WARMER MIXTAPES #1621 | by Allysen Callery

Songs 2, 4 and 7 in my list are from albums my teen-aged parents owned, I lost them both in different ways when I was quite young, but The Music they loved is within me.

1. Shadow Band | Moonshine
Mike Bruno seems to step out from the gilded pages of Archaic Lore, creating himself from swirling smoke to sing the most beautiful Love songs, tinged with Sorrow. He has gathered some magical friends this time to share his intricate vision, calling themselves Shadow Band. This is my favorite of their songs.

2. Traffic | Dear Mr. Fantasy
Picture your head on a soft silk pillow, with your body laying upon an Oriental rug. Delicate incense smoke winds into the air, friends are nearby talking quietly, and laughing. Dear Mr. Fantasy is playing, and there's nowhere else you'd rather be.

3. Neil Young | Cinnamon Girl
Who is the girl you loved but don't talk to any more? Who wore blue jeans and laughed easily, her long hair blowing in the wind and sunlight ? Cinnamon Girl.

4. The Incredible String Band | Witches' Hat
More songs from the briar woods, for the quiet and shy people, the free folk. Wild Music for elves.

5. Jessica Pratt | Bushel Hyde
I think of Jessica Pratt as a soul sister in the Music she makes, Gentle Music belying themes of Longing and Aloneness.



6. Traffic | Rainmaker
Melancholy beauty, maybe I miss my old home? We lived in Taiwan then and listened to Music on a reel to reel, as well as vinyl.

7. The Rolling Stones | Moonlight Mile
Coming home very late at night from gigs, smoking the last cigarettes of the day, this song keeps me company as I drive home to my sleeping husband, I love him so much.

8. Iggy Pop | Funtime
I heard a snippet of this amazing song in a vampire movie I loved, called The Hunger. It came out in 1983 and had David Bowie in it, and Catherine Deneuve. I bought the soundtrack, but this song wasn't on it. This was pre-Internet, and no one could tell me what it was, or who sang it. Then, years later, I went to a party in Colorado, and someone told me about Iggy Pop/The Idiot, which I bought that week on vinyl.

9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Manic Depression
Beautiful Jimi Hendrix guitar and voice floats over a roiling sea of triple metre, Mitch Mitchell's gorgeous Jazz drumming. Loving someone who won't be loved, but needs it, cries out for it.

10. Ace Frehley | New York Groove
This one is kind of a joke, in that it always make me smile. I live in a small town, and the elation I feel when I drive into NYC to play Music is very real, and I get so excited. If I didn't make myself laugh, I might get nervous! Someone told me: Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1620 | by Dylan Citron [Bedbug/Deadbug]

Apologies to anyone who reads this and is on the list.
Now you know my true secret, I'm an embarrassingly enthusiastic fan.

1. The Radio Dept. | 1995
This was a hard pick, I knew I shouldn't repeat songs, but nearly every song in The Radio Dept.'s catalog has been a personal favorite at one point in my life. I landed on this one because I feel like every year I come back to it, it finds new relevancy in unexpected ways. I also feel like no band has influenced my own albums in the same way that The Radio Dept. has, really perfecting the acoustic guitar - Synth Indie Pop sound. Lots of the songs on this playlist are essentially ode's to Nostalgia (some literally) and this is no different.

2. Modest Mouse | Bankrupt On Selling
This is as close as I'll get to hearing a perfect song in my lifetime. It has more heart alone than 90% of the songs I've ever heard combined. The instrumentation is simple, nothing special, a variation on a pretty basic campfire progression, but the song really shines with the Lyricism and Delivery. My Art is pretty colored by Leftism and I honestly think I owe most of that trajectory of my life to this album alone. I could analyze it line by line, but I don't wanna destroy any of the magic. If you haven't heard it, listen to it once, then listen again with the lyrics in front of you. It's a smarter analysis of the bleakness of a non-existent American Dream than most of Modern Political Science, and a hundred times more poignant.



3. Noname | Paradise (feat. Queen SheCago)
I put this one on here because I remember having an awful work week at my old job, finding this song, and just listening to it on repeat on YouTube for hours on end. It's honestly a gorgeous song and I remember getting emotional on my lunch break the day I found it, listening to some of those lines. Aside from the incredible delivery, the lyrics alone flow together in such a smooth and poetic way, I actually referenced them in all of the seasons, remind me of you, because the line good things come to an end describing a failing friendship hit so so hard.

4. Frog | Catchyalater
I have to preface this by saying that my favorite Frog song is Everything 2002, BUT, since I honestly think this song is the best entry-point into their discography, I put Catchyalater instead. It was the first song I fell in Love with by them, and still today has all the elements that make them such a cool and inventive band. They have a way with lyricism that's so unique, and something I try to emulate often. They perfectly mix somewhat surreal/abstract nostalgic themes with the most intimate emotional expressions. Every one of their songs has a moment where you're living out some tableau of sepia-tone Americana childhood.



