Six by Seven’s Chris Olley Fantasy Album Tracklisting


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 Six by Seven’s Chris Olley. Six by Seven were formed in Nottingham in 1992 and to date have released eight studio albums and numerous EPs. Each album has tackled a variety of different genres and instrumentation whilst never losing their voice. Pitchfork once described them as ” for people who like the idea of Muse, but can’t stomach the pretension of the real one “

Recently a Facebook campaign successfully made their 2000 single ‘Eat Junk Become Junk’ reach number one Christmas 2015 Rock Download chart. This led to a re-release of their second album ‘The Closer You Get’ and later a greatest hits collection. This year ‘The World Hates Me And The Feeling Is Mutual’ was released through Bandcamp.

Here is Chris Olley’s fantasy album:

1.’ Sugar Mountain’ – Live Rust – Neil Young

“The first Neil Young song I ever heard when I watched the film Rust Never Sleeps. The film and his music changed my way of thinking. This song is bittersweet and one of his finest. I think this version is amazing. I tried to learn it but couldn’t and years later I found out that it’s more than one guitar, he overdubbed the live recording.

 2.’Liaisons Dangereuses’ – Los Niños del Parque – Liaisons Dangereuse

It’s a classic. Recorded at Conny Planks studio with a Korg MS20 back in 1981. What’s not to like about this groove with a German guy singing in French over the top of it.”

3. ‘All My New Best Friends’ – The Way I Feel Today – Six By Seven

I love this song and it’s still the one I play to people if they’ve never heard of the band. It’s probably the only song I’ve ever done which I would consider perfect. I used Noel Gallagher’s Wonderwall guitar on it and we had Shirley Bassey’s string section. This is also the song that Harry Potter lost his virginity to, well the actor, Daniel Radcliffe that is.”

4. ‘Touch Too Much’- Highway To Hell – AC/DC

I could have done an album of just AC/DC songs. By far the best band that ever lived. Touch Too Much was their finest hour and where the band peaked in my opinion. Either this or Shot Down In Flames.”

5. ‘Computer Love’ – Computer World – Kraftwerk

Probably the greatest electronic song that was ever written. I practically get a hard-on when I hear the end section play out. It was all played live. That’s what made Kraftwerk so good, they were just a soul band playing electronic instruments.”

6. ‘Powderfinger’- Rust Never Sleeps – Neil Young

“Rust Never Sleeps is my favourite album ever. I picked this one cause it’s number 6. I could have picked any track off it. A story song steeped in country tradition but so far removed from country music. It’s pure class.”

7. ‘Rose Parade’ – Either Or – Elliott Smith

His best song. I love the soft double-tracked vocal style he perfected. “

8.’ Strawberry Fields Forever’ – Magical Mystery Tour Side 2 The Singles – The Beatles


9.’ Hairshirt’ – Green ‘ – REM

I love the poetic beauty and sound of this song. It does something to me when I hear it. It makes me want to sing out loud. His voice is just incredible on this song. A pure white soul voice.”

10. Riders On The Storm – LA Woman – The Doors

I could have picked so many songs by this band. I love the way they just sounded like they were jamming and then went off on long sections on their songs. This is a classic example of that. In fact, this song and Light My Fire are probably their most well-known singles and both have these great big freak out sections in them.

Some great choices and a few unexpected pleasures. The last few minutes of ‘Computer Love’ is a treat that needs to be heard.

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