The last time someone asked what our favorite band was we threw up on their slacks (food poisoning). Whatever, just don’t ask us, ok?
Where I hailed him: Hell’s Kitchen
Where he hails from: Chicago
Years as cabbie: 14
Previous profession: Construction
Fuck, I wish I knew I was going to get asked this; I would’ve prepared something. I don’t want to leave anyone out. I can’t pick just one. Ok. The big bands for me in high school were The Cure and The Replacements. I used to get up on tables and sing Beer for Breakfast at parties when I was shitfaced. Later I got into the Velvet Underground and Lou Reed. Probably The Cure was my favorite, or The Clash. I have like a million favorite bands, so it depends on when you ask me. I don’t know anything recent though, and I haven’t been to a concert in ages. That’s the problem with having kids.
Where I hailed him: Midtown
Where he hails from: Pakistan
Years as cabbie: 3
Previous profession: Always a driver
I mostly listen to Pakistani music, you wouldn’t know the bands. I’m not even sure I know how to spell the names in English. I don’t really know that many western bands, except for Elvis and The Beatles. I’ve never been to a concert here, too expensive. When I listen to the radio, mostly I listen to stations with traffic reports.
Where I hailed him: Lower East Side
Where he hails from: Queens
Years as cabbie: 7
Previous profession: Worked in a restaurant
Not a band, but Frank Sinatra. Actually he’s not my favorite, I just think he’s the best, if you know what I mean. He’s real big in my family. Other than that, maybe Springsteen and the E Street Band. I don’t know. There are a lot of good bands.
Where I hailed him: LES
Where he hails from: Haiti
Years as a cabbie: 2
Previous profession: Student
I like to listen to Gospel music. Glory and praise! You want to hear some? (Sure.) I don’t know about the other bands, the only time I hear them on the radio is if a customer asks, and usually they are the drunk ones. I much prefer this gospel music. Family radio. You believe in God? (Oh, sure.) Here is a listing of the radio station. You see there it says the world is ending on May 21, 2011. This is not far away, better get ready. (Thanks for the heads up!) You’re welcome! If you don’t have a Bible, you should get one.
Where I hailed him: West Village
Where he hails from: Haiti
Years as a cabbie: 7
Previous profession: Parking lot attendant
I like slow music, or music that is nice. (Michael Bolton?) Ha ha too slow. Nobody likes Michael Bolton. Oh, you know what I like a lot? The lady with all the crazy clothes. (Lady Gaga?) Yes! I like her a lot. (Starts singing.) Just dance… Na na na na na… Just dance. That’s nice music. Gets you up and awake. Nice voice. Lady Gaga is my favorite band.
Where I hailed him: Wall Street
Where he hails from: Barbados
Years as a cabbie: 6
Previous profession: Accountant
I have to say Rihanna because she is from my home country. I don’t know if it’s really a band, but it pretty much is. Her real name is Robin, and I think she’s beautiful. She has the most beautiful voice. There will be more singers coming out of Barbados like that, I’m sure.