Heavy Years: 2000-2010 (Ernest Jenning) is the latest release from Brooklyn-by-way-of-Chicago singer/songwriter Chris Mills. The 14-track retrospective compiles songs from his last four albums, along with two new tracks recorded with DJ Oktopus (Dalek). Mills is currently on the road supporting Heavy Years, and he will also be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Mills: I really love this song. My wife hates it. I’ve spent a lot of time at truck stops and roadside oases over the years, and the multitude of Frankenstein-ed fast-food restaurants that populate them have always made me feel a little uncomfortable.
Just because you can share a kitchen doesn’t always mean you should, right? I mean, I like Pizza Hut well enough, but Taco Bell has always kind of grossed me out. I enjoy KFC but have absolutely no interest in Hardee’s. I know it’s just my inner Rain Man talking, but the idea of having one fast food place’s ingredients mixed up with another’s just rubs me the wrong way. What if some Taco Bell hot sauce accidentally gets on my cheesy bread sticks? Are they going to make me new bread sticks? Not likely! Are the just going to wipe it off? If I only I thought I could be so lucky. At least now I have a mantra I can chant to calm myself down and get myself through the line so I don’t just run off and wolf down a Cinnabon or something. “I’m at the Pizza Hut/I’m at the Taco Bell/I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” Repeat!