Nicole Hughes The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Nicole Hughes The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Who are you?
I'm Nicole Hughes from Scratching Post!

What are you up to?
We're about to release a new album entitled, "This Time It's Personal."

Hometown and current HQ:
Here's my history: born in Edmonton, moved to Vancouver, moved to London, Ontario, moved back to Vancouver, moved back to London, moved to England, move to London, Ontario, and currently residing in Toronto.

Current Fixations:
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.

Mind altering work of Art:
Alexakis.

Most memorable/inspirational gig and why?
It had to be seeing Iron Maiden at the Air Canada Center on August 1, 2000. All night our drummer, Jeff, kept saying, "I'm gonna get a drum stick! I know it! I know it!"...well, at the end of the set, Niko McBrain threw out his snare drum head and it somehow, miraculously, floated into Jeff's hands! We could not believe it. It was magik!

What should everyone shut up about?
Arsenio Hall's fingers.

Your greatest strengths/weakness:
Strength: paranoia! I'm really good at it!. Weakness: paranoia. I'm too good at it.

Your vital daily ritual:
Ok, wake up. Check my email. Grab a coke. Check my email again. Talk on the phone while checking my email. Update scratchingpost.com. Grab some lunch. Check my email. Go to rehearsal. Think about my email. Go out. Think about how much I prefer computers to humanoids. Come home. Check email. Shut off computer. Go to sleep. Dream of email.

Guilty pleasure:
STYX.

If I wasn't playing music I would be...
Checking my email.

Your most memorable day job:
Ok, this is a true story. I can't make this shit up! A couple years ago, I worked as a collection clerk at a large financial institution. I was in the legal department which meant that I sued people who didn't pay their bills. Possibly the most depressing day of my life was when I was ordered to sue a professional clown who was wheelchair-bound, blind and who had a terminal illness, for not paying off his account on time (he had purchased a family room set). That was definitely memorable in a not-so-good kinda way.

Best/worst advice received:
"Here, take this, it'll help you sleep" (both best and worst).

I would drop anything to play a benefit for...
The P.A.C.F (People Against Crispy Fries).

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Listening to Queens of the Stone Age. Oh yeah!

What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed?
Scab picking. Haven't kicked him out yet, but if I see him doing it one more time...

When I think of Canada I think:
I think about how, one month ago, I was royally dissed by Joe Canadian.

Music and sex: Is there a difference?
Depends how you make it.

Strangest brush with celebrity:
That would have to be something that happened very recently. I found myself helping Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and his management decide upon the appropriateness of leather vs. non leather for Rob Halford's appearance on, "Off the Record". They weren't familiar with the show so I gave my 2 cents: "Hell yeah! Leather all the way!" He wore the leather and it was a success!

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
Anything but this.