MusicThatMadeWE #20: Dick Jones

1 hours, 16 minutes (audio only version)
1 hour, 45 minutes (Patreon exclusive version)

Released: April 8, 2022
Recorded: March 5, 2022

New Orleans producer and performer Dick Jones returns to WEBurlesque to chat out the music selections that have informed their work, style, and offstage life. Expect to catch feelings.


On this episode of The Music That Made We, Viktor interviews Dick Jones, New Orleans based burlesque performer and producer.

“Silver and Cold” by AFI
Dick says: “It is the first song I ever stripped to. This was at The Slipper Room for Jo Boobs’ monthly student showcases with the New York School of Burlesque. It was my debut solo and I don’t know actually how much I have to say about this because I’m pretty sure I blacked out… out of pure fear. I was so terrified. For what it was I don’t think it was bad but I will never do it again.

“The Calendar Hung Itself…” by Bright Eyes
Dick says: “Bright Eyes was one of those seminal bands for me. My friend gave me this cd, Fevers and Mirrors, for my 16th birthday and I just fell in love with it. I played it into the ground…. I realize now that album did literally shape me for good or for ill… I blame every emotionally unstable fuck boy I ever dated on Connor Oberst.”

“Swim” by Jack’s Mannequin
Dick says: “It’s basically like a don’t-kill-yourself jam. It’s definitely a song I’ve played on repeat a bunch of times… Anthemic is the right word and I think sometimes when you are feeling very shitty you need that. Because an anthem implies there are a lot of people out there also
listening and are coming together. You are not alone.

“My God” by The Killers feat. Weyes Blood
Dick says: “This one was my breakup song. So the past couple years I’ve been going on a crazy and also very productive mental health journey. It was definitely initiated by this big breakup that was really ugly and awful and terrible and this was the song that sort of got me through… It was the song that I played in my car over and over again driving to my new place on my own. I made that last drive there and I just cried.

“Diagnosis” by Alanis Morissette
Dick says: “It is another one of my breakup songs. I feel like this album was a really great breakup album. I’m glad it came out when it did and I’m glad it exists. I feel like Jagged Little Pill is the breakup album of your 20’s and this album is the break up album of your 30’s and beyond… When I was at the end of my rope and knew I needed to get out, I just hit the point of I don’t even care anymore what you think about me.

“Bird Set Free” by Sia
Dick says: “This song was the inspiration for the show that I’m going to be producing next month called Bird Set Free and it is a cabaret for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Everyone in the cast is a survivor and this song was the set off point. I had kind of been wanting to do this show for awhile, but then I heard this song and was like “Okay,
yeah. This is it, now is the time.

“One Foot In Front of the Other” by Emilie Autumn
Dick says: “This is actually the song I’m using for [my] show… It really is one of those songs that is meant to keep you going when you can’t go anymore. A little depressing, but still hopeful… The act is going to involve glass walking which is a skill I’ve been developing and I’m really going to push myself for this one. I wanted the song [I chose] to reflect [that].”

“Human of the Year” by Regina Spektor
Dick says: “Regina Spektor is one of my heart musicians because there are certain artists that they way they hit they just hit different. And she is one of them… This album is my favorite album of hers. I like the idea of it, I like the sweetness of it. There so many little beautiful moments in it where even though her voice is very small and tiny… she just makes herself sound bigger.”

“Shelter From the Storm” by Bob Dylan
Dick says: “I had to put Bob Dylan on this list… I picked Shelter From The Storm because it’s one that I’ve been listening to a lot recently… My genre now is depressed but hopeful… That has been my mood for the past several years now.”

“The Good That Won’t Come Out” by Rilo Kiley
Dick says: “I really enjoy Jenny Lewis. I think her lyrics are very personal yet relatable. That’s really just it.”

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