The Pre New – I, Rockstar  

This is a new song by old men … mainly. It's my by friend Jamie Fry's new band, The Pre New, and this song is up there with some of the best Earl Brutus songs (his previous band). It is, in my opinion, the sound of my girlfriend suggesting we go to Ikea and look at lamps on a Saturday morning, while I'm still half asleep – it is the sound of hell.


Roadkill Fur – Breeze


This is a song by my great friend Vinny Gibson – he's a true Glasgow poet, a great bloke. Someone should see sense and give Vincent a record deal.

The Redskins – Take No Heroes  

This song breaks my heart really - I used to listen to the live version of it over and over when I was about 15. It's just magical – not to many people perhaps – but The Redskins were from York and were very active during the Miner's Strike. To me, this song sounds exactly like a winter's day in Goole in 1984.


Diana Ross & The Supremes – Reflections


I love this song, I love the feeble attempt at psychedelia at the beginning – in fact, I love everything about it. When I was 17, I used to have a Lambretta GP200 with the word 'Reflections' painted down each side panel, so this song has special meaning to me. It was also the first song recorded as Diana Ross & The Supremes, rather than The Supremes, so it also marks the beginning of Diana Ross turning into something terrifying and evil.


Erhard Bauschke – Everybody Sing

This is from a compilation CD called "Swing Tanzen Verboten!: Swing Music and Nazi Propoganda" – it was bought for me by Nick Roberts and is fantastic. Jon Savage speaks brilliantly about the whole German Swing scene in the 1930s and throughout World War II in his book "Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945" … I'd recommend that people buy the CD and read the book, if they haven't already.

The Deviants – You've Got To Hold On  

This is a fantastic song from 1968. The Deviants were led by Mick Farren; he's a sort of multi-tasking lunatic who was central to the British underground scene of the late 60s. There are many contenders for the 'first punk record' of course, but should anybody ever bother to ask me to compile a 'top ten' list of these contenders, I'd put 'You've Got To Hold On' somewhere around no. 3.

Iggy Pop – Dum Dum Boys  

I'm a bit embarrassed about including an Iggy Pop song as every Shoreditch Twiddler now wears a Stooges (Joy Division/NEU!/ Suicide) T-shirt; but I love this song.

The Housemartins – Build  

This is a song I played over and over as I sat, many years ago, in my freezing bedroom and wrote my college thesis. So, whenever I'm trying to write something I put it on. My thesis was called "Some Product: Notions of Authenticity in Pop Culture: 1965 – 1980"… the title was the best thing about it.

John Maus – Rights For Gays  

John Maus is great. I'm only a fairly recent convert, but he is brilliant and brave and slightly unhinged – he 'howls at the moon' – like any good rock'n'roll singer should.

Gavin Bryars – Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet  

I was in Toulouse recently with my pal Adam Scrivener and he played me quite a few Gavin Bryars records. I have to confess, although I've known of him for a long time I'd never really listened to him … and now I can't stop. Gavin Bryars was born in Goole in 1943, same as my dad. I asked my dad recently if he remembered 'a Gavin Bryars'. He said 'Yeah. Tall spotty bastard. Nice lad. Used to play football with him'.


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