A Funny Taste in Music



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 we have comedian/podcaster Andrew Bird. Andrew has performed comedy all around the world as well as playing numerous Edinburgh Fringe Festival shows. He has supported some of the UK’s biggest comedians including Rhod Gilbert, Rob Brydon and Michael McIntyre and now has his own brilliant music podcast where he speaks to fellow comics about their taste in music. Previous guests have included Russell Howard, Zoe Lyons and Jon Richardson.

1. 7 World’s Collide- ‘Too Blue

Now I’m cheating immediately here because of the agony of leaving out bands I love. Fortunately one of the greatest opening tracks of all time is the sound of some of my favourite musicians all working together to make a little known masterpiece. This is the sound of Johnny Marr from The Smiths, Neil Finn from Crowded House a few members of Wilco and a few members of Radiohead doing a big Phil Specter sounding joyous opener. 

2.Tom Petty – ‘I Won’t Back Down

 ” I was obsessed with Tom Petty for ages and I could have chosen any number of his tunes but this one always starts like a punch in the gut. I’d heard it thousands of times but when it started at Hyde Park when I saw him live I got this surge of emotion like I’d been reunited with a long lost brother.

3. Stereophonics – ‘Hurry Up and Wait

Doing this you realise how many great songs are on track 3. This was a big call but it’s based on being about 19-20 after the pub loads of us going back to someone’s flat and this going on the stereo. Just the sound of a living room full of drunk friends singing this together, sticks with you. “

4. Gavin Clark- ‘Low are the Punches

My brother told me about Gavin Clark and how he is best friends with Shane Meadows who had made a short film about him called ‘The Living Room’. It shows how Gavin was a genius but didn’t get the recognition he deserved, was on the verge of giving up while battling with his confidence and Shane talked him into doing a gig in his own living room. He then went on to write music for Shane’s films but sadly died. I picked this largely because more people should hear his music. “

5.Elbow – ‘Jesus is a Rochdale Girl’

I just love Guy Gavey’s words and how the band just do what is needed for the song. This is a song about being 20 living on your own for the first time and realising what you want to do. It makes me vividly remember what it was like when I first moved away and started comedy. Except it wasn’t Rochdale. But “Jesus is a Streatham Girl” is not as good a title. But only just.”

6. Gavin Osborne – ‘Platform Girl

” I used to play football with Gavin and bought his album out of politeness/interest not expecting to love it and play it endlessly for months. His songs are really original and funny. They are almost observational comedy to wonderful melodies. This is a song about a girl he sees everyday at the train platform. He has this ability over just a few minutes to put a whole independent cool film in your head. 

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7. Oasis- ‘Some Might Say

Quite predictably Oasis is going to be on here. ‘What’s the Story’ was released the day before my 15th birthday; there was no way they couldn’t be the soundtrack to my adolescence. And what a soundtrack. This song is everything that is great about Oasis. Driving guitars’ Liam’s voice, Noel’s harmonies and lyrics that mean nothing and everything, are melancholy and uplifting. “Some might say we will find a brighter day”. That’s all you need to hear as a teenager.”

8.The Stone Roses – ‘(Song for my) Sugar Spun Sister


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I still remember clearly my mate Oli sitting me down putting this album in and very confidently saying “If you love Oasis you will love The Stone Roses” He was very right and this was the first song he played. The way Ian Brown sang “several shades of blue” was stuck in my head for weeks. And I’d never heard the way three musicians can sound like they are all playing amazing solos in unison.”

9. The Beatles – ‘ Words of Love

The biggest, most successful and influential band of all time and I still think they are underrated. This is them doing a Buddy Holly song who I also love. You can literally hear rock and roll moving forward. And their voices just make you feel like your head is floating. Again. Underrated.

10. Jon Allen – ‘No One Gets Out of Here Alive

Alright now again on one hand I am shamelessly using this to draw attention to the music of someone I know. He used to play in the pub where I worked and he even flew over to Slovakia to play at my wedding. But this also happens to be a great closing track for an album. I like a last track to leave you feeling like you need to catch your breath and this does it. Jon also has a new album that has just come out called “Meanwhile

Many thanks to Andrew for an excellent Fantasy Album. Highly recommend anyone who reads this to seek out the 7 World’s Collide albums, if you haven’t already.

You can catch Andrew on tour this autumn by checking dates on his website www.andrewbirdcomedian.com

His podcast ‘A Funny Taste in Music’ is available wherever you get your favourite podcasts from.