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Interview: Leslie & the LYs

by Austen Diamond
- Posted // 2012-02-20 - Hailing from Ames, Iowa, Leslie Hall has all the Crisco needed to fry up some hip-hop. And she took a minute from touring with the LYs to answer some of our greasiest questions.

Imagine Mimi from The Drew Carey Show dancing to Jazzercize in sparkling gold spandex—a concoction of wide hips, witty hops, willful laughs and DIY stage productions. Hers is a humble Midwest “Bling, Bling,” like Waffle House hashbrowns: smothered in gold glitter, capped with owl-frame glasses and topped with a blond bouffant.

She’s touring in support of a new album, Destination Friendship, and will be at The Urban Lounge Tuesday, Feb. 21.

City Weekly: Well, I'll be Bedazzled, tell us about your traveling gem-sweater museum?

Leslie Hall: Well,  here is the news: My dad turned it into a tailgating bus while I was away on tour with Yo Gabba Gabba. If you ever go to an Iowa State football game and see a Starcraft built in 1976, pee on the wheels; it sends a message to my papa.

CW: Was it really the largest collection of jeweled knits in the world? Why did you start it?

LH: How dare you accuse me of lies and treason?!

CW: Who taught you how to be so damned crafty?

LH: Country boredom and the desire to stay busy during my favorite shows. The seated position is my favorite position, and that’s also the craft position.

CW: Who taught you to be so smooth on the stage?

LH: Television has been like a mother to me. I watch it and it teaches me, and then I produce even greater moves.

CW: Did you ever dream that you would be such a damned diva from Ames, Iowa?

LH: No. I'm usually pretty lazy, and I don't even like ice in my water. And I prefer cold showers, and, sometimes, I don’t wear a bra so my nip-nips are low. So, no, I didn't fit the “Celine” profile.

CW: How do you think your new album is different than your previous efforts?

LH: I have written a ton of songs about pants and snacking, so there is a song about feelings on there. But it is mostly about me singing about what I know most of all, and that is me.

CW: Where do you get the inspiration for some of your songs?

LH: I look in the mirror and practice smiling.

CW: What's a Leslie & the LYs show like?

LH: I dance. I wiggle. There are plenty of shenanigans. People are usually intoxicated. Afterward, we hold each other, and people attempt to touch my bra straps. I usually leave empty handed, but my hands are usually full of locks of hair from my most adoring fans.

CW: Anything else you'd like to add?

LH: Please come. We are driving through winter weather for you. If you don’t come, I wouldn't blame you; it’s a Tuesday, and we've all got cats to pet.

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