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Five Questions With…Ricky M’Coy

March 18th, 2010
Ricky M’coy

Ricky M’Coy

On Friday night at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Unchained: The Mighty Van Halen Tribute Band, Judas Priestess: America’s All Girl Tribute to the Metal Gods and Appetite for Destruction: The Ultimate Tribute to Guns N’ Roses will do battle as part of the Tribute Wars. In advance of the show, Ricky M’Coy, lead singer of Unchained, e-mailed The House List to answer five questions.

Which New York City musician— past or present—would you most like to play with?
Well, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, of course. If they see this, they gotta get in touch with me. I’d be a great addition to their touring band as a male backing vocalist (along with two other female singers). I can harmonize to Donald Fagen’s voice so good. I do it every day!

What’s the best part of playing New York City?
The fans. They love their music and are very knowledgeable. And, of course, THE WOMEN!!

Do you have any crutches when writing a song—are there certain words or styles you feel you lean on too much?
Put it this way: I have to stop writing songs most times because I get too emotional and I get lost mentally. Like, I’ll forget what I was supposed to do later that night or who I was supposed to meet. My songs are great, but I’m not signed to a label, so maybe it’s best they stay locked away in my world. My songs are like taking LSD. You’re never the same after you hear them.

What’s your biggest nonmusical talent?
Definitely, without a doubt, cunnilingus. (Spell it right for me!) [Ed. Note: done.]

Do you have to be depressed to write a sad song? Do you have to be in love to write a love song? Is a song better when it really happened to you?
Well, I’m bipolar—diagnosed very early in life. So I know all too much about depression and far too little about love. I mean, I love people, but I don’t know how to really love a person. Love to me is all the same level. I can’t figure out the mystery of love, and that makes me more depressed. As for songs and writing them, my answer is no because my moods are hit and miss. But I can write great love songs and true-life sad songs that will make a person leave the room, usually crying. —R. Zizmor