Sunday, February 6, 2000

Tal's a chip off the old block


Express Writer

It's high time we had a Sons of the Rock Legends package tour.

On the bill could be Jakob Dylan (son of Bob), Adam Cohen (son of Len), Sean and Julian Lennon (sons of John) and today's Conversation Piece victim ... er, subject: Tal Bachman, son of Randy.

Yes, rock 'n' roll is well into its second generation.

Performing this coming Thursday in Red's, Tal Bachman recently hit the jackpot - he got to stand next to the scantily clad Britney Spears at the American Music Awards! Woo-hoo!


But seriously, music is Bachman's business. His single She's So High was a hit on both side of the border, and there are more finely crafted pop tunes just like it on his self-titled debut album. They don't sound much like American Woman, but maybe that's the point.

Tal grew up in a musical household, as one might expect, and rebelled against his father by going to university instead of becoming a musician. He eventually saw the light, quit school and decided to pursue his natural talent after all. And now he's a big star who gets to hang out with scantily clad ... oh, never mind.

Here's an inside look at a chip off the ol' block:

1. What was the last movie you saw that you loved?

Toy Story 2.

2. What was the first album you ever owned?

Led Zeppelin II.


3. What was the last book you read?

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe.


4. What's your favourite hangout?



5. Do you have a pet peeve?

The totally annoying, too-loud fugues that everybody has on their cell phone ringers now.


6. What's your idea of the perfect Sunday?

Go to church and hang out with the family.


7. What's your favourite junk food?

Dad's oatmeal cookies (the brand, not his father's).


8. Were you worried about Y2K?

Not at all.


9. What gadget or gizmo can you not live without?

My little Walkman. I record all my song ideas on it.


10. Do you have a hobby or habit that you think would surprise people?

I read a lot of political magazines.


11. What's your favourite piece of clothing?

My navy blue three-piece suit. I bought in London.


12. What would you change about yourself if you could?

Maybe I'd make myself a few inches taller.


13. Whom do you most admire?

Brigham Young. He was an early church leader and I'm a Mormon.


14. What is your greatest extravagance?

I spend a ton on books.


15. Have you ever been mistaken for another celebrity?

Somebody told me I looked like Mats Sundin once.


16. Do you have a favourite quote?

"The only stupid question is the one that isn't asked."


17. What is your greatest weakness?

I can't seem to save any money.


18. If you are reincarnated who or what will you be?

The all-powerful dictator of the universe?


19. If you had to go back and time to live in another decade, which one would you choose?

The '50s. It seemed like there was a high level of social order, stability and prosperity.


20. Of all your dad's songs, which is your favourite?

Undun. It's a fantastic pop song that throws in a bit of jazz and classical styles.