5. Elvis Depressedly | Living Dangerously
It took me a really long time to decide on the song here. I've been listening to Elvis Depressedly (as well as Coma Cinema) since I was in High School, it was one of the earlier bands I found through Bandcamp, and the first one I really fell hard for. I must've listened to Mickey's Dead and Hotter Sadness a million times each. I settled on Living Dangerously for a less sentimental reason, and mostly just 'cause it's, honestly, a beautiful song and, whenever I'm stressed/anxious, this song works wonders to calm me down. But listen to all of it, because they're awesome, and huge musical inspirations.

6. Kanye West | Everything I Am
I love Kanye. I was gonna end the blurb there, but this song is so genuine and likeable, it blows my mind that he's as contentious a public figure as he is when he writes songs like this.

7. P.S. Eliot | Troubled Medium
This whole album (Introverted Romance In Our Troubled Minds) is really important to me. It got me through a really tough time in my life when I was really unsure of where my life would take me, I had first left for College, I was in a really long distance relationship that was really tough for me, and I was pretty frequently having panic attacks. I listened to the album a ton the summer just before I left for Freshman Year of College when visiting family in Southern California, so whenever I listen to it now it just feels like The Summer, so it ended up sticking with me that whole year and being essentially an emotional safety net. The whole thing just really resonated with me in a way that not a lot of Music has (but then again, so has most of the Music on this list).

8. Chance The Rapper | Nostalgia
I've grown in and out of Chance, but I don't think I'll ever grow out of this song. It's everything I was looking for in a song. It takes all the reasons I like Bedroom/Emo Music (the Sentimentality/Nostalgia) and then outclasses them in every sense. It has a really youthful spirit, and I've yet to find another song with the same mood with as much heart that hasn't grown heavy handed after a couple listens.



9. Julia Brown | Bloom
I could listen to this song (and album)... Forever? All the songs on this list have had a profound impact on my own songwriting, but I think nowhere is it as transparent as with Julia Brown. I'd call it my favorite band of all time if every other artist on this list didn't also own that title. It's my favorite band of the moment I'm listening to it, which is... Extremely frequently.

10. Modest Mouse | Edit The Sad Parts
I added this one last minute because I realized that Bankrupt On Selling isn't an accurate representation of why I Love Modest Mouse (because it's pretty unique in their discography), but this one is. Imagine all of their earlier material condensed into one Greatest Hits-esque song, and you have Edit The Sad Parts. If I ever drive across the country, I'm putting this song on loop, and I doubt I'll change it.

+11. The Brave Little Abacus | Orange, Blue With Stripes
Who's ready for an essay? If Abundance Of Strawberries by Julia Brown is the album I listen too every night, Just Got Back From the Discomfort—We're Alright is the album I listen too every day. It's almost a joke amongst my friends about how much I talk about it (and Frog, to circle back, LOL). It captures all the youthful sentimentality I've mentioned on this list and it just bottles it into an eccentric and winding adventure in a way that no other album I've ever heard has done. Emo, as a genre, is essentially unlistenable for me now, but not because I don't like it, but because none of it will touch the amount of Creativity in a single BLA song. It all feels stale in comparison. I've been in competition with myself to write albums that create worlds even half as mysterious and fantastical as BLA creates in every track. I picked Orange, Blue With Stripes because it provides the perfect summary to the album, but listening to this song alone does it zero justice. They mix motifs that, by the end of the album, feel comforting and familiar. Also, maybe I'm just a sucker for Synth.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1619 | by Richard Flynn (The Junket) of Captain


1. The Breeders | Off You
I love Kim Deal more than most artists. She's got the knack to write stunning tracks that sound like she hasn't tried at all. This one is from Title TK and is one of my favourite tracks in The World. Tend to listen to it alone though...

2. The Flaming Lips | A Spoonful Weighs A Ton
To be honest, I could basically say anything off The Soft Bulletin. It was an album that changed everything for me. I must have gone to sleep to it about 3000 times when I was kipping on our drummer Reu's floor – way before Captain – when I'd just split with my long-term girlfriend. Things worked out OK, so I have fond memories of the period, it wasn't a trying to get over it LP at all, just a stunning way to fall asleep. I met Wayne Coyne when we played SXSW in Austin and made a complete dick of myself, he was lovely though. Told me to be careful not to get arrested…

3. Swervedriver | Sandblasted
My best friends and I count Swervedriver as one of the greatest bands in The World. We see them whenever they play London and it's kind of an event – we're all going again in May this year, actually, to pretend to be kids again. I must have listened to Mezcal Head, Ejector Seat Reservation, etc., etc., etc.... A trillion times! But it was this EP and the Raise LP that started it all for me – and us!



