XPoNential Notation: 2-Question Interviews With This Year's Performers

By Jeffrey Barg
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No. If we get shot at, we know we're doing somethin' right.

David Uosikkinen

Best thing that's happened to you in Philly?

Opening for the Who at JFK stadium in 1982 or Live Aid in 1985.

What one single song best embodies the history of the Philadelphia sound?

"Open My Eyes" by the Nazz showed those of us who wanted to rock how it was done. 


Best thing that's happened to you in Philly?

The Smithereens had the occasion to play a session live on WMMR in 1998. It was a thrill to work in the same room where "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" and, I imagine "Cowboys to Girls" (by the Intruders) was recorded. And Joe Tarsia was engineering. He's the man who twiddled the knobs on "You Can't Sit Down" by the Dovells, "The Fly" by Chubby Checker and countless other Cameo/Parkway classics.

Can you please, as the most prominent New Jerseyites playing this year's fest, settle once as for all: Is Camden more Philly or more New Jersey?

Being that Victor was established in Camden and it helped put the recording industry on the map, I gotta go with Jersey!

Ra Ra Riot

Best thing that's happened to you in Philly?

After a show, a few of us went to Geno's for a cheesesteak, and I was wearing my beloved Bruins jacket. After I got my sandwich, someone yelled, "Hey, Bruins, go fuck yourself!"

Most excited to see at the fest?

Givers! They're very, very talented, their music is great, and their enthusiasm and love for what they're doing is so contagious. 

Gary Clark Jr.

Most excited to see at the fest?

Citizen Cope. We toured together and he's a good dude.

Why does Austin get to have all the fun?

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