Smart people tend to have lots of interesting bits pinging around their heads. Whatever their chosen craft might be, their minds range into all sorts of subjects, grabbing at the world with an inquisitive yen most leave behind with sailor jumpers and wooden blocks. Vinny Peculiar strikes us as someone who hasn’t lost that boyish, primal urge likes to poke at things, or perhaps peel them back and get a good look at the entrails. Solid measures of sweetness and cynicism play in his work, clearly a man who comprehends the tremendous power people possess to nurture AND destroy one another. While generally sway-ready pop-rock gold, his songs juggle big ideas AND the smallness of workaday life, finding connections we’d have missed without him. It helps that one can readily hum along as he digs around in museums and record shops for tidbits o’ wisdom in the paint and vinyl. Vinny finds humor and compassion in our universal foibles, which makes him a great candidate for Impounded Inquiries.
And do yourself a favor and check out his new video for Dave Davies-esque “My Generation (I said goodbye)” off his boffo new album, Other People Like Me, at the end of this piece. If you missed DI’s rave for Mr. Peculiar’s latest, here it is. Thanks to Vinny for indulging us.
- What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you see the word “God”?
- Richard Dawkins, XTC and Joan Osborne
- Which has the better cosmology, Star Wars or Star Trek? Why?
- To me Star Trek feels altogether warmer, cozier and decent, where as Star Wars is way too big for its own boots. Star Trek it is then.
- Name one album that has spiritual resonance for you.
- How I Learned to Love the Boot Boys by The Auteurs is a reassuringly bleak, sour-kitsch masterpiece, and a right good spiritual resonator.
- Woody Allen once said, “I don’t know the question but sex is definitely the answer.” So, what’s the question?
- What’s the most fun you’ve ever had without laughing?
- You can have a dinner party with any three people throughout human history. Who do you invite, what’s on the menu and what intoxicant do you share for dessert?
- Julie Christie, Charles Bukowski and Lawrence Hayward (Denim, Felt, Go Kart Mozart) enjoy chicken in the basket, the beans on the toast, Nestlé Walnut Whips, tinned peaches and evaporated milk with an extensive selection of fine old English ales on draft. Everyone is gratefully wankered…