It's been a bumpy year for many businesses, the music industry among them, so we thought we'd ask a few of the folks who work

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Best wishes from Seattle's generous music scene.

It's been a bumpy year for many businesses, the music industry among them, so we thought we'd ask a few of the folks who work hard to make our local scene happen just what kind of comfort they'd like to give—and receive—this holiday season. . . .

STEVE MANNING, ADVERTISING DIRECTOR/PUBLICITY, SUB POP RECORDS

Seattle Weekly: What do you want for Christmas (Ramadan, Hannukah, etc.) more than anything this year?

S.M.: I want to sleep. Sleep the whole holiday away and wake up refreshed and ready for the new year.

What do you never wish to receive/ give again?

Sweaters. Just 'cause I am a guy and I can't buy my own clothes, why does everyone think I need a sweater? Am I a bad dresser? Do I look cold all the time? NO MORE SWEATERS.

What would you give the following folks for the holidays?

a. Britney Spears:

She don't need nuthin'.

b. President Bush:

He and the Scarecrow have the same needs. . . .

c. Mayor Nickels:

How about a new police chief?

TOM MONDAY, ADVERTISING AND MARKETING DIRECTOR, NO DEPRESSION MAGAZINE

Seattle Weekly: What do you want for the holidays more than anything this year?

T.M.: I'd basically like more time. More time to learn all the things I want to learn. More time to get to know all my friends better. More time to listen to all the music that deserves to be heard and [read] all the books that deserve to be read.

What do you never wish to receive/ give again?

I hope I never receive another e-mailed holiday "card." Those don't count, dammit!

What would you give the following folks for the holidays?

a. Britney Spears:

I'd give her a copy of Jewel's book of poetry.

b. President Bush:

I'd give his stupid ass a hug— he probably needs it.

c. Mayor Nickels:

I'd give him a trip back in time to Seattle circa 1990 to remind him of how cool this city used to be.

d. Music figure of your choice (surprise us):

I'd give [Beastie Boy] Adam Horovitz whatever he wanted.

MA'CHELL DUMA, PUBLICIST, SIT & SPIN, INFINITE PRODUCTIONS

Seattle Weekly: What do you want for the holidays more than anything this year?

M.D.: World peace, joy for everyone, and two garbage bags—one full of weed, and the other, cash.

What do you never wish to receive/ give again?

It would be great to never receive an insincere compliment again.

What would you give the following folks for the holidays?

a. Britney Spears:

A copy of The Beauty Myth, a turtleneck sweater, and the Gossip's record.

b. President Bush:

A loaded bong.

c. Mayor Nickels:

A big, wet kiss for kicking Sidran's ass!

d. Music figure of your choice (surprise us):

Ursula Android and Jackie Hell: gift certificates to the Tacoma Pic N Save.

SALLY JOHNSON, COMMUNITY RELATIONS MANAGER AT KEXP-FM 90.3 AND HEAD OF SALLY J MUSIC MARKETING AND EVENTS

Seattle Weekly: What do you want for the holidays more than anything this year?

S.J.: Honestly, I want peace. I want no more bombing and suffering. I want women all over the world to have equal rights and safety. Other than that, I want the new Burberry scarf that benefits the fight against breast cancer.

What do you never wish to receive/ give again?

I guess that would be the cashmere sweater (man, it was nice, too) I gave an old boyfriend who proceeded to break up with me two days after Christmas.

What would you give the following folks for the holidays?

a. Britney Spears:

A real life not manipulated by 50-year-old men and their marketing departments.

b. President Bush:

Lessons in public speaking?

c. Mayor Nickels:

My biggest, truest relief that Sidran did not win—and enough money to build the goddamn light-rail system already.

STEVE SEVERIN, TALENT BUYER, I-SPY

Seattle Weekly: What do you want for the holidays more than anything this year?

S.S.: A trained monkey.

What do you never wish to receive/ give again?

A photograph of Counter's white ass!

What would you give the following folks for the holidays?

a. Britney Spears:

A swift kick in the ass.

b. President Bush:

A brain with a larger mental capacity than a chewed-up jelly bean.

c. Mayor Nickels:

One thousand Hail Marys for beating Sidran.

d. Music figure of your choice (surprise us):

Nick Drake: life . . . because he's dead.

MATT ENGERBRETSON, GUITARIST, POSEUR

Seattle Weekly: What do you want for the holidays more than anything this year?

M.E.: True and lasting love.

What do you never wish to receive/ give again?

The Christmas Bunion Rub. I thought it was a real tradition until I was about 14. Thanks a lot, Grandma.

What would you give the following folks for the holidays?

a. Britney Spears:

A 2002 calendar with kittens and ribbons and shit.

b. President Bush:

One of those robotic dogs.

c. Mayor Nickels:

The book How to Win Friends and Influence People.

d. Music figure of your choice (surprise us):

I'd get Cat Power some Kleenex.

lgreenblatt@seattleweekly.com

 
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