The Insomniacs: They’ll keep you up all night!
Who are you?
David (center), bass and sings.
Bob (right): guitar, yelps and croaks and squeals.
Joey (left): Who-who, who-who!
Who are you wearing?
David: Polka dot shirt and jeans at the moment.
Bob: Henry’s puke on my left shoulder.
Joey: Levi’s jeans, Clarks desert boots, and some shirt I got at TJ Maxx.
What keeps you up at night?
David: Thoughts of the next morning.
Bob: Fuckin’ car alarms. You move back to the suburbs and you figure you wouldn’t have to deal with that shit any more. And the Middle East.
Joey: It’s more like “Who…”.
Best power pop song of all time?
David: “I Wanna Be With You” by The Raspberries.
Bob: The Raspberries’ “Go All The Way” or maybe The Monroes’ “What Do All The People Know?” And damn if the whole of Rick Springfield’s “Working Class Dog” ain’t classic? Someloves’ “Know You Now”? Lambrettas “Da-a-ance”? (Or however the fuck they spelled it.).
Joey: ‘September Gurls’ by Big Star.
Best thing about New Jersey?
Bob: Subs. You can’t get an honest sub outside of NJ. Balsamic vinegar? Who the fuck puts that on a sub? Only in Brooklyn, kids…only in Brooklyn. Why the hell there ain’t a Jersey Mike’s on Bedford Ave., I’ll never know.
Joey :Denville Dairy Ice Cream Shop.
Favorite show on WFMU?
David: Clay Pigeon.
Bob: Oh boy… this will get me into trouble, but… the Three Chord Monte Program. Gentleman Joe! (Shout out to my peeps: The Black Hole of Rock N Roll, Terre T, and Funk Davies. You’re all winners!)
Joey: Three Chord Monte with Joe Belock.
Bob Geldof, Bobcat Goldthwait, Bob Dylan or Bobby Kennedy?
David: Gotta go with Bobcat!
Bob: All a pale imitation of Bobby C. (Dirty Knees-Keep it alive!).
Joey: Bobby McGee.
Worst show you’ve ever played?
David: Cafe Bar in Longbranch NJ - I was super sick with the flu and somehow thought that downing shot after shot of tequila would help. it didn’t.
Bob: At the late, lamented Uncle Joe’s in Jersey City where I fell on my ass in the middle of the 2nd song and was too drunk to get up. Mercifully, the PA blew up after the 3rd song. For those trivia buffs at home, also the only show I played with a very macho beard. Coincidence?
Joey: A show in Brooklyn, I think, where the soundman told me not to hit my cymbals too hard. Buzzkill.
Best song about sleeping?
David: ‘I’m So Tired.’
Bob: ‘Let’s Go to Bed.’ Wait…is that about sleeping? Fuck it. It’s a good ‘un.
Joey: ‘I Can’t Sleep’ by The La’s.
What’s your message for the kids?
David: Don’t grow up to be mean grumpy old men! And don’t waste your youth, youngsters…oh, and respect your elders….
Bob: No one wants to see your ass, pull your pants up.
And get off my lawn!
Joey: If the van’s a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’.
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