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Dave:  Well you guys for nearly 20 years have proven that wrong, I mean that you can do it your own way.   
Ian:  And I think in an isolated example, yeah, and people can always say well it's novelty.  I don't think it is, I think it's real world.
Dave:  Why do you think so many people have latched on to what you've done over the years and tried to emulate it?
Ian:  I don't really know... I don't know.  It's hard to answer that question.  I don't claim it as my thing, or our thing.  You know, it's hard for me to say that... it's sort of a compliment or something like that.  See, I've always said that when you drink from the same well, you get the same diseases.  You know we are all collecting from the same source, so we get a lot of the same influences and approaches.  After we fuel each other, that's within the band, or within the city, or within the entire scene.   
Dave:  I know in the past you have said that D.C. has had a lot of influence on the band and where your music comes from.  How are things in D.C. today, musically?
Ian:  We're in a troff I think right now, but I think that it will probably cool off.  Or if it doesn't, then okay, job well done.
Dave:  Where do you see either yourself or the band in ten years?
Ian:  I don't ever think about the future.  I've never really thought about the future.  I've always said, you know, if you had ask me ten years ago, or 15 years ago, if I would be sitting in Oklahoma City doing an interview about this, no.  So that I know it's pointless to try to figure out what to do in the year 2008.   
Dave:  I guess this is my last question.  What I've always really liked about Fugazi is you'll have the utterly brutal song, and in the middle of it or near the end, you'll throw in this fantastic pop hook.  Like in "Smallpox Champion" or "Sieve Fisted Find," you'll have these unreal hooks, that for me personally hold me, and I never forget those hooks,  where do those come from?   
Ian:  Gotta love a hook.  I'm hook crazy man, I love 'em.  Even when I was in Minor Threat, there was so many hooks, I'm just a sucker for a hook.  So when it occurs, it seems like the right thing to do.   
Dave:  All the songs are so good, especially when you grab these fantastic pop hooks.
Ian:  Right.  I think all of us were crazy for the Beatles.  We all love the Beatles, we love Queen, we love these bands who were masters of the hook.  Cheap Trick...
Dave:  Ted Nugent.
Ian:  Ted, he's the man.  Well he was a one point.
Dave:  Any final thoughts?   
Ian:  (shakes head) No.
Dave:  Okay, thank you very much for talking to me.
Ian:  Sure I'm sorry to be quite so brief.   
Dave:  Oh no, I'm just amazed you'd take the time to talk to me, so... I've been a big fan for a long time.
Ian:  I do it all the time.

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