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COMEDIAN AND PODCASTER CARL DONNELLY 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 album has been curated by comedian/podcaster Carl Donnelly. Carl is a much loved comedian who has performed all around the world including the Melbourne and Edinburgh festival. He has appeared on ‘Mock the Week’ and ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’. An early adopter to the world of podcasting Carl currently co-hosts ‘TVI’ with Julian Deane; former guests have included fellow comedians Seann Walsh, Al Murray and Shappi Khorsandi.

“This list could probably be different on a different day but what I will say before getting into it is that this experiment has taught me that pretty much all of my favourite songs feature in the first four tracks of their respective albums. I genuinely could have had a choice of about 10 for each of those tracks. Track five onwards got much easier! I don’t know what that says about me and my relationship with albums (maybe I get over excited then my interest dissipates as the album goes on?). “

Anyway, here we go.’

Track 1:’Batchelors Hall’ by Martin Simpson – Prodigal Son

This is my favourite folk album ever and it luckily starts with one of my favourite folk songs ever. Martin Simpson like all of the greatest folk musicians and has the ability to take you on such a journey during a song. This song in particular is such a beautiful, economical piece of storytelling. On a side note, as an average guitarist, this track is also one of those songs that to see him play it live blew me away. He’s quite simply an incredible guitarist. “

Track 2 – ‘The Old Main Drag’ by The Pogues – Rum Sodomy and the Lash

The Pogues would make any list I could ever compile of my favourite music. They’re the band I’ve seen the most in my life (in other incarnations of some of the members as well such as The Popes). Rum, Sodomy and the Lash is probably their greatest album. It captures everything that’s great about them. At one end of the spectrum you have the wild madness of something like ‘Sally MacLennane’ and at the other end you have this choice.  ‘The Old Main Drag’ is a sombre brutal bit of modern Irish folk.”



Track 3: ‘After The Love Has Gone’ by Earth Wind and Fire –  I Am

This is a real pallet cleanser after hearing Shane McGowan singing about tossing people off in alleys. I love 70’s and 80’s funk and soul and Earth Wind and Fire are simply one of the best bands to ever do it. It annoys me that some people dismiss them as disco and never fully listen to their massive and exceptional back catalogue. This is one of those tracks that is just a perfect piece of atmospheric soul that makes it on to just about every playlist I ever make. 

Track 4: ‘Need You Tonight’ by INXS – Kick

What an album ‘Kick’ is. It’s one of those albums where a good band create a career defining album that instantly raises them into the great band category. There are so many good tracks on it, but it’s pretty lucky that in at number four is one of the sexiest songs ever. This is my go to track when I need a pre gig pick up. If I’m backstage and feeling nervous, I dust it off and put it on and all is right again. “

Track 5: ‘An Ending (ascent)’ by Brian Eno – Apollo: Atmospheres and soundtracks 

This is one of those albums you hear for the first time and feel like people have been keeping it a secret from you. It sounds like aliens have made contact but we have to decipher it in order to respond. This is probably the seminal track on the album (if the amount of film soundtracks it’s appeared on is anything to go by) and it appears on my Spotify most played list every single year. It’s almost like my standby music. The moment I need to reset, it goes on. “



Track 6: ‘Over You’ by Roxy Music- Flesh and Blood

Roxy Music are maybe my favourite band ever if push came to shove. Every photo of them in their prime looks like a collection of people that couldn’t have possible known each other. They are responsible for a good handful of my favourite ever songs, this being one of them. I’m not mad about this album compared to previous albums but this song jumps out of it as such a great example their brilliance. Here you have one of the coolest bands to ever walk the earth knocking out a beautiful rather soppy love song. 

Track 7: ‘She is beautiful’ by Andrew WK – I Get Wet

People often think I’m either lying or joking when I say that ‘I Get Wet’ is one of my all time favourite albums. It is actually one of the few hills I’m willing to die on. I remember it coming out at a time when we were inundated with skinny cool American indie bands naval gazing (often very well I should add). Then out of the blue this massive long haired mad man appeared with a bloody nose, dressed in dirty white clothes, shouting about how great everything was and I just fell head over heels in love with it. It was the antithesis of everything we thought was cool at the turn of the millennium but in fact was cooler than the lot of them in being just non stop bonkers fun. This track is in my top three from the album and in all it’s madness is one of my all time favourite love songs.”

Track 8:’Too young to Fall in Love’ – Motley Crue -Shout at the Devil

This track very much represents a period of my life that I don’t venture back to often but it’s still part of me. I went through quite a big glam-rock phase (I was even known to wear make up and leggings etc). My love for glam rock started with T-Rex and probably ended with Motley Crue. I feel like they were the natural end point after which it just turned into hair-rock. I really loved the Crue’s first two albums and this album was a real breakout moment for them which is understandable. It’s a real romp of an album. This track was always one of my faves so I think deserves its place.

Track 9:’Ribbons’ by The Good the bad and the Queen – Merrie Land

This is one of my favourite albums of the last few years. It’s pretty much a concept album about what it is to be British in the age of Brexit and at times feels like a sombre love letter to ‘Britishness’. This song is not just a beautiful piece of song writing but really encapsulates the melancholy of the whole album and message that lies in it. “



Track 10: Bound 2 by Kanye West – Yeezus

This album is another one that is a real ‘experience’ the first time you hear it. There are so many moments that make almost zero musical sense but are also brilliant? Out of all of his albums, I think this one sums up Kanye’s unpredictable genius. This track isn’t the best on the album, but still captures the brilliant madness that has preceded it.”

An eclectic fantasy album by Carl. Not often to have Kanye sitting alongside Sean McGowan on an album. There is nothing wrong with a little eyeliner.

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Don’t forget to checkout his podcast TVI with fellow comedian Julian Deane. TVI • A podcast on Anchor