NAME: the laura pepitone show
BAND AFFILIATION: the laura pepitone show, the Lazy Suns, the Gonedaddys
INSTRUMENT: Vox, guitars (electric and acoustic), bass, piano, Casio keyboards, clarinet, air organ, and drums. Bass for the Gonedaddys during summer 2010 European tour. Mad tambourdancer (tambourine playing and dancing).
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … I can’t recall the order, but it was Blue Angel’s “Blue Angel” (Cyndi Lauper’s first band); Cyndi Lauper’s “She’s So Unusual”; Madonna’s “Madonna” and “Like a Virgin”; and Neneh Cherry’s “Raw like Sushi” (a birthday gift from a friend). I think I also had Paula Abdul’s “Forever Your Girl” as well… My dad listened to Vassar College radio in the ’80s…
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Alternative Nation Tour with Soul Asylum, Spin Doctors and Screaming Trees at Orange County Fairgrounds in 1993, Lollopalooza 1994 (did not see GBV!!! Didn’t know them yet!!), Woodstock ’94, Violent Femmes at Vassar (1994?) and Super Chunk at Bard (late 1990s? Can’t recall). Guided by Voices is my fave band to see live! Plus Walter Lure! The Textbook Commmittee is a superb GBV cover band from Chicago – they let me sing back-up for “Echos Myron” at Don Pedros a couple years ago. I never saw the Ramones!! I was soo into “indie rock” in the ’90s, so, I missed out!! Pixies, Flaming Lips, Jonathan Richman, Wilco, Bad Brains, Mercury Rev, P-Funk, Blondie, Ray Davies to name a few. I am not a big concert-goer really. Plus, my level of recall is pretty bad, and I’m too lazy to bring a camera ’cause its hard to dance and drink and snap pics. They come out too blurry anyway. I am also freaked out by large crowds these days. Would like to see Liz Phair, Devo, Pavement, Jane’s Addiction, Rolling Stones and Best Coast at least once. Would have loved to have seen the Replacements.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Growing up, my sister had a violin that I would sneak out from under her bed. She also had a Cort electric guitar, which I would play with – and I still have it. My brother had a drumset. We also had a piano and a harmonica. I had a Casio MT 68 (lost) and a Casio CT 370. And I played the clarinet starting in fourth grade. I sang in chorus in elementary and middle school. I was in the school bands from fourth – tenth grades, marching band too (and orchestra one year, ninth). I sang a lot (still do). I would record myself on my Sears tapedeck singing along to my Debbie Gibson and Cyndi Lauper tapes in an empty room in the basement, good reverb! I would also record clarinet parts and play over them to practice for school. No one taught me this; I kinda made it up. My brother and I were into the Sears tape recorder, we just loved it, plus our Radio Shack walkie talkies. I think when we were little, we thought that micropohones and tape machines were soo cool; they were magical, still are!
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I think a cover of Debbie Gibson’s “Electric Youth” at the Tinker Street Cafe in 1996. Way slower and knocked down to two chords on my guitar, which I found on Tinker Street in Woodstock. As for my own tune it may have been “Mafia Glasses.” I can’t recall.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Well, probably my own “band” (that’s if a 4-track with backing tracks counts as a band. It was “band-like” or a wannbe band, an essence of a band). Big Life and the Non-Smokers (w/Padulaman and the Final Shizbot, we “performed” once live!). The Pull-Outs (short lived!), the Lazy Suns (got to sing back-up at Irving Plaza at the 2004 Joey Ramone B-Day bash) and the Gonedaddys. The last two being my boyfriend’s bands! I don’t really play out much.