Every week, Entertainment Editor Nick Margiasso will put one of our fine USF staffers on the musical hot seat for a Q and A. It may be informative, it could be disturbing but it definitely will be interesting.
Oracle: It’s our round … at the bar and at the jukebox; what’ll you have?
Prof. Gayles: Warm milk and “Rat Race” by Robert Nesta Marley (Editor’s note: That’s “Bob” to the non-Irie).
Oracle: What is the best soundtrack for anthropological study?
Prof. Gayles: The voices of those that we study and work with.
Oracle: Who wins in a fight: Johnny Rotten or Ice T?
Prof. Gayles: First of all, Ice T straightens his hair. Secondly, the name “Johnny Rotten” is far more intimidating than “Ice T.” Third, Johnny Rotten has a band mate named Sid Vicious. Last and most importantly, Johnny Rotten, for all of his antics, is highly critical of the corporate influence on popular music. Plus, Ice T was in Pimps Up, Ho’s Down. Rotten wins – period.
Oracle: What would your hit single be called, and what kind of music is it?
Prof. Gayles: It would probably be a reggae song called “We Can.”
Oracle: Which album has most influenced your youth?
Prof. Gayles: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy. Classic, conscious rap — a rare commodity these days.