Scott McLaughlin is nothing but a positive influence on the local music scene. When he’s not helping people at the Record Alley, he’s making music with Americana rock-group Reborn by the Sunshine (rbtsmusic.com). McLaughlin is the latest to take the Lucky 13; here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
MC Hammer, because I was too legit to quit, and, yes, my twin brother and I had some parachute pants. My mom has pictures to prove it.
What was the first album you owned?
My first album was Weezer (Blue Album), which I stole from my older brother. I liked it so much that I bought the guitar-tablature book at Sam Goody and learned every song on it.
What bands are you listening to right now?
Between teaching music to elementary-school kids and having a 3-year-old, I’ve been listening to a lot of the Frozen and Frozen II soundtracks … (help). I’m also weirdly obsessed with Etta James. Sometimes I can hit those high notes in the shower.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Everyone has the right to love what they want; music is subjective. It’s great that everyone has different tastes in music. I really don’t hate any genre. Music is a form of art, and it just depends on what speaks to you.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
I’ve always wanted to see Wilco play live. Everyone and their mother has seen them, but I haven’t gotten the chance.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
The Get Up Kids. Yes, I was an emo kid.
What’s your favorite music venue?
I loved playing the Troubadour in Los Angeles. No one was there except my band and my parents, but it still was awesome. The best of the best performed there, and it just felt special to be on that stage.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Frozen.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Besides the Blue Album, which got me into learning the guitar, the Beatles really influenced my education with songwriting and music theory.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
To John Lennon: “Was Yoko worth it?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Probably a Reborn by the Sunshine song.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga album. Reminds me of good times with good friends.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Charles Bradley, “Changes.” (Scroll down to hear it!)