This was passed on to me by editor extraordinaire Mr Mark Thwaite
of the excellent RSB
:1. The person who passed the baton to you.Mark Thwaite
of course, I've just told you - a man of impeccable taste.2. Total volume of music files on your computer.
A big fat zero. I think there's something on there, but that's to do with my girlfriend who seems to know more about these things than I do. So, I could ask her, but even then I probably wouldn't understand. It's all numbers to me. It's best I don't interfere with these things. Those Ipod thingymabobs, yeah seen 'em - it's just that I don't want to be that type of island. I've never even owned a walkman! What is a music file by the way?3. The title and artist of the last CD you bought.
I buy vinyl dear man! I have quite a large Northern Soul
collection [and for those of you not quite sure what the hell NORTHERN SOUL is, well, here's a little history
] - there's just something completely sweet about flipping on an original 45 and letting it play out. 2-3 minutes of sheer unadulterated pain and bliss. Most of these tracks were one off's - the artist spending his/her life savings on their recording. Most failed to chart. It is this bitter-sweet melancholy, this desperate purity of desire that appeals to me. It is basic human emotion. Give me J.J. Barnes'
"Please Let Me In" anyday - you can listen to it right here
. What a voice - I defy anyone not to be moved it. Or Darrell Banks
' "Open the Door to Your Heart" - you can listen to it here
Actually, I've just remembered. I bought the Kaiser Chiefs
" the other week and quite enjoy listening to it - wonderful northern [they're from Leeds] self-deprecating fun, stylish Pulp
-esque lyrics and snazzy blazers. I like it. Oh, and I recently found, yes that's found, Leonard Cohen
's "Songs of Leonard Cohen
" - 'Suzanne' is a work of considerable musical genius.
I have time for The Zutons
, The Coral
and other music of that ilk.
[under any circumstance] listen to The Others
. They're so bad it's lamentable.4. Song playing at the moment of writing.
At this exact moment in time nothing, just listening to the birds chirping in the garden below my window - extremely relaxing. But usually if I'm in a good mood I'll pop on Joy Division
just before I sit down at my desk to write, either Closer
or Unknown Pleasures
. I love Joy Division. Their music does something to me that I can't really express here. Have you got an hour or three and a few good bottles of red? We might, just, get to the bottom of it then.5. Five songs you have been listening to of late (or all-time favorites, or particularly personally meaningful songs)
[Oooh look, American spelling...I thought these questions must have originated from over the pond] This is what I have been listening to lately. But ask me again next week and it will be a different list...
a) "Suzanne" - Leonard Cohen
b) "up the bracket
" - The Libertines
c) "The Rise and Fall of ZIGGY STARDUST and the Spiders from Mars
" - David Bowie
d) "The Velvet Underground
" - The Velvet Underground
" - Neil Young
With a special mention to The Duke Spirit
and Sons and Daughters
. Most of these are albums, but I generally listen to whole albums when I'm not listening to my rare soul 45's. My all time favourite, easy, "Closer
" - Joy Division
. I'm from Manchester - we're a moody lot.
Also anything by Johann Sebastian Bach
and Sergey Prokofiev
[especially Dance of the Knights
]...Not forgetting Wagner
too - his "Siegfried's Funeral Music
" sends shivers up my spine.6. The five people to whom you will 'pass the musical baton.'Ellis Sharp
[but if you read his fine blog
on a regular basis then you'll know I've got as much chance as seeing Bob Marley
drinking cocktails in my local boozer than him ever answering these questions] and Matthew Coleman
[I'll publish Matt's response here]. Oh, and Andrew Stevens
of 3:AM Magazine
...Er, I can't think of anyone else at the moment.
Lee Rourke 2005.