Tom Anselmi The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Published Aug 01, 2001Tom Anselmi is the singer in Vancouver, BC-based band Copyright, and was formerly a member of seminal punk rockers Slow. The new Copyright album is called "The Hidden World."
I really enjoyed Voluptuous Panic, an examination of eroticism in Weimar, Berlin. It has a lot of good pictures. I like to listen to Russian pop songs on the internet. I am enjoying reading "Travels With My Amp," by Greg Godovitz, which lays bare the 70s Canadian glam rock scene. That last Primal Scream album is wicked.
Mind-altering work of art:
Lars Von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark"
Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
When I was eleven, I hung around U.B.C waiting for the Ramones. They came up the stairs of the student union building as a group, each with a girl under their arm. They were ugly and the girls were, to my eye, beautiful. I couldn't even speak, although my plan had been to try to get into the show.
What has been your career high and low?
Oh, boy. We'll see.
What should everyone shut up about?
I believe in freedom of expression.
I would drop everything to play a benefit for?
"The Slice" magazine in Vancouver, by and for street youth.
What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?
What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
No one in my band sleeps in my bed.
When I think of Canada I think?
Canada's uniqueness is subtle and easily trampled. It makes me sad to go to the less populated areas of Canada and see so much American mall culture.
What is your vital daily ritual?
Brushing my teeth.
How do you spoil yourself?
"Cosmo," bon-bons, binge and purge, teary self gratification, skin blistering bath, fluffy pink robe, tsatziki facial masque, reruns of "Coronation Street," deep dreamless sleep.
What was your most memorable day job?
Only night jobs.
If I wasn't playing music I would be?
What is your greatest fear?
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
I think Agnetha said it best: "I'm nothing special, in fact, I'm a bit of a bore. If I tell a joke, you've probably heard it before. But I have a gift, a wonderful thing 'Cause everyone listens when I start to sing", "The Girl With the Golden Hair," Abba
What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
You mean, what do I find erotic? Alpine meadows.
Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Actually, this is one of our most hated associations. For example, in the red violin where that perverted fiddler is getting it on while he solos. It's, like, really vulgar. Yuck.
Strangest brush with celebrity:
I saw Mr. Drummond in the elevator of my lawyers office, in Beverly Hills, the day after Willis shot his coke dealer. He was wearing bug eye mirrored shades, but I still recognised him. I was, like, "Hey, Mr. Drummond, What's up?", but he just ignored me.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
My desire to meet people I don't know has waned considerably. I like having friends over sometimes for steaks.
What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
My mom accepts me the way I am.