Galaxie 500 – 4th of July  

I have loved this song since it came out twenty-odd years ago. I like the way no one can really play their instruments except the drummer, who holds it all together as it builds to a big epic, yet inept climax. Truly exiting yet wonky music!

The Black Keys – She Said She Said  

This is my favourite Beatles song. I like this cover version of it. There is also a really good version by The Shop Assistants.

Frank Black – Superabound  

This song starts of sounding like Serge Gainsbourg and then jumps into hurricane-esque Bob Dylan. Crazy. Frank Black is a fucking genius.

Minor Threa – Salad Days  

I have had this song as my ringtone for years. The start sound like it could almost be a boring 'polyphonic' ringtone and I guess that's what most people who hear my phone ring think it is. But then every now and then someone recognises it as the straight-edge classic it is.

Brakes – Hi How are you  

I am your typical middle aged, middle class, passive-aggressive man. This song is kind of a passive aggressive anthem. I went to see Brakes live last year and there were people talking all the way through! I guess they were being ironic.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti – Beverly Kills  

We listened to this album over and over again last year in the studio and we are going to see them live in a couple of weeks. Cant wait.

Robert Palmer – Some Guys have all the Luck  

Another Studio-3 favourite. The verses in this song are so messed up. What the hell is he singing about?

Ween – I Don't Want It  

Ween might be my favourite band of all time. This is quite a weird choice. A simple, wistful love song with a cheesy guitar solo at the end. With Ween, the more 'straight' stuff is somehow the most fucked-up.

Harry Nisson – My Old Desk  

Fun fact. I have a poster of Harry Nillson above my desk.

Warren Zevon – Accidentally Like A Martyr  

Zevon always makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. Magical and heartbreaking There is so much sadness in his music and yet the world would be a sadder place without it.

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