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Eight questions for Nardwuar (The Human Serviette)


Canadian singer/organist Nardwuar, whose latest Evaporators release A Wild Pear shares seven Mint Records inches with Andrew W.K., talks classic TV, the Farfisa organ and much more.

Munsters or Addams Family: Which one’s for you, and why?
Nardwuar: “Well, Munsters, of course, since Yvonne De Carlo — Lily! — was born in my hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. By the way, since we’re speaking of births, why not mention death? Errol Flynn died in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada –1959, to be exact, with his 16-year-old lover. Like you care.”

Who in the world, living or dead, would you most like to play a game of Twister with?
Nardwuar: “I don’t know yet. My dad once met John Denver on an airplane ride. Does that count?”

How many Sid King & The Five Strings records do you own?
Nardwuar: “I don’t know who Sid King & The Five Strings are!”

Got any good Brian Wilson stories?
Nardwuar: “No … tell us about Brian Wilson’s rap album! I know he did a good rap album.”
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Ginger or Mary Ann: Which one’s for you, and for how long?
Nardwuar: “Mary Ann ’cause she appears in a video by the band Squirtgun for the song, called strangely enough, ‘Mary Ann.’ Squirtgun features a guy called Mass, who also played in a band called The Potatomen with a guy called Larry Livermore who saw The Sex Pistols at Winterland and The Syndicate of Sound kick it out in Detroit!”

What single song, living or dead, do you most wish you’d written – and why didn’t you?
Nardwuar: ” ‘Different Strokes’ or ‘Facts of Life.’ That would make me Alan Thicke, a fellow Canadian, and someone my friends in the band The Smugglers have written about.”

Whose Farfisa organ would you most like to be reincarnated as?
Nardwuar: “The Farfisa for the Five Canadians, a 1960s group from Texas. Yes, the Five Canadians were from Texas. Huh? They took the name because their manager believed a band that people thought were from Canada would get more airplay. Genius.”

In 2,000 words or less, your hopes, aspirations and goals — musical and otherwise — for your life and your country?
Nardwuar: “I just want everyone to smile, and I love cheese.”

Musician/writer Gary Pig Gold is the co-founder of the To M’Lou Music label.