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Do you remember how old you were when you first heard her music?
Joey: 10 or 11.
Ana: I was probably about 13. I grew up in Europa, in Albania, so I guess we got things a little later.
Joey: I was an immediate fan. I definitely didn't understand her songs at that time though. [laughs]
Ana: It just kinda felt right. I think the 90s rebelled against the 80s. She really appealed to that and to the people who weren't 80s fans. All that hair metal and glam rock.
When you first became fans, that was around the time of which album then?
Joey: It was for Tidal.
Do you remember her somewhat now infamous VMA speech from the 90s?
Joey: Is that the "This world is bullshit" one? I don't remember if I actually watched it live, but I remember seeing it online a couple times and really connecting with what she said and respecting her for that. No one else took the opportunity to be like, "You need to go and find you and not be like everyone else who is up here," you know?
Ana: I totally agree with you, but, you know, I kinda think, "If you thought this award show was bullshit, you shouldn't have been there." Or at least in a way. But it's still totally awesome that she said that.
And did you stay fans the whole time or just again recently with her new record?
Joey: Every album.
Ana: Every step of the way. When I was in Albania, I kinda just knew who she was, but when I moved here, I became a bigger fan. And then this album is amazing.
Is the first time seeing her live?
Ana: This is my first.
Joey: This is my third. I saw her in March at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and then I saw her probably like seven years ago.