Talking nuclear meltdowns and being one of the outsiders with the post-punk Suicide man
As part of our States of Independence summer takeover, 50 American indie icons have volunteered to take the Dazed Pop Quiz; a quick-fire Q&A about what they love and loathe about life in the USA. Check back here every day for more from the series.
The '70s electro-punk hero, Martin Rev is legendary on New York's underground electronic punk circuit, with his band Suicide paving the way for a clashing fusion of the two genres. One half of the Suicide duo along with Alan Vega on vocals, Rev's innovative style has spanned all manner of genres from proto-punk to bubblegum pop. We caught up with the synth master to take our USA pop quiz below.
Which living American do you most admire and why?
Martin Rev: If they're living I haven't met them.
Which living American do you most despise and why?
Martin Rev: I don't despise. Barbarians are see-through. Fight 'em if you can. And in the words of a middle eastern sage even " Pray for their enlightenment".
Whose face should be on the $100 bill?
Martin Rev: Tupac. King, My departed wife, Mari.Da.
What is your favorite quote about America?
Martin Rev: It's the economy, stupid!
What three words define the States today?
Martin Rev: Emperor's new clothes.
Who gave you your first break? Do you still talk?
Martin Rev: Divine Providence. Yes.
When and where are you the happiest?
Martin Rev: On the road.
What high school clique were you in? Do you stay in touch?
Martin Rev: None except a small band of assorted outsiders. All except one are not to be found.
What food reminds you of home?
Martin Rev: Buckwheat.
What smell do you associate with the city of your birth?
Martin Rev: That of subway stations.
What's the best road trip you've ever been on?
Martin Rev: My first tour of Europe.
Where did you first fall in love?
Martin Rev: Everywhere.
What would make you leave America forever?
Martin Rev: Nuclear meltdown. If I could even escape.
What noise reminds you of the States?
Martin Rev: Metal on a blackboard.
What is your favorite American building?
Martin Rev: Mine.
Ultimate American film?
Martin Rev: Hasn't been made yet.
Ultimate American album?
Martin Rev: Too many.
Most overrated US tourist attraction
Martin Rev: I haven't been to any to judge.
Most underrated US tourist attraction
Martin Rev: Same as above.
Favorite slang phrase?
Martin Rev: They don't come in favorites, they just come.
What is your ultimate American guilty pleasure?
Martin Rev: They are all universal and rarely if ever guilty.
What law would you change or invent?
Martin Rev: The current end of Habeas Corpus.
Where in the States would you ride out the apocalypse?
Martin Rev: NYC.
When was your last run-in with the cops? What happened?
Martin Rev: Best if that remains private.
If you could change one thing about the US, what would it be?
Martin Rev: Unlimited Private and corporate political financing.
Which fictional American do you most identify with?
Martin Rev: None.
If you could vote for Obama again, would you?
Martin Rev: If he could give me a REAL reason.
If you lost it all tomorrow, what would you do the day after?
Martin Rev: Start getting it back.
What will America look like in 2050?
Martin Rev: Depends where.
Does the American Dream still exist
Martin Rev: Sure, while your sleeping. Mass dreams are commercial products. How about the AMERICAN REALITY?