We asked Courtney Barnett to answer our Getting To Know You questionnaire. She wants to be eaten by lions at sunset


Courtney Barnett’s new album, ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’, picks up where her breakthrough 2013 double EP release left off, combining deadpan wit with perfect garage pop melodies. We asked the Melbourne-raised band leader to fill in our Getting To Know You questionnaire.

The best piece of advice you’ve been given

Beer before wine, you’re doing fine.

Your favourite word


Your pet-hate

When people use my felt tip pens and make them blunt.

If you could only eat one food forever, it would be…


The worst job you’ve had

Office job.

The film you can quote the most of


Favourite place in the world

Clovelly pool.

Your style icon

Trent from Daria.

The one song you wished you’d written

‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’

The most famous person you’ve met

Steve Tyler.

The thing you’d rescue from a burning building

My tiny box of photos.

The worst date you’ve been on

Never really been on a date…

Your guilty pleasure

Coca Cola.

The worst birthday or Christmas present you’ve received

It’s the thought that counts.

The characteristic you most like about yourself

Inner child.

Your hidden talent

Playing the drums.

Your favourite item of clothing

Kurt shirt.

Your biggest disappointment 

Coming runner-up in a colouring competition in grade 3.

Your biggest fear

Stepping into a relaxing hot bath and realising it’s actually a pool of sharks.

The best book in the world

Roald Dahl’s The Twits.

The biggest misconception about yourself

That I’m good at gardening.

Who would play you in a film of your life?

Maggie Gyllenhaal.

What is success to you?

Being alive.

What talent do you wish you had?

Talking to animals.

How do you want to die?

Eaten by a lion at sunset.

What is the most overrated thing in the world?


What would you change about your physical appearance?

Less clammy hands.

What’s your biggest turn-off?


What would you tell your 15-year-old self?

Lighten up Barners.


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