is one of those bands that have to tour the local pub circuit for years before success kicks in. The three lads from Oxford had to wait until 2002 for their breakthrough. Resulting in a Mercury prize nomination in 2007. And even with several chart entries and performances at Glastonbury, they still prefer to play libraries and school halls.
«Ornaments From The Silver Arcade» was released in April 2011 on Pias.
We sang this every morning at school.
So Beautiful and heartbreaking.
Acid Mothers Temple
Jad Fair in Sheffield or Acid Mothers Temple in Oxford. Both were gigs were I turned up not knowing what the artist was like and then was completely blown away by something totally new and unexpected sounding.
When I was at school we used to put this on repeat on the jukebox in the local pub. It’s a lot of fun.
I can’t stand them.
This was on as I was falling in love with my girlfriend. It’s an awful song but she’s a beautiful woman.
Shakin’ Stevens was a welsh Elvis impersonator. My grandmother was a really big fan and she had all his records.
I don’t mind. People can put on whatever they want because I will be dead and so won’t be offended if they put something on that I don’t like.
The first time we ever played a festival and this was the only song we had released and it was the only one that anyone knew. Back then we still had the «The»-prefix, which we later dropped, just before the release of «Superabundance».
I know this is originally by Badfinger and everyone really loves the Mariah Carey versions, but I like Harry Nilsson’s best. Harry’s version was number one in the US (1972), Mariah’s version «only» made it to number one in the UK.
I don’t really like Oxford. It’s full of rich kids. They should tear the whole place down and start again.
This is a disco classic. It’s awesome.
I really liked this song, so I went in to the local record store in Loughborough and bought it on 7”.
My girlfriend says that this reminds her of me. I must sing it too much.
The songs from «Wicker Man» are really really spooky folk songs. They make the hairs on my neck stand up.
I like to sing this in the shower.
The first time I ever heard this, it was a version by Leo Kottke and I just thought he had written it. I later heard the original Byrds’ version and was struck by just what an amazing song it is. It’s really beautiful. I don’t even know what it’s about. As a matter of fact I don’t really care.
William Cody: «The Life of Buffalo Bill» / Dee Brown: « Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West» / The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde
«The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser» by Werner Herzog / «Ferris Bueller's Day Off» by John Hughes with Matthew Broderick / «Apocalypse Now» by Francis Ford Coppola
Family Fortunes / Chess / Tomb Raider
to read music / painting / to play the piano
pubs / art galleries / my friends
Robert Wyatt / Don Van Vliet / Ornette Coleman
mouse / raven / goat
machete / blow torch / saw