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WRITER AND COMEDIAN ALEX EDELMAN 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 Fantasy Album has been curated by Alex Edelman. Alex is an award winning writer and comedian from New York, and has appeared on numerous TV shows such as Roast Battle and The John Bishop Show as well as his own BBC Radio 4 show ‘ Peer Group’ .Alex has previously toured with the likes of Eddie Izzard, Ricky Gervais and musicians Beck and Ryan Adams. This month Alex is touring his show called ‘Just For Us’ . You should probably check it out.

A personal message from the album curator:

It was hard as hell to make this list. There are so many amazing musicians and tracks that I didn’t get to put on here. There are like 20 songs by the Killers that should go on this list. So much stuff by Lizzy Plapinger/LPX/MS MR. Frank Ocean. Endless Beck songs. Steve Reich. Stevie Wonder. Car Seat Headrest. And comedy. Hours of laughs that I listened to that changed me into a comedian. The things I’m listening to on trains as I tour the country. This is a sampling, though, of some of the stuff I love.

1.”Immunity” by Jon Hopkins featuring King Creosote

I have a little touch of the ol’ PTSD, and because of it, I have trouble sleeping. I swear to god this track – off Hopkins’ Asleep Versions – has genuinely changed my life. It’s ambient music and it lights the inside of any room blue for me, so to speak. It slows my breathing, shuts my eyelids, it’s a green pasture of a song. “

2.”The Downtown Lights” by The Blue Nile

I’m not the first person to think that citing The Blue Nile as a band they love makes them a smart little egghead creative. What a poseur I am, with a love of Glasgow, I city I won’t visit for the first time until a tour stop there on March 15. Still, this song has so much going on, especially from around 5:25 until the end. Guy Garvey’s special on this hard-to-find album, Hats, is interesting as hell and if you don’t know this album, get into it. Was so hard not to put down Alexi Murdoch’s “Orange Sky” here, by the way, so I guess Scotland really owns this number two slot. “

3.”Don’t Come Around Here No More.” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Dave Stewart wrote this song with Petty and holy shit you can hear the Eurythmics dripping out of the sitar that Stewart plays at the opening. The story behind it is that Stewart heard Stevie Nicks – fueled by the same drug that turned the inside of her nose into a series of caverns, roundabouts and tunnels – throw Joe Walsh out of her house and say “don’t come around here no more.” Without naming names, there have been great covers of this song and truly cruddy ones. Also, uh, I can’t not put down “Funeral” by Phoebe Bridgers. I just legit can’t decide. She’s so supremely talented and this song is her at her most mordantly gorgeous and concise. I couldn’t choose between the two.

4.”Fake Plastic Trees” by Radiohead

There are two kinds of Radiohead fans. The ones like me, who are like casual fans — but really big casual fans. We love the fun stuff like this track off The Bends but don’t really need the inaccessible miasma of the later designed-to-be-difficult albums. Then there’s the other kinds. They’ve made pilgrimages to Oxford, love In Rainbows and think the big casuals like me are scum. Just my two cents, but don’t ever date the second kind. Anyhow, this song is pretty and nice and lotsa fun.”

5. “Welcome to the Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance

 “If you haven’t screamed this with your friends in a car on a road trip then go fuck yourself. This isn’t one of my favorite songs it’s like three of my favorite songs all tossed together into a blender. I will buy the first tickets to the My Chemical Romance jukebox musical when the right people finally get their shit together. Or I will write said musical. It’ll be about a black parade.

6.” All for Us” by Labrinth and Zendaya

This song appeared on the TV series Euphoria apparently and I haven’t seen it yet, but oh my god it absolutely slaps. Zendaya has a voice that could curb-stomp all comers, honestly, and I’ve been a huge fan of Labrinth for a while. What is the deal with these great young dynamic solo super producers like Labrinth and DJ Shadow who make intense luxe hip-hop beats without having to scream their fucking name over the opening chords?  “

7.”Shipbuilding” – Robert Wyatt

” I just like the song a lot. I know there’s an Elvis Costello version but this is a good one that sounds very nice so I’m putting it here.

8.“I like America and America Likes Me” by The 1975

Best band. Ambitious album. I’m sorry, the 1975 are literally the best band. No one aims higher. If it wouldn’t make this list boring I could’ve put all 1975 songs. No one takes fewer prisoners. No one else creates as honestly and authentically and consistently as these guys. They don’t shortchange you on anything: relevance, comedy, musicality, anger. The live shows are Krakatoan. The albums are undeniable. The title of this track is a reference to Joseph Beuys performance piece where Beuys took a trip to America, rode in an ambulance from the airport to a gallery where he shared a room with a coyote for a three days and then rode back to the airport. And it kind of perfectly sums up the 1975. Does your favorite band have any songs named after Joseph Beuys performance pieces? No. Also: it’s got a couple of great jokes.

9.”Scarface, Amnesia, and One Hundred Million Dollars” by John Mulaney 

This is a comedy track from an album called The Top Part. My true fantasy album would have comedy tracks from Brian Regan and Maria Bamford and Mike Birbiglia and Gary Gulman – his state abbreviations bit and his Trader Joe’s bit make me throb with this lunatic jealousy, but this joke is something I know by heart and has some of those million little things off this album – Mulaney’s first – that make me love him. 
Track 14, the Salt and Pepper Diner, is more famous, but as per above, that’s for the first Radiohead kind of comedy fan. I’m the second kind and we like this one. Don’t date us
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10. “Rivers” by Liz Lawrence

Liz Lawrence’s album Pity Party was one of my favorites this year and my Spotify is like, “OK. We get it, you like Alexi Murdoch, Belle & Sebastian and Liz Lawrence.” Her range is unbelievable but there’s something super-lovingly crafted about each track. And this song in particular is a favorite but the whole album – “None of My Friends” is a particular delight actually – is very very good. “

11.”From the Morning” by Nick Drake

This is the last track from Nick Drake’s last album, Pink Moon. I love Nick Drake and last week I made a little pilgrimage – I had to hitchhike and take a trainline so small you request your stops – to visit his grave in a town called Tanworth-in-Arden. His grave is inscribed with two lines from this song. “And now we rise / and we are everywhere.” Worth the trip.

A big thank you to Alex for his Fantasy Album. This is the first to have a comedy track, though this may not be the last. Not many of these albums have had My Chemical Romance and Nick Drake side by side, but this is what a fantasy album is all about. Please enjoy the tracks and let us know your Fantasy Album track-listings on our social media sites

If you would like to catch Alex on tour or just find out more about him. Visit his website below.
https://www.alexedelmancomedy.com/about/