Interview: musician Brody Dalle, formerly of The Distillers and Spinnerette
- Niki Boyle
- 24 April 2014
The newly-solo artist talks Cyndi Lauper, Swedish pancakes and coffee
First record you ever bought
Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual.
Last extravagant purchase you made
My ‘Stand and Deliver’ studded leather jacket.
First film you saw that really moved you
Betty Blue changed my life. I saw the uncut three-hour director’s cut when I was 17. It blew my mind. I saw The Exorcist at my babysitter’s when I was five and then every horror movie in the video store by the time I was eight, which led to seances with Scrabble pieces and a glass upside down.
Last lie you told
I told my son Ryder that the Easter bunny hops around and hides chocolate eggs for kids to find and maybe a toy firetruck too.
First movie you ever went on a date to
Bowling for Columbine with Joshua [Homme, her husband and lead singer of Queens of the Stone Age]. The whole experience was extremely intense.
Last time you cried
On tour in Australia a couple of times – I was overwhelmed and exhausted.
First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
Spend time with my kids and my husband, or if I’m on tour, go for a run.
Last great meal you cooked
I made my kids Swedish pancakes this morning. It’s my momma-in-law’s recipe but I got ’em down pretty good. They’re freaking delicious. Served with strawberries, bacon and maple syrup.
Last book you read
Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer.
First great piece of advice you were given
My grandmother told me she doesn’t believe the saying ‘You make your bed, you lie in it’. She told me you get out and make it again. I loved that.
Last time you were star struck
First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Last meal on earth – what would it be?
My dad’s spaghetti bolognese. My mum’s salad, chicken wings and sticky date cake. My nanna’s custard.
First song you’ll sing at karaoke
Madonna – ‘Holiday’.
Last time you exploited your position to get something
I’m not that famous.
First time you realised you were famous
When paparazzi took photos of me in London when The Distillers were at the peak of our career.
Last time someone criticised your work
First three words your friends would use to describe you
My husband said ‘Sexy, badass and stubborn’.
Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
Yesterday, Ralph Lauren wedges for Coachella, toe crushers.
First concert you ever attended
Cyndi Lauper at the Melbourne tennis center. My dad took me – it was incredible.
Last time you bought someone flowers
My girlfriend Amaryllis – she had had a bad day and I wanted to cheer her up.
First object you’d save from your burning home
Last funny thing you saw online
Mark Gormley – ‘Without You’.
McDonald’s – you can’t wash that smell off your skin.
Last person you fantasised about
First word you spoke
Last crime you committed
I stole a bunch of chocolate bars from a milk bar in Melbourne years ago.
First song at your (potential) wedding
‘Let’s Dance’ – David Bowie.
Last song at your funeral
‘Sleepwalk’ by Santo and Johnny.
First person you’d thank in an award acceptance speech
Last thing you recommended to someone
First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
My French press coffee maker.
Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
My French press coffee maker.
Brody Dalle's new album, Diploid Love, is released via Caroline Records on Mon 28 Apr.