NAME: Nicole K.
BAND AFFILIATION: Hot Cousin
INSTRUMENT: Vocals, Bongos, Tambourine, Xylophone, Harmonica, Spoons, Triangle
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The Beastie Boys’ “Licensed to Ill.” I will never forget how rad I thought it looked with the plane picture on it. I remember opening it up and playing it for my dad. Strangely, he said he liked it, which seemed like it was impossible because it was rap. Dads don’t like rap. Especially dads who owned a lot of Chicago and Manhattan Transfer records. But he also had Herb Alpert’s “Whipped Cream and Other Delights,” which had a naughty cover, so maybe he could have genuinely liked the Beastie Boys. I’ll ask him at Valentine’s on Friday because he’ll be at the gig. Or you could ask him because you should probably go.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … You sure you want to interview me? Because the first concert I ever saw was the Jets. And then right after that I saw Sting at Madison Square Garden. Bruce Springsteen came out and did a song with him, and people started yelling “Bruce! Bruce! Bruce!,” but I thought they were booing him and kept asking why they were booing the man on stage. This is because I am an idiot.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Alto sax. Played it for a year in fourth grade. I pretended to play most of the year. Then I played piano for eleven seconds, then just decided that singing was easiest.
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … In the sixth grade graduation ceremonies I had a solo in “Greatest Love of All.” It was a short solo, and a kid had the next few lines after me. He totally wrenched the microphone away from me just as I was finishing my lines. What’s he doing now, I wonder? Probably not playing Valentine’s on May 20th, I’ll tell you that.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS… Yep. I’m gonna say it. This one. Hot Cousin. The funniest part about this interview is that you could have interviewed Charlie, Bill or Luke, and they would have had way cooler things to say to all of these questions. They have all played tons of gigs and have crazy awesome music related stories. And here I am with my lame Bruce Springsteen tale telling you that the first band I was ever in is the one on the top of this page. But we all start somewhere, don’t we?