Joleen Lunzer, What Are You Listening To?

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Joleen Lunzer

The stand-up comedian headlines the Tempe Improv Thursday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m.

When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station
would play right now?
I recently found a station that plays hip hop/R&B from the 90's and early 2000's, 101.1 FM. I also like 100.7 FM.

What's the first album you bought? I'm pretty sure it was Milli Vanilli, Girl You Know It's True. True story. I was about 9 or 10 years old at the time. Me and a few of my girlfriends would meet in my friend Julie's basement and perform in our own Milli Vanilli cover band. We could lip sync even better than they could. I was always partial to Milli. I thought he had the prettiest hair, and I loved the biker shorts he wore.

What's the first concert you saw? Michael Jackson Bad Tour in Minneapolis, Minn. I was 8 years old. After that concert, I had a life-size cardboard cut-out of MJ that I kept in my bedroom. I loved that cut-out until 1992, when my younger brother and his friends punched his head off and threw darts at his private area. That was a sad day.

What's your favorite concert you've ever been to? Ani DiFranco, 2001. I was 21 years old when my friend Jen and I took a Greyhound bus from St. Paul, Minn. to Pittsburgh, Pa. to see her live in concert. It was my first and last time on a Greyhound bus. I spent most of the trip back to Minnesota sitting next to an inebriated man who peed his pants. Good times.

What's the last song played on your music player? John Prine, "A Good Time." I love John Prine! My dad introduced me to his music when I was just a kid. I like his lyrics because they are insightful, sweet and humorous.

Preferred format: CD, vinyl, cassette, 8-Track or digital? I want to sound cool and say vinyl, but I really prefer digital. The mp3 changed my life.

What's your favorite album? That is a hard question. It really depends on my mood. I'll have to cheat and say it's a three-way tie between Sublime, Stand By Your Van; Ani DiFranco, So Much Shouting, So Much Laughter (Live); and 2Pac, All Eyez on Me. I'm a moody girl.

Who is your favorite singer or band? My favorite singer of all time is Otis Redding. His music is timeless, and his talent is unmatched. I only wish I could attend a performance like that today. Old people sure were lucky.

Does you computer track how many times you've played something -- if so,
what's at the top of the list? 
I can listen to songs over and over and over again and not get sick of them. For the past 3 months, I've been obsessed with the following songs on a steady repeat: Lauryn Hill, "Just Want You Around;" Amy Winehouse, "Valerie;" and Tegan and Sara, "The Con."

What was your favorite new or new-to-you album from 2011? I can't think of any albums that stood out to me in 2011. Not because they didn't exist, but because I'm past the age when finding new music excites me and makes me feel cool. I'd say Adele because I really admire a girl who doesn't have to show her lady-parts to sell an album; however, I just found out that Bob Seger came out with an ultimate hits album in 2011 (Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets), so I'd say that would have to be my favorite.

What one song would you play if you had a world-wide radio audience? Santogold, "Creator". That song rules, and I really want it to be my theme song -- if I'm ever lucky enough to have a theme song.

Who is your favorite local artist? I see a lot of advertisements for this Rock Lobster band, and I really like lobster, so I'll say them.

What is your favorite local venue to see music? Honestly, I don't see a lot of live music anymore, but I really enjoy the live music that Carly's Bistro in Phoenix offers (if that counts). They feature a variety of talented musicians for free, and I'm addicted to the pear sandwich, so it's a win-win for me.

What is your favorite music video? Definitely MC Hammer's "Pumps and a Bump" video. I think this was his attempt to change his image to "hardcore." He spends over half the video gyrating in a zebra-print speedo and leather gloves. After watching this, I think Don McLean was wrong, the day the music died was when Hammer made this video.

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