9 years employment
ME: I love learning about what has formed people's musical taste. What kind of music were your parents listening to when you were growing up?
NS: I can't tell you how many Santana concerts I've been to. During my toddler years we listened to the good stuff. My mom was all about salsa, Banda and . My pops fancied himself to be somewhat of a Pachuco, so it was all about the oldies! Later, in their quest to become more Americanized, we were subjected to the likes of and . Then my parents got divorced and my dad thought he was the , so it became all country all the time during our visits, which wasn't so bad. But can be a bit depressing when you're a kid.
I know you have 2 older sisters. What were they into listening to? Did they have any influence on your listening tastes?
Hmmm, good question. They're 9 & 10 years older than me, so we had very different taste. They mostly listened to rock and metal, but the oldest used to get down back in the day to some disco and soul (let's just say that we spent a few nights working out routines to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack). The other one was more into the punk classics. I remember when I was 6 my sisters battled out the stereo time between Journey's Escape and the Adolescents. There was no space for me, until I discovered the misunderstood world of teenage angst music. I was sure that The Smiths and The Three O-Clock were writing songs for me. I dyed my hair and shaved my head, only to become the butt of all jokes at the dinner table.
Who was the first artist you became obsessed with, that really got you into music?
Honestly, it was King Louie (from Jungle Book) and The Aristocats that did it or me. Remember when Disney songs had elements of real jazz? Oddly, the first real artist to inspire me was I loved the music from Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas, and the soundtrack to Phantom of the Paradise equally. I saw . a few years ago at USF-- what a weird guy, so fantastic!What was the first concert you went to?
Ha! My very concert was a low rider show at the San Jose Flea Market with Brenton Wood. I was 7.
What's your favorite local band?
I guess he's not totally local anymore, but I've liked all the different bands and now solo project of Greg Ashley's, from The Mirrors until now. I also really like Borts Minorts, Cryptacize and Sugar & Gold.
What is your favorite venue in the Bay Area to see a show at?
I enjoy Great American Music Hall the most.
What's the best live show you have seen this year?
I got to see at a couple of months ago. That was moving.
What has been your favorite instore ever?
Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. It was a family affair with his kids and wife. They were all down to earth, and he was funny! He even dropped his trousers in our break room n front of the staff while he was getting ready for his in-store! Then he went next door [to the bar Murio's] with half the staff and got drunk. Great guy! He died that same year.
I so wish I had been here for that one! What is your favorite song to rollerskate to?
The best jam will always be "Bounce Rock Skate Roll" by Vaughn Mason and Crew. There are many others, but that's the anthem.
What is your favorite slow jam?
There are many; but this is the one everyone freaks to at some point in his or her life. -- "Alone"-- Hello!
What is your favorite 80s duet/power ballad?
. "She's Gone!" So much power!
Oh! Do you have a fave "yacht rock" record or track?
I think it's out of print. The 2 CD set called Easy Rock. Good luck finding this gem.
What song was your first slow dance to in school?
Well, my first couples skate was Peaches & Herb, "Reunited". But my first slow dance was the Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face". It was good until he cupped my ass like a bowl of fruit, so I had to drop him.
If you could be any rock star (or hip hop or whatever) who would you be and why?
WOW! This is a deep question. I would want to be so many so that I could work out my many issues through song. I'd like to have the ability to change when I wanted into Michael McDonald, Suzi Quatro or Anne Murray.
What song brings out your greatest karaoke performance?
"Total Eclipse Of The Heart" is an emotional journey for me. I have to be ready to do this number cause it drains me, but allows me to really connect with my fans.
Can't wait to see that at the Holiday Party! What's been your best find ever here at Amoeba?
I found the soundtrack to Phantom of the Paradise on vinyl in the dollar section. Score!
What's your favorite thing about working here at Amoeba?
The adventures and the people... I also really enjoy working in an old bathroom stall. [Naomi's office is a converted bathroom!] I sometimes pretend that I'm in Rock 'n Roll High School.