Interviews: Mike Mills Questionnaire
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Mike Mills: Have a pee.
What was the first gig you went to?
Mike Mills: Edgar Winter Group.
Which song do you wish you had written?
Mike Mills: Phil Spector’s “River Deep, Mountain High.”
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Mike Mills: When in doubt, do it.
What is your most treasured material possession?
Mike Mills: My house.
Who was the last person you slept with?
Mike Mills: Boris Yeltsin.
What do you think of Bob Dylan?
Mike Mills: He’s brilliant. But I wouldn’t trade places.
When did you last cry and why?
Mike Mills: November 1994: Republican takeover of US Congress.
What characteristics do you think you’ve inherited from your parents?
Mike Mills: Trustworthiness, caring.
What is the biggest myth about fame?
Mike Mills: Everything you’ve heard is true.
What are you like when you’re drunk?
Mike Mills: Very, very friendly.
Who would you have play you in a film?
Mike Mills: Peter O’Toole.
Pick five words that describe yourself.
Mike Mills: Loyal, friendly, fun-loving, like any other dog.*
Is there one piece of criticism that sticks in your mind?
Mike Mills: No. It’s like water off a duck’s back.
Do you believe in God?
Mike Mills: No.
What is your most unpleasant characteristic?
Mike Mills: Anal retentive.
What is your greatest fear?
Mike Mills: Suffocation.
What ambitions do you still have to fulfill?
Mike Mills: Scoring a feature film.
Are you afraid of failure?
Mike Mills: Of course.
What do you never leave home without?
Mike Mills: My name on my underwear.
Who is your best male friend and your best female friend?
Mike Mills: It’s too hard to rate friends.
Who would you most like to meet?
Mike Mills: Andy Kaufman.
What music would you have played at your funeral?
Mike Mills: Loud rock’n'roll.
When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see?
Mike Mills: Usually.
Do you have anything to declare?
Mike Mills: Independence.
Originally published on March 1995 by Q Magazine
Source: R.E.M. Collectors Guide
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* [NOTE: Mike's Chinese Zodiac sign is Dog. Learn more here.]