Co-creator of the popular Disney channel cartoon Phineas and Ferb, Jeff "Swampy" Marsh used to live in Exeter and is still a big fan of the Grecians. He is currently promoting his upcoming Mission Marvel special. Here he shares his musical taste.
1. What was the first record/CD you bought?
Elton John, the album with Rocketman on it, was the first album I ever bought.
2. Who was your first musical crush?
Hmm, I don't know, I had the hots for Suzi Quatro, she was pretty cool.
3. What's the best gig you have enjoyed?
When I was in the UK the first time, and I was really kind of discovering what would end up becoming the musical direction I took when I got back to the states, I was lucky enough when I swung through London to go see Madness playing at the Hope and Anchor.
It was a room full of people, you know, chest to back, jumping up and down and in a sweaty basement, and listening to this music.
Another time, somebody took me down to Boxes, I think it was called, in Exeter, when the Police were playing, and I didn't know who they were. I really couldn't be bothered, but somebody badgered me until I went down and saw them, and that ended up being the coolest gig ever. The next time I saw them, they were playing stadiums.
4. What is your guilty music pleasure/cheesiest CD?
Um, I love pop. I love poppy music, and I think most of it is poppy music from the Sixties/Seventies. Either that or, probably the Tom Jones albums I still have on rotation. Young people would look at that and say it's hip, but I still think it's cheesy.
5. Who are you listening to now in the car or on your iPod?
I have, by my friends' descriptions, one of the most eclectic musical tastes of anybody I know. I still have old Jazz, Django Reinhart, really poppy stuff. Currently I'm listening to Eliza Dolittle, Mumford and Sons, a band that did a song called Cough Syrup whose name eludes me, and Paulo Nutini – that is on heavy rotation these days.
I also love The Lumineers. My son was playing their music on guitar. I asked him where he found it, and I bought the album. Those are my biggies right now.
6. What is your favourite karaoke song/song to sing in the shower?
Do Wah Diddy Diddy. if I have to sing karaoke I know I can nail that one. I've sung others, but if I'm in a pinch, I know I can get through that one and make it sound pretty good.