4. Evil Superstars | B.A.B.Y.
Another pivotal album for me and my friends. Not much to say, it's just a really dirty track that kind of exudes Cool, or my idea of what Cool should sound like if it were able to express itself. It's tuned super low too. It makes me feel very dweeby indeed, but it's OK to be a geek. The album it comes from – Boogie-Children-R-Us – is amazing.

5. The Beach Boys | Surfer Girl
My mum and dad only had about 4 cassettes in the car when I was a kid. One was John Denver, one was Simon & Garfunkel, one was Don McClean and the other was a Best Of Beach Boys one. The upbeat Surfy stuff kind of passed me by to be honest, wasn't into it, but this track has sort of followed me around wherever I go ever since like a personal soundtrack – that and the bloody Addam's Family theme tune that won't get out of my head. When I started writing Hazelville I wanted the first track I wrote to sound like this, mixed with a sort of blunt sampled feel for the rhythm track – Western High is what came out. I think Surfer Girl's just a beautiful song and so nice and simple. We always sing it really late at parties around a piano whenever my incredible pianist mate Michael is about. Love it.

6. Don McClean | Vincent
I just adore-adore this song – and, yes, it was another to come out of the endless cycling of the four cassettes in the family car on the way to Devon or whatever. We played a lot of I Spy too.



7. The Pecadiloes | Peace & Quiet 
Or anything from their catalogue... We saw every Pecas show we could after we'd seen them at In The City in Manchester back in the '90s. We were in another band back then that went nowhere really. We started a new, (slightly) more successful group and ended up rehearsing next door to them in Bedford – as we had the same manager. That was in The Junket – we were absolutely massive fans and we basically ripped them off quite a lot, because all we heard was them through the walls and it was kind of inescapable… (That's my excuse anyway). In retrospect it was pretty lame, but we were young and they were much, much better than us. They should have been huge. Anyway, Reu and I ended up playing in a band with Nick the singer, for one single (terrifying) show at Bedford Esquires. It was the shortest band in history… Caught On Venus, their debut (and only released) album is great – as it is most of their stuff.

8. Jacob's Mouse | It's A Thin Sound
Long haired twins on guitar and bass, a singing drummer and a generally brilliant noise. John Peel was a fan. I have everything they ever released. When I was 15 they were the only band that would agree to a charity gig at our school without asking for money. Nice guys. We gave them £12 for petrol from Bury St Edmonds – they gave us their entire rider of beer. I asked the singer Sam what all his lyrics were. Must have got really, really boring for him. Best night of my life though.

9. Elliott Smith | Speed Trials
Elliot Smith is a massive influence for me. Especially for my solo stuff that no-one's heard (or ever going to hear)… His is a truly tragic story though. This one is from Either/Or and it's a magical track that makes me feel sad in a nice way. It sounds like it's recorded in a hole, but I love that.

10. My Bloody Valentine | Only Shallow
Loveless is a true Indie classic, I know, but I am in Love with that era of Music and always will be, anything from Ride's early stuff could easily have ended up here too. Also, more recently, MBV influenced bands like Ringo Deathstarr are right up there for me. I love the way Kevin Shields created that massive noise using EQ rather than loads of effects. Saw them on the Rollercoaster Tour with Dinosaur Jr., The Jesus And Mary Chain and Blur when I was smaller.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1618 | by Travis Marsh (Amanda & Travis)

1. Thelonious Monk | 'Round About Midnight
I still remember the first night I put on this record. I was attending Middle School and was just getting into Jazz. I had worn out Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis and was hungry to find that flash of Genius in Music once again. I used to have a subscription back then to Guitar World magazine and they had an issue that came out that spoke about old Jazz musicians and the Fathers of Bebop. The article had a photo of Thelonious and he exuded cool with his pork pie hat and hipster suit coat. I immediately bugged my mom to drive me to Target and I picked up my first CD by the Monk and stuck it in my boombox when we got home. 'Round About Midnight (later named just 'Round Midnight) came on and... If jaws really could drop - mine did. It sounded like organized chaos. Dissonant notes flying from speakers left to right, but all in a beautiful fashion. I was hooked and this record has grown and stayed with me ever since.

2. Third Eye Blind | Narcolepsy
From the shimmering clean electric guitars to the power chords smacking you across the head... This song has it all. Stephan Jenkins really has a way with words and I absolutely loved the guitar solo played by Kevin Cadogan. I Love when The Music really matches The Words, there is an amazing tempo change after the last chorus where everything slows down and the pick scratches and slides down the neck while Stephan sings Sliiddeee!. Very neat!

