Nine Questions with Eric Johnson
In addition to working as the undergraduate academic advisor for the School of Music at the UA, Eric Johnson is a member of Black Sun Ensemble and Bread and Circus, the latter of which just released its debut CD, Spare Me Over, on Johnson's SlowBurn Records imprint. Catch Bread and Circus performing at The Hut on Saturday, April 21, as part of the Spring Club Crawl. What was the first concert you ever saw? The Kinks on the Word of Mouth tour in 1985. They played at Poplar Creek in Chicago with Steve Earle as an opener, I think. Steve Earle was boring, but The Kinks were really great. I think it was the last tour with the original drummer, Mick Avory. What CDs are in your changer right now? Been listening to Amon Düül II-Yeti; Peter Green-The End of the Game; Songs of the Humpback Whale; Robert Calvert-Freq; Robert Wyatt-The End of an Ear; John Frusciante-To Record Only Water for Ten Days. How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)? I have no idea. I just know they are very heavy to move from place to place. Let's say "lots." Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally? No, of course not. You don't get the artwork that way. What was the first album you owned? The Police, Ghost in the Machine--bought it at a place called Camelot Music with money I saved mowing lawns. What song would you like to have played at your funeral? How about getting gloomy with Black Sun Ensemble's "Dove of the Desert" (Goldfish record version) and then getting spiritual with The Incredible String Band's "The Circle Is Unbroken." Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure? New age music--yikes! I also really dig Christmas songs. What band or artist changed your life, and how? I think I watched The Who's The Kids Are Alright movie 1,000 times before I was 16. It just looked like too much fun not to try it myself. Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time? Alice Cooper's Love It to Death, "Black Juju" and "Hallowed Be My Name" being the favorites.