- Matt Chmielarczyk
“Wish I’d written that” song: I truly wish I could have written anything by Robyn Hitchcock. Almost every song of his makes me shiver, moan, cry or explode — in a good way. But “Underground Sun,” “Oceanside,” “Vegetation” and “Dimes” for some particular reason still can be listened to hundreds of times in a row.
“Wish I could unhear that” song: “Candle in the Wind” by Elton John makes me want to hurt someone. I can’t turn it off fast enough.
Essential Saturday night listening: Saturday nights are almost always vinyl. Anything from Bob Dylan to opera and Funkadelic to Beethoven. Bauhaus to Wendy Carlos. Throbbing Gristle to The Brandenburg Concertos.
Essential Sunday morning listening: Sunday mornings in my world were made for the Velvet Underground and early Pink Floyd music. If I had to pick just one song for each, I guess it would be “Here She Comes Now” and “Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun.”
Artist more people should know about: I think The Soft Boys are one of the greatest bands almost no one has ever heard of. I heard a song called “Only the Stones Remain” and it changed me forever.
Guilty pleasure: I used to secretly listen to Danzig — often in the shower — screaming at the top of my lungs.
First record I bought with my own money: I bought a copy of Fantasia when I was 12. I fell in love with “Night on Bald Mountain” after seeing the Disney movie in the theater, and had to have the soundtrack.
Albums playing while I was losing my virginity: Weird Scenes Inside the Goldmine by The Doors and Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen. I was so obsessed with music growing up that I always wanted there to be particular music in the background for special occasions. I chose those two records because… hmmm…
Bands I try not to play when people are around: Lothar & The Hand People, The Residents and The Swans. They seem to get people irritated or angry hearing them because of their experimental nature.