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with Grant-Lee Phillips, singer/songwriter

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Indy: In the '90s, your band, Grant Lee Buffalo, was opening up for the likes of R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. In the new millennium, you've got a regular acting gig on cult TV show "Gilmore Girls." What gives?

GLP: I tend to pop up in the strangest of places, kind of like your Leonard Zelig of the alternative world.

Indy: Your new covers album, Nineteeneighties, features songs from The Church, Psychedelic Furs and more. Still, no Bon Jovi or Whitesnake?

GLP: I always felt like there was this shadow in the '80s, and it was all of this great, obscure stuff that you had to search around for. Maybe you found out about it by word of mouth, or thumbing through those bins at the back of the record store. It was something that was kind of like a lifestyle for us.

Indy: It's pretty obvious that Nineteeneighties is a tribute to your influences for showing you the importance of credibility over commerciality.

GLP: For me, the message I took from all of that was that you can create an interesting kind of album a great album, if you're lucky and you'll find some sort of audience for it somehow.

Indy: What specifically is it about your music that keeps old fans satiated while still attracting new listeners?

GLP: It sneaks up on you and throttles you in your sleep.

John Benson

New album in stores now.

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