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TURIN BRAKES’ GALE PARIDJANIAN CHOOSES 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.

Turin BrakesGale Paridjanian curates this month’s Fantasy Album. The band released Mercury Prize shortlisted the ‘Optimist LP‘ in March 2001 (achieving gold status in the UK), followed up by 2003’s ‘Ether Song‘ which featured the top 5 hit single ‘Pain Killer (Summer Rain)’. The band has since moved on to rack up seven top 40 singles, seven top 40 albums and over a million record sales worldwide. 2022 sees Turin Brakes release their ninth studio album, ‘Wide-Eyed Nowhere‘. The band will play a handful of festivals over the summer, followed by an extensive UK concert tour starting in September.

1. ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ by Prince

A great opener , straight into the clean funk to wake you up and know you’re listening , before going into a heady groove at the end  to help you daydream.”

2, ‘Place To Be‘ –  Nick Drake



Now you’re listening Nick Drake has to tell you it’s not going to be funk all the way , there’s going to be bigger themes , bigger depth , bigger acoustics .”



3.’Wave of MutilationThe Pixies 

Track 3 of Doolittle from 1989 the album that says ‘ I do not think in straight lines , it’s more like multicoloured spaghetti ‘ louder than any other.”

4.’Bury Me’ – Smashing Pumpkins

Nasal rock out still in the 90s , golden age of guitar.

5. ‘Can’t Get Off’ – Chris Whitley

Big grunge funk from my dobro wielding hero . This was in his heavy stage , we used to listen to it a lot when we were teens , the album was so discordant though , we realised we’d end up fighting if we were drinking.”

6.’You Can Bring Me Flowers‘ – Ray Lamontagne

This is from his second album , produced again by Ethan Johns. A groovy mid album track , All Blues style groove but not jazz.



7. ‘Goodbye Irene‘ – Leadbelly

Classic authentic Blues from the man who probably got more famous after Nirvana covered his song “ Where did you sleep Last Night.”

8. ‘For The Fire‘ -Turin Brakes

The best track 8 ever from Ethan John’s produced Dark On Fire – the album takes another twist here with the Top Gun anthem that never was.

9. ‘Roll Over Beethoven‘  – Chuck Berry

From ‘Berry is on top ‘ 1959 , I know you think you know this song but listen to it again , check the lyrics and the energy. Chuck wrote it and did the best version.”

10. ‘Flamenco Sketches‘ – Miles Davis

After all that musical breakthrough on the rest of Kind Of Blue , this ultimate closer is to remind you that the sun will go down and all the animals in the universe can just relax now .”

A great mix of songs and genres , and Gale even sneaked in one of his own tunes.

If you would like to see Turin Brakes on tour or find news of their next record please visit their website here

Check out their video for their excellent new track ‘World Like That‘ below: