They were all thinkers as much as writers but each one was super human. No time spent listening to their words is wasted. Milan Kundera is my favourite novelist. Bob Dylan is Bob Dylan.

9. If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
No idea.

10. If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
One album in heaven is a hell.

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