3. Townes Van Zandt | Waitin’ Around To Die
Townes has always played to my secret inner desire to be an outlaw cowboy. This dark tune travels through abusive parents, Drug Abuse, Prison, and fly by night women all under a haunting finger-picking guitar. His solemn voice howls at The Moon.

4. Van Morrison | Into The Mystic
Van Morrison’s voice warms like a lullaby. Tied to his deep imagery of Mother Nature, it sets you at ease. Into The Mystic is one of those songs that feels like home when you close your eyes and belt out I want to rock your gypsy soul. Just like way back in the days of old... Then magnificently we will float into The Mystic... Elliot Scheiner, the engineer for this track, is at the top of his game. He has the acoustic guitars strumming along to the horns, blowing air through your speakers like the angels' horns from up above.

5. Steely Dan | Do It Again
Not much has to be said about Walter Becker and Donald Fagen’s legendary writing duo. Donald Fagen sucks you right in from the top playing a groovy Wurlitzer riff behind syncopated Latin rhythms. I’ve always wanted to write Music that just grooves like this one. It can put you in a trance.



6. Nick Drake | From The Morning
We suffered a great loss with the suicide following shortly after this critically-acclaimed album Pink Moon by the English songwriter Nick Drake. In contrast to some of the darker songs on the album, like Parasite, From The Morning has this ounce of Hope that you can hear in his voice over the beautiful orchestral-like acoustic guitar. A day once dawned, and it was beautiful.

7. The Jackson 5 | I Want You Back
Michael’s voice on this track has the energy of Otis Redding and is undeniable. Just on that thought alone, I am completely dumbfounded every time I put this on. Wilton Felder just nailed it on the bass guitar for this track. This is definitely the most fun I’ve had learning a song on bass for the first time. I Want You Back is a quintessential tune and home run for the Motown band and writers. Props to Berry Gordy on this one!

8. The Doobie Brothers | Black Water
Some songs just ring with you in a way that can only be described as undeniable. Black Water is one of them. It makes you, wants you to witness some voodoo and eat some beignets down at the French Quarter with some Dixieland Jazz jamming in the background. I absolutely am mesmerized by the fiddle shredding over that simple little acoustic guitar riff. The A Capella section really makes the song. I love how the different members are hard panned left and right and the voices seem to just bounce back and forth between the speakers. This song must have been so much fun to mix!

9. Counting Crows | Sullivan Street
The electric guitar and piano dance with each other under Adam’s yearning voice in this song. This song has always evoked so much Emotion from me that sometimes it has become too hard for me to listen to and isn’t that what excellent Songwriting is all about? Unlocking all the emotions we drown throughout the day, but beg to be released. Adam Duritz paints these beautiful word pictures that are simple, but cut deep into the soul. He really touches on that moment when you know it’s over. When you are stuck in the same town with a broken heart, it can be hard to escape your emotions when everything reminds you of a different time. I Love the picture when he says, Where all the bodies hang on the air... If she remembers, she hides it whenever we meet. Either way now, I don’t really care...

10. The Avett Brothers | Murder In The City
I have always loved The Avett Brothers for their simplistic wholesome songs. I feel like I can always tell when songs are really from the heart and have some truth to the songwriter. This song is a great example. I have a very tight and close family and I relate to the deep Unconditional Love touched on in this song. In Murder In The City, Scott Avett speaks as if he was murdered and how he wants his family to deal with the aftermath. The song ends over one of my favorite quotes of all time, Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1617 | by Brett Gleason

1. Zwan | Declarations Of Faith 
This album came along when I needed someone to tell it was okay to feel okay and hearing my childhood hero Billy Corgan declare his faith in Faith was all I needed.

2. Patrick Wolf | The Magic Position 
If the incessant beat and riff don’t move you to march past your troubles, the lyrics will remind you that all you need is the right person to make your forget your pain. The second I hear this song I have a smile on face.



3. The Smiths | Sheila Take A Bow 
Come out and find the one that you love and who loves you! - I always loved that line, this song encapsulates the feelings of the start of the Friday night, the feeling of Hope, the excitement that anything can happen.

4. PJ Harvey | The Community Of Hope 
An insanely catchy song about how the support of a community can transcend the direst circumstances.

5. R.E.M. | Departure 
Everybody is young forever! So much to tell you, so little time… Even at 19 when I first discovered this album, this line struck me as poignant and inspiring and truly exciting.



6. Björk | Hyper-ballad 
I’m right there with her early morning at the cliff, before The World wakes, gathering my strength to face the day.

7. The Smashing Pumpkins | Inkless
It’s a perfect night out with your friends that you don’t want to end, the feeling of Infinity, that moment you’re always trying to manufacture but can only organically come about and you have to seize when it comes.

8. Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra | Want It Back 
The ultimate post breakup revenge song. The groove, riff and hook will get you out of your slump immediately.

9. St. Vincent | Regret 
The instant this energizing song hits, you’ll see how great it can feel to let go of all that bitter regret.

10. Kate Bush | Running Up That Hill
If the simple visual of the title doesn’t inspire, watch the video and try to do the dance, that should do that.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1616 | by Liam O'Donnell of Various Cruelties

1. M83 | Midnight City
Love this snippet of Euphoria. I don't know how many times I have listened to this song... I've listened to this pretty much everywhere. On a mountain top, on the underground and heard it blaring from other people's car stereos. Much to my approval.

2. Sam Airey | The Blackout
This song was apparently written during a powercut where the artist had nothing else to do except create this wonderful song. Hence the title of the song, The Blackout. I think it's a really clever story.

3. Department S | Is Vic There?
I heard this in 2011 for the first time. Originally released in 1980. I thought it sounded a bit like Joy Division. So I checked it out on YouTube. I love grainy old performances from Top Of The Pops and this certainly is that!

4. Noon | Three Mile Island
Check this out. It's a track taken from the London outfit's first Improvisation album. It's noisy, sweaty Madness. I know for a fact it was recorded in a Victorian cellar in deepest darkest East London. You know, the sort of place where rats are king and humans are subsurvient.

5. Paul Thomas Saunders | Appointment In Sammara
This is so haunting. Just think this guy is incredible and his live shows are absolutely spellbinding. I normally have to sit down afterwards.


6. Lana Del Rey | Video Games
I first saw the video to this song and realised there's loads of shots of Los Angeles. Luckily enough, we went there to record our first album. Feels like a great reflective soulful memory.

7. Michael Kiwanuka | I'm Getting Ready
This is truely beautiful. A phenomenal vocal and spiritual guitar playing. Sort of reminds me a bit of Richie Havens, who is up there with my all time favourite singers. But then I hate comparisons. They are generally lazy! Anyway, definitely something good in this guy!

8. Tribes | When My Day Comes
Great Indie Pop Music. Too bad they disbanded...

9. Gloria Jones | Come Go With Me
A true Northern Soul superstar. Been listening to this since I discovered she was in the car with Marc Bolan when he died in 1977 and that they had a child together. I never knew that!

10. Bob Dylan | Not Dark Yet
Always got a Dylan track on my mind. This is it at the moment. I've been down at the bottom of a whirlpool of lies... Fantastic lyrics as always and beautifully played and sung.

WARMER MIXTAPES #1615 | by Johnny Mallet and Jordan Page of Tremors

SIDE A | by Johnny Mallet

1. Joy Division | Love Will Tear Us Apart
I grew up listening to Music the polar opposite to that of Joy Division, I was always into Super Pop, like Phil Collins, Savage Garden. It wasn’t until Control, Anton Corbijn’s biographical film came out on Joy Division. I remember sneaking into the cinema with my brother as we were both under age. I was encapsulated by the words and poetry of this man Ian Curtis. After that I bought every book, album, biography I could find, I have framed cutouts of newspaper and magazine articles about them from the 70s in my room. Anyway, despite Disorder and Transmission being my favourite songs, Love Will Tear Us Apart makes it into my top songs for the simple fact that, in my opinion, it is the greatest, most perfect lyrical song of all time. There’s something so simple in Love tearing people apart, but something so catastrophically sad and complicated about it.

You cry out in your sleep...
All my failings exposed...
And there’s a taste in my mouth...
As Desperation takes hold.
How can something so good
just can’t function no more...


The Taste in my mouth... As Desperation takes hold lyric... When I first read this I remember sitting there and being rendered emotionally paralyzed, I could feel and taste his pain, this pain that in the end caused him to take his own life. It’s always stuck with me this song. It’s just a complete lyrical song.

2. Robert Miles | Children
I remember vividly the first time I heard this song, I must have been 14 or 15, we had started the afternoon passing round a bottle of lukewarm Buckfast; if you don’t know what that is - have a personal venture and find out, it will enlighten your life. Anyway, I went to Boarding School in Scotland, so when we were allowed out of School grounds, we really lived the Rock 'N' Roll lifestyle. On this occasion I was playing pool in a Rileys, now with a pitcher of WKD; no shame on my behalf. I remember this euphoric song coming on; I was rooted as this Techno/Electronic song sent shivers through me. I’m a singer now, but it was an instrumental song that had me in awe. This was before I had started playing Music, so for me it was a musical epiphany of sorts. I from that day onward fell in Love with Electronic Music. It’s the euphoria of Children that gives me so much energy, and I think that’s why Electronic Music is so powerful, it transcends this raw and unique energy. The simplicity of Children is the looped drums under a piano melody that hypnotizes throughout. It’s mesmerizing. I played football to a high level and this would always be my song to get me in the mood, to psyche me up. To this day I thank Rileys sports bar in Sterling, you gave me my first flavour of Electronic Music.

3. Empire Of The Sun | Walking On A Dream
I don’t remember the first time I actually heard it, or where I was, all I know for me, it has become so much more than just a summer vibe, it's an extremely classy Pop song. I find every time I listen to this song, it gives me that same early teenage years naivety and excitement it gave me back then. I would say it’s a song that I could listen to back to back over and over again without getting bored. It harbours that youthful exuberance we all feel sometimes for me, what a great song.

4. The Chemical Brothers | Wide Open (feat. Beck)
When I first heard this song I was watching Geordie Shore (DON’T JUDGE, IT’S A GREAT SHOW), but it made me actually feel something whilst watching GS. I thought to myself, that’s really something. I bought it that night and waited 'til the morning to listen to it, up full on my headphones, cycling. The suspense killed me, but there’s something monumental about listening to a great song loud for the first time cycling, it's god damn liberating. Anyway, listening to this song for that first time, was a journey of Emotional Brilliance. Beck features on it with his warming haunting vocals, it’s this gradual build of a song, showcasing synths and Electronic Production to the greatest level. The simplicity of the melody against the track is just orgasmic. I would listen to it for an hour on repeat to and from where I was coming from for a good 3 weeks.

5. Niki & The Dove | So Much It Hurts
I was mulling over whether to have this song in here, but the Swedish Pop duo have made the cut. It’s the combo of her voice; which holds the same kind of power and emotional intensity that both Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin held, and the lyrics to the chorus I need your love so much it hurts. It feels like a Tremors lyric, something I would write and sing from my own story. I’ve just always connected with it on a great level. I just think the track and her voice are a perfect combination, I love this band, and cannot speak highly enough about them. Everybody’s Heart Is Broken Now is one of my favourite records ever, a top 10 for sure, You Want The Sun gives you that Walking On A Dream warmth and Play It On My Radio are both my other honourable mentions from that record. If you don’t know them, well then buy the record, or your ears are missing out.

6. Don Henley | The Boys Of Summer
It was the first song that made me feel like anything was possible, like a Thelma & Louise kind of escape. I would have to say, if I could listen to one song for the rest of my life - this would be it. I grew up loving Music, but never considered how it was made, or what made sounds great. Don however, changed all of this. The Boys Of Summer just made me fall in Love with synths, made me fall in Love with how a hi-hat pattern wasn’t just a hi-hat being played, but had delay and manipulated. It sounds so simple, but it was a musical revelation! I begun to understand The Manipulation of Sound and what joy it brings to people. I don’t want to talk too much about this song, as words don’t do it justice of how it’s affected my life, inspired me and, of course, affected my musical education, but to me it’s everything. Life changing.

7. Radiohead | Reckoner
So this song is not my top 10 favourite songs, however as a musical experience goes. It's the best gig I’ve ever been to, Radiohead at Glasgow on the green. I had never really listened to Radiohead prior to this show, but as soon as I had, I seemed drawn to his manic/sad ways; Thom Yorke that is. I binged on them two months prior to this gig and it was the In Rainbows tour. I literally fell in Love with Reckoner, I wasn't expecting to, but I was drowned in its hypnotic hauntingness, right down to my gut. Bat For Lashes opened when they were just starting out. It was summer time in Scotland which everybody knows doesn't apply to the weather! Anyway, Radiohead must have been on stage for about 20 minutes and the floodgates opened, but behind the stage the sky was illuminated in this orange cloud and thunderstorm right behind the stage, the stage was lit amazingly with it. Reckoner came on and it was electric, literally pure ecstasy, 80,000 people outside in this rain, The Music was intense, and it just felt amazing, like no other drug, we were soaked but no one gave a shit, they played for two and half hours and I was ill for about a week after, but it was worth it.

8. Savage Garden | To The Moon & Back
A song of my very youth. Savage Garden, for all their gloss, are just insane writers. To The Moon & Back is just effortlessly one of the best Pop songs ever, I don't have a distinct memory for this song, but it's in my top 10 purely for how damn good it is. It's tirelessly recycled when we write as Tremors, because, when you listen to it, it's really back to basics on the Production, but the melody is out of this world, literally... See what I did there, carries the song on its magnificent melody. This song made me fall in Love with Melody, which is essential for a great song, and this song has it in abundance, so... Welcome, Savage Garden, to my top 10!

