Benjamin Wesley is one of Houston's greatest talents, and his new album Think/Thoughts completely redefined what I thought musicians were capable of in the realm of songwriting. I fired off an e-mail to my new audio-crush to see what I could learn and discern about his bearded majesty in 30 seconds.
Rocks Off: What is the worst song in the world?
Benjamin Wesley: "Hotel California." It might not be the worst song in the world, but I could go my whole life never hearing it again and feel like I had removed one small stress from my existence.
RO: What is the best lyric in the world?
BW: "Alabama Song," The Doors version. "Show me the way to the next whisky bar."
RO: Someone throws a beer bottle at you onstage. What do you do?
BW: Kill 'em with said bottle.
RO: Without worrying about space, time or the laws of physics, what would be the ultimate gig to play?
BW: During a ceremonial Mayan beheading on top of a religious temple during the sacrifice of a young warrior for the trade of rain. Why? There would probably be a lot of people at the gig.
RO: What would you buy with a million dollars?
BW: 500,000 $2 tacos.
RO: What would you buy with your last dollar?
BW: Half of a $2 taco.
RO: If you could canonize another musician, who would it be and of what would they be the patron saint?
BW: Wouldn't it be cooler if "canonized" meant to blow someone up with a cannon?
RO: What will be written on the plaque beneath the giant statue future generations erect in your honor?
BW: "He always wanted to die, he always got what he wanted."
Benjamin Wesley plays an in-store at Heights Vinyl Saturday, May 5. See our Chatter with Wesley from when he played with Jandek at Big Star Bar last month.
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