Top 5 favorite records
1. The Cramps - Psychedelic Jungle
2. The Stooges - Funhouse
3. The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette
4. The Ramones - Leave Home
5. Velvet Underground - White Light / White Heat
Top 5 favorite labels, past or present
3. Island (mid 70's) - Sparks, Roxy Music, Eno, White Noise, Ultravox (w/ John Foxx when they were good), etc.
Top 5 labels that influenced In The Red
4. Amphetamine Reptile
5. Sub Pop
Top 5 underrated records
1. Sparks - Lil' Beethoven
2. Scientists - You Get What You Deserve
3. The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette (better than anything the Clash could've ever thought of!)
4. The Monkees - their first five albums are all excellent. Better than the Beatles' first five albums.
5. Every album by the Cheater Slicks. One of the best bands in North America for the last 20 years and most people are too stupid to get it.
Top 5 Sparks records
1. Kimono My House
4. Lil' Beethoven
5. Hello Young Lovers
Top 5 LA-punk shows you attended in the late '70s as an impressionable teenager:
1. The Cramps (opening for The Runaways) @ Whiskey 1978
2. The Germs, Middle Class, Black Flag, Redd Cross @ Hong Kong Cafe 1979
3. The Screamers @ Whiskey 1978
4. The Weirdos, The Dickies @ Golden Bear 1978
5. Iggy Pop @ Santa Monica Civic 1977 (first show I ever went to)... though he was better in '79 @ the Stardust Ballroom w/ Brian James (Damned) on guitar and Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) on bass.
Top 5 music scenes, past or present (i.e. Montreal in the 2000s, etc.)
1. NY / CBGBs late 70's (Ramones, Suicide, Dead Boys, ect)
2. UK punk explosion late 70's (Sex Pistols, Damned, Slits, X Ray Spex, Buzzcocks, ect)
3. LA punk explosion late 70's (Germs, Weirdos, X, Screamers, ect)
4. British Invasion early-mid 60's (Rolling Stones, Who, Kinks, Yardbirds, Pretty Things, ect)
5. US garage scene mid 60's (Seeds, Electric Prunes, Sonics, etc.)