I was suprised to read these remarks by hair-metal demigod (or damaged goods) Dave Mustaine today, in response to a question about music he really likes:
WEEKENDER: Who are some of your influences? We’ve read about Motorhead and Iron Maiden, but who are some others?
MUSTAINE: Well, I’m influenced by The Beatles a little bit. You didn’t say Led Zeppelin. I like bands that have real moving chord progressions. I like a lot of classical stuff. I really dig Paganini and Wagner. I also like, ya know, foreign pop bands. For example, this guy named Roddy Frame who wrote music for this band Aztec Camera. And not all their stuff is good by any means, for my taste, but they do have a couple songs that have some significance to me because I heard them at a part in my life during painful transitions.
Same thing with a band called Crowded House. They have that song “Don’t Dream It’s Over”? I can be anywhere and be totally sad and hear that song, and my mood will brighten right up. I don’t know why, but that song just cheers me up, and there’s not a lot of songs that do that. I know Neil and know Tim and I told them that I really dug their music and they were pretty surprised. We actually became friends, and I like Crowded House better as a 3-piece, but ya know they go back and forth with having four people, and with the drummer dying that kind of f----d everything up.
So who's the most unexpected high-profile fan of Crowded House you've stumbled upon?