Billy Bragg – Levi Stubbs Tears  

I'm a big fan of singers singing in their native accent. Only Billy Bragg can sing a Billy Bragg song.


The Fabulous Silver Tones - Dimples


This John Lee Hooker cover version just makes me want to bop.

Elvis Presley – Mystery Train  

Which one to choose? This one I think captures him at his most raw and unaffected. Sheer enjoyment.


Jolie Holland – Wandering Angus


Working with text everyday it's my job to interpret and illuminate. Jolie Holland completely captures Yeats' poem. Spellbinding.


Patti Smith – Redondo Beach

After listening to Patti Smith read her memoirs I fell in love with her music. A completely unique and idiosyncratic voice and artist. 

Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider  

A couple of white guys originally wrote this, but Paul Davidson's version is for me the original and that guitar riff is just sublime.

Roxy Music – Both Ends Burning  

I just did not relate to Brian Ferry and his entourage in the 1970's, I was too young and it seemed like 'Dad Rock' to me. But revisiting it, now that I'm a Dad and in my forties.... it makes perfect sense. I don't even mind the Saxaphone.

The Walkmen – The Rat  

I've heard these chaps deliver an amazing live performance. It's on my 'to do' list before I get too old.

Serge Gainsbourg - Ford Mustang  

Jane Birkin... need I say more?

The The - Uncertain Smile  

The 1980's were my formative years... Matt Johnson and his brother Andy (Dog) Johnson were a huge influence on both my art and musical tastes. Jools Holland performs on the piano and I do on occasions like to 'air piano' along to this.


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