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Mister Enemy - A Troy Van Leeuwen Fan Site Interview

Trascribed by nwar


Current albums you like?
-U.N.K.L.E.: Psyence Fiction. On Psyence Fiction: "I really think that the song "Rabbit in Your Headlights" that Thom Yorke sang on is one of the best songs I've heard in the past 5 years. It's a great song with a great melody."
-Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile. On The Fragile: "I think it's the best record that came out last year."

Classic albums you like?
-Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti On Physical Graffiti: "There's so many great songs on there that it goes to show you that they were just a band that couldn't be stopped. It definitely has an eclectic sound."
-Pink Floyd: The Wall
-Pink Floyd: Animals
-Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life
-Black Sabbath: Sabotage
-Funkadelic: America Eats Its Young

Soundtracks you like?
-Boogie Nights

Favorite record store?
-Pennylane Music in Los Angeles

Your biggest musical influences?
-Tom Waits. On Tom Waits: "He's created such an art at what he does. He doesn't even have to try anymore. He just goes up there and says something. I saw him recently and he doesn't even have to say something funny, it just sounds funny or it just makes sense. Everything he does has a tinge of humor and tragedy at the same time. You can tell he's been through so much in his life."
-James Brown
-David Bowie
-Jimi Hendrix
-Led Zeppelin

Best concert you ever saw?
-Tom Waits at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles in 1999

First concert you ever saw?
-Rush at the Los Angeles Forum when I was 13 years old

Performance that stands out for you?
-Madison Square Garden, May 2000. That's the place to play. The whole day there was this whole energy of "We're playing Madison Square Garden." Every great artist that has played in an arena has played there. It's a huge place and there's something [section missing]

Moment in studio that stands out for you?
-I was tracking guitars and letting Billy tell me what to do. He was being the producer and I was being the guitar player. I was thinking I was getting a take to pick from and he ended up using all of them. The two songs that I play on, there's like 8

Musical equipment you like?
-Lexicon Vortex, Yamaha A4000 sampler


Books you like?
-Friedrich Nietzsche: The Anti-Christ. On The Anti-Christ: "All the things that he's saying about religion and how really it doesn't make sense, how it's totally anti-natural - it just makes sense to me. You have to take religion with a grain of salt."
-Dr. Seuss: The Cat in the Hat

Bookstore you like?
-Counterpoint Records and Books in Los Angeles

Magazines you like?


Movies you like?
-The Shining. On The Shining: "There's not one flaw in that movie. It's shot perfectly and the music is the most intense I've ever heard. The atmosphere, the lighting, the story - it's nuts, it's crazy, it's brilliant."
-American Psycho
-High Fidelity
-Fight Club

Movie director you like?
-Stanley Kubrik

Actor you like?
-Tom Waits
-Russell Crowe

Actress you like?
-Julianne Moore


Current TV show you like?
-Mr. Show

Classic TV show you like?
-Night Gallery

Talk show or host you like?
-Late Night with Conan O'Brien
-Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher

Radio station you like?
-90.7 KPFK in Los Angeles


Artist you like?
-Salvador Dali

Favorite museum?
-The Smithsonian

Your favorite city?
-Los Angeles

A vacation spot you like?

Car you like?
-Lincoln Continental Town Car


A person you would like to meet?
-Tom Waits

Comedian that you like?
-David Cross


A new clothing company you like?
-Calvin Klein

An old school classic clothing company you like?
-Levi's -Hang Ten

Your favorite brand of sneakers?

Favorite mall store?
-Food court

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