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A loyal fan of local music since the late '70s, Fonda Hamilton-Insley became active in the Tucson punk scene in the '80s by promoting shows as a member of Tucson Hardcore, managing local punk legends UPS and writing for about a dozen punk and skateboarding zines. These days, she's a member of Midriff Crisis belly dance troupe, plays Arabic drums and zills, and recently performed on her first recording as a percussionist with Feral Rhythm.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

The Guess Who, Wet Willie and Elvin Bishop, 1974 at the TCC Arena--all that for $6!

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Best of Corvus Corax; Cheb I Sabbah, Shri Durga; Johnny Paycheck, The Real Mr. Heartache; Grave Danger, Death City; Zeke, Kicked in the Teeth.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Probably 700-900 albums, about 600 CDs.

Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?

Don't have time, and I still love vinyl too much to get into the MP3 thing.

What was the first album you owned?

Hey Jude by the Beatles. I was in sixth-grade, and someone told me it was cool. I have never liked the Beatles.

What song would you like to have played at your funeral?

Exene Cervenka's "Biggest Memory" and Sabir Robaai's "Sidi Mansoyababa."

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

That would have to be Liberace. I love everything about him--perfect music for a long, warm bath.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

A local band called Civil Death. They were the first punk band I ever saw; from the first two-minute song, I was hooked. All the early punk had a tremendous effect on me. In one night, my life was completely changed, and still is.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Descendents, Milo Goes to College--sums up my youth.

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