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 Alex Copeland. Alex is the front man of UK ska punk legends [Spunge ]; they have been together for over 25 years releasing eight albums and have toured with bands such as Green Day and Bowling For Soup. Last year they released “No One Said It Was Easy” as a single and have been back touring.

1:’Welcome To The Jungle’- Guns n Roses

This is the album that really fired up my love for music. I remember getting this one tape and running back home and sitting next to the stereo and just listening to it all the way through without moving. Those first notes on this track still take me back to that moment. Saw G’n’R a few times back in the 90’s and that was what made me want to be on stage – so it’s all their fault I guess, lol“.

2: ‘Oblivion’ – Terrorvision

Terrorvision were another band that made me want to perform. They came across as having a real laugh doing it and this track just makes you smile. We did a festival one time the day after them and what was meant to be an open bar was limited as they had drank most of it the day before. We had a little bit of a reputation for indulging heavily too so the promoter said he was glad we weren’t both on the same day or there would be nothing for anyone the second one!

3: ‘Wild Horses’ – The Rolling Stones

“My Dad had a collection of vinyl that I listened to when I was a kid which pretty much cemented rock music as my go to sound, and although I don’t think this was on any of the Stones’ albums I listened to (can’t remember) they definitely shaped what I like now, and this song is just a classic that still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.”

4: ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ – The Beastie Boys

Kind of cheated on this one to get one of their tracks in, so this is where it sits on the Solid Gold Hits record… but I had to include a Beastie Boys track as I have always loved the way they mixed styles. They were basically a punk band that rapped and I love so many of their tracks. I was genuinely upset when Adam Yauch passed… they were a band I really wanted to see live and I’m sad I didn’t get the chance.

5: ‘All Star’ – Smashmouth

“Somebody once told me this track  was everywhere, but I’ve never been one of those people that starts to hate something or someone just because it becomes a success. I listened to Smashmouth when they first came out and I still think this is a banging tune, even if it does remind me more of cartoons than the band now.”

6: ‘Crazy = Genius’ – Panic at the Disco

I could have put a bunch of different songs from PATD on here but this one fits the slot. This man’s voice is possibly the best one in music in my opinion… and some of their songs should be illegal for how catchy they are.

7: ‘Youth Gone Wild’ – Skid Row

I remember seeing Skid Row live (the original line up) and being blown away by Sebastian’s voice – amazing! Plus he’s got a killer comic book collection so he’s a fellow geek…

8: ‘Eight Days a Week’ – The Beatles

Back to my Dad and his influence on me… The Beatles were a big part of what he was into and played on guitar while I was a kid so it brings back lots of memories when I hear any of their tracks. Pretty sure one of the first
things I learnt on guitar was from one of The Beatles tab books he had lying around… amazing memories

9: ‘.@!#?@!’- Motion City Soundtrack

Motion City Soundtrack… they sing songs that I think are written about me, you know those bands where you go, I could have written those lyrics (if I was as good as them at it anyway) – I can put all their albums on shuffle and not hit a single song I need to skip…

10. ‘Father and Son’ – Cat Stevens

Classic from Cat Stevens to finish. It’s just such a great song and another one that reminds me of childhood… and the words… can you tell I love lyrics yet?

Hidden Track: ‘Greatest Hits’- Sublime

“I’m going to cheat and put a secret track on my album… Sublime – Greatest Hits from the Robbin’ the Hood album. It could have been anything by this band to be honest as they are a huge influence, but there is something about this song that just makes it shine for me. The little riff, the emotion in his voice… it all makes a beautiful song perfect.

A fine album from Alex with a selection of classic tracks and a few deep cuts.

[Spunge] will be headlining Mindfest 2021, a music festival in aid of Mind the mental health charity. Tickets from https://www.alttickets.com/mind-fest-tickets

[Spunge] Spotify link https://open.spotify.com/artist/7DhRO7M01UCxLP0zNVXY88
Social Media: @Alexcopelandofficial & @spunge

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