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Nine Questions

Dennis J. Fesenmyer


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Dennis J. Fesenmyer is the owner, art director and designer at Fezlab, a graphic-design firm with clients including Walt Disney, 9 Queens, the Reid Park Zoo and the Girl Scouts. His upcoming projects include doing branding for the new Tap and Bottle, a redesign of Hotel Congress' website, and a few top-secret gigs. He and his wife, Cindy, recently welcomed their 1-month-old son, Felix. When spare time is found, it's spent fixing up his 1959 midcentury modern home and enjoying hoppy beverages.

What was the first concert you attended?

My first parents-free, big-boy concert was Jane's Addiction at Tucson Gardens, January 1989.

What are you listening to these days?

The Budos Band I-III; Baroness, Yellow and Green; Weedeater, Jason ... the Dragon; Les Baxter, The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter; Harvey Milk, Harvey Milk; Burial, Untrue; Horacee Arnold, Tales of the Exonerated Flea; Earth, Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II.

What was the first album you owned?

Kiss' Love Gun on 8-track. I mistakenly thought it had "Calling Dr. Love" on it, which I was known to sing at the wee age of 6. I had a lot of teenage baby sitters in the '70s.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone seem to love, but you just don't get?

Yarling, indie folk and whatever Jason Mraz, Maroon 5 and John Mayer are.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

The Stooges, Aug. 17, 1970.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Freestyle, most pop/R&B/hip-hop from the late '80s, and every goth band in Mick Mercer's book.

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

"The Hearse Song."

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Kiss, a super-early gateway band for a kid who was into monsters, theatrics, sex, art and heavy music. Big, dumb and loud can always get my head bobbin'. Later on, punk rock picked up the reins of influence.

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

The Velvet Underground and Nico.


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