Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners (1982)Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners
This was the first record I bought, when I was eight. I played it to death at full volume on the family record player. It was destroyed at some point by another family member because it just drove everyone mad. When it slowed down completely and then sped up – the whole excitement of that used to blow my mind. I just couldn’t...work out how everyone was able to stay in time. I get really obsessed by things, so if I like it, I’ll tend to do it to death.
I Wanna Be Your Dog by the Stooges (1969)
I Wanna Be Your Dog by the Stooges This one was my early teen breakthrough song. The distortion, Iggy’s voice, the pounding drums and the relentlessness of it was just stunning. I imagined him on a lead with a beautiful woman, lapping her ankles. I thought it was so funny that he wanted to be a dog. I remember, as a 14-year-old, dancing in front of the mirror shirtless, my hair wet down by the kitchen tap and with a banana, pretending I was Iggy, really going for it. One time I looked through the window and my dad was just staring at me, pissing himself laughing. It was really embarrassing.
Joe by Inspiral Carpets (1990)
Joe by Inspiral Carpets My first band was called the Jennifers and I remember doing our first proper gig as a band in Forest Hill village hall near Oxford and we played this song. We were about 14 and I just loved that swirling, quite raw organ sound. It was really exciting. I like that simple repetitiveness of the two-chord riff. It’s great fun to play on the drums, too, that kind of skipping, relentless breakbeat. Some bands just do it for you and you get obsessed. I went to see them at the Jericho Tavern pub in Oxford. I was right at the front and the singer rubbed me on the head and said: “This is for the little one here, he won’t stop dancing, so the next song is an ode to him.” I was probably just really drunk!
Activ 8 (Come With Me) by Altern-8 (1991)
Activ 8 (Come With Me) by Altern-8 At 17, I hit the illegal rave scene quite hard with a bunch of kids from my school. We drove around the southern counties for the whole summer of ’91, just five mates in a little Renault 5. Songs like Activ 8 spun around our brains as we completely lost it and danced around with strangers. It was like a real movement. I guess you could say it was the song that changed the course of my life because I did so many new things. There were a lot of older people at these parties, too, and you’d get huge blokes off their heads on ecstasy, yelling: “Come on, massage my arm!’ And we’d all be on acid running away from them. Everything was a little bit psychedelic and out of control.
The Gnome by Pink Floyd (1967)
The Gnome by Pink Floyd When my daughter, Betty, was little I used to play this to her. It’s a nursery rhyme and she learned all the lyrics by heart. It gave me so much pleasure, just pushing her around the supermarket hearing her sing this song really loudly. I used to love the fact that it was this psychedelic Syd Barrett track that my two-year-old knew all the words to. I thought, my God, she’s got an amazing musical brain and really great taste! I’ve got a video of her just holding on to a pole and singing it really gently into the camera. It’s a really sentimental song for me.
Be My Baby by The Ronettes (1963)
Be My Baby by The Ronettes This was my wife and I’s first dance song when we got married. It’s a love song that I never really tire of, a little classic. There are some brilliant drum rolls at the end and it’s so up, everyone knows it. We’d got a Ziggy Stardust tribute in as the wedding band and I was so pissed by the end that I convinced myself it really was David Bowie singing. I proceeded to kneel at his feet trying to get a grope of his sparkly tights, before I was dragged away by my mother-in-law.
Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ by the Velvet Underground (1970)
Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ by the Velvet Underground It’s definitely in my top three songs of all time. It works on so many different levels. If you’re feeling down it sounds warm and comforting, and if you’re up it can be really positive as well. I tend to put this album on when I’m cooking – it’s a good vibe. I heard it first on one of Supergrass’s earliest tours in America, playing on the tour bus. If you’ve got Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ going round and you’re driving through Arizona at 70 miles an hour, it’s quite something.
Roscoe by Midlake (2006)
Roscoe by Midlake
Pop and rock
Soundtrack of my life
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