Twenty Top 5s with Davey Jones


HEY! Welcome to Twenty Top 5s. I (Tyler) have been sending out questionnaires to some of my favorite musicians and asking for their top 5 in every category. I’ll be publishing them every Thursday for the foreseeable future. Hopefully this lets you get to know some of your favorite musicians a little bit better, and I hope it distracts you in these trying times.

Today's Twenty Top 5s participant is Brooklyn-based musician Davey Jones. He is the man behind Lost Boy ?, a garage-y punk project whose albums often feature Davey on every instrument and vocals. Lost Boy ?'s music is characterized by gigantic hooks and fuzzed-out guitar with Davey using his signature first-person lyrics to explore various characters by walking in their shoes. Davey is prolific. He's released three EPs and two singles this year alone, including "FEEL LIKE SHIT (All of the Time)" in which he embodies COVID-19 itself. The video is, of course, produced by Davey, as he is both a talented artist and animator.




Davey has had a tremendous influence on me since the first time I saw him perform. He and Luke Chiaruttini (of Bueno) performed an absolutely brilliant "karaoke set" in which they alternated performing their songs with nothing but the instrumental track blaring in the background. There were probably less than ten people in that basement, but Davey and Luke performed as if it was a packed stadium show. I've seen Lost Boy ? five or six times since then (usually with a full band), but that one always sticks out. You're lucky to get the chance to rock, so take advantage of the opportunity every chance you get. Davey embodies this attitude better than anyone I know.

recording artists when you were in high school

Modest Mouse

Rage Against the Machine

Beck

Radiohead

Underworld


Instrument influences

Jimi Hendrix (Guitar)

Dave Grohl (Drums)

Paul McCartney (Bass)

Iggy Pop (Vocal)

Kim Deal (Bass)


Songwriting influences

Memoirs

NYC

Personal Shit

Pop Culture

Drugs


Karaoke songs

Right Said Fred - "Im Too Sexy"

Marcy Playground - "Sex & Candy"

Prodigy - "Scratch My Itch Up"

The Cure - "Boys Don't Cry"

REM - "Crush With Eyeliner"


Junk foods

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Cheese

Beer

Ice Cream


Places to eat in New York

Sunnyside Pizza (Queens)

Yun Nan Flavor Snack (Sunset Park)

Awash (NYC)

Punjabi (NYC)

Jesse's Coffee Shop (Brooklyn)


Movies

Trainspotting

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Kids

Good Time

Hackers


Role models

My Brother

Boatz

Chris Elia

Adam & Nora

Neil Young


Songs you’ve written

Feel Like Shit

Sandman

Dialogue Runner

Never Left You

Chew


New York bands

Sharkmuffin

Dan Francia

Tall Juan

Gustaf

Def Grls


Productive ways to pass time during corona

learn things you always wanted to know or do (on the web or in a book)

meditate

bike

demo

wash your hands


Unproductive ways to pass time during corona

drink

eat

drink

eat

drink


Songs right now

Raekwon - "Knucklheadz"

NIN - "March of the Pigs"

Tricky - "The Only Way

Tim Presley - "I Have to Feed Larry's Hawk"

Quavius - "New Me (Who Is This)"


80s pop jams

Madonna - "Lucky Star"

The Cure - "Close to Me"

Prince - "Raspberry Beret"

Van Halen - "Unchained"

The Stranglers - "Golden Brown"


Books

William Burroughs - "Junky"

Patti Schemel - "Hit So Hard"

Richard Hell - "I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp"

Brix Smith Start - "The Rise, The Fall and the Rise of.."

Deborah Spunden - "And I Don't Want to Live This Life"


Albums that changed your life

Jimi Hendrix - "Are You Experienced"

REM - "Monster"

Onyx - "Bacdafucup"

Wu Tang - "36 Chambers"

Breeders - "Last Splash"


Pizza toppings

olives

peppers

onions

tomato basil

eggplant


Cities you’ve visited 

NYC

London

San Francisco

Miami

New Orleans


Condiments

Duck Sauce

Soy Sauce

JalapeƱos

Pickles

Yellowbird Hot Sauces


Fictional characters

Darth Vader

George Costanza

Jackie Brown

Spud

Royal Tenenbaum



Written by Tyler Gallagher (@TylerGallagher8)
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