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The Employee Interview Part V: Brent James

Posted by Miss Ess, May 26, 2007 04:28pm | Post a Comment
Brent James
7.5 years employment
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Q: What was playing in your house when you were a kid?
janis joplin
BJ: Janis Joplin, "Mercedes Benz" and lots of  Willie Nelson, lots of The Doors, Fleetwood Mac.  Basic 70's things that are very important to my formative years.

What was your first show?

The Shirelles at a classic car show in Turlock, California.  No lies, my dad was the president of the Cam Twisters USA! He still is.  That was it!

That's crazy. ...yet fabulous. What was the first band that you were really into?

Ratt.  They made me want to be a musician.  It's true! ratt Why lie, you know?


What is your favorite venue here in the city?

Cafe du Nord.

Yes, I love it.  That's one of my favorites too.  What is your favorite band right now?
ruth etting
I just gotta say I listen to a lot of old things right now.  Ruth Etting and vocalists of the 30s and 40s is what I am listening to a lot at home, besides the usual.

Wow, I didn't even know that you listened to that kind of thing.  What do you think is the best local band?

I've got to say barbarasteele, but they are not a functioning band anymore, so my next choice would be Black Fiction.  They are amazing live, and there's lots of fur!

Well! So I know you're not really the guilty type, but do you have any musical guilty pleasures?

Amy Winehouse
-- and Charlie and His Orchestra which was a Nazi propaganda swing band.

Geez, I can see why you would feel guilty about that.  Favorite instore of all time here athedwig and the angry inch john cameron mitchell Amoeba?

Let's see...The Bell Rays and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  However Queens of the Stone Age in the Hollywood store was just amazing. [ed. note, Brent worked at the Hollywood store for a while a few years ago.]

What was the Hedwig instore like?

It was the touring program that played at the Victoria Theater here, it was just scaled down version of the film performances, and John Cameron Mitchell was there too.

What's a great record you think more people should listen to?

Good question.  I think anything you think you wouldn't like right out of the gates is something you should make yourself listen to later.  You tend to miss a lot of things with the pre-programed "I don't like it" mindset.

So what is your favorite Madonna video?madonna

"Bad Girl".

I don't know that one!

She gets murdered in it!

What is that available on?

The Greatest Video Hits Volume Two.

Then what is your favorite Janet Jackson video?

"Escapade."



Oh I love that one!  Favorite hair band video?


Poison, "Talk Dirty To Me."



Why?


Because of they have lots of slides and silly string and it was the introduction to Poison.  Glam, glam, glam!texas chainsaw massacre

Favorite moment in the Star Wars Trilogy?luke skywalker star wars

Um, Luke realizing that he has to leave home to help his friends.  It takes the death of his aunt and uncle to figure that out, but he realizes, "I'm done with this".

So touching!  Ok, now what is your favorite horror film of all time?

Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  The original.

That was an easy one for you!  What is your favorite part of working here at Amoeba?

The interaction with random strangers, figuring out what everybody is into ,which is always just Amy Winehouse or Lilly Allen. Friends all over the world!

Thank you for your time!  That was so fun!

You're welcome, girl!

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