Today we have the triumphant return of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. I’d love to say my brief hiatus was due to something really glamorous like a personal request from John Taylor to go on tour with Duran Duran or a super long hangover, but the reality is that I’ve been busy writing. I also recently traveled to OH to hang out with a ton of my fellow Ellora’s Cave authors at RomantiCon, which is where I met today’s RNRHS participant, the lovely and oh-so-cool Cindy Jacks. Cindy has a brand new book, Smuggler’s Blues, out now so be sure to check it out! Now on with the show…
Quantico High School, Quantico, VA, 1991, Currently: Writer of smut! I always wanted to be a writer, I have volumes of journals from high school. Of course when I go back and read my early writing, I just cringe. Then, I have to resist the urge to burn them so when I’m dead they won’t surface…or you know, in case I run for public office. Ha! Yeah, right.
Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: Motley Crue, “Girls, Girls, Girls”. OMG, I was obsessed with 1980s pop-metal hair bands. At fourteen, I must’ve practiced my signature as Mrs. Nikki Sixx a thousand times…soooo embarassing.
Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: I still have my picture discs which are records with photos of the band on the vinyl. Yes, I’m old enough to have owned a record player, lol. I remember sitting through the songs that hadn’t been released on the radio, sometimes just because I was too lazy to get up and pick up the needle. Other times it was because I’d grown to like those songs. Once CDs came out, it was easier to skip though tracks. Now with the whole MP3 format, you don’t even have to buy songs you don’t know or don’t think you’ll like. It’s a totally different listening experience.
Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: Metallica! Sorry Metallica fans, but there are very few songs from them I liked and it all just sounded loud and crunchy, just people shouting into the mic. Of course the guys were always into Metallica, my high school boyfriend among them. I think the band speaks more the tension and anger teenage boys go through than they type of angst girls experience. For me, when I was down or upset, it was always The Cure or The Smiths.
Best show or concert you saw in high school: Nine Inch Nails. I saw them the 9:30 club in DC and it was unlike anything I’d ever seen. Trent Reznor was liquid sex wrapped in leather. I didn’t fully understand arousal until I saw Trent live.
Best high school make-out song: The Cure, “Pictures of You” though when I lost my virginity an oldies station was on the radio so Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia” always makes me tingly. But I have very fond memories of making out in the back of my boyfriend’s car–this old VW station wagon that he was forever fixing up but that never truly got repaired, lol–and Robert Smith crooning away over the sound system.
Thank you, Karen, for having me as your guest today and for letting take this trip down memory lane. It was really fun!