A Brief Exchange With Neil Michael Hagerty
A few questions about sports, answered by one of my favorite musicians. Still read my earlier post, and Joey's NBA preview (1, 2).
Bethlehem Shoals: Why are people surprised that indie rock and sports share some audience?
Neil Michael Hagerty: People are surprised about this because (as I've learned in the last 7 years or so) people are really fucking stupid.
BS: Anyone whose interest in sports has shocked you? Timothy Leary, maybe?
NMH: Someone told me recently that Johnny Marr is not only a huge futbol fan but that he even had a tryout with a club in the UK when he was younger.
BS: I'm fairly certain you once talked about the relationship between basketball and harmolodics. There was some mention of muting games and watching them with an Ornette soundtrack. Are sports that avant-garde?
NMH: All discerning musicians know that basketball is the musical sport, possibly because it was invented by a Canadian.
BS: Who are your top five NBA players of all-time? Plus any "why" you feel like including.
NMH: Kareem, Oscar Robertson, Kevin McHale and more recently Iverson and Rasheed Wallace. The "Why" would be that I think they're cool or something equally retarded.
BS: I've always been drawn to athletes who were self-destructive, meteoric, promising but troubled, or ravaged by injuries. As far as American myths go, is there a connection between this and the rocker?
NMH: I can buy that connection but the guy has to end up as a survivor and not a suicide for that to have much muscle for me.
BS: Wizards or Bullets?
NMH: BULLETS, oh my god-- I still have a Rasheed Bullets jersey. But I do like that Agent Zero.
BS: Any NBA predictions for 2007-08?
NMH: I feel like Duncan is gonna get hurt.