I met first encounted John Anealio on The Functional Nerds podcast, which I encountered as a result of the SF Signal podcast. I found him engaging and all together worth listening to. It wasn’t for a while that I realized he was also the man behind the (in)famous rendition of “George R.R. Martin is Not Your Bitch“. He subsequently invited me to join him on the FN podcast. We began a sweet, and respectful, eFriendship.
Then, I had the pleasure of meeting him at Balticon this past May. Although he was chronically exhausted the entire con, we talked about a bunch of things, I watched him perform live, and we recorded another episode of the FN podcast along with one of my favorite science fiction authors, T.C. McCarthy.
But, despite my friendship with Anealio, I couldn’t be bothered to interview him. I had to wash my hair. So I asked my assistant Cheryl to have a chat with him about his new album, Laser Zombie Robot Love, and some. . . other stuff.
Anealio: I perform geeky anthems for writers, librarians, lovers of Sci-Fi, Best Buy customers & robots. My music sounds like John Mayer, Weezer & James Taylor playing Dungeons & Dragons together on their iPhones.
Anealio: Believe it or not, Anealio is actually my pen/stage name. It’s my middle name spelled phonetically. My real last name is spelled a lot like an Italian cheese. I’ve had cheese jokes thrown at me my whole life. Your little shit nephew can step.
Anealio: The title of the album is actually Laser Zombie Robot Love which is a name that was created by author Chuck Wendig and voted on by my fans. There are 11 songs on the album (including the afformentioned “George R.R. Martin Is Not Your Bitch”) plus 9 bonus electronic remixes and acoustic versions of the songs.
Anealio: It was a challenging but rewarding experience. Many of my songs are light and humorous. Empire State is pretty dark for me. It was fun to be able to reveal my metal and progressive rock roots too.
Anealio: I wrote a song for Mur Lafferty. I Should Be Writing is the theme song for her podcast. If I were to write a song about Mur, I’m sure I’d rhyme her name with “conquerer” or “boa constrictor”. Yeah, definitely boa constrictor.
Anealio: I co-host The Functional Nerds Podcast with Patrick Hester. We interview Science Fiction & Fantasy Authors like Timothy Zahn, Mike Resnick and Cherie Priest every week.
Anealio: Not at this time, we’ve been saturated with “ReptilePunk” authors lately, so we’re taking a little break.
Anealio: Sounds good Cheryl. Justin really needs to give you a raise.