Becke Gainforth Toronto, Ontario
Published Feb 01, 2000Who are you?
Becke. I sing for the band SULLY.I am a compulsive shopper.(this is part of my therapy)... I buy things like colourful buttons to sew onto jackets and hats, hair dye, paint, CD's, shoes, you know, things. I also have 3 cats that eat a lot.
What are you up to?
Well, I just finished recording a new Sully demo and I am also recording a few new tracks with Microbunny. I am working on getting my new website up and running (www.badlittlebaby.com) and I'm sucking a lollipop which is shaped into a pair of boobs. C'mon! It was free, and it tastes like maple syrup!
Hometown and current HQ:
Perth, Ontario...that's all I want to say about that. Toronto is where I live now. Whoopdeedoo! Isn't that great?
The Magnetic Fields and all other projects by Stephen Merritt, plastic jewelry, interesting socks, NYC, Nester and www.milkyelephant.com
Mind altering work of art:
JAM...a British half hour "drama" if you could even call it that...warped slow talking/slow paced segments accompanied by music by the likes of Aphex Twin, Labradford, etc. THIS IS TV!
Most memorable/inspirational gig and why?
That would have to be the most recent show we played in Ottawa with our last keyboard player. Knowing it was his last show, he approached the band that opened for us as soon as they were finished and said "You are the worst band we have ever played with and the sooner you get your stuff off the stage the better it will be for all of us." WHOA! Not nice. They did suck though.
What should everyone shut up about?
Well, if I said, then I wouldn't be shutting up about it now would I? But, because I LOVE to complain, people should shut up about
fruiters. Those stupid scooters that you push along on and hope you don't fall off of. (word origin: a cross between fruit boots and scooters. In case you didn't know, fruit boots are also known as ROLLER BLADES.)
Your greatest strength and weakness:
What, is this a job interview? Eww!
Your vital daily ritual:
Telling my kitties that they're sweet fuzzy bananas! Oh, and a nightly bath.
If I wasn't playing music I would be: Living in London (England that is...) running my own antique store or I'd end up in a small town working the breakfast shift at the local diner... likely pregnant, waiting for Friday night Karaoke to roll around. My chance to shine! (argh)
Your most memorable day job:
I worked at Canadian Tire in my hometown for 2 years! I sold wrenches, drill bits and toilet parts to the raunchiest, most inbred creatures you've never seen.
Best/worst advice received:
"If you can't see them, they can't see you."
I would drop everything to play a benefit for: PETA
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Why would I take it off if I was just gonna put it back on?
What personal trait would make you kick someone out of your band? And have you? Tardiness and excessive memory loss was the reason for our bassist getting the boot. "Wait, guys! Can we go back to the hotel? I forgot my memory pills!"
We still love him very much though!
When I think of Canada I think:
"So, I've always wondered how far of a drive it was from Toronto to Vancouver? What, is it like 4 hours or so?" -said by the lead singer of the band Tarnation to me in San Francisco, July 4th weekend.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Well, there's no difference if you're writing stuff like "Sexual Healing" or "I Wanna Sex You Up". That music is made for it's obvious purpose. There is a strong difference, however, if you're writing songs about your dead father or your lost family dog.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
(working the door at a local gathering. I had to hand out name tags.)
"Hello. May I have your name please?"
"um...it's Margaret Atwood."
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
Dancing and singing back-up for Britney Spears. That way she'd have way more press clippings and photos to add to her scrapbook. "Local Singer Makes it Big!"