Banging the drum

By Staff Reporter

Brian Faloon is a former drummer for punk icons Stiff Little Fingers. Having played on the band’s classic first album Inflammable Material, Brian left the band and now performs with his new band Scream Blue Murmur. He also stood as the South Belfast candidate for the anti-cuts People Before Profit party in May’s Assembly election.

I was born in Belfast

I grew up in North Belfast

I now live in Rosetta

I was educated at Boys’ Model Secondary School

My earliest memory is being in the Royal Victoria Hospital as a toddler for a hernia operation

When I was a child I wanted to be an agent for UNCLE. I’m showing my age there

I actually became a lot of different things

Worst job you’ve ever had was working in the accounts department of the BELB

Best job you’ve ever had, haven’t had it yet

The bravest thing I’ve ever done intervening in a street brawl in a Glasgow

The stupidest thing I’ve ever done see above

The biggest thing I’ve yet to do, go to New York

The people who inspire me most are people who are prepared to stand up for what is right in the face of overwhelming opposition

The most important thing in the world is a willingness to understand the other point of view

I’m very bad at timekeeping

I’m very good at cooking, drumming

I’m most proud of my two boys

My best friend would say I was… well you would have to ask my best friend

I like to relax by listening to and playing music, reading, watching movies

My favourite saying is ‘Genius does what it must, talent does what it can’

The last book I read was a biography of Paul Robeson

My favourite movie is probably The Deer Hunter, although ask me another time it could be one of many

The actor that would play me in a movie of my life would be… I’m not sure

The song that makes me dance is… being an drummer, most songs make me tap my feet

The song I would have played at my funeral would be God’s Away on Business by Tom Waits

The best place I’ve ever been New Orleans

The place I have to visit before I die is Iceland – the country, not the store

The last person I talked to on the phone was my fiancée

The last text message I received was from my son Adam

If I was a politician I would raise taxes on the rich and corporations, and stop the cuts

If I won the lottery I would depending on the amount, make sure my family were sorted out

If I could describe myself in five words they would be sometimes lazy, sometimes hardworking, always busy…(okay, that was six words)

If I could invite five people (living or dead) to a dinner party they would be Paul Robeson, Noam Chomsky, Groucho Marx, Harriet Tubman and Brian Eno

If I could change one thing about South Belfast it would be tackle racism in the area

My favourite thing about South Belfast is the diversity of cultures in the area

 

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