Here’s why we love Santigold: She used to front a punk band in Philly named Stiffed, she can work out a tiger-print leotard, and she changed her name and you don’t even care why. This week, she and her fiancé Trouble Andrew took over Terminal 5 with Amanda Blank, and this summer Santi does the Euro festival thing, closing it all out at Lollapalooza in Chicago. For a woman this busy to take the time for our humble Pop Quiz, well, it’s an honor.
When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up? I remember watching the movie Secret of My Success with Michael J. Fox when I was really young and wanting to own a big company like that. So I guess it’s safe to say I just wanted to be “the boss” when I grew up.
Do you have any tattoos? Nope.
Are you superstitious? A little. Only when it’s convenient.
First album you bought? The Power Station one with “Some Like It Hot.” I was at a record store with my dad when I was seven, and I picked it because I liked the cover.
If you could have any super power, what would you choose? I would like to be able to travel through time.
What restaurant would you eat at every day if you could? I would get bored eating at any restaurant every day. But right now I like this place called Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco. They should bring it to New York!
How many times a day on average do you think about sex? It depends on what time of month it is.
Have you ever been arrested? Never.
What’s your guilty pleasure? Watching awkward people.
Do you have a favorite bar in New York? No. I don’t really drink.
Ever been star struck? Not in the sense that I wrote about in my songs, where you try to emulate someone else. But just in awe of a star, yes.
When you get good news, who’s the first person you tell it to? There are about 10 people I tell things to. When I’m excited, it takes that many tellings of a story to get it out of my system.
What do you always watch if it’s on TV? E Hollywood True Stories (if that’s what it’s called), anything about aliens on the History Channel, old Sex and the City episodes, The Office.
What do you normally sleep in? Matching pajama sets.
Where’s the craziest place you’ve had sex? None of yo’ damn business!
What’s on your computer wallpaper? A picture of my fiancée’s “GOLD” tattoo on his chest. It’s so bad it’s good.
If you could be any literary character, who would you be? I’d be a character in a Haruki Murakami novel. I like how his characters see the world. It’s like the world cracks and opens up for them.
Where do you really want to be right now? Hawaii … or just home for a while.
What’s the first job you ever had? I worked at my dad’s law office when I was 12. He fired me.
Favorite Muppets/Sesame Street character? I like Kermit.
What’s the best advice you ever got? To live in the present.