Five Firsts: Michael Poulopoulos of Palatypus

Michael Poulopoulos
NAME: Michael Poulopoulos
BAND AFFILIATION: Palatypus / M.R. Poulopoulos
INSTRUMENT: Guitar / Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I bought was A Tribe Called Quest’s “The Low End Theory.” Funky beats and rhyme schemes, sharp lyrics and tasty samples of fine jazz. I can still bust out the “Scenario” lyrics in full… Try me.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … I’m blushing while I admit this and my lawyer advised against putting it in writing: Richard Marx at SPAC, one prepubescent summer. My friend, Jeremy felt fine before the show, but for some reason felt awful by the time we left.

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3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … If we look past the obligatory grade school recorder and piano failures, the first instrument I ever played was everyone else’s guitar. While in college, I bought a cheap Honer that I traded a buddy for a butter-actioned Washburn. He didn’t like the straight trade, so I had to tip the deal’s scale in my favor with a loan for some lewd DVDs he wanted. I wrote my first song on that Washburn.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “If I Only Had a Brain” by the Scarecrow. I danced pretty well, too.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … The five-piece rock and roll menagerie went by the name Men or Broccoli – we gave folks a choice. Our first payment was a 3/4 full bottle of McCormick Vodka and $50 cash, neither of which lasted the night. We performed exclusively at Olds, a musty room with a penchant for Steely Dan tunes on the Providence College drinking circuit.

M.R. Poulopoulos will sharing a performance with Erin Harkes at the Moon and River Cafe in Schenectady at 8pm on Thursday. Admission is free.

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One Response to “Five Firsts: Michael Poulopoulos of Palatypus”

  1. Matt Mac Haffie says:

    Entertaining stuff! I hear M.R. Poulopoulos is recording some new songs outside the Palatypus umbrella, cant wait for that.

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