Taylor Hardy began cutting his teeth in the Tucson punk scene in 1985. His first band, Corpse Grinder, was one of the heavy hitters back then. He went on to play in such memorable Tucson bands as Bloodspasm, American Deathtrip, Scar Strangled Banger, Bubba Grubbz and Clovenhoof. Hardy currently serves as drummer/singer in The Distortionists.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
XTC and The Police on the Zenyatta Mondatta tour in 1981 at Centennial Hall.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
OPERATION: United Forces HC compilation; Prong, Cleansing; Crumbsuckers, Beast on My Back; Life Sex and Death, The Silent Majority; Meat Beat Manifesto, Satyricon; Misery Loves Co., self-titled; Refused, The Shape of Punk to Come; People Under the Stairs, Stepfather.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
About 150 albums (I recently sold a bunch on eBay), and about 500 CDs, and maybe 100 cassettes.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Yes! Legally, of course; iTunes is awesome. I have about 35 gigs on my laptop.
What was the first album you owned?
It was an 8-track, actually: The Carpenters, Greatest Hits!
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Definitely have to go old school on this one: "Amazing Grace" played by a lone bagpiper.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Threefold answer: I love Mexican music like salsa, norteño, merengue. Also, I love gospel music of all kinds, and, of course, Dwight Yoakam!
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
I would have to go with Black Flag. They put out so many great albums, and they really turned me on to what punk rock/hardcore really was.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Another tough one, but I gotta go with Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime. A timeless classic that never gets old.