Reverb Questionnaire is a list of (mostly) static questions we pose to folks outside the music industry. The questions are all answered via email. Previous participants include Michael Chabon, Michele Norris, and Janeane Garofolo. This week, before coming to the Moore, Saturday, with Whose Live Anyway, Greg Proops took a few minutes to tell us about Count Basie, Tears for Fears, and why he wasn't ready for a commitment from Lykke Li.
What music have you been listening to today?
Ambient Space Music on the computer.
Did you like it?
It is sublime.
What's your preferred method for listening to music (iPod, car, home stereo, etc.)?
1) Record player; 2) iPod; 3) Loud as f**k in the car.
When was the last time you heard "Stairway to Heaven"?
Coming from a suspicious van in Hollywood last week.
Did you turn it off?
I gave them a wide berth for my own mental health.
Do you play an instrument?
Just my dulcet nasal vocal tones.
Do you still listen to anything you were listening to in high school?
If so, what?
The Ohio Players, The Beatles and the Stones, Marvin Gaye, Aerosmith, The Sweet, Zep, Parliament, The Ramones, Chaka Khan, Ian Hunter, David Bowie, Tower of Power, AC/DC, Cheap Trick and the Tubes.
What was the first band/artist you saw in concert?
My Dad took me to see Ella and Count Basie when I was a kid. Superb swinging style. My first show might have been Sha Na Na. Yes, Sha Na Na. I know, hey I was 15. Tavares with Bill Cosby. First cool show Cheech and Chong opening for Tower of Power.
Would you see them again?
I prefer the sweet recollection, but, yes.
What was the last band/artist you saw in concert?
Lykke Li the Scandinavian chanteuse.
Worth your time?
Yes, she was quirky and moody. At the end she pixie-whispered "I Love you" to the crowd. I wasn't ready for that kind of commitment.
When you sing karaoke, what's your go-to number?
Head over heels by Tears For Fears. Show stopping. And sad.
How do you feel about ABBA?
How I feel is irrelevant, the world voted. I like the song SOS. It is my fervent wish that my organs be fed to a badger rather than watch Meryl Streep skip in Mama Mia.
What is the last song you want to hear before you die?
"Strawberry Letter 23" The Brothers Johnson version by Shuggy Otis.
Please share a favorite musical moment/story from your past.
I did a chat show at the great club Largo in Hollywood. One night Dave Grohl read Norwegian death rock rock lyrics then played drums in a classic rock medley with Jon Brion. That one was from the Valhalla.
Last Question: What's the best way to pass the time while watching a presidential debate? Can you suggest, perhaps, a drinking game or sketch exercise?
Anytime you sense insincerity, light up.