was founder, bass player and songwriter of The Damned – one of the most important punk bands emerging from the UK. After leaving them in the early 80’s, he reinvented himself as a pop singer with a rebellious, self-conscious image and unforgettable hits like «Wot?» and «Happy Talk». He stayed a rebel at heart and founded the Blah! Party in 2007, toured with punk/rock supergroup Dead Man Walking and joined The Damned again in 1996.
Very exciting noise, definitely keeps you awake.
This would bring you down to earth again.
They made a wonderfully relaxing (and very melancholy) self titled album a couple of years ago. Actually, the whole record was apparently inspired by a dog having the time of it’s life on a beach which was a profound experience for the singer of the band.
Very trippy on a bike trip.
It would be the perfect accompaniment. It sounds just like the whole Sahara Desert has been condensed into a small plastic CD.How did old Rimsky do that?
For melodic pop it beats «Sgt. Pepper’s» AND «Pet Sounds». An absolute gem that deserves to be in all melody buffs record collections.
Techno isn’t my fave music but his stuff has a great groove.
Actually, I listen to sports radio on BBC 5 Live for Premiership football reports and commentaries. You can listen on the internet too for anyone who’s interested.
Anything by the Ramones gets you going.
Can get up the nose of normal folk. It’s occasionally quite edgy jazz rock. On their first album there’s a track where the lyrics are simply the English alphabet. And why not?
Singing along to that keeps me awake.
This 18 minute ambient epic is also perfect when played on an iPod while at the dentist.
It is SO sad and has the added bonus of a sitar/double bass jam in the middle.
Dreamy, warm and psychedelic. I love a bit of Krautrock. Actually, I believe they might be Swiss!
To get me into their frame of mind. «Fly Me To The Moon» is one of his more acceptable tunes.
Drifty psychedelic and goes nicely with the clouds. This is the acceptable face of jazz rock. Melodic, exciting, accessible.
I REALLY like Stereolab. The extended version of «Jenny Ondioline» gets the adrenalin pumping.
I really do play this while in the London Underground. It puts you into a totally cosmic bubble. Especially on the long version where there is an obvious edit just before 4 minutes. All the reverb disappears which gives you the shivers.
It’s a great wake up song and creates a sense of well being for the rest of the day. Not many people in the UK know about this wonderful French singer. The Brits generally dig crap music from the USA.
Martin Strong: «The Great Psychedelic Discography» / Charles Darwin: «On The Origin Of Species: By Means Of Natural Selection Or The Preservation Of Favoured Races In The Struggle For Life» / Richard Dawkins: «The God Delusion»
«Candy» by Neil Armfield / «Brief Encounter» by David Lean / «Girl On A Motorcycle» by Jack Cardiff
Super Mario Bros (b/w gameboy original) / a football / Daytona USA (arcade machine)
watercolours / astronomy / meditation
trains / pubs / bicycle lanes
Stevie Wonder / Richard Dawkins / Bjork
rabbit / dog / chicken
Written by Jimmy Webb
Fauré’s setting of the poem by Paul Verlaine.
Swiss Army Knife / p17 flashlight by LED LENSER / ball of string