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Sam Cook-Parrott’s charmingly ramshackle guitar-pop provides an excellent soundtrack for driving fast, windows-down, through some anonymous sunny stretch of freeway. Unfortunately, I don’t have a car and I’m stuck in an office, so his music, under the name Radiator Hospital, instead provides a soundtrack for mindless data entry. We can’t always get what we want.
I sat down (in front of a computer) with Sam Cook-Parrott (who was in front of a different computer) to learn a little more about his project.
If you could play bocce ball and sip lemonade with any musician—any—who would it be and why? Mind the context.
Prince. Or Chris Knox from Tall Dwarfs.
You wrote that your song The Great Escape is about “getting so lost in movies and records and books and tv that you wake up one day and realize you let your life pass you by.” Was there a particular moment that caused you to Wake Up? What was it?
I don’t really think I have. But the song came to me in the fall. I wanted to go see “Skyfall” the James Bond movie, but I got to the theatre and it was sold out so I went and saw the movie “Flight” with Denzel Washington instead. When I got out of the movie I still really wanted to see “Skyfall” so I checked the showings and there was still one that night so I got a ticket. I wrote the majority of the song at the theatre between the 2 movies.
What was the first R-Rated movie you ever saw? Was the viewing facilitated by your parents?
I think it was probably “Speed.” My parents were around and OK’d it but they weren’t watching it I don’t think.
You wrote that your Dad’s record-collecting habits were instrumental to your musical development. What music did you grow up around? Any artists in particular?
All kinds of stuff, anything from early rock ‘n’ roll to girl groups and doo wop to new wave and punk. Notable faves me and my dad share are Elvises Costello and Presley, the Clash, and Prince.
Which band(s) helped you survive middle school?
Lots of different bands, of particular note Weezer’s “Pinkerton.”
Which band(s) are helping you survive the now?
Lots of different bands, been really into Velvet Crush and Teenage Fanclub.
On your blog you mention that you spend a lot of time trying to get lost books/movies/etc., and that this record serves as an homage to the worlds that you get lost within. Which media—books, music, comics, video games—provides the best (or easiest) escape? Why? Any titles in particular?
That depends I guess. Everyone is different. For me it’s movies. I romanticize the movie theatre a bit too much. I’m sort of like Mia Farrow in “Purple Rose Of Cairo.” Music too though obviously, whether playing my own music or listening to records and being at a show.
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