Katie Rogers was a straight-edge skateboarder when she moved to Tucson at 16. She is currently a housing attorney at Southern Arizona Legal Aid. Rogers played drums in an all-girl punk band called the Inpatients and is now playing in Foolscap Fire, which in Rogers' words is a band with "less of an emphasis on the punk and more of an emphasis on, um ... musical ability and melody?"
What was the first concert you ever saw?
Cheap Trick, Aldo Nova and Saxon when I was 12 years old. ... My sister got the friggin' rad Cheap Trick T-shirt. I got the stupid Aldo Nova jersey.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
The Resonars, That Evil Drone on the turntable (everyone needs this album now); Television, Marquee Moon in my car; The Roots, Do You Want More?!!!??! in the home CD player; and rotating between N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton and Joy Division, Closer on my computer.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I sold all of my albums in San Francisco for rent one month. I've been s-l-o-w-l-y building up my collection again and have about 80 now. Toxic Ranch has been a big part of that—thanks, Bill!
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I plead the fifth.
What was the first album you owned?
Donny Osmond, To You With Love, Donny. Go ahead; bring it! I ain't ashamed!
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
The Pogues' "If I Should Fall From Grace With God," but I want Mark Beef to sing it karaoke.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I like Pearl Jam's first three albums.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
The Clash. I first heard them at 14, and stole their first album from the local record store in Logan, Utah. Their music made me realize that one could eloquently express frustration and discontent, and that punk could be both hardcore and instrumentally diverse.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
The Clash, The Clash.