Jefferson Keenan was the frontman for the Phantom Limbs, the Weekly's pick for Best Rock Band in the inaugural Best of TucsonTM issue in 1987, and either the first or second Tucson band to be invited to play at both SXSW in Austin and the CMJ Seminar in New York. Keenan still performs occasionally with local supergroup the Fraidycats and works as a criminal defense lawyer, doing legal research and writing.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
When I was about 12, my brother and I drove up from San Manuel to Phoenix to see Cactus and Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum. It reeked of pot.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Tom Waits, Frank's Wild Years; a French pop compilation; an early Stones compilation; The Jayhawks, Hollywood Town Hall; Meat Puppets II.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
About 250 LPs and 7"s. About 100 cassettes and 100 CDs.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
No, thank you.
What was the first album you owned?
Creedence Clearwater Revival, Willy and the Poor Boys.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Assuming I don't go the Viking funeral route, right now it would be Tom Waits' "Innocent When You Dream."
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
There's no guilt involved, but I understand the question and the answer is: BLACK OAK ARKANSAS!!!
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. I was about 19 or 20, and I had never before really thought about how songs were, or could be, put together. You can learn a lot from that old stuff.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I couldn't possibly make that call. Good thing it's only a figurative gun.