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States Pop Quiz #44: Martin Rev

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: 

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: 

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?