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Published: 2002/06/28
by Dean Budnick

From the Bonnaroo Beacon: Bon or Oo?: John Bell, Les Claypool, Kyle Hollingsworth, Al Schnier, Aron Magner

The Bonnaroo Beacon featured daily q and a’s, entitled “Bon or Oo.” These consisted of a series of rapid-fire questions, concluding with that all-important query, “Bon or Oo?” We have included five of these below. [Fwiw, a full collection of “Bon or Oo”s along with all four issues of the Beacon can be had via Relix subscription

Bon or Oo: JOHN BELL

The world would be a better place if everyone listened to

That little voice

What song that you hear bands often cover would you be happy never to hear again?

Tuning Up.

What song could you hear again and again?

Something with a skip in it.

In an ideal world if given the opportunity what band would you join in addition to Widespread Panic?

A Band Of Gypsys

The one thing nobody knows about me is?

I like cats.

Greatest TV show ever?

Laugh In.

Who is the nicest person in the music community?

Our record company president.

Name a song of your own that you really dig but others don’t seem to appreciate

One I’m working on now.

Name a song that you sing aloud in the shower or your car but never on stage

National Anthem

True or false, drummers are underappreciated

True, but that’s why they have risers

True or false, guitarists are overappreciated

False, just ask a guitarist

At Bonnaroo, I’m looking forward to seeing

My wife and Robert Randolph and the Family Band

If I weren’t a musician I’d be a

Band member.

% of professional musicians you know about whom you say "Hey, that guy/gal’s pretty cool"

All.

Greatest music movie ever made?

Caddyshack.

"Bon" or "Oo"?

Yes.

Bon or Oo: LES CLAYPOOL

The world would be a better place if everyone listened to

I think the world would be better place if everyone watched Spongebob, if I can change the question from listened to watched.

What song could you hear again and again?

“Don’t Fear The Reaper.” I don’t know if I could hear it over and over every day but it’s one of those ones that if it comes on the radio, I’ll turn it up.

One thing nobody knows about me is

That I really like “Don’t Fear The Reaper.”

Name a song of your own that you really dig but others don’t seem to appreciate

Pretty much my entire catalog that’s been the case.

What song do you sing in the car or the shower but never on stage?

I wanted to do “Posh posh the traveling life the traveling life’s for me,” from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I always forget to do it.

True or false, bass players are underappreciated

I find that a lot of sound engineers and recording engineers like to turn the bass down and I usually have to poke them a little bit.

True or false, guitarists are overappreciated

I’m not into battling bass versus guitar even though guitarists tend to sound wimpy by comparison. Except for Warren Haynes. Warren Haynes could kick everybody’s ass on the planet.

To the best of my knowledge Bonnaroo means

I think Bonnaroo is a dedication to the late, great Bon Scott.

If weren’t a musician I’d be a

I was a pretty good carpenter but if I wasn’t a musician I would have gone into film.

Favorite film of all time

Dr. Strangelove.

Greatest music movie ever made?

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s pretty up there .

"Bon" or "Oo"?

Bon Scott the Kangaroo.

Bon or Oo: KYLE HOLLINGSWORTH

The world would be a better place if everyone listened to

Their heart.

What song that you hear bands often cover would you be happy never to hear again?

“Melt With You,” Modern English. I played that in nine cover bands I was in.

What song could you hear again and again?

“My Funny Valentine,” live Miles Davis.

In an ideal world if given the opportunity what band would you join in addition to String Cheese Incident?

Cuban Missle Crisis.

The one thing nobody knows about me is?

I love finishing other people’s sentences.

Greatest TV show ever?

M*A*S*H.

Who is the nicest person in the music community?

Bill Payne.

Name a song of your own that you really dig but others don’t seem to appreciate

Fans or band? Let’s say the band- “Working.”

Name a song that you sing aloud in the shower or your car but never on stage

“Crosseyed and Painless.”

True or false, keyboard players are underappreciated

False.

True or false, guitarists are overappreciated

True.

To the best of my knowledge I think the word Bonnaroo means

Some kind of candy shaped a kangaroo.

If I weren’t a musician I’d be a

Forest ranger.

% of professional musicians you know about whom you say "Hey, that guy/gal’s pretty cool"?

I feel like think I can learn something from everybody.

Greatest music movie ever made?

Stop Making Sense.

"Bon" or "Oo"?

Oo.

Bon or Oo: AL SCHNIER

The world would be a better place if everyone listened to

Tortoise

What song that you hear bands often cover would you be happy never to hear again?

“Low Rider.”

What song could you hear again and again?

“One Shot Deal” by Frank Zappa.

One thing nobody knows about me is

I have an extra nipple.

In an ideal world if given the opportunity what band would you join in addition to moe.?

It’s a toss up between Tortoise and Stereolab

The nicest person in the music community is

Gibb Droll.

What song do you sing in the car or the shower but never on stage?

The theme song from Blue’s Clues. Interesting sidenote, the rumor I’ve heard is that Steve made an album with the Flaming Lips. Steve didn’t go to college, he made an album with the Flaming Lips

Name a song of your own that you really dig but others don’t seem to appreciate

“Again and Again.”

True or false, drummers are underappreciated

False.

True or false, guitarists are overappreciated

False.

At Bonnaroo, I’m looking forward to seeing

Phil and Bobby.

% of professional musicians you know about whom you say "Hey, that guy/gal’s pretty cool"

76%

What bugs you about the other 24%?

They aren’t trying hard enough

Greatest music movie ever made?

Stop Making Sense.

"Bon" or "Oo"?

Oo

Bon or Oo: ARON MAGNER

The world would be a better place if everyone listened to

Orca whales.

What song that you hear bands often cover would you be happy never to hear again?

“Freebird.”

What song could you hear again and again?

Any song from Abbey Road or Dark Side of the Moon.

The one thing nobody knows about me is?

I’m really six foot seven.

Greatest TV Show ever

The Simpsons

Name a song of your own that you really dig but others don’t seem to appreciate

“Little Boy on the Moon.”

What song do you sing in the car or the shower but never on stage?

“With or Without You.”

True or false, keyboard players are underappreciated

True.

True or false, guitarists are overappreciated

True. And keyboardists are really just guitarists who don’t play guitar.

True of false the best pick up line in the world is, “Hey come out to my gig and see me play?”

True.

If I weren’t a musician I’d be a

A Foley artist [Editor’s note: A Foley Artist recreates sound effects for film, television
and radio productions on a Foley Stage in a Post Production Studio].

% of professional musicians you know about whom you say "Hey, that guy/gal’s pretty cool"?
70%

What’s your pet peeve about the other 30%

I don’t know them.

Greatest music movie ever made?

Spinal Tap, hands down.

"Bon" or "Oo"?

Oo.

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