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Spoon: The Six-Pack Q&A (With Bonus Live Footage)

September 24, 2007 3:05 PM ET

Rolling Stone posed six questions to Spoon's Britt Daniel and Jim Eno. They told us about the time they decked a heckler, recalled the night they cozied up to Radiohead's producer and even played us a song (okay, to be fair, they played all of Austin City Limits a song). Keep reading for the footage and answers:

What's the most rock star thing you've ever done?
Britt Daniel: Ten years ago in Salt Lake City I jumped offstage and knocked somebody on his ass during a song. I was wondering why he was at the show because he kept giving me the middle finger. It was a pretty small show and there weren't a lot of people there, and I was like, "Hey, nuh-uh," and he just kept doing it song after song. Finally he did it again and off we went.
Jim Eno: Britt jumped offstage, hit him, and then the crowd attacked the guy and dragged him out. And the rhythm section kept playing.

What was your favorite album when you were fourteen?
Daniel: Head on the Door by the Cure.

When do you think you'll know it's time to retire?
Daniel: I'm a lifer, I'm not going to retire.
Eno: When our tour manager tells me to.
Daniel: There he is, he's typing it in on his computer: Dear Jim, give it up, I need some space.

Who's the coolest person you ever met?
Eno: I would say Nigel Godrich. Radiohead showed up to our listening party. He was super nice, and I asked him about Thom Yorke's solo record and how he did stuff like that.

What's on your current playlist?
Daniel: Frank Sinatra, the Clientele and [Marvin Gaye's] What's Going On.
Eno: When Britt and I listen to music, we do an ear bud in one ear here [indicating himself] and one ear here [pointing to Daniel], that's how we listen to music. We mark B and J so we don't switch them up [and end up with each other's ear wax]. So when we share a hotel room we always are on the right side of the bed so the ear thing works.

Is "Don't Make Me a Target" from your latest album about President Bush?
Daniel: Yup.

Check out footage of Spoon performing the at Austin City Limits (and shots of the band getting ready backstage):

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