OK Go and 'Les Miserables'

If you were to pick up a copy of today's newspaper (ha ha who does that anymore), you would find my article in the Live! section about the rock group OK Go.

The Los Angeles-based four-piece is headed to Rams Head Live on Sunday. Whether you're a fan of these guys or not, you've probably seen one of their awesome music videos.

When I interviewed singer Damian Kulash (who is from Washington), we talked for a minute or two about the "Les Miserables." Turns out, Kulash is a big fan ...

"I'm a really big 'Les Mis' fan," he said. "Tim and I bonded over 'Les Mis' when we were 12 years old. As embarassed as I probably should be, I think it's a fantastic body of work."

Loving "Les Mis" is nothing to be ashamed of.

"It's a Broadway masterpiece," he said. "Massive pop musicals like that have a certain 'American Idol'  quality -- a ribald, cloying musicality. What can I say? 'Les Mis' has me to the core."


Also, does he earn or lose points for the use of the word "ribald?" I'm not entirely sure. But Kulash did have some cool things to say about Dischord, Ian MacKaye and the Washington punk scene from the '90s.

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