Quickfire Questions #48: Andy McCluskey of OMD

By on Thursday, 11th July 2013 at 12:00 pm

Something very exciting in the TGTF Quickfire Questions today. Electronic pioneers OMD start a new North American tour this very night in Toronto, and the DC contingent of TGTF are pretty stoked about them coming to Washington on Saturday night. (Especially me, as I got to see them with Martin on my holiday at Gateshead Sage in May.) Ahead of that, frontman and certainly one of my personal music heroes Andy McCluskey was kind enough to answer our Quickfire Questions and give us insight into the first single he ever bought, the euphoria that led to abject heartbreak in his first relationship and what his iPod reveals about him. (He even gave us a smiley face. Come on. Andy McCluskey of OMD gave TGTF a smiley face!) Read on…

What song is your earliest musical memory?
The theme tune to the TV show Andy Pandy from the watch with mother lunchtime series in teh UK when I was 3 years old.

What was your favourite song as a child?
Three Wheels on my Wagon by the New Christy Minstrels.

What song makes you laugh?
‘The Intro and the Outro’ by Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band. Very funny, very surreal and very silly!

What song makes you cry?
‘Without You’ by Nilsson. It was the first single that I ever bought and the song and his version remain the greatest sad song/performance/history combination of all time. This is possibly the single greatest record ever made…according to me! 🙂

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.)
Bobby Goldsboro, ‘Summer the First Time’ was in the charts when I had my first-ever girlfreend called Janis. It lasted 3 weeks. From euphoria to tortured pain in 21 days!

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.)
‘Without You’ by Tom Evans and Pete Ham of the band Badfinger. They both commited suicide allegedly due to the royalty situation regarding this song. It seems to be the ultimate expression of hopelessness due to music business sharp practices.

Which song (any song written in the last century) do you wish you’d written yourself?
‘Europe Endless’ by Kraftwerk. The simplest most perfect distillation of their concept and yet so melodic and romantic envoking visions of a Europe that I had yet to discover.

Who is your favourite writer? (This can be a songwriter or ANY kind of writer.)
Tied for first place: Bryan Ferry and David Bowie. They have written the greatest numbers of songs that have moved and inspired me, and that I continue to listen to.

If you hadn’t become a singer/musician/songwriter/etc., what job do you think you’d be doing right now?
Either an archaeologist or an artist. These two subjects are still my primary fascinations.

If God said you were allowed to bring only one album with you to Heaven, which would it be and why?
There is no God nor Heaven but I will play the game. Leonard Cohen’s ‘Greatest Hits’. It the one album that I have listened to the most in the last 10 years. My iPod tells me so.

Thanks very much to Andy for answering the questions for us and thank you also to Sarah for organising this.

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