Coachella Chatz: Bat For Lashes

By Abby Schreiber
We're out here covering Coachella with our new pals Fruttare, a yummy popsicle brand from Brazil that's newly launching in the U.S. When not OD'ing on the coconut popsicles or meeting celebs in their air-conditioned hangout tent, we've been orchestrating some Coachella Chatz, in which we ask musicians at the fest to answer our version of the Proust questionnaire. (That is, if Proust had fallen asleep in the sun for five hours outside the Gobi tent, wearing a tie-dyed onesie and holding a beer.) Below, we chat with Bat For Lashes.

What song reminds you of high school?

I'm not sure it was high school -- it might have been university -- but Missy Elliott's  and Tweet's "Oops that goes my shirt, there goes my..."

What was the first concert you ever attended?

Michael Jackson's "Bad" tour, Wembley Stadium, when I was nine, with my mum. It was amaaazing. I loved it.

What's your favorite song to listen to in the car when you're cruising, windows open, sunroof down, the whole thing?

I really like LCD Soundsystem's "Someone Great," but I think the better answer would be Fleetwood Mac. It'd be like "Sara" or "Gypsy" -- all those amazing songs.

What's your favorite song to make out to?

I'd probably say that one off the Drive soundtrack that's really sexy -- "I can't eat, I can't sleep, I do nothing but think of you." It's "Under Your Spell" [by Desire] off the Drive soundtrack.

What was the first CD/cassette/record you ever bought?

True Blue by Madonna. I'm such a pop girl, really.

What's your favorite one-hit wonder song?

Who do you think is the best-dressed musician of all time?

David Bowie.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

It's probably "Total Eclipse of the Heart" by Bonnie Tyler.

Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift?

Justin Bieber!

Have you ever dedicated a song to someone on the radio?

I have. I've dedicated a song to my sweetheart when I did a DJ show in England for a radio station. I also did a live session on the radio and I dedicated "Laura" to my best friend, Katherine.

Here's something we asked bands in our April issue: If Weird Al covered one of your songs, what would he cover and what would he change the title to?

Well we change our songs names all the time because we get bored so we call "Daniel" "Spaniel" and "Rest Your Head" is "Rest Your Shed" and "The Haunted Man" is "The H Man" so I'm thinking he'd do "Spaniel" and say it was by Fat For Lashes and do it in a fat suit.

Who would you rather tour with: all denim-suit Justin Timberlake or Suit and Tie Justin Timberlake?

Definitely all-denim! Just so I could piss myself laughing every morning. Everyone would say "Suit and Tie" because he's trying to be James Bond but I like him with curly hair.

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