|the datebook section of the san francisco chronicle featured a "pop quiz with karen o" today.
||[Mar. 14th, 2004|07:34 pm]
Karen O gives good show. When the Yeah Yeah Yeahs played their first gig ever opening for the White Stripes just two years ago, the 24-year-old singer came out wearing nothing but heart-shaped pasties and olive oil. Since then she has used just about any excuse to screech like an owl, dump beer on her own head and throw on some crazy outfit involving torn fishnets and broken car parts. With the group's latest single, "Maps," destroying the charts, it's only a matter of time before everyone in the world starts acting like her and having more fun than ever. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs play Tuesday and Wednesday at the Fillmore.
Q: What's the process you undergo to eat a banana?
A: What I like to do is break off the end, peel it a little bit and then just suck on the end of it for a while until it gets nice and mushy. And then, basically, after sucking on the tip for a little while, then I just go at it and gobble it down.
Q: I don't know if I can print any of this. I just thought you were going to say that you like to eat through the peel like an ape.
A: Well, the first thing that came to mind was that I bite right into it with the peel on. But that's not how I actually eat a banana.
Q: Why did you film the video for "Maps" in a gymnasium?
A: It wasn't a gymnasium. It was the basement of a church.
Q: It wasn't a gymnasium? My next 15 questions are about gymnasiums.
A: No. It was a church basement. It's just one of those things you have to go to, like a parents' meeting where they get together and eat and have to watch us play. Except instead of parents it was just our friends. It's about the apathy of being there in the audience.
Q: What else do you like doing in gymnasiums besides not making videos?
A: Well, I guess I was a big fan of the springboard over the horse.
Q: Is that gymnastics?
A: I guess, but I hate gymnastics. The horse is the only thing I could do. I don't like doing flips or cartwheels or anything like that. When I was in high school I had to pretend I was sick to try and get out of gymnastics class because I always thought I would break my neck. I was seriously convinced that would happen and I thought it wasn't worth it to break your neck and die in the ninth grade.
Q: Do you like to play with balls?
A: Do I like to play with balls? Not really.
Q: In a gymnasium.
A: I don't give a s -- about balls.
Q: Have you ever had a gold tooth?
A: Yeah, I got a fake one.
Q: Do you have to take that to the jewelry cleaner or just use a regular toothbrush?
A: Um, I don't think I ever cleaned it before.
Q: You just put it in your mouth all crusty?
A: I don't have any qualms about that kind of thing.
Q: Aren't you worried about lockjaw?
A: Yeah, but I'll get offstage after rolling around the floor and then like eat a hot dog with my dirty fingers. I don't care.
Q: Remember when you put olive oil all over your body?
A: Yeah, what about that?
Q: Would you go home and squeeze it out of your hair and cook with it?
A: No, because it was fully absorbed by my skin.
Q: Can't you afford shampoo?
A: Yeah, I can afford shampoo. I totally care about hygiene.
Q: Then why are you eating hot dogs off the floor?
A: I'm not eating hot dogs off the floor. I'm licking my fingers after rolling around on the floor after eating a hot dog.
Q: Oh, that's totally different. That's only 97 percent gross as opposed to 100 percent gross.
hating/laughing at karen o is a valid lj interest.