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The beginning: I was in Paper Dolls with Brad [Vaughn] and Tight Pants Syndrome with Brian [McClelland]. I was writing all these songs that weren't really fitting in either band. "Middle Class Fashion" was first the title of a Paper Dolls song, and I originally thought of the new band as a Paper Dolls spin-off, maybe even a hybrid of my two bands. That changed during the process of making Girl Talk. MCF became its own entity. -- Jenn Malzone
Influences: Lately it's been Annie Clark, R. Stevie Moore, the Zombies, Mac Demarco. I'm also constantly being influenced by local songwriters Morgan Nusbaum, Paige Brubeck and Kristin Dennis. -- Malzone
Hidden talent: I can sound exactly like a baby dinosaur. -- Katie Lindhorst
Guilty pleasures: I'm not really embarrassed by it, but I love Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, stuff on the radio. (Malzone) The dumbest thing I listen to on a daily basis is the Sons of Anarchy theme song. (Vaughn)
Classic MTV-era music video they'd redo: "Love is a Battlefield" by Pat Benatar, because it's fucking awesome. (Vaughn) The grand cinematic ambitions of Duran Duran's "Hungry Like the Wolf," because it is silly and fun and kind of insane. Those dudes were like 60% ambition and 40% cocaine. (McClelland)
Best thing about being based in St. Louis: The historical roots that rock and roll has here (Chuck Berry, Ike &Tina Turner, etc.) -- SO INSPIRING! The cost of living and location are amazing, too. St. Louis is such inspiring place, from the architecture to the people to its history. And the beer -- we have so many great breweries. -- Andy Shadburne
All-time favorite local band: Probably Dear Vincent; they were good friends of ours. Bryan Steel -- what a fine songwriter. Personally, I also really love the Feed. Such a talented and wild band. They were the first band I saw after moving to STL.
Favorite venue to play: Depends on the show, depends on the night. But the answer is both the Firebird and Off Broadway. Both venues and their management have been good to us and have given us lots of opportunities to open for some pretty cool bands.
Classic MTV-era music video they'd redo: Not sure about the other guys, but for me it'd be Men At Work's classic "Down Under." I love Australian pop/rock music, and this song is one of the great hits of the '80s. The video is completely ridiculous. They just look happy to be there making a video. I think we'd probably feel the same way.
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