As both publisher of the one-and-only POPLust Magazine (cross your favorite issue of Creem with Mad magazine circa 1962) and erstwhile member of the legendary Squirrels combo (currently in the midst of their ultra-gala 25th anniversary “Death with Dignity” tour), Rob Morgan gamely took some time out from mock-rockin’ the Pacific Northwest to reveal the following.
Munsters or Addams Family: Which one’s for you, and why?
Morgan: “Addams Family, all the way! I was fascinated by Charles Addams cartoons when I was a kid. … there were a bunch in this old cartoon book from 1945 called ‘Cartoon Cavalde,’ including a number of ‘Addams Family’ ones. I still have that book! I now also have a big, hardback collection of his stuff that I love!
“And the TV show wasn’t too insulting to the original strip, which is more than I can say about the Batman show from the ’60s … even as a kid, I knew that blew!”
Who in the world, living or dead, would you most like to play a game of Twister with?
Morgan: “Hmm … Felix the Cat? Ona Zee? Salvador Dali? Elasticman? Honestly, I’m not really sure.”
How many Sid King & The Five Strings records do you own?
Morgan: “Zero, zip … How many Sensational Alex Harvey Band albums do you own?”
If you had been working the front gate at The Dakota that night back in 1980 when nasty Mark David Chapman showed up, pistol in hand, to avenge the chief Beatle for his “Bigger than Jesus” wisecrack, what would you have done?
Morgan: “I have no answer for this. Being more than a ‘fan,’ I completely freaked out for three days when that went down, and [I] have a hard time listening to John Lennon ever since.”
Ginger or Mary-Ann: Which one’s for you, and for how long?
Morgan: “Mary-Ann — for as long as it takes. I mean, everybody knows that the ‘girl next door’ types are way more ‘creative’ (i.e., kinkier) than any old pretentious glamour puss!”
Which single song, living or dead, do you most wish you’d written and why didn’t you?
Morgan: “It’s a toss-up between ‘Do You Believe in Magic’ and ‘Thick As a Brick.’ ‘Nuff said.”
Whose guitar would you most like to be reincarnated as?
Morgan: “Frank Zappa‘s! Either that or Lek Leckenby from Herman’s Hermits (R.I.P.)!”
In 2,000 words or less, your hopes, aspirations and goals, musical and otherwise, for your life and your country?
Morgan: “All was well with the world as of April 1999, when the world saw the release of the Life and Crimes of Alice Cooper four-CD boxed set! That’s more than anyone can ask for!
“P.S.: Squirrels 25th Anniversary/’Death With Dignity Retirement Tour T-shirts are available now. See our blog at www.myspace.com/thesquirrelsgroup for ordering info.
“These things look pretty cool! And don’t miss these last few shows, ‘cuz after 2009, we’re outta here!”
— Musician/writer Gary Pig Gold is the co-founder of the To M’Lou Music label.