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ACTOR/COMEDIAN/FILM MAKER RICHARD SANDLING REVEALS HIS FANTASY ALBUM TRACKLISTING

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF FANTASY ALBUMS WHERE MUSIC FANS ARE PUT TO THE TEST TO DECIPHER THEIR ULTIMATE COLLECTION.

The rules are simple(ish): they can’t repeat an album, and to just make it that little bit more interesting they have to use the same track number from another album. For example, Track 1 could be the opening track of the incredible Stone Roses’ debut ‘I Wanna Be Adored’. Track 2 could be Blur’s ‘Song 2′ – you get the idea? – basically their fave track 1,2,3 etc from 10 different albums

This month’s Fantasy Album has been curated by Richard Sandling. Richard is an award winning stand-up comedian, actor, writer and content maker. He has won So You Think You’re Funny, The Edinburgh Fringe Panel Prize and is behind the wonderful interactive comedy night Richard Sandling’s Perfect Movie, where comedians recreate their favourite movie scenes. Richard’s film credits include This Nan’s Life, Nightshooters and The Comedian’s Guide to Survival. Last year he created a sci-fi comedy feature film over the video conferencing app Zoom called Phase. Starring fellow comedians Phill Jupitus, Stephen Frost, Janet Prince, Stu Goldsmith and Katie Pritchard.

1, ‘3rd Uncle ‘ by Bauhaus

I am a huge fan of rhythm over melody – and Bauhaus covering Brian Eno, in their aggressive fast & furious solid fashion is a cracking start to the album, which is pretty much flawless as far as I am concerned. This was the first Bauhaus album I ever bought making this the first Bauhaus song I ever heard outside of a nightclub – and it was love at first sight. 

2. ‘Questions never Spoken ‘ by Choir Invisible

A great song I first heard on a compilation of 80’s minimalist tracks and it made me track down the band’s full album that it came from, which is also great. Just one of those songs I’ve always had a huge soft spot for. 

3. ‘Their Law ‘ by Prodigy feat PWEI

I was at school when this first came out and it blew my mind, cementing a love for music combining dance & rock that has never really waned.  I’m from roughly the same part of Essex as The Prodigy so they got a lot of play being local heroes which meant I (thankfully) got exposed to them at a young age and I’ve never looked back!  

4.’Play For Today ‘(Live in Paris)‘ by The Cure

I love The Cure’s early albums, but they didn’t always get a lot of play at their live concerts (at least, not as much as I’d like). This version of the song with the crowd all joining in by singing along to the keyboard part is one of the most uplifting and joyous things there is. 

5.’Ever Love‘ by Joe Hisaishi

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Sad and melancholic piece of piano led orchestral music from the soundtrack to Hana Bi, the Beat Takeshi film about an ex-cop trying to take his dying wife on one last holiday before she dies, whilst also on the run from the yakuza. The piece, like the film, is sad but beautiful and can be overwhelming if you let it. 

6. ‘Hello Spaceboy‘ by David Bowie

Outside is my favourite Bowie album. A concept album about an Art Murder Detective full of sprawling pianos and industrial beats. This is one of the more normal songs on the album and it’s a proper belter. 

7. It’s a Sin‘ by The Pet Shop Boys

Just a great pop song. I love The Pet Shop Boys. This is one of their best.

8. ‘Total Eclipse‘ by Klaus Nomi

Bonkers and brilliant song by avant garde counter tenor Klaus Nomi, a professional opera singer who became a cult sensation before his untimely death. Probably his most famous song and it’s a perfect storm of melodramatic, camp, rock ‘n’ roll performance art. 

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9.’My Pink Half Of The Drainpipe ‘ by Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band

As a child, my dad played the Bonzos to us as kids music, so they are easily my first favourite band from being a toddler and thinking Jollity Farm was the funniest thing I’d ever heard. This is the sort of thing they were so good at – getting to the heart of off kilter but very real aspects of life. This tale of mundane suburban pedantry and passive aggressive spite is a masterpiece. 

10. ‘Juxtaposed with You‘ by Super Furry Animals 

When this album came out it was ‘the’ album that year that me and my mates listened to the most. And this one track particularly is very affecting, given that it feels like a sad song but doesn’t seem to actually be about anything sad. Also, for years I thought the lyrics were “It’s easy when you know how to get along with a big fat cow”. But it isn’t. I wish it was…

A brilliant Fantasy Album with some top tunes; including a few left field choices. Klaus is one cool dude.

To check out more of Richard’s work you can check out his website here.

Follow him on social media: Twitter: @squat_betty Instagram: @thesandling

Please check out Phase, which is a delight and a must see for anyone who has been locked down (and who hasn’t ?).

Here is the trailer :