We’re working on resurrecting the Get To Know Your Blogger feature from the ashes here at MoB, and what better time than now to introduce you to our friend Greg who runs Captain’s Dead. I was introduced to over at Via Chicago and since that time I have relied on Greg’s site for some great live show downloads and an appreciation of music that I find falls right into line with my own.
Let’s get some general background on you. Where do you live, how long, etc.
I am originally from the Chicagoland area, the south suburbs to be more specific. When I was 19/20 I moved to the city and lived in Roscoe Village and Ukrainian Village for the better part of those 10 years. Then one day the wife and I got the bright idea to move south, mostly due to the fact that we were sick of the weather and the ever rising housing market. We ended up in Atlanta and have been here for almost 4 years. Strangely enough, I actually prefer Atlanta to Chicago at this point. I think we were just over the scene and needed to break away.
I want get an idea of your musical taste evolution if you will. What were some of the first albums/tapes/CD’s you bought?
The fist tape I ever bought, I believe, was either Huey Lewis and the news’ sports or Styx’s Kilroy Was Here. I actually might have bought them on the same day, I cant remember though. I grew up hearing a lot of different styles around my house. My mother listened to a bit of everything, ranging from The Eagles to The Temptations to the Doobie Brothers to Michael Jackson to the Oakridge boys to Barry Manilow to Christopher Cross. I definitely owe it to her on my wide range of musical tastes. Everything came to a head though in 1989 when I first heard Public Enemy’s it takes a nation of millions. That record truly changed my life, even though, at the time, I didnt quite comprehend the subject matter but it was really the complexity, both musically and lyrically, of the record that pulled me in.
How about some of the more recent CD’s you’ve purchased/downloaded?
Most recent purchase was Jason Isbell’s Sirens of the Ditch and Justin Earle’s Yuma. I got a promo of Jason’s record but I really felt the need to purchase it because I love it so. Downloaded? Surely, you jest?
When I started listening to music, there were certain musicians that led me in the path of a lot of other bands. Did you have any similar experiences with bands growing up?
See question #2. Public Enemy was the gateway that led to everything I listen to now.
What are some of your favorite records of all time?
Top 5 on the way
1. guided by voices.bee thousand
2. pavement.crooked rain
3. public enemy.it takes a nation of millions
4. drive by truckers.decoration day
5. afghan whigs.gentlemen
The top 3 really never change, but everything else is subject to my ever changing moods.
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