9. Madonna | Like A Prayer
In terms of Music Inspiration as a singer, I have a voice that is in the same register as women, so it seems crazy that I don't have a few more women in this top 10. Katy Perry JUST misses out with Firework purely for being the most insane Pop banger, but it has to be Madonna, The Greatest Female Pop Artist Of All Time, she really was just the bees knees, la crème de la crème. She enters in my top 10 with Like A Prayer, just an incredible melodic song. Whatever production you put with this song - it's an anthem, it's Orgasmic Pop. I first heard it when I was 9 in a bar in Spain with the biggest set of train tracks on my teeth. I remember it being late and dancing on the tables when this came on; not like Coyote Ugly, drunk on Coca Cola sugar. I won't ever forget the magnitude of effect this song has had on me, or she has. Music for me is a religion; as much as Football is, may I add, nonetheless Like A Prayer is like singing a prayer in a church... You put your hands in the air and thank Madonna for this masterpiece, glory unto Madonna, you dynamite genius.

10. Dire Straits | Sultans Of Swing
This memory for me is clear as day. 9 years old, one of the very few holidays I have ever been on with my brother and mum. It was on a road trip to Cornwall, in this small Ford Fiesta, which always stunk of damp, the air conditioning didn’t work and had a tape player, with only one tape, Dire Straits. We would get up early and as a treat travel to McDonalds for breakfast, where, I can safely say, my obsession for a double sausage McMuffins started. Anyway, to and from anywhere we went in this bashed up car, we played on repeat Sultans Of Swing, we would sing every line, each guitar solo, it was an obsession. Much like The Boys Of Summer I could listen to this song every single day, it literally never gets old the 4th listen in a row or 1000th time in my life; it still makes me want to take my shirt off and run around the room. This song just reminds me of good times... Cheers you up when you're down, makes you happier when you're already happy, all-round badass song.


SIDE B | by Jordan Page

1. Slayer | Seasons In The Abyss
As a young kid I was a total metalhead. If it didn’t shred - I wasn’t interested. My dad and I would go to a crazy amount shows together, he’d let me skip the last few hours of School and we’d burn off to Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Nottingham to catch whatever band was coming to town that night. One of my earliest memories of finding Music is borrowing the Decade Of Aggression double CD from Corby library. Thinking back, Corby library had a pretty rad Metal selection; So the library gave me my first taste of Slayer, Napalm Death and Obituary… Go figure! The Decade... record sleeve was what first caught my eye. The front cover is so strikingly simple, but totally evil. Jeff Hanneman (always my favourite of the two guitar players) and his pointy guitar in blood red silhouette. The band looked like the coolest dudes I had ever seen - hi tops, Levi’s, black t-shirts, black shades, incredible hair… And to top it all off - they’re called SLAYER! I was instantly madly in Love. Every song is a banger, but when the intro to Seasons In The Abyss starts, it’s a game changer. The library moved to a new location pretty soon after and I can’t be sure if I ever took the CD back. Sorry!

2. Partners In Kryme | Turtle Power (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
This was the first song I ever played live. It was a solo keyboard instrumental performance with demo button accompaniment. I must have been maybe 4 years old and it was the end of year concert for my keyboard classes. The boy who was supposed to go on first crumbled with stage fright so I stepped up and took his place - I figured I could get out of watching everyone else and leave early. Without the rap I can’t be sure anyone recognised what song I was playing, but everyone loves The Turtles, so I still stand by my song choice.

3. The Prodigy | Your Love
Whilst I was in full on Thrash mode, my cousin was mad into Rave and Techno. He had a cool taste in Music, and collected all of the huge box sets of Dreamscape and Helter Skelter Rave tapes. At the time I didn’t get it, I think I was more fascinated by how squidgy the box set cases were, and was just into whatever he was into because he was about 10 years older than me. But he’d tell me that Techno is the new Heavy Metal and how in The Future, nobody will be using guitars… Ha! Your Love was the first thing he gave me that seriously grabbed my attention. Other than the Chart Pop that passed me by at the time, this was the first Music I understood to be completely computerised and fully Electronic, but it still felt totally Punk Rock and Underground. Tracks like Hyperspeed on Experience easily have the same kick and intensity as any Metal band. The Prodigy, and my cousin, really opened my eyes to the power and scope of Electronic Music.

4. Erasure | Chains Of Love
+ Love To Hate You... For a very short period of time when I was a kid my dad drove a gleaming white Toyota Celica. The flip-up headlights totally blew my mind. He only ever had two cassette tapes in constant rotation, and both were by Erasure. He had The Innocents and Chorus, so for this selection I have cheated and chosen my favourite song from each record. They’re both too good to pick just one. The old man is a secret Pop fan, he wouldn’t shout about it, but he can’t deny it. Thanks, Vince, for the Top Toyota Celica singalong material. The way Erasure match the classic Synth-Pop backing with a huge Pop vocal performance has been a big influence on the way we approach Tremors songs. I read somewhere that Vince writes everything on acoustic guitar and doesn’t touch a synthesiser until the song is finished, and, even though I have a vicious allergic reaction when anyone starts playing an acoustic guitar, I totally agree with the principal that the song should come first.

5. Gary Numan | Cars 
In my early teens I really wanted to be Gary Numan. The first time I saw him was on a repeat of an old Top Of The Pops episode performing Cars. I was totally transfixed by this alien looking dude with the most oddball voice, singing an ode to his automobile. For the first 30 seconds he was completely turned away from the camera. So cool. The stage was full of ARP Odyssey synthesisers (the main reason I use an ARP Odyssey for Tremors) and the drummer had a perspex kit with neon yellow cymbals. SO COOL. My first proper teenage band was formed by finding four other people in my hometown in the middle-of-nowhere who also wanted to be Gary Numan. We had band practice every night for about a year trying to nail the Numan sound, and then we’d get wasted watching his more questionable live DVD’s. We only got round to playing a handful of shows. The other guys in the band preferred the more organic feel of Tubeway Army, but The Pleasure Principle was the record that meant the most to me. Ice cold synthesisers, Science Fiction lyrics, and probably my favourite record sleeve of all time.

6. Vince DiCola | War (Rocky IV Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Rocky IV is my all time favourite movie for three reasons; 1. Dolph Lundgren’s hair, 2. The running time clocks in at a fat-free 91 minutes, and 3. The outlandish FM Radio-Synth-Rock score by Vinnie DiCola. The Music is as ridiculously American as Rocky’s Stars 'N' Stripes boxer shorts. The only thing it’s missing is a crowd chanting U.S.A! U.S.A!. It’s the perfect track to get psyched up to. It’s the sound of overcoming the Cold War. I might set it as my wake up alarm tone.

7. Skinny Puppy | Dig It
An old flame that has come back with a vengeance. My ultimate Goth night club jam. Hit me with a few Vodka-Red-Bull’s and the DJ will be inundated with requests for this number... Even if they have already played it twice that night. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of it. The production is super slick and clean, then somebody lets Ogre out of his cage and he flips everything upside down with THAT voice. I first came across this song as a huge fan of the first Nine Inch Nails record and someone tipped me off that Trent was ripping the Skinny Puppy sound. I once got turned away from my favourite Goth club Slimelight for wearing blue jeans (they were excellent jeans, but admittedly they were more The Cult denim than Sisters Of Mercy denim) and thought if I could convince the bouncers of my Goth credentials by shouting the lyrics to Dig It at them they’d surely let me in… It didn’t work.

8. Lady Gaga | Born This Way
Women make the best Pop Music. Swift, Perry and Gaga have owned the last decade. I was nearly the whole way through something like a four hour drive when Radio 1 had the World Premiere first play of Born This Way and it was just too overwhelming for my brain to process the Hi-NRG awesomeness in my bleary eyed state. Good job they played it three times in a row to really push me over the edge (of Glory). I love pretty much everything Gaga does, but Born This Way is extra special. For me, the idea of Madonna size hooks over a Body Music track is the Pop equivalent of having your cake and eating it too. It proves that ultra commercial Chart Pop can be tough, and abrasive, and dangerous.

9. Choir Boy | Sunday Light
A current obsession. I’m pretty mad on anything that comes out with a Dais Records sticker at the moment, and will continue to be as long as they keep serving up high quality melancholy Synth Pop and Post Punk like Sunday Light by Choir Boy. Sometimes songs get stuck on a loop in my head and I have to listen over and over, Sunday Light is the latest one that got jammed when it was released at the end of 2017. It has a constant rolling quality that is so easy to keep playing on repeat. A song to get lost in.

10. Depeche Mode | Stripped
The top spot, all-time obsession and Life long favourite song goes to Stripped by Depeche Mode. I don’t remember how I first got into DM, they’ve just always been there, part of the fabric of Pop Culture. I guess it’s like asking anyone born after ’62 to remember the first time they heard The Beatles when the songs are everywhere! My mum reckons it’s from when I was a baby, we lived above two guys who played DM records all day long and it has been subconsciously lodged in my brain. I’m not so sure. But I definitely remember it being a big deal that they came back as a three piece at the end of the 90s. From there I started to dig further into their back catalogue and felt like I was on the hunt for something, and I found it when I heard Stripped from Black Celebration. Down came the posters of Slayer and Anthrax that had previously covered my bedroom walls and I somehow convinced my mum to let me paint the walls black and swapped the normal light bulb for a red one. I must have listened to this song thousands of times in that room. Cool kid. In all honesty I LOATHED the red light, but had to put up with it for just long enough to prove to everyone else that it was not a bad choice.