Guilty Pleasures, Part II

More music figures confess their deep, dark secrets

Murrah, Tim (club DJ and former manager at Stuka and Metropol, occasional Press contributor). Given his well-known Britpop predilection, it's no surprise that all but one of Murrah's Diamond Jams emanate from across the pond. There's all-but-forgotten (even by my English wife) boy band Bros. "Two twin brothers -- Matt and Luke -- and their little drummer buddy, Craig. They were the boy band that started boy bands. Leather jackets, ripped jeans, perfectly coiffed 'dos. Fantastic stuff. A bit Michael Jacksony, but great." Murrah also has a thing for divas, including Nelly Furtado ("To this day, every time I hear 'I'm Like a Bird…' I get the chills"), Gabrielle ("I recently discovered that I have all of her albums. Oops! I do like listening to her, though, she always makes me happy") and hell, all of the rest of them; he loves all Eurodisco -- "The gayer the better. I love making the whole house rumble while listening to some sweaty diva belting out some tune about how everything is going to get better. It makes house cleaning a necessity. Makes me giddy and happy." And then there's Pink Floyd, whom he has just begun to come to terms with. "I am in my thirties and just started to buy Pink Floyd. Animals is my fave."

Sound Exchange Guys. What will the co-owners of the hippest, most High Fidelity-like record shop in Houston admit to digging? As you might expect, it's a fairly esoteric list. For Kevin Bakos, it's competition ballroom dancing ("watching, not competing"), the DeFrancos featuring Tony DeFranco, local Spanish-language car dealer commercials and "Chipmunk Punk or any music by chipmunks, for that matter." But Slade rules them all. For Bakos's cohort Kurt Brennan, it's ABBA, Sparks, Petula Clark, Rusted Shut and any British folk song, no matter how lame, that contains the word "maidenhead."

Turcotte, Brad (president, Compadre Records). "As the owner of a singer-songwriter-driven record label, my musical focus for leisure should be the obvious selections: Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark or Billy Joe Shaver," Turcotte says. "However, I am afraid to admit that I actually enjoy listening to power pop." The Killers top his list. "I have listened to their hit single 'Somebody Told Me' about 3,000 times. I honestly don't know why. Perhaps it is because I am a huge fan of Duran Duran," he says, and hastens to add that "I am a straight man." Next up is Maroon 5's Songs About Jane. "I actually told the record store clerk that I was buying this record for my sister. I don't have a sister." Turcotte also rocks out to both Rooney ("I have been a huge fan ever since first watching the band perform on The O.C. A grown man can watch teen-based dramas") and Jimmy Eat World. "I am currently listening to my third copy of this skater-infused album," he says. "I think I am a teen girl at heart. Again, I am a straight man."

Zamorano, Rozz (bass player extraordinaire, both as a member of the Fondue Monks and as a solo artist). Zamorano rattles off a mixed bag that includes perennial Hall & Oates, the Cure, Dokken and Blondie, but ultimately for Zamorano it all boils down to three words: Van Fucking Halen. "I was a Van Halen geek and still am to this day. I had the posters on my wall, the keychain, all the T-shirts. I would write Eddie Van Halen letters, and I would play all the songs on my bass. When I purchased my first bass, I made sure it looked like Michael Anthony's bass from the old Van Halen days. I played in a cover band in junior high where the set list contained about ten Van Halen tunes, pretty much a tribute band. I was there at the Sound Warehouse on I-10, waiting for the shipment of 5150 to come out with Sammy Hagar. I loved it. I bought the Van Halen III album with Gary Cherone and loved it. I still listen to the stuff often when I lose track of why I became a musician in the first place…You could say I am a fan, and, yes, I have been ridiculed heavily because of my love for their music."

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