Teacher Playlist – Ian Toope

Interview conducted by James Macfarlane

JM: How have your tastes in music changed over time?

IT: In the early years, I was hard into Ozzy, Crue, AC/DC and Maiden.  My first concert was Somewhere on Tour- Iron Maiden-1987.  Eddie was walking around the stage at Maple Leaf Gardens, it was cool!  That crew of friends got in a lot of trouble…Next, I was into anything from CFNY-Smiths, New Order, Depeche Mode, Cure.  Then went to Uni, and the Grunge era was upon us:  Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, in addition to UK imports like Oasis, The Verve and of course Coldplay.  But through it all I still have my top 5 that I can listen to on a deserted island.

JM: What was your favourite song when you were in high school?

IT: Probably something from a John Hughes Movie – “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds – Great soundtracks from his movies.  Always great songs for High school dances!

JM: What song inspires you to study geography?

IT: RUSH – “Subdivisions

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (entire album, listen to it!)

JM: Give us one love song.

IT: My wedding song: Sting – “My One and Only Love

JM: The IB2s just graduated. Give us one song that will provide them wisdom and strength for the rest of their lives.

IT: Van Halen – “Right Now” – Great Video, YouTube it.

JM: Rumour has it that you are a big fan of rap music. Is there any truth to this? If yes, what are your top three rap songs?

IT: I wouldn’t say big fan, Old school Gangsta, that’s how I rolled in B-town.

Public Enemy – “Don’t Believe the Hype

JM: Press shuffle on your iPod. Which song comes up?

IT: Probably something from my top 5: U2, Police, Oasis, Hip, Sloan – They take up about 5 GB’s

JM: Thanks for your time.