Michele Noach is a London-based pop artist who this winter spent several months in Tucson, escaping her homeland's ungodly humidity levels with her husband, musician Robyn Hitchcock (quizzed in this very space last week). During the last 15 years, her work has been exhibited in a number of galleries, most recently in the lobby of Hotel Congress through May 12.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
A piano recital by Vladimir Ashkenazy, I think, in 1977, at the Royal Festival Hall, London. That or The Damned, same year, same city.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Back home, it's Eels' Shootenanny! Here on my Tucson Discman, it's Virginia Creeper, the new Grant Lee Phillips album--which is beautiful.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
This is upsetting, really. Something like 800 to 1,000 vinyl albums, maybe 300 CDs, about the same for cassettes. Probably more. Do civilians have 8-tracks?
Do you download music, and if so, legally?
I don't download. But if I was 15 years old, I would, I'm sure. I'm from the, "I like to hold a juicy, nice art-worked product in my hands" generation. I actually enjoy buying a record. It's a bit like voting.
What was the first album you owned?
Hunky Dory (David Bowie).
What song would you like played at your funeral?
"Another Girl, Another Planet," by The Only Ones.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
The Pointer Sisters.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Iggy. He held my hand through puberty. Sadly, only metaphorically.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Loaded, by the Velvet Underground. But it has to be the re-issue with all the extras, like "Ocean." Everything I need can be found on that.