began life mixing elements of post rock, nu folk and «motorik» on pieced-together EPs whose highlights were collected on 2005’s «These Were The Earlies». An ever-expanding live show won a deal with Warners for the Lancastrian-Texas quartet.
PG: That would definitely be «The Hokey Pokey»
RLR: Robot dancing to «The Model» by Kraftwerk in the canteen.
BC: Never heard 'em.
RLR: It’s the one where they sound like they don’t know what the fuck is going on.
CM: «In My Life»? or maybe it’s «I Will». Actually, I want to put down one with Billy Preston on it so I'm going for «Don't Let Me Down», but that really is one of the dumbest questions ever.
CM: Nobody loves me, but I’d like to see myself falling in love to «The Six Wives of Henry VIII» by Rick Wakeman.
PG: Mine is more a tale of lust, but that’s not fit for publishing.
RLR: Particulaly to the track «Prole Art Threat».
PG: My blue fisher price plastic disc that played «Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head».
RLR: When Phil Lynot gets mangled by martians it scared the living shit out of me although even at that age i knew that a brave new world overseen by David Essex wouldn’t be a lot of fun.
CM: I’m leaving that up to my brother Nicky. I don’t want anything funny, the last thing I want at my funeral is a bunch of fuckers laughing. I want tears and pain, maybe something by Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons (f.e. «In My Hour Of Darkness»), that would really fuck people up. Or Joni Mitchell’s «A Case Of You». Actually Nicky will probably go for Kermit the Frog singing «Rainbow Connection», which might sound comical on paper, but if you’re sat in the crematorium at my funeral and you hear that you’ll feel nostalgia, followed by a wistful sadness at the passing of your own youth. During the final verse though you’ll feel like I’m sat behind you breathing on you, but you’ll feel loved...
RLR: I know it sounds comical but it won’t be very fucking funny when you find out what I’ve got planned.
CM: I fucking hate summer, and I really fucking mean that. I mean honestly it winds me up, hayfever, sunburn, pretty girls everywhere, laughing at me, probably. That said, last summer was okay, and I listened to Gillian Welch's «Time, the Revelator» quite a lot then.
PG: 16 and in to a lot of trouble...
RLR: I was quite confused that summer as I experienced the joy of discovering that masturbation was a good idea but this was tempered by the intense melancholy of my ultimate heartbreak record.
RLR: I often shed a tear listening to Townes Van Zandt but the one that gets me every time is «Seasons In The Sun» by Terry Jacks.
PG: Two very good albums.
RLR: I don’t buy records anymore what has to do with being a popstar and that; but since finding out from my accountant that I can claim music purchases back on tax I immiediately bought the Townes Van Zandt box set.
CM: I’m not sure what you meant by liberation song, so I slipped in a record I like that I haven’t mentioned yet.
PG: The opening theme to «The Prisoner».
CM: I wish I’d made it all by myself and none of those other guys were involved... Christian Madden on vocals, keyboards, bass, guitar drums, backing vocals, handclaps, Cello, violin, female backing vocals, theramin, trumpet, sitar, saxophone, producer, engineer...sole recipient of all royalties.
«God Bless You Mr. Rosewater» by Kurt Vonnegut (it makes me a nicer person, and if there’s only me there, I’m going to have to be nice.) / «Ulysses» by James Joyce (I don’t see how I could ever be arsed reading it unless completely stranded, but I’m told it’s good.) / a puzzle book; something with a few wordsearches and stuff.
Two albums on one CD, a slick move I’m sure you’ll agree.
Not essential listening for me, but again, it’s a double album.
Fuck it I’m on a desert Island, no-one will be complaining about prog.
«Baseketball» (enough laughter to last a thousand years of solitude.) / «The Ultimate Fighting Championship, Vol.6» (it’s the one where Oleg Taktarov beats Tank Abbot with a rear naked choke after 17 gruelling minutes of combat at quite a high altitude.) / «Spartacus» (I haven’t seen it yet and I’ve heard it’s quite long.)
Jenga / Operation / Buckaroo
banjo / smoke signals / tantric masturbation.
people / pubs / beer
my two dogs Aisha and Marnie, and some kind of trained monkey.
a power sander / a spade / an ice skate like he had in Castaway