My (Very Fake) MOJO interview

A couple of magazines have a monthly feature I rather enjoy, where they ask musicians and other celebrities the same questions every month. Obviously, they get a wide variety of answers.

One such questionnaire is conducted by MOJO, one of my favorite music mags. They feature an eclectic array of music and musicians. And of course, they have the monthly poll. I’ve always wanted to be interviewed by this and a couple of other magazines. So I thought I’d do it here, just for fun.

MOJO calls its feature “All Back to My Place.” Let’s follow the format and see where it takes us.

CEDRIC HENDRIX, Avid Listener, Author and Journalist

What music are you currently grooving to?

Well, I’m at work on the official biography on Bernie Worrell. Most people know him as the keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic in the 70’s. But he was so much more than that. So I’m hearing a lot of music from him. I suppose some of my favorites are Funkadelic’s America Eats Its Young and Praxis’s Transmutation.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favorite album?

I’d have to say King Crimson’s Discipline, because it turned me into the all-accepting music freak I am today. Just an otherworldly album that holds up easily, despite being released in ‘81. There are others that are close, but this is the foundation.

What was the first record you ever bought?

And where did you buy it. Pieces of Eight from Styx in 1978. I got it from Peaches Records in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. I truly loved that band and that store. My dad and I spent a lot of time there on select Saturdays. It was almost a given that my allowance would be left at that store.

Which musician, other than yourself, have you ever wanted to be?

Well, let’s establish first that my guitar playing leaves a LOT to be desired (laughs). That being said, I have to cheat and pick three guitarists, because they all matter. I’d get my inspiration from Jimi Hendrix, my expression from Jeff Beck, and my innovation from Adrian Belew.

What do you sing in the shower?

Well, that’s a VERY rare occurrence, for which most people will be thankful (laughs). But if I had to choose one, it would be Radiohead’s “How to Disappear Completely.”

What’s your favorite Saturday night record?

I like to dedicate most Saturdays to Soul music. It reminds me of my parents. So I guess my first choice would be Al Green’s I’m Still in Love with You.

And your Sunday morning record?

Sunday is jazz day, for me. The default position was Miles or Trane. So from the former, I’d say Miles Smiles.

Hope you enjoyed it. More fake interviews do come.


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