released four 7-inch singles over the span of three years before they had a suitable budget to finally record their debut album (produced by Peter Katis). The all-London unit with a Swedish frontman (Simon Balthazar) may resemble bookish indie kids, but their music is grown-up, gorgeous pop baroque. «Uplifting music with a delicious melancholia,» reckons fan David Bowie.
When I was at school I went through a phase of not listening to any music which lasted about three years. One day, all the kids in my class started singing «Tarzan Boy» and having never heard the song, I went home after school, turned on the radio and kept listening to it every evening until I heard it. When I did, I had to laugh as it was a novelty chart hit.
I'm more into The Rutles than the Beatles, but since you asked, I'll go for «Norwegian Wood».
At the Powerhouse in London. I can't remember if they played «Planet Of The Apes» but at the time, I was listening to a lot of surf-punk-rock-60s-trash.
Is as downbeat as I like to get.
I'm a fan of their instrumental backing tracks.
It's hard not to feel some kinda love when listening to that.
My young mind was blown away by the weird video and that piano riff.
This would be the first song. Then I'd have «Do The Hustle» by Van McCoy played to cheer everyone back up!
For the summer full of promise and eventual heartbreak.
It's from Le Mans’ final album «Aquí Vivía Yo». The whole album is one big heartbreak.
It's scientifically impossible to not dance to this.
on cassette. My siblings and I would sometimes win a weekly competition on our local radio station and the prize would be to choose five cassettes from a record shop.
I've got a collection of cover versions of this song: Liberace, a Moog version, Los Nortes Americanos…even one by Homer Simpson.
Action Biker - La Durée
I looped a section of Amiina's song for my alarm ringtone. Action Biker's song works just as it is. I'll never use a song for my phone's ringing sound. I believe that should always be «Ring! Ring!».
Not such an obvious choice for a seduction song.
Anytime is good for it, not just a Sunday morning.
Quality pop. I could put many other Burt Bacharach and Hal David compositions here, but that's the only song I know which uses the word «pneumonia».