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Nine Questions

Christopher Muñoz

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Christopher "Bean" Muñoz grew up in Tucson and Flagstaff. A now-retired BMX rider, he has a bachelor's degree in photography from the University of Arizona and works at Arizona Picture and Frame Gallery. A harmonica player, he was an original member of Army of Garbage and currently plays as half of the blues-folk duo Sweet Pea and the Bean, and half of the blues-punk duo Tandem.

What was the first concert you attended?

Some punk show at the Elks in Flagstaff circa 1992, probably the Shitbastards and Creature Feature.

What are you listening to these days?

Screamin' Jay Hawkins, George "Harmonica" Smith, Satan and Adam, Jason Ricci, Dennis Gruenling's tribute album to Little Walter, and, as always, Harp Attack!

What was the first album you owned?

Bell Biv DeVoe's single "Poison." I got it so I could secretly learn to dance before the fourth-grade Valentine's Day dance.

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

"Intellectual hip-hop" and Bob Dylan.

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

GG Allin, The Residents and James Brown, under one bill, and in that order.

Musically speaking, what is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Cheesy '80s dance music like A-ha.

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

"Against the Wind" by Bob Seger.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Misfits as a teenager, because every adolescent needs some punk rock; Little Walter as an adult, to show me the true beauty in musicianship; the Legendary Shack Shakers, for putting all that together.

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

Little Walter's "Roller Coaster" (1955 Checker Records single).

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