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One Chord Progression interview with Jeff Conolly

Hello dear readers of One Chord Progression!

For our 100th post, we thought we’d bring you something a little out of the ordinary. 

Here, for your reading pleasure, is not only an interview with THE Jeff Conolly of Boston’s Lyres, but also our email exchange pre-interview (with his permission). It was too good to keep to ourselves.

Thanks for reading our stupid interviews…keep reading…we promise they’ll only get stupider.

Rock n roll,

Anthony & Anna

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Pre-interview email exchange:

From: One Chord Progression

To: Jeff Conolly

Hi Jeff,

How are you?

We have a Brooklyn-based music blog called One Chord Progression (www.onechordprogression.tumblr.com)

We would love to interview you!

It would be 10 quick and dumb questions and we could do it over email.

Have a great day!

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From: Jeff Conolly

To: One Chord Progression

HOW ABOUT ONE QUESTION AND ONE EMAIL AT A TIME

START WHEN-EVER YOU LIKE BUT:

JUST ONE QUESTION/EMAIL AT A TIME

THANX

—JEFF

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From: One Chord Progression

To: Jeff Conolly

So if I understand correctly, since we have 10 questions, you want me to send you 10 emails, right?

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From: Jeff Conolly

To: One Chord Progression

HEY

I GUESS YOU UNDERSTAND ME THEN

WITH ONE QUESTION PER ONE EMAIL

THEN I CAN —FOCUS— ON YOUR QUESTION

WITH TEN QUESTION IN ONE EMAIL FROM

I CAN’T FOCUS ON JACK SHIT

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From: Jeff Conolly

To: One Chord Progression

BUT I’LL TELL YOU THIS NOW:

WITH JUST THE —ONE— QUESTION IN AN EMAIL

IT’LL BE EXACTLY LIKE —YOUR— ‘ONE CHORD PROGRESSION’

NOW I THINK WE’LL BE ‘LEVEL’

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And now, may we present, our 100th post: an interview with Jeff Conolly of Lyres!

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Lyres: One of the Best!

WHO ARE YOU?

I’M A SLIGHTLY/MOSTLY MIXED-UP PERSON EXACTLY LIKE ANYBODY ELSE WHO MOSTLY KNOWS WHAT

HE’S DOING BUT ALSO AT THE SAME TIME KNOWS ABSOLUTELY —NOTHING— BECAUSE:

THINGS ARE CONSTANTLY MOVING FORWARD AND YET/ALSO…..

THERE’S A CONSTANT ‘NEED’ TO HOLD ‘STEADFAST’ TO ‘THE THINGS’ THAT I/WE THINK ARE

REALLY VALID AND HAVE extraordinary ‘VALUE’ TO SOMEHOW BE ‘SHARED’ WITH PEOPLE/SOCIETY

THIS IS —EXACTLY— THE EXACT —SAME— THING THAT ‘D.J.’s’ DO FOR HUGE MONEY WHEN THEY ‘SPIN THEIR ELECTRO-BEAT RECORDS FOR ‘SOCIETY’

I’VE BEEN DOING IT SINCE EXACTLY THE SAME AS 1,000,000,000,000 ‘D.J.’s’ SINCE MARCH 1976 WITH THE VERY 1ST DMZ PERFORMANCE

I’M DOING IT —NOW— 36+ YEARS LATER:

'STUFF I —LIKE—//—LOVE— AND: —YOU— LISTEN

Who are you wearing?

USUALLY I AM WEARING THE STUFF THAT I FIND AT THE LAUNDROMAT

PLEASE NOTE: I ONLY —PUT— ON STUFF THAT I MYSELF LAUNDER 1ST………

What kind of help did you give Ann?

I NEVER ACTUALLY HELPED ANN BUT I CERTAINLY WANTED TO…………..

What is the first thing you’ll say to Dick Dale when you meet him?

"…HEY MR DICK DALE….. I DON’T PLAY GUITAR BUT I HAVE WRITTEN A SURF-STYLE INSTRUMENTAL SONG IN 1977 CALLED ‘BORDERLINE’"

Describe your March 31 Local 269 show in a couple of sentences.

A PARKING CHALLENGE THAT WAS MET AND REWARDED WITH MANY HOTDOGS

Best lie you ever told?

THE GROUP THAT IS CALLED ‘LYRES’

Besides Lyres, best Boston band of all time?

WHILE THERE IS NO ONE ‘BEST’ BOSTON BAND I WOULD PROBABLE SAY ‘THE RED SOX’

Who has the best organ in the band?

RICK HARTE IS NOT ACTUALLY ‘IN’ THE BAND BUT HE CURRENTLY HAS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE VOX CONTINENTAL COLLECTION I’VE SEEN

Best Stiv Bators story?

SAW THE —VERY— 1ST APPEARANCE OF THE DEAD BOYS VERY 1ST LOAD-IN/SOUNDCHECK AT CBGB’S IN AUGUST 1976 AND

THEY HAD —NO— BASS PLAYER WHICH WE THOUGHT WAS LAME

'….THE OTHER STIV BATORS/CONOLLY STORIES ARE SET IN PARIS AND ARE TOO EXPLOSIVE TO REPEAT BUT THERE —IS— THAT 'HERE'S A HEART' 12” PICTURE SLEEVE W/CAROLYN…'

What CAN a girl do?

SHE USUALLY ENDS UP DOING WHAT SHE WANTS ANYWAYS……..

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