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Don Goede's sound advice

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MATT CHMIELARCZYK
  • Matt Chmielarczyk
Colorado Springs artist and musician Don Goede — aka Jack Medicine and Wolfgang Farrell — writes, records, mixes and plays in 13 bands, including Enemy of Dirt, Hyperjinx Tricycle (with Daniel Johnston and Ron English), The Electric Ghosts (with just Daniel Johnston), The Electric Illuminati, The New Depressionists, The Kinnikinniks, The BeeWees, Vegan Wolf and The Cosmic Flying Goats. His unreleased solo project bands include The Blood Donuts, Bedlam Circus, Carousel Horn and Dead Chasing Love. He moved from New York back to Manitou Springs after deciding to marry his childhood sweetheart, whom he describes as the world’s greatest muse and mother to his children.

“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.

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