After moving to Tucson from Southern California in 2004, Ruby Mashburn dived headlong into Tucson Roller Derby and her job as an accountant at a company we are not at liberty to mention by name. She retired from TRD last year, but maintains her mystery job.
What was the first concert you ever saw?
I had front-row seats to see New Order at the Irvine Amphitheater back in SoCal in 1989. That was technically my first "concert," but my first "show" was Fugazi at the Reseda Country Club in 1988 or 1989.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Depeche Mode, Sounds of the Universe; Crystal Castles, self-titled; Bad Brains, Quickness; Sam and Dave, The Best of Sam and Dave; New Order, Substance.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
I have never counted them, nor do I want to.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I don't download music, because, frankly, I think MP3 sound quality sucks.
What was the first album you owned?
I rode my bike all the way to Licorice Pizza down at the beach and bought Built for Speed by the Stray Cats.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
I have to be careful what I write here, or I will end up with "Yakety Sax." Realistically, I'm thinking "Shotgun" by Junior Walker and the All-Stars. I really want people to remember me by cutting a funky rug.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I'm not going to out myself too much, although I do have a tendency to like a few Justin Timberlake tunes. Oh, and I have a ton of Steely Dan.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Depeche Mode. I remember getting Some Great Reward sometime in elementary school; it was my first experience with electronic/synth music, and it just totally blew me away.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Black Celebration by Depeche Mode.