Published Jun 01, 2000Who are you?
Brent J. Cooper, guitar horse for Huevos Rancheros
What are you up to?
Being relieved the new album is finally out. Lawn care. Day jobs. Ballet Dad.
Hometown and current HQ:
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Sushi, Coronation Street, sleep deprivation
Mind-altering work of art:
The Who's Live at Leeds and Hüsker Dü's "8 Miles High" single.
Most memorable/inspirational gig and why?
One of our most memorable gigs was in Hamburg, Germany during our first Euro-tour. We rolled up to the address of the club and found an old boarded-up house. Eventually we were let in, and our host said "don't worry about the rats, make yourself comfortable." He made a stage out of a door and empty beer crates in a room that would be comfortable for your average Hamburgian family. Anyway, about 90 people ended up in the room and it was awesome! Maybe you had to be there.
What should everyone shut up about?
Your greatest strength/weakness:
Strength? Gluttony. Weakness? Food.
Your vital daily ritual:
Two cups of strong coffee with honey and milk every morning. Ramones.
The Knack's first album. "More Than a Feeling" on the car radio.
If I wasn't playing music I would be…
Working at the button factory with Richie, helping Tom clean his NHL puck collection.
Your most memorable day job:
Daycare worker. Got thrown up on within my first 15 minutes.
Best/worst advice received:
It's only vomit.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for…
The Joey Ramone Plastic Bug Museum
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Bo Diddley, skateboards, picnics.
What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed? And have you?
Snoring. And not yet we'd all be fired 100 times over.
When I think of Canada I think…
Driving to Thunder Bay from Winnipeg. Difficulty getting good Mexican food. Not getting shot.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
I think sex is easier on your hearing.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
K.J. from Chixdiggit told me he smelled Gloria Steinem at a Pearl Jam concert. We played a party for some friends in Oakland, California and the host said his friends wanted to play "a few songs before we went on." It was Green Day! Jello Biafra sang a couple of songs with us at the same party.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
Being the Prime Minister, eating my broccoli.
Calgary instrumental surf rock trio Huevos Rancheros just released their fourth full-length album, Muerte Del Toro; they play Ontario and Quebec in June.