Ed Robertson

Way more than 10 questions for the Barenaked Ladies frontman.

What are your current obsessions?
Battlestar Galactica, the new series. I’ve watched almost two seasons since we left Vancouver [on February 4.] We’ve been doing three or four episodes a night on the bus since then.

What about the show do you like?
I love science fiction and it’s a good show. It’s a science fiction soap opera for boys.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

Honesty. People making beautiful things. People making simple things.

What turns you off?
Artists and pretention.

Because they want to be untouchable?
Not necessarily. I’m a huge Prince fan, but I love that he’s out of the stratosphere. I don’t want an interaction with him. I kind of like the mystery with him. I like not knowing what he’s going to do next. So no.

Who are your heroes?
I have a lot of different heroes for different reasons. My songwriting heroes would be Lyle Lovett and Willy Nelson.

And you’ve probably met them.
Yep.

What was that like for you?
Amazing. It’s great when you meet your heroes and they exceed your expectations and they’re warm and giving and gracious. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with each of them.

What historical figure do you most despise?
The missing link.

What do you mean?
Because he’s the last shred of old shit keeping evolution from being fully accepted. I would like to be able to say “See? Hey we found him now fuck off.”

Hey! I think you just answered the next question: What is your favourite curse word?
Well “fuck” is one of the greats.

Cursing doesn’t really fit with the Barenaked Ladies image, does it?

You know, we’ve grown older now. We’ve got a reason to curse.

The embittered Barenaked Ladies…
Oh, not at all!

What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of a forest.

Why?
Just the ambient plethora of noise to me is amazing. I love sitting on a rock in the forest and hearing birds and frogs and creaking trees and that to me is just amazing. I have a place just a couple hours north of Toronto by a lake and I just love being in the forest. It makes me feel small and humble and that’s a nice change. Because most the time I feel like a fucking star. [laugh]

What sound or noise do you hate?
Silence in my airplane. It generally means the engine has stopped.

Does that happen often?
No. It has never happened.

Okay: I hate feedback.

What profession would you like to attempt other than your own?
Actor.

Science fiction?
In anything. I like doing plays, I like doing films. I’ve always had fun acting. I think if I wasn’t doing this I’d have to be performing in some capacity.

If it was out of the realm of performance, I’d say maybe a teacher.

How would you like to die?
I wouldn’t like to at all.

But if you had to choose…
I would say either self-immolation [self-sacrifice by fire.] It seems like a very peaceful way to go.

No. [long pause] I’d have to go with hypoxia.

What’s that?
Lack of oxygen. Because the first symptoms are you just get goofy –

You saw that in an episode of Battlestar Galactica!
Well, I know it from being a pilot.

Hey yeah, that’s right, it was in an episode of Battlestar Galactica.

Yeah, the lack of oxygen just makes you kind of goofy and giddy and then you just go to sleep. I wouldn’t want a painful death.

If heaven exist, what would you like to hear god say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“Nice job!”

Barenaked Ladies will be performing on Monday, February 26 at Mile One Center. Tickets are $50.70 and $60.70 taxes included, with $1.00 going to charity. Tickets available at the Mile One Centre Box Office, by phone at 576-7657, 1-800-361-4595 or online at www.admission.com

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  1. The Scope · May 31, 2013

    Battlestar Galactica. Episode #209 – “Flight of the Phoenix”

    Oooh I caught some nerd cooties with this one.

  2. Jess · May 31, 2013

    I love Ed! He’s so funny, talented and smart. Thanks for this awesome interview!

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