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Mike Merritt: The Basic Cable Band Bio

Ever wonder who that sexy man on the bass is? Well, WONDER NO LONGER: Meet Mike Merritt! He's the bassist for the Basic Cable Band, and he's super rad! We asked Mike to fill out our little questionnaire, and here's what he had to say...

  • Real Name: Michael Monroe Merritt
  • Nickname: Apple
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
  • Instruments Played in the BCB: Bass Guitar
  • Favorite Instrument You Don't Play: Guitar
  • Favorite Band: Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Favorite Album: Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • Favorite Song Of All Time: "Funky President" by James Brown
  • Favorite Song of the Week: The song Reggie Watts did on his most recent Conan appearance.
  • First Band You Were Ever In: I really don't remember (a fact, not band name)
  • First Concert You Ever Attended: Black Sabbath at Spectrum in Philly
  • Favorite City To Play In: Montreaux, Switzerland
  • Favorite Venue To Play In: Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, Woodstock NY
  • Coolest Rock N' Roll Anecdote: Playing a gig with Johnnie Johnson in NYC, along with Jimmy V and The Worm, and Keith Richards shows up not just to sit in, but plays the whole night with us.
  • Craziest Tour Story: On the road with Conan in 2010. After playing Kansas City, we're on the bus going to the next gig. Pender and LaBamba are throwing leftover BBQ out of the window into a moving semi truck filled with live hogs.
  • Coolest Fan You've Ever Met: Many cool fans, but haven't met the coolest one yet.
  • Craziest Fan You've Ever Met: Don't know if I'm ready to meet them yet.
  • Favorite Movie: "Goodfellas"
  • Favorite TV Show (Besides CONAN): "Boardwalk Empire"
  • Favorite Food: Japanese
  • Drink Of Choice: Watermelon Martini
  • Favorite Comedian: Chris Rock
  • Favorite Holiday: 4th of July
  • Favorite Sports Team: Phillies
  • Favorite Pair Of Shoes: John Fluevogs
  • Favorite Item Of Clothing: Underwear
  • Favorite Smell: Can't say 'cause it's not legal everywhere.
  • Lucky Charm: First bass I ever owned, and still have.
  • Pets: Olive the dog, Buddah and Sparkles the cats.
  • Scariest Movie You've Ever Seen: Hasn't been made yet.
  • Best Halloween Costume Ever: Dressed as Idaho farmer for Halloween gig at Baked Potato.
  • Other Secret Talents: I know way too much about old movies and old tv shows, know way too much about dead Hollywood composers.
  • Best Conan Story: Back on the old "Late Night" show, we had bumped out to commercial and while we are playing, a glass gel from one of the overhead lights fell and hit me on the head, bounced off my bass, and ricocheted onto the floor. This thing was like a glass coaster you put a drink on, heavy and about a half inch thick, and it hurt. No one except prop guy Nick Emilio noticed it, and we continued the show as if nothing happened. The next day I show up and my podium is wrapped in yellow tape marked "hardhat area only." I was lucky the thing didn't shatter into my skull, it just left a bruise. I've been told I'm hardheaded and this just confirmed it. I still have the gel as a souvenir. I use it as a drink coaster!