During my conversation with Les Savy Fav frontman Tim Harrington, I realized that he is a paradox wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a beard. He simultaneously embodies what might be seen as a folk art mentality (both in his musical performances and his other work), even though he was trained at RISD. Oh yeah, and he's also not into "freaky creepy funky fusion." Sorry, Mike Patton.
In honor of The Best Show on WFMU ending its run of 13 glorious years, I'm revisiting my conversations with Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster. The show has been such a huge influence on me – not just as a guy on the radio, but as a human being who loves ridiculous, endearing, hilarious things.
Not only did Richard Hell belong to the blank generation, he helped create it. He and I talked about what it was like to become a punk rocker when there was no punk rock, his transition from full-time musician to full-time author, and what it was like to condense his entire universe into a book (his recent autobiography, "I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp").