Love – My Little Red Book  

I went to see the late Arthur Lee play at Shepherds Bush in 2004 and I'm really glad I did, this song was actually written by Burt Bacharach.


The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevine


A great version of a classic.


The Turtles – I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're the Royal Macadamia Nuts)


This was sampled on Jimmy James one of the best Beastie Boys tracks but it's also a great track in it's own right and it's on a great album where the band pretend to be lot's of different bands in different styles, I want to make an album like that it sounds like fun.


The Jungle Brothers – What "U" Waitin' "4"


De La Soul led me to this when I was a teenager and I loved listening to "Done by the Forces of Nature" on my Walkman, I love the spooky strings in the background and the beat sounds like it's in a little dark sweaty club. "So Good Morning, good afternoon, good night, don't let the bed bugs bite" 


Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers – Egyptian Reggae

I first heard this on the jukebox in the Three Kings which feels appropriate somehow. I don't know why I like it soo much I think it's the sound of the recording as you can hear it's recorded simply in a room. It makes me want to grab some coconut shells and walk about egyptian style. 

Jim White – That Girl From Brownsville Texas  

I've seen Jim White play a few times he tells great stories. This reminds me of driving through the desert in Nevada in an open top Chrysler with Chrissie listening to this and then noticing that the road signs all had bullet holes in.

Toots and the Maytals – Pressure Drop  

Mmm Mmm Mmmmmmmm Mmm Mmmmmmmm Mmm Mmmmmm Yeah!

The Castaways – Liar Liar  

Great sound I love the high guitar part, exactly the right notes. The lyrics are "Liar liar pants on fire your nose is longer than a telephone wire" someone once told me they thought that was a bad thing, how is that bad?

Tom Zé – Jimmy, Renda-se  

I haven't a clue what this is about but it sounds like he really means it, this track made everyone go nuts in the studio when we first heard it.


PJ Harvey and John Parish – Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen


I love that little driving raw guitar sound and Polly's intense singing is something else, sends shivers down my spine.


Portishead – Machine Gun


This track blows my head off every time, I saw them at ATP at Alexandra Palace twice and through a big sound system in a big echoey room it sounds so good, I love the sparse synth solo at the end.


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