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Todd Congelliere

February 27, 2012

Photo: Shanty Cheryl

Okay, I’m going to fan out a little here and say the first time I heard Toys That Kill, I was instantly enamored. Basically, it’s fun music! The kind of catchy stuff that gets crowds jumping around. I collected their albums fiendishly and played them until the scratched cds skipped and lurched in my car’s player. Head banging and spontaneous bursts of lyric shouting out of car windows is inevitable when you’re driving and listening to Toys That Kill.

Frontman, Todd Congelliere, is part of the reason that Toys that Kill rip it up. He’s got the perfect snotty sneer that all punk rock should have. Empowering, bratty, and relevant!  He’s been playing music for a long time in bands like F.Y.P, Stoned at Heart, and  Underground Railroad to Candyland.

And if Todd’s punk rock game doesn’t already impress you, the guy runs Recess Records in San Pedro, CA. What started out in Todd’s bedroom has become home to some of the best punk rock artists out there. A homegrown label that prolifically supports good time rock outfits and embraces the DIY philosophy with every release. Notable favorites for me? The Bananas, Civic Minded Five, and Fleshies. However, you might know The Dwarves, Propagandhi, Pinhead Gunpowder, and Screeching Weasel.

Todd’s the real deal. Down to earth. DIY. He does it for all the right reasons and we’re honored to have him on 12 Questions!

1. What is your hometown?

San Pedro,CA

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

When I was younger it was Holden Caulfield but that guy’s a dick. 

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Bette Midler

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

Pettibon’s cover of Nervous Breakdown,with the 7″ playing.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

I go back and forth between Bluebeard by Kurt V and Logic 9 Advanced Music Production by David Dvorin (with Robert Brock). Thanx Plaskett!

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

The Monks-Black Monk Time

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

The Champ starring Rick Shroeder. The part where “The Champ” dies. I spoiled it for you cos I don’t want you to cry.

8.  Cat person or dog person?

Cat. But my Cat to dog ratio is 1/2. Go figure.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Truth with Kindness

10.    How do you define sin?

Doing something that YOU know is wrong and yet falsely justify it in order to keep doing it.

11.    How do you define virtue?

Don’t be a dick!

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

Todd C. “Terrific Dancer”

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Osama Bin Laden


 Recess Records

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