The endeavors of Tucson native Clif Taylor (aka Mr. Chick Cashman the Swingin' Cowboy) include jaunts as a founding member of the Friends of Dean Martin and playing alongside Black Flag's Ron Reyes. Currently, he constitutes half of Blackwood and Co. Their first album, Bald as Love, will drop later this month. Taylor also recently finished directing a documentary, Fuzz, about the boutique guitar-effects craze. He would like you to know that he has a deep cosmic connection with David Bowie, which he attributes to their shared astrological sign (Capricorn).
What was the first concert you ever saw?
It was either Esquivel at the Old Spanish Trail or Elvis at the Tucson Convention Center Arena.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
The Temptations, Cloud Nine; Rose Royce, Greatest Hits; and an early Rolling Stones compilation.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
More than 2,000 and less than 3,000 LPs, three 8-tracks, a few hundred CDs and a couple of boxes of 45s.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I can barely flip a record over, much less download stuff, and I really like pictures and the artwork.
What was the first album you owned?
Probably Johnny Cash, At San Quentin, or an Elvis greatest-hits (collection) we ordered off the TV.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
I can't pick just one, and seeing that it is my funeral: David Bowie's "Station to Station" played maybe 50 times; the Pretty Things, "Come See Me"; and "Rebel Rebel" (Bowie again).
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Not really a secret--'60s and some '70s girl groups: The Supremes, The Ronettes, The Shangri-Las. Girl singers with big butts just drive me crazy.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Johnny Thunders and Ike Turner, for the obvious reasons!
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Iggy and the Stooges, Raw Power.