who warm up for Land of Talk at the El Mocambo (464 Spadina) Tuesday (September 4). $10. 416-870-8000.
What's the best rumour you've ever heard about yourself?
I once read an article that said I roofed my house with CD jewel cases. I don't think that'd actually work too well. There was also an article that said we turned down a million-dollar label contract. When major labels have pursued us, we've declined, but we've never been offered a million bucks. Not that that'd necessarily change anything, but it's still funny.
What's been your strangest experience onstage?
Some of my first shows were in pretty bad bars. I remember playing in a strip joint to a crowd of zero. Even the sound guy left the room to go watch TV. I kept bumping into the stripper pole in the middle of the stage.
What actor would you like to see star in the film The Craig Minowa Story?
Jerry Lewis. His movies have made my world a much better place, and I incorporate a lot of his comedy into my life to add levity. On top of that, I think it'd be fun to see my life interpreted as a comedic film.
Ever had a dream that became the basis for a song?
Actually, quite a few dreams turn into songs. Sometimes it's just the lyrics or the melody; other times it's the whole song. Dance For The Dead, from our new album, The Meaning Of 8 (Rebel Group), came to me in a nap. I woke up hearing it and feeling like we needed to get a big room full of people to sing it. That's exactly what the recording is.
What part of your body do you like the least?
I've never told anyone this, but I was actually born without a prehensile tail, a kangaroo pouch and photosynthetic cells. I wish I waren't so freakish, cuz those would all come in handy.