formed in 1996 the band Piano Magic. Although the line up changed constantly Johnson released eight albums and several EPs. In 2009 he released a solo album Details Not Recorded. Furthermore he founded the Rough Trade sublabel Tugboat, on which bands like Low or ISAN put out their music.
When you’re a teen male, you’re invariably part of a gang of some description. The Specials were the ultimate gang for me.
I don’t like them much, but something early like «Ticket To Ride».
Late 80’s. Obviously very different but equally life affirming.
My mother would play it when she was going through a hard time in her marriage.
Now I have three copies.
I was around 3 years old. I’m sure he would’ve wanted to be in my gang.
Difficult question. I live in England. We don’t have great summers. Though «Pet Sounds» soundtracked an amazing fortnight in San Francisco, 1999. I haven’t listened to it since.
Coincided with the day of my first major breakup with a girl. It devastated me. It’s vague though somehow incredibly accurate.
«Time For Action» i bought with my parents money. «Too Much Too Young» with my own money. I was a would-be rude boy.
You’d have to ask them. Probably something miserable, like «Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now». They’ve got me all wrong.
In the tour van.
The soundtrack to the Pedro Almodovar movie.
He’s a genius on and off.