Jay Ferguson The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Published Oct 01, 2001Halifax (now Toronto) quartet Sloan have built their rep on the distinct sound of four different songwriters. Now releasing their sixth full-length, Pretty Together, the fab foursome check in.
Current fixations: Poses by Rufus Wainwright, History Of Christianity, Judy Garland made-for-TV bio, James Honeyman-Scott, Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel, Juxtaposed With U by SFA, ginger tea, growing tomatoes, Raymond Pettibon, Blind Date TV show.
Mind-altering work of art: Whatever the ants are working on in my backyard.
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why? Deluxe Boys, April 1986, dance at Halifax Grammar School. First gig. Realising what I wanted to do.
What has been your career high and low?
Low: Sloan breaking up.
High: Sloan gets back together.
What should everyone shut up about? Jefferson Airplane.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for: Food bank.
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself? Indecisiveness.
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you? Bed? Sleeping in late.
When I think of Canada I think: The genius of Martin Short, Cape Breton.
What is your vital daily ritual? Cutting a little bit of my hair.
How do you spoil yourself? Expensive paper towel for the kitchen.
What was your most memorable day job? Manual labour for a summer on the waterfront in Halifax because it reminds me of what I don't want to do.
If I wasn't playing music I would be: Praying that someone would let me do my own radio show.
What is your greatest fear? Bad graphic design.
If you had a superpower, what would it be? The ability to lower metabolism.
What makes you want to take it off and get it on? Cute bangs.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why? I'll let you know.
Strangest brush with celebrity: I'm standing in a coat check line next to Big Daddy Kane while someone mistakens me for Beck as I'm watching John Cale sit alone at a table tapping his fingers.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them? My long gone grandmother. Serving: Mashed potatoes and tea.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead? Gaining weight.
Illustration by Elaine Hsu