Gojiro Island.

Yucca Valley’s Gojiro Island formed in 2011. The band, which recently released a demo, has played at venues including Bobby Furst’s Furstworld, Kokopelli’s Kantina, The Palms Restaurant and The Hood Bar and Pizza. Gojiro (go-GEE-row) Island includes Lisa Diaz (vocals), Paco Diaz (drums), David Diaz (guitar), William Porter (bass) and Michael Callan (saxophone and Theremin). For more information, visit www.facebook.com/gojiroisland or www.reverbnation.com/gojiroisland. Paco Diaz recently endeavored to answer The Lucky 13.

What was the first concert you attended?

My parents took me to see the Grass Roots when I was a kid. The first concert I saw on my own was The Who—in 1979?—sadly, the tour after Keith died.

What was the first album you owned?

It was an 8-track of the Beatles’ Please Please Me.

What bands are you listening to right now?

My current obsession is the Beach Boys. My brother David purchased a six-CD set, and it’s incredible! This week’s travel music was The Beatles, Gang of Four, Shostakovich, the Gojiro Island demo and a collection of Cecil Taylor improvisations. I commute two hours a day for work.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

My mind is at war with so-called popular music: Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj ad nauseum, and modern country. By the way, what does a Grateful Dead fan say when he runs out of drugs? “Man, this music sucks!”

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Defunct: Sex Pistols (Bollocks era), Joy Division, Dead Kennedys (PSD era) and Flipper during the Generic period. Current: The Dillinger Escape Plan, and anything with Mike Patton.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Dean Martin, ABBA and The Carpenters. I drink, I cry.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Kokopelli’s Kantina in Yucca Valley—and anyplace else that lets my band play.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“Don’t Worry Baby” by the Beach Boys: “I guess I should’ve kept my mouth shut when I start to brag about my car. But I can’t back down now because I pushed the other guys too far. She makes me come alive and makes me want to drive when she says, ‘Don’t worry, baby.’”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

When I was in high school, a guy named Doug Melbourne gave me The Gang of Four’s Solid Gold and The Public Image Ltd’s Second Edition. This is how I became exposed to punk and alternative music—my lifelong love affair!

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Keith Moon: “Hey, man. Can you teach me how to play drums?” My current drum mentor is a ghost as well. Thanks, TJ!

What song would you like played at your funeral?

I hope they play a collection of all the music I made, especially since everyone there will have helped me make it in one way or another. It’s a family thing.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

The Beatles’ Revolver. If I could have only one album on a deserted island: The White Album.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

“The Rite of Spring for Two Pianos” by Stravinsky. 

